When a family is made up of one textile designer (Georgia), one graphic designer (Ian) and two color-loving littles, you can bet there’s no shortage of beautiful pattern and bright colors in the home. Georgia and Ian love spending their days being creative with their kids — five-year-old Delilah and 4-year-old Celeste — baking, doing art projects, and exploring together. Georgia’s work as a freelance has enabled her to be home with the girls full-time, but with Celeste starting school recently, she’s digging deeper into design work again.
While the family’s three-bedroom home — a terraced ex-council house built in 1955 — was technically the only one they could afford in their ideal neighborhood (close to Georgia’s family), the mid-century style and potential for customization ultimately sealed the deal. Ian and Georgia have spent the five years since they bought the home working on projects themselves as the budget allows. Some pieces were left behind by previous occupants, and the couple has happily incorporated them into the home: gorgeous Babycham glasses, floral chopping boards, a dressing table, beautiful beveled mirrors and chintzy crockery. Some of the projects came naturally; they started in the living room and expanded from there. Other updates were done out of necessity, like the bathroom remodel that came while Georgia was pregnant with Celeste and in desperate need of easy access to a shower. The kitchen got a small extension from incorporating a neighboring coal shed into the space and knocking down the connecting wall, which allowed for a new dining area.
With a more compact home, Ian and Georgia have to be very mindful with how they use each space. A favorite sideboard in the living room (found at a local thrift shop for only 15 pounds) houses toys and books. Georgia’s secretary (which holds a scanner, laptop, and work papers) folds down to be a workspace and allows her to chat with Ian when they’re working together in the same room.
They’ve created a home that has the clean lines that Ian loves, without compromising on the inviting nature that Georgia’s style and collections add to the home. “The back wall in the kitchen is the perfect illustration of our family, I think — the bold graphic stripes are like Ian, the patterned pieces all displayed are like me, and all the colorful pens and crayons are all the girls,” Georgia shares. Never without gratitude for their home, what this family cherishes most about it is always changing, as they are, in a retreat that reflects them all. —
Image above: “This was the last room we decorated and I wanted it to be a little different from the rest of the house, a little calmer and clearer to make it a sanctuary for Ian and I to go to,” Georgia says. “I’ve always wanted a pink bedroom and I love the softness it gives with the white, the festoon lights add a little graphic quality, and the lovely headboard on the bed means we can have lots of lovely breakfasts in bed with two wriggle girls added in!”
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Bureau- , vintage, no longer available
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Tablecloth and light fitting- John Lewis (same but different ), tablecloth no longer available