Moving on up

Rising to the challenge of creating timeless style in a modern home

Old or new? It is a tough choice for any house hunter, but for a professional it’s agony. The proportions, the features, the archi­tectural splendour of a bygone age? Or the modern materials, integral wiring and built-in sound systems of the 21st century?
Sophie Paterson was wrestling with these issues when she discovered that she could, in fact, have the best of both worlds. “I didn’t originally want a new-build as they don’t always age well,” she recalls. Then she found a Georgian-style shell, set in an acre of established garden. “I just loved the layout and the understated architecture. It was very classic in style and it was well built.”
With five bedrooms and over 8,500 sq feet of space, this was what the interior designer, her husband Kevin and their cocker spaniel Bo had been looking for. And, by buying it at an early stage, she could tweak it inside and out as well as making sure every single detail met her exacting specifications.

This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 365-382, issue 100.

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Photography Ray Main
Words Stephanie Murphy