Through the keyhole: in Pembury
PUBLISHED: 21:22 24 May 2014
This elegant Victorian house contrasts original Arts and Crafts features with modern touches
Nicky Todd’s Victorian house, Highcroft in Pembury, is a beautifully proportioned, elegant family home.
The 19th-century Arts and Crafts-inspired house has been lovingly restored with a modern twist to suit her family’s different needs. Nicky lives here with her husband, Jeremy, and their two teenage children, Grace, 18 and Henry, 13.
Her profession as a wedding and portrait photographer is evident throughout the three-storey property; there are photo canvases and family pictures throughout the house.
Nicky has taken great care in decorating her home and has a natural eye for detail. She has created the perfect atmosphere for entertaining friends, as well as relaxing with her family and pet labrador Hugo.
The decor throughout contrasts original Arts and Crafts features with modern style. Nicky and Jeremy began their creative journey with Highcliff in 2007.
Although the house was quite dark and gloomy when they bought it, the couple saw its potential and set to work to introduce a lighter contemporary character.
They have achieved this with the use of neutral colour schemes accentuated with the occasional bold decoration.
When entering the house it is impossible to miss the striking white spiralling staircase and feature tiles which are characteristic of the period. Nicky has added vintage-style lamps, a stunning chandelier and large mirror to reflect these classic features.
Continuing the neutral colour scheme into the dining room maximises the sense of space and light, accentuated by the feature windows and crystal chandelier.
The walls are painted in ‘Downpipe’ by Farrow and Ball, the perfect period partner.
Nicky opted for warm, red tones to create a cosy, welcoming feel to their living room. The fireplace is central to the room and the family love spending time here. Kitchen
Before renovating the house Nicky and Jeremy were unhappy with the kitchen layout so they reassessed the space, increased the opening between the kitchen and dining room and installed an island in the middle of the kitchen.
There are doors which can separate the two rooms but when open, this becomes a fabulous entertaining space.
The master bedroom decor is dramatic but there is also a fairytale quality about this design which feels calm and tranquil after a long day.
The contemporary bathroom with its large window and mirrored wall is perfectly balanced with the clever choice of muted grey tiles. n