Charlotte, an acupuncturist, her husband Nicky and baby Lorelai have lived in this 1960′s renovated bungalow for 6 years. After extensively renovating the whole house, extended the ground floor and re-designed the upstairs they are looking forward to kicking back and enjoying the fruits of their labour and they certainly deserve it. A passion for the bold and the bright and a love of bathroom design has transformed this home into an oasis. A light breeze floats through the house the day we shot these images and the bi fold doors to the outside space capture perfectly the essence of the house. It’s fresh, it’s bright and it’s full of love.
Our house is modern, with a homely, practical feel. Originally it was built in the 1960′s as a bungalow, and a dorma added in the 80′s. Now we have totally renovated it, we love how it feels fresh and bright, even when it’s cold and grey outside!
Our favourite room has to be the kitchen as we are in here all the time. We wanted it to be sunny and bright and we like having people over so it was important that it was a social space too.
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I guess colour is important to us. I just love colour and prints. I could use millions of colours in one room. At the moment all the walls are magnolia and off white until the cracks settle but i’m aiming for bold and bright. Reds, limes, oranges – no pastels! Even our friends home grown tomatoes look good on display.
We’re so excited that Lorelai will get to grow up in this house. She was born in the lounge, using hypno birthing. We got her name from Lorelai Lee after watching ‘Some Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.’ We always wanted something different.
It’s pretty soft and homely and calming in this room and her birth was really magical.
I really wanted a picture from Japan. We searched everywhere. We stayed there 4 years ago and it’s really an incredible place, the food, the culture. In the end after ages of searching we found it in a Japanese shop in England!
I have my own office to work from home here. The travelling is the best part. You lose so much time in a day when you have to travel back and forth. First and foremost workwise, I’m an acupuncturist. I’ve always had an interest in health right from an early age, really from my mum. I believe there is more important things in life than working just for money. When I was younger I had acupuncture for migraines with fantastic results so I looked into it and realised you could study for a degree. For the last 4 years I have concentrated on pregnant women and having Lorelai has given me a deeper understanding of how some women have to be really strong, to fight for a natural birth. I love that I am able to meet and help others through my Acupuncture and through my work with Neals Yard Remedies.
When we changed the layout of the house we decided we didn’t want all the bathrooms to be the same so we have really enjoyed designing different looks for each room.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms with bathrooms for both Lorelai and ourselves. We wanted two nice sized rooms not 4 small ones and this way we got a dressing room too!
Lorelai’s room is next to ours and she sleeps really well. She often lays in til 9.30am!
In our bedroom we picked French style furniture. When I find something I like, I know! I’m not fussy though. I like to look around for ideas in John Lewis and Laura Ashley but I try to find things in second hand shops and places where they offer discounted pieces like TK MAXX/Homesense.
Nicky is pretty clever though. He built the window box, ran all the cables up and built our cupboards. We are just waiting for a seat cushion now that we have on order.
Photography by Vicky Holmes Styling by Tracey Chalk/Charlotte Crossman