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Family Heirlooms Enliven Enliven our Retro Home

Damp, dark and desperately in need of updating, home was transformed by clever tricks and stunning vintage finds
‘Our kitchen was inspired by this beautiful 1930s kitchenette (pictured behind table and chairs), which we use as a baking station,’ says Kate. ‘It was from a house clearance and we loved it for its curved sides which give it a lovely, retro feel.’ Adam mirrored the look on the kitchen cupboards by adding curved pelmets and corners to the units which came from Howdens

Damp, dark and desperately in need of updating, home was transformed by clever tricks and stunning vintage finds


Extending the back room allowed Kate to turn her kitchen into a warm family area for cooking, eating and relaxing and make space for her treasured collection of Ercol furniture. ‘A quarter of the space in here is actually our utility room but I had to fight Adam and the builder on this, because they both said a big, open space with a huge breakfast bar would look so much better. I told them it would just be covered in laundry, so they relented!’

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Kate Beavis, a vintage blogger and writer of Style Your Modern Vintage Home, and I’m married to Adam, a carpenter. We have two children, Herbie, 7, and Kitty, 5.

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Wow, another year has gone by already! There is something about packing away those Christmas decorations (and cleaning all the little corners that have been totally neglected for the past month...) that inspires a few changes on the home front. I always see things in a new light at this time of year and feel renewed energy and resolve to start afresh. If you are looking for ways to give your home a revamp, have a flick through our mini mag on HomeStyle’s best 40 rooms – there’s something for everyone. If you ask your friends, I’ll bet they’ll say that the room in their home that needs most attention is the bathroom. Even trawling through Pinterest and Instagram, it’s almost impossible to find really great inspiration for this much overlooked space, so we decided to challenge our resident stylist, Pippa Jameson, to come up with three different looks that are bang up to date for 2016. Another change here is that this is my last issue of our wonderful magazine! I have enjoyed every second of my time on HomeStyle with the most amazing team of people. I hand you over to them from the March issue. Enjoy!