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A home with a new lease of life

Courtney Adamo, mother of four, is the founder of the stylish family lifestyle website and shopping portal, Babyccino Kids (www.babyccinokids.com). Four years ago she and her husband bought a run down Victorian house on Highgate Hill and set about making it into the ideal family home.   Winkworth asked her a few questions about her home and the renovation. The property goes onto the market this weekend, with the first of two open days on Saturday the 13th by appointment only. To book a viewing or for more details, click here for the office contact details.     1.) How did this home become yours'   We were renting a really lovely house around the corner when the owners wanted it back. We set out to buy a house with the same charm and amenity but our budget could only stretch to about half the square footage we desired. That’s when we stumbled upon this one. It was in shambles but there was something about it that really spoke to us. It had great bones with plenty of space, large rooms, tall ceilings and lots of light. For my husband the big garden and potential rooftop terrace to grow his tomatoes and veg was really attractive. For me it was the prospect of a spacious family kitchen overlooking that garden.   Neither my husband nor I had any idea of what we were getting ourselves into. We had never taken on a building project but we were attracted to the idea of fixing up a home and making it our own. We had a vision of our ideal London family home and thought we could just about pull it off. We bought the house and spent the next seven months renovating it.   2.) Where did you find design inspiration & ideas for your home'   We really wanted to honour the Victorian era home by retaining as many period features as we could and by making design decisions that felt in keeping with the original home. For example, we kept as many of the original firelplaces as possible and even the original windows on the front with their lovely coloured glass panels. Of course we also wanted to modernise the house and make it more family-friendly and spacious wherever we could. My style is pretty simple and clean. I opted for white walls and grey accents. Inspired by Plain English, we designed a Shaker-style kitchen that felt harmonious in the period property and chose traditional fittings for the kitchen and bathrooms. I have always been inspired by Scandinavian design, so there is a bit of that thrown in as well. I read a lot of design blogs and magazines while we were renovating the house, which is where I found a lot of design inspiration.     3.) Which part of the house required the most work in the renovation'   Definitely the ground floor. We removed a structural wall in the rear and put in a steel beam to open up the space for our kitchen. We also extended the house to create a utility room (with a growing family a separate laundry room was a must!) and added a large roof light to brighten the entire area. This made up the bulk of the difficult work, requiring the most planning and effort. We also added a WC on the ground floor (another must with small children and frequent guests), a den with large bookshelves and a wood-burning stove for cozy winter days and re-designed and re-fitted all the other bathrooms in the house. The remaining work throughout the house was in large part decorative, with new floors, new windows, and new lighting fixtures throughout.     4.) What is your favourite room in the house'   I love our kitchen! It’s the heart of our home where everyone gathers every day. It’s bright and cheery no matter the weather and people come straight in, sit down at the island and feel comfortable right away. My husband and I love to cook so we designed the kitchen in a way that makes everything easy and sociable. I also love that we look out to a big garden and can watch the birds and squirrels and the changing of the seasons. You can really forget you’re in London at times. I love that the kids can easily run in and out of the house too and that I can see them playing and enjoying themselves exploring every nook and cranny.     I know you asked for just one room, but I really love my office too. I work from home and find it really peaceful and inspiring to sit at my desk and look out over a leafy garden.   If you would like to book an appointment to the open day to view this beautiful family home, click here for the office contact details. Or, if you're looking to buy, sell, let or rent contact your nearest Winkworth office today. Click here to find yours.

Blog_img5 Courtney Adamo, mother of four, is the founder of the stylish family lifestyle website and shopping portal, Babyccino Kids (www.babyccinokids.com). Four years ago she and her husband bought a run down Victorian house on Highgate Hill and set about making it into the ideal family home.   Winkworth asked her a few questions about her home and the renovation. The property goes onto the market this weekend, with the first of two open days on Saturday the 13th by appointment only. To book a viewing or for more details, click here for the office contact details.   Blog_img1   1.) How did this home become yours'   We were renting a really lovely house around the corner when the owners wanted it back. We set out to buy a house with the same charm and amenity but our budget could only stretch to about half the square footage we desired. That’s when we stumbled upon this one. It was in shambles but there was something about it that really spoke to us. It had great bones with plenty of space, large rooms, tall ceilings and lots of light. For my husband the big garden and potential rooftop terrace to grow his tomatoes and veg was really attractive. For me it was the prospect of a spacious family kitchen overlooking that garden.   Neither my husband nor I had any idea of what we were getting ourselves into. We had never taken on a building project but we were attracted to the idea of fixing up a home and making it our own. We had a vision of our ideal London family home and thought we could just about pull it off. We bought the house and spent the next seven months renovating it.

Blog_img2   2.) Where did you find design inspiration & ideas for your home'   We really wanted to honour the Victorian era home by retaining as many period features as we could and by making design decisions that felt in keeping with the original home. For example, we kept as many of the original firelplaces as possible and even the original windows on the front with their lovely coloured glass panels. Of course we also wanted to modernise the house and make it more family-friendly and spacious wherever we could. My style is pretty simple and clean. I opted for white walls and grey accents. Inspired by Plain English, we designed a Shaker-style kitchen that felt harmonious in the period property and chose traditional fittings for the kitchen and bathrooms. I have always been inspired by Scandinavian design, so there is a bit of that thrown in as well. I read a lot of design blogs and magazines while we were renovating the house, which is where I found a lot of design inspiration.   Blog_img3   3.) Which part of the house required the most work in the renovation'   Definitely the ground floor. We removed a structural wall in the rear and put in a steel beam to open up the space for our kitchen. We also extended the house to create a utility room (with a growing family a separate laundry room was a must!) and added a large roof light to brighten the entire area. This made up the bulk of the difficult work, requiring the most planning and effort. We also added a WC on the ground floor (another must with small children and frequent guests), a den with large bookshelves and a wood-burning stove for cozy winter days and re-designed and re-fitted all the other bathrooms in the house. The remaining work throughout the house was in large part decorative, with new floors, new windows, and new lighting fixtures throughout.   Blog_img6   4.) What is your favourite room in the house'   I love our kitchen! It’s the heart of our home where everyone gathers every day. It’s bright and cheery no matter the weather and people come straight in, sit down at the island and feel comfortable right away. My husband and I love to cook so we designed the kitchen in a way that makes everything easy and sociable. I also love that we look out to a big garden and can watch the birds and squirrels and the changing of the seasons. You can really forget you’re in London at times. I love that the kids can easily run in and out of the house too and that I can see them playing and enjoying themselves exploring every nook and cranny.   Blog_img7   I know you asked for just one room, but I really love my office too. I work from home and find it really peaceful and inspiring to sit at my desk and look out over a leafy garden.   Blog_img9 If you would like to book an appointment to the open day to view this beautiful family home, click here for the office contact details. Or, if you're looking to buy, sell, let or rent contact your nearest Winkworth office today. Click here to find yours.

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Courtney Adamo, mother of four, is the founder of the stylish family lifestyle website and shopping portal, Babyccino Kids (www.babyccinokids.com). Four years ago she and her husband bought a run down Victorian house on Highgate Hill and set about making it into the ideal family home.   Winkworth asked her a few questions about her home and the renovation. The property goes onto the market...

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