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Byline: Jessica Pickerill
When David and Tessa Snell moved into their three-bedroom Thirties house in Surrey two years ago the place hadn't been decorated in over 15 years.
The first thing the couple did was to repaint the entire placeoff-white.
Since then, as time and money have allowed, they have gone through giving each room a facelift.
David, 45, a tax consultant who works in Guildford, Surrey, does most of the painting and decorating himself. His wife Tessa, 35, has her hands full keeping the house and looking after the couple's six-year old son Tristan.
The dining room is Tessa'a favourite room and the one she was keenest to transform. `It was this room that sold the house to me initially,' she says.
`I just loved the french doors and the light and airy feel the room has when they're open.' It reminded American-born???? Tessa of the long summers she used to spend at her uncle's house in Vermont. `I wanted to try to recreate that sun-bleached beach house look.'
To do this David laid a new laminated wooden floor from Wickes. This looks smart but is also very practical for a garden room because it is wipe clean.
The combination of almond-white walls and light floor provided the perfect muted backdrop for experimenting with some colour. Laura Ashleyblue and white gingham fabric for the curtains gave the room a relaxed and informal look.
The dining chairs, although a modern design, didn't complement the look so a cost-effective and practical solution was to cover them with loose covers using a co-ordinating fabric from Laura Ashley. `The perfect solution for grubby little fingers,' says Tessa.
Next Tessa gave the old but beautifully shaped pine dining table a facelift using a woodwash from Cuprinol. `I was really pleased at how easy it was to do. …