Houzz Tour: An Updated Period House With a Modern Extension
A light-filled addition and reworked layout transformed this property into a stunning home
Who lives here? A couple and their visiting grown-up family
Location Newport, Pembrokeshire
Property A semi-detached Georgian house
Size Four bedrooms and two bathrooms
Designer Grace King at Studio Rey
Photos by Chris Snook
It was the idyllic coastal location and handsome proportions that drew the family to this traditional Welsh stone property. Nestled in the heart of Pembrokeshire’s thriving and characterful town of Newport, the house had the potential to be the modern, spacious home the couple needed.
The property’s main issue was that the layout was a little cramped and the rooms felt dark. So the family turned to Grace and local architect WA Spees to oversee a rear extension, reconfiguration and refresh of the inside space.
The extension was also an opportunity to let light into the ground floor, so an expansive roof lantern and fully glazed folding doors were added.
Pale porcelain tiled flooring and walls painted light grey add to the effect and continue through to the cooking area, effortlessly blending the old and new. “We also sourced local vintage pieces, such as the table and chairs, to add an eclectic and homely feel,” Grace says.
Rattan pendant light, Cox & Cox. Console table, La Redoute. Breton Blanc floor tiles, Mandarin Stone.
“Blue is the owner’s favourite colour,” Grace says. “We wanted to repeat this colour throughout the interior to create a bold and cohesive look.”
A row of glass and brass pendant lights and a brass mixer tap add a warm and welcoming touch to the island, while bar stools encourage guests to linger.
Kitchen cabinets in matt Midnight Blue, Magnet. Clear reeded glass pendant lights, Spark & Bell. AAS 38 low bar stools, Hay.
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Ezra Green wall tiles, Mandarin Stone.
Grace replaced the existing and, in places, rotten floorboards with engineered oak boards for a cool, continuous look that now unites the front reception rooms and hallway. Pale grey walls are highlighted by dark painted architraves and panelled doors.
Woodwork painted in Railings, Farrow & Ball.
New double-glazed sash windows sensitively replaced the old units, and the existing wooden shutters were revived and reinstated in the living room.
Terrazzo table, Hay. Etta chairs, Habitat. Tango Indigo curtain fabric, Linwood; curtains made by Diamond Interior Furnishing.
The wood-burning stove forms the room’s cosy focal point, perfect for lazy family gatherings.
Mirror, Habitat. Wire chair, Swivel.
To complement the oak flooring, Grace opted for deep blue walls. A sumptuous teal sofa, low-slung leather chair and wall lights add to the intimate feel.
Walls painted in De Nimes, Farrow & Ball. Desk, Furniture 123. Side table, Galvin Brothers. Ashfield curtain fabric in Harbour Blue, Linwood; curtains made by Diamond Interior Furnishing.
Shelving makes good use of a narrow alcove and, by teaming this with a utility-style floor lamp and leather easy chair, Grace created a tranquil reading spot.
Leather lounge chair, Wayfair. Floor lamp, Cox & Cox. Cushion, Melin Tregwynt.
Neat wood panelling runs the width of the room, behind the bed, and provides a handy ledge and support for a pair of brass wall lights. A smart Roman blind adds pattern and a luxurious touch without detracting from the elegant sash window.
Walls painted in Peignoir, Farrow & Ball. Panelling painted in Drakensberg, Paint & Paper Library. Ciao bed, Loaf. Precise wall lamp, House Doctor. Maupiti blind fabric, Casamance. Pond mirror, Ferm Living.
“The position of the shower room fittings was set by the placement of the existing soil pipe,” Grace explains. “A large walk-in shower with a bespoke glass screen makes efficient use of the space,” The large, bespoke wall mirror above the basin helps to maximise the daylight.
The Art Deco-inspired design is continued in the terrazzo tiles that Grace chose to use on the floor and basin wall. “We wanted an element of pattern with a contemporary edge, so we ran large tiles across the floor and up the wall and paired them with crisp black brassware,” she says.
Basin, CP Hart. Floor and wall tiles, Claybrook. Shower enclosure tiles, Mandarin Stone.
With younger family members often staying, the owners and designer were keen for one bedroom to have a more playful feel. Accents of ochre add a sunny touch, while two tones of grey paint make the space feel a bit livelier.
Walls painted in Marble II and Marble V, Paint & Paper Library. Oval mirror, John Lewis and Partners. Ernst throws in Saffron, Nordic Nest.
Belge blind fabric in Dark Indigo, Christopher Farr. Grey bedspreads, Trouva. Pendant light, Pooky. Cushions, Laura Slater.
“The layout had to revolve around the existing plumbing, so we boxed in the area behind the loo and basin, used sleek wall-mounted brassware, and created a handy ledge for storage and display,” Grace says.
Arched mirror, Not On The High Street. Walls painted in Plaster V, Paint & Paper Library. Tiles, Mandarin Stone. Basin and tap, Cardigan Bathroom Centre.
The existing wood-panelled ceiling adds character and subtle texture to the space, as well as helping to reflect light from the deep-set sash window. Harmonising with the other rooms, the whole property has a fresh, modern yet elegant feel that sensitively highlights the property’s Georgian bones.
Portobello bed, Maisons du Monde. Pendant light, Pooky.
A picture of a ship completes the scheme. “We chose artwork that was coastal-inspired as a subtle nod to the property’s location,” Grace says.
Helleborus wallpaper BP 5606, Farrow & Ball.
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