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Our rented house feels like home now

With a bit of imagination and a lot of paint, Kerry and Justin Lockwood have put their own stamp on their rented home

After renting for the past six years, Kerry and Justin Lockwood have developed lots of ideas for turning a rented house into a home. Although they’re both from Yorkshire, the pair bought their first home together in Cramlington, Northumberland, when Justin was working on Tyneside for Metro Radio. They later moved to Sheffield when he got a new job with another radio station.

Kerry bought a brown leather Chesterfield to mix in with her other sofas. The mirror was a great find in HomeSense, while the yellow wire bowl from M&S adds a pop of colour

‘We sold our house in Cramlington and bought a new-build townhouse in Sheffield with a part-exchange deal as we needed to move quickly,’ says Kerry. ‘It was good being closer to our families as we’d had Alfie by that point, but we did miss the North East so when Justin was offered a job with Heart FM a few years later, we moved back again.’

Kerry’s landlord let her re-paint the living room, she chose Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball. A rug from Ikea, matches the geo medley cushion that was from John Lewis. A £250 coffee table with hairpin legs from eBay, brass pendant from Habitat and lamp from Graham & Green complete the look
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