In 1912, British explorer, naturalist, and writer Aubyn Trevor-Battye tasked architects Inigo Trigs and William Unsworth with building his dream home in Hampshire, England. Inspired by the Alhambra, a grand Moorish palace in Granada, Spain, he requested a yellow stucco facade, a red tile roof, arched windows, and a deep connection to the surrounding landscape. He asked for Tuscan columns and ornate, vaulted ceilings, too.
Over 100 years later, most of the original features remain, which is why a family with three teenage children recently purchased the historic property. “It was an absolute gift of a house,” says Tamsin Saunders, the interior designer entrusted with sprucing up the place for the new owners. “It’s so gorgeous. It’s Grade II listed Arts & Crafts. And it’s set on the most amazing grounds, which were designed to feel like a natural garden.”
Tamsin, who recently launched online and by-appointment vintage shop Home & Found, refurbished the home with a light touch. She rewired the electrical system for modern use, freshened up the plasterwork, and decorated with an updated traditional aesthetic that complements the century-old architecture. “We wanted it to feel really timeless and as if it had basically been in the same family forever,” she explains.
By incorporating the clients’ inherited antiques, sourcing Arts & Crafts furniture, and employing a variety of floral patterns, Tamsin successfully achieved this heritage look. Let’s take a tour.
The copper jelly molds on top of the cabinet are an homage to the nearby Petworth House. “It’s a beautiful English country house quite close by,” she says. “It’s been the same family for generations and they still live there. And in their kitchens, which are open to the public, they have this incredible collection of copper jelly molds.”
For more before and after projects, see:
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- Before and After: A Big Minnesota Home with the Hygge of a Small Swedish Space
- Before and After: A Summery Bungalow in Topanga, California, Redone by an LA Designer
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