Welcome to series 2 of House Tours Open Door. We've been busy filming gorgeous homes over the summer, filled with cool and clever ideas from their creative owners.
We plan to beam you into eight jaw-dropping homes, to hear from the owners and to get under the skin of exactly what makes a place special. Inspiration from the comfort of your living room? Sounds like a double win.
EPISODE 6 - AT HOME WITH CHELSEA DIXON
Interior designer, Chelsea Dixon walks us around the property she shares with her husband Rob, an interior architect, to let us in on how they pooled their talents to turn a once rundown London townhouse into a Parisian style home.
Chelsea, a former actress with a knack for interiors, and her husband, Rob, who trained at the Architectural Association, set up a property and design business six years ago.
Their speciality is transforming lacklustre properties for re-sale, and all of their projects are defined by an eye for proportion, light and budget.
Their own house reflects their shared priorities. While the decoration is simple – grey and white walls, subdued linen curtains – the emphasis is on architectural detailing.
‘Purely contemporary interiors date quickly, but if you define rooms with traditional features it makes everything timeless,’ says Chelsea.
Chelsea’s father, a joiner, made the kitchen. Lined in walnut, the cupboards provide stealthy storage for toys and paraphernalia. The La Cornue range cooker and tall mirror add Gallic élan. ‘I love the way French interiors can be both classical and minimal,’ says Chelsea.
Her father also made the sturdy, glass- topped dining table.
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Panelled doors and reinstated architectural detailing give the interior a timeless appeal.
Shop now: The sofa is from Camerich.
The large bay window floods the space with light. Formerly a series of down-at-heel bedsits, the house had lost many of its period features. Rob and Chelsea had them put back in.
Shop now: JRM French Interiors sells similar chandeliers
Chelsea designed the bedroom with pared-back furnishings and subdued colours to add to the relaxed feel of the space.
Shop now: The bed is by The White Company.
Chelsea always wanted a bath in the bedroom, it's luxurious but she can also bath the children in there and then change them on the bed.
Shop now: The bath is from W4 Bathrooms
Shop now: The curtains are in Romo's Launay Thistledown linen
A former kitchen is now a bathroom complete with a glazed wall that echoes the back of the ground-floor extension.
Shop now: Aston Matthews sells wall-mounted brass towel rails.
The beautiful Carrara marble surfaces extend to the double wash stand.
Shop now: Porcelanosa sells similar marble tiles.
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