Mix a touch of medieval with a helping of Georgian – and throw in some thoroughly modern touches. The result? A unique family home perfect for 21st century living.

Tucked away in a pretty Kentish village, The Den has been home to textile designer, Julia Brendel, her husband Gerry Lee, their children, Alex and Mia, and dogs, Bruno and Gucio, since 2011.   

 

In the 'Traveller's Room' the patchwork bed canopy is made from remnants of Julia's fabrics. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Downpipe

In the 'Traveller's Room' the patchwork bed canopy is made from remnants of Julia's fabrics. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Downpipe

Julia has dressed the tailor's dummy in a vintage Polish folk shirt, a Moroccan belt as a sash and a Chinese hat

Julia has dressed the tailor's dummy in a vintage Polish folk shirt, a Moroccan belt as a sash and a Chinese hat

The master bedroom is painted in Farrow & Ball Railings. The foxed, gilt-framed mirror is from Peter Barrow Antiques in Faversham and the painting over the bed is by Kira Speiser

The master bedroom is painted in Farrow & Ball Railings. The foxed, gilt-framed mirror is from Peter Barrow Antiques in Faversham and the painting over the bed is by Kira Speiser

The foxed mirror reflects soft light into the bedroom, furnished with finds from antique shops and auctions

The foxed mirror reflects soft light into the bedroom, furnished with finds from antique shops and auctions

In their son's bedroom the Ikea bed is covered in Julia's fabric Arabica. The cushions on the bed are covered in Kurpie and the bolster is Hungaria. The chair is in the Charles Eames 'Eiffel' style

In their son's bedroom the Ikea bed is covered in Julia's fabric Arabica. The cushions on the bed are covered in Kurpie and the bolster is Hungaria. The chair is in the Charles Eames 'Eiffel' style

In Gerry's study, the model ships were boughts by the couple on their honeymoon. The globe is from Florida

In Gerry's study, the model ships were boughts by the couple on their honeymoon. The globe is from Florida

Julia bought the doll's house in an antique shop and painted it in Farrow & Ball Railings

Julia bought the doll's house in an antique shop and painted it in Farrow & Ball Railings

The main draw of the house was that it had what Julia describes as a 'big personality'

The main draw of the house was that it had what Julia describes as a 'big personality'

The Hungarian bench in the brick-floored hall is from Barrow's Antiques in Faversham. Julia brought the hats back from China. The fabric on the bench is her Memory Stripe in red

The Hungarian bench in the brick-floored hall is from Barrow's Antiques in Faversham. Julia brought the hats back from China. The fabric on the bench is her Memory Stripe in red

Bruno the dog appreciates the window seat cushion covered in Julia's fabric Memory Stripe

Bruno the dog appreciates the window seat cushion covered in Julia's fabric Memory Stripe

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