We are Natalie (35) and Mark (37) and we reside in Strathmore with our 3 children Luca, Dominic and Ava.
We used our own family business to build.
Drafting plans through lock down gave us a good understanding of what our forever home would need to cater for our family. We wanted separate study/work areas, a swimming pool, theatre room, a large dining space and plenty of storage.
Natalie: The void dining area. Everything in this room (windows, sheers, furnishings and art) come together to make an uplifting space.
Mark: The theatre room. It’s my oasis.
In the start we would draw a lot. We started planning in winter and we would take it in turns at night to draw what we might like the facade of the house to look like. This then moved on to Mark drawing up rough plans for the house. By the time the architect was retained we had a folder full of saved photos and drawings of our own.
*High Ceilings make even a small house feel large.
To transform on a budget: fresh paint, floor coverings (ie re stain floors/new carpet/steam clean), new window coverings and spend some time in the garden.
* Any were the kids and their trail of toys are feels like home.
New Swimming pool and wall art hanging in the house.
To have the kids pick something special to hang in their rooms.
What qualities do you look for when choosing materials, furniture and accessories in your designs?
When choosing materials and furnishings we always go back to the Palette (the windows, stone, cabinetry, flooring etc) and consider if they would clash, get lost or work to enhance the house.
The aim of having sheers in the house was to add softness without compromising light. The sheers aesthetically add softness and in functionality still allow for a degree of natural light to come in.
If you are struggling to find ideas of what window furnishings you require/might like go on the dollar curtain and blinds Instagram page or website (this is what we did). We found plenty of photographed spaces to take inspiration from!
dc+b website and Instagram page
We chat with Amelia Lamont popularly known as “The Midwife Mumma” about building their dream family home.
We chat with Emily Jury + Bec Douros, Interior Stylists + Designers.