Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Effortless Style

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Effortless Style

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ASK the owner of this week's Dream Home the best thing about her house and she'll say it's simply a lovely home to live in. Set on one of Marton's nicest roads and backing on to the leafy open spaces of Stewart Park, it is easy to see why.

Peep inside and her answer becomes crystal clear. For the five-bedroom semi on The Grove is spacious, light - and marries the traditional and contemporary into a mix of luxuriously decorated rooms that simply shout effortless style loud and clear.

"It was built in the 1920s, we've been here six-and-a-half years," explains the owner. "It was the front of the house that first attracted us, it has a Tudor-style frontage and we thought it was really nice.

"When we had a look inside, the proportions of the rooms are really generous. It is a nice, sunny house."

They've worked their way through the house since moving in, adding on a conservatory and re-fitting the kitchen and the bathroom to high standards.

The original garage has been replaced to make more of the garden - and the owner has worked her eye for interior decorating right through from top to bottom.

"The old garage was three times the width of the one that's there now, it took so much of the garden up. It has really paid dividends," she explains.

"I have always loved decorating, it has been a real pleasure to do it.

"I look through magazines and watch home shows and come up with the decorating ideas. "Holidays to different places too - we've recently been to a fabulous hotel in Manchester which gave me such a lot of inspiration.

"It is a lovely home to live in." Double entrance doors lead in to the hallway from the vestibule and in here you'll find original solid oak flooring and a corniced ceiling.

On into the lounge where the features of the room complement the striking furniture to a tee - including the marble effect fire surround and more original solid oak flooring. There's a door with access to the conservatory and folding doors leading in to the stunning dining room where there's another feature fire. …

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