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Interiors stylist Marie Nichols has crafted an airy family home from a listed Kent cottage, complete with a few brilliant Ebay finds

Photographs by: Max Attenborough


Marie shares this Grade II listed cottage in Yalding, Kent, with her husband Simon Ward, a graphic designer, son Albie, two, and miniature dachshund Dudley.

Buying a listed period property in need of complete renovation isn’t for the faint-hearted, but for Marie and Simon it was exactly the project they had been dreaming of. The couple spent a year scouring the Kent countryside, where Marie grew up, searching for the perfect characterful house where they could put their creative skills to good use. Their eyes for design and Marie’s years as an interiors stylist combined with Simon’s prolific DIY skills meant it would have been a false economy to buy somewhere already ‘done’.

This blog is by Clare Nolan for You Magazine. The full article can be found on the Daily Mail Online. Click here to see the full article.

Simon painstakingly stripped back the bricked-up inglenook fireplace to its original proportions and added oak benches either side of a new wood burning stove (Charnwood Stoves, Marie chose Moroccan-influenced tiles for the hearth floor to add pattern to the room ( The grey Margot sofas are from and the pendant lights hanging above are bargain finds from HomeSense.

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