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Annie Kluman

Take colour into your own hands and give a pre-loved piece of furniture a new lease of life with a coat of paint, as Annie Kluman has in her English, country home.


Season:
Spring


Location:
UK


Credits:
GAP Interiors/Colin Poole/Styling and text by Ann Broad


Feature No:   1921 

Qty of Images:    35 

 



 
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Synopsis
Finding a small cottage in Northamptonshire, for their new home proved an ideal location for Annie Kluman and Martin Banner. ‘ We were so fortunate to find such an idyllic setting. Martin is a property developer and I am an interior stylist,’ so we spend a lot of time considering what it takes to make a house a home, says Annie. The cottage is in Little Brington, a small village on the Althorp estate, and was originally one of the workers cottages. ‘I loved the idea of moving to the countryside, long country walks and summer days spent in the garden, and as Martin was originally from this area, it seemed an obvious county to explore,’ explains Annie. The first task for the building team was to remove the existing kitchen and replace it with hand made, painted cabinets. ‘I found a fabulous company to supply the kitchen cabinets, they gave me the opportunity to see them making my kitchen in their workshop before it was installed, it was such a joy watching it being built and then hand painted, I’m really pleased with the results, enthuses Annie. To complete the kitchen Annie chose Terracotta tiles for a country, rustic look. ‘ My idea for the flooring was to choose natural terracotta for the kitchen and hall, it’s a practical choice, and I think in keeping with the style of the cottage, it also sits well against the oak flooring in the sitting room,’ says Annie. All the walls throughout the house have a muted, pale palette, creating a perfect backdrop for Annie’s collection of art and accessories, often bought on her travels abroad. ‘I think ‘Joanna’ by the Little Green Company is such a lovely, soft white, perfect for an old property. Using the same colour in all the rooms gives continuity and an air of space,’ says Annie. The light filled sitting room has a feeling of comfort and effortless charm, with Annie’s blend of sumptuous sofas, quirky mismatched chairs and contemporary artwork. ‘We are fortunate, as this is a small cottage, to have a fairly spacious sitting room, with plenty of natural light. I chose oak flooring as a good base for my mix of furniture styles, and fitted shelving in the alcoves to house our books. Because of Annie’s background in design her keen eye for detail is evident in every room. ‘I started my career in TV and film, styling and designing sets, so I can’t help myself I‘m constantly looking for antique or junk shop finds, of pretty china or an old piece of furniture – in fact the leather chair in the kitchen was a bargain at just £5, amasing!’ Exclaims Annie.

 

 

 
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