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Mixing eras gives our home personality

With a blend of modern, vintage and mid-century pieces, Ali Cowie’s home illustrates how combining different eras can work a treat

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Ali Cowie and I live with my partner Marc Burns, our four-yearold daughter Maggie and our cat, Sadie.

Where I live

My home is a midterraced Edwardian house in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

What I wanted to change

Although the house was structurally sound, it had a heritage colour scheme with muted colours that didn’t suit our style of furniture. We also had grand plans to extend the kitchen into the side return, but soon realised our budget wasn’t big enough!

How I made it my own

Bringing vintage finds together with retro-style buys and items from our travels

My favourite part

I love the rear sitting room as the dark blue walls make it so cosy and atmospheric, and it’s such a contrast to the orange living room.

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About Homestyle

My taste seems to change on a daily basis! In the last few weeks I’ve visited readers with swoonworthy homes in the furthest reaches of the UK to photograph them for our pages. The interiors are vastly different, yet with each visit I fall instantly head over heels for that look! When I walked through the front door at Ali Cowie’s house, (turn to page 52) with her warm and rich colour schemes and references to popular music all around, I wanted to rush home and get the paint out. Then a trip to Guildford to meet Cathy Pyle (turn to page 40) in her unbelievably calm, light and airy home – created using a myriad of savvy cost-saving DIY devices – and I was smitten with a pared down neutral colour palette once again. Do you get dizzy at the thought of all that choice when confronted by a paint chart or new sofa style (not to mention having to fight your corner with your partner!)? If I’m agonising over decisions for my home, I gather together tear sheets from magazines of all my favourite things for a few weeks and then see which colour I have the most of. Try it... the results might surprise you!