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It’s what I’ve wanted for years

After moving from a tiny cottage Marcelle Bolt finally had the space to indulge her love of décor and create the stylish room she’d dreamed of

Total Cost £3,448

The window is now a stunning feature with beautiful shutters and sumptuous full length curtains that contrast with the dark walls to give the room grace and elegance
Photos Rachael Smith

Marcelle Bolt, 43, husband Ashley, 40, and children Evie, eight, and Fin, six, moved to their period home in the summer of 2015. ‘We had been living in a tiny two-bedroom cottage and needed more space so when this beautiful three-bedroom Victorian property came on the market that was literally opposite our cottage we had to take a look. It was everything we wanted – light and airy with high ceilings and period features and although it needed a coat of paint everywhere, we fell in love with it immediately,’ says Marcelle. ‘When we moved in, we loved that we could all spread out in the living room as this wasn’t possible before in our tiny house. It felt a bit like a bland beige box though, with no character and ugly window blinds, but the potential to be so much more shone through. I wanted a room that showed off the room’s size and beauty with a grown-up feel.’

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