My Houzz: A Revamped Post-war Home Full of Light, Colour and Character
A creative couple transformed their post-war house into an airy, modern home packed with warmth, light and family memories
The post-war property was in desperate need of a 21st century overhaul. ‘Originally, we were just going to do it up a bit,’ Janene says, but they ended up opening out the ground floor, removing the pitched roof, reconfiguring the first floor, and adding a second floor with a terrace. Now the house is a generous, warm home filled with light and colour.
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Who lives here? Janene Waudby, founder of jceramics, and her husband, Julian
Location Honor Oak, southeast London
Size Four bedrooms and three bathrooms
Architect Tim Collier of Coro Design
One of Janene’s main goals was to bring warmth into the house – literally! ‘We dug out the ground floor to insulate it, and we rendered the outside with insulation panels,’ she says. The couple also installed new, double-glazed Crittall windows and knocked down the walls between the living room, dining room and kitchen.
One of the main features in the living and dining area is the open library, which not only covers the alcove walls but snakes across the ceiling, creating a subtle divide between the rooms. ‘If we’d opened up the space completely, you’d have no natural subdivider,’ Janene explains. Because of the ceiling height, the shelves add storage without oppressing the space.
A wood-burning stove in the living room provides additional heat. ‘We wanted a functional focal point in here,’ explains Janene. The Defra-approved stove is modified with an extra air intake, which means it releases fewer emissions.
The alcove shelves are lit from underneath, at floor level. ‘It increases the sense of floor space,’ Janene explains, since it eliminates any dark shadows that would otherwise appear under the shelves. The original floorboards in here were damaged, so the couple replaced them with wide, engineered oak boards.
Wood-burning stove, The Fireplace Warehouse. Rug, The Rug Company. Armchairs and sofa, Howard & Sons. Walls painted in Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball.
The open shelves by the dining table are perfect for displaying some of Janene’s ceramic creations.
Pendant lamp, John Lewis.
Range cooker and extractor, Rangemaster. Units painted in Mizzle, Farrow & Ball.
The bifold doors open up to the patio and garden, which required a significant renovation, too.
Bespoke table, Norfolk Oak.
An old garden table and chairs, matched with a little chiminea, create the perfect space to relax on long, lazy summer evenings.
Black Indian limestone floor tiles, Mrs Stone Store.
The couple also created a cloakroom off the hallway and increased the storage space, adding a flip-top bench and under-stairs cupboard. ‘I try to make sure everything has somewhere to go,’ Janene says.
Runner, Westminster Carpets & Flooring. Walls painted in Bone, Farrow & Ball.
The pendant light was made by artist Tabitha Bargh, who works with corrugated cardboard.
Bespoke bed, Norfolk Oak. Bed linen, Marks & Spencer. Armchair, Howard & Sons. Bedside lamps, John Lewis.
The room mostly consists of heirloom pieces, such as the bed and the wooden chair. Janene has turned the chair into a bedside table and placed an old wooden book-holder on it. ‘You should always have books by the bed, it’s absolutely compulsory,’ she laughs.
The striped cushions, which Janene made herself, are another nod to the couple’s nautical passions.
Bed linen, Zara Home. Pendant light and bedside lamps, Garden Trading.
Limestone tiles, Mrs Stone Store. Bathroom fixtures, Waterloo Plumbing.
The small light sconce hanging in the staircase is another artistic creation discovered by Janene. It has a shade composed of two pieces of clear polycarbonate, between which you can place anything you like. Currently it features old photos of Janene’s mother.
Wall light, Lock Lamp.
Shoal light, Scabetti.
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Slate flooring, Mrs Stone Store.
The instruments in the room reveal the couple’s musical talents. Julian plays the accordion, while Janene plays the concertina and guitar.
Rug, The Rug Company. Armchairs, Howard & Sons and eBay.
This is the facade before the renovation…
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