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5 brilliant decorating ideas inspired by homes in East Anglia

Here are some ideas to change and transform your home from Life at Home magazine.

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1. Shabby chic fuses with Edwardian style in a Kessingland home

The property on the Suffolk coast, built in 1902, showcases owner Nicola Mummery’s love for decorative antiques. “I spend time reading interior design books and magazines, often for inspirational ideas or trends,” she says. “I also enjoy cooking, so the kitchen is likewise a favourite.” A large hardwood conservatory added to the house ten years ago, which overlooks the gardens, has the effect of making the kitchen lighter

 

Shabby chic fuses with Edwardian style in a Kessingland home (Tony Hall Photography)Shabby chic fuses with Edwardian style in a Kessingland home (Tony Hall Photography)

2. Perk up a room with patterns

Give your home a boost with some cheery new prints or a bespoke statement piece. Upcycled furniture, like this mid-century, cocktail chair re-upholstered in a striking and contemporary Puzzle fabric, will add an injection of colour to any room.

 

Perk up a room with patterns:  turquoise chair from Uniquely Eclectic (Emma Chapman Photography).Perk up a room with patterns: turquoise chair from Uniquely Eclectic (Emma Chapman Photography).

3. Light greys and cool tones in a Baconsthorpe character cottage

Full of character, wonderful beams, an unusual Gothic window and the delightful and sheltered courtyard garden, this Norfolk home is a perfect family bolthole. Modern upholstery, fabrics and light grey painted kitchen units give thee space a cool, calm feel.

 

Light greys and cool tones in a Baconsthorpe character cottage (Tony Hall Photography)Light greys and cool tones in a Baconsthorpe character cottage (Tony Hall Photography)

4. Traditional styling with pops of colour in an Elizabethan Essex mansion

Rich coloured textiles in reds, corals and teals add drama and warmth to darker toned walls of Ripley Grange – built in 1928 the home is a replica of a Tudor mansion. The fabric of the interior is almost entirely original – the stone fireplaces, the oak paneling and linenfold, the decorative ceiling mouldings, the leaded light windows with shields picked out in stained glass.

 

Ripley Grange: traditional styling with pops of colour.
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