Visit a Georgian country house with bold interior choices


The renovation is an understatement to describe the work Caroline and Neil Baldwin have done on their beautiful Grade II listed Georgian home. Built in 1801 in rural Worcestershire, it had countless features to recommend it before its refurbishment.

There is the spectacular curved bay window overlooking 15 acres of land at the rear of the house, the grand cantilevered staircase, an elegant living room, spacious kitchen and beautifully proportioned dining room, perfect for a convivial dinner with friends and family. It’s features like these that truly make this property one of the best homes in the world.

Brick Georgian house exterior with bay and sash windows and mature trees

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An equally long list of essential repairs also appeared on this first viewing, but Caroline and Neil had little hesitation. Their offer was accepted and soon after they were going through the list. They moved in with their three young children, living in the middle of all the work with a single working fire and running water in a dated bathroom. They even survived six months without a kitchen.

Exterior and structural repairs

Front door with white pillars and sports car outside and Georgian sash windows

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The kitchen had to wait, however, as there were urgent exterior repairs to be done first to ensure the house was watertight and structurally sound, including repairing the leaking roof. After the roof was repaired, there were the gutters, then the insulation, before each window was taken down, repaired and put back in place.

The cracked pillars on either side of the front door have also been repaired, the finishing touch to that elegant Georgian facade and a good inspiration for those looking for front door ideas. In the 1960s, the house belonged to the Morgan family who owned the famous British sports car firm. New owner Neil has parked his own Morgan in front of the renovated entrance.

Interior updates

Curved cantilevered staircase with front door and grandfather clock and Georgian fan window above the door

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The last major changes to the house were in the 1960s, when the Morgans reportedly added the cantilevered main staircase. The new owners of the house started updating the house again, but decided to keep the elegant ideas of the entrance hall and the staircase as they were.

Elsewhere, the couple wanted a classic look to keep the house in its era and its elegant architecture, and chose traditional colors to give it a clean, fresh update.

Food

Kitchen with white cabinets and aga with island parquet flooring and Georgian sash windows

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The new layout is full of inspiring kitchen ideas, but it needed to incorporate one key ingredient above all others. The owners had an Aga in their old house and they missed it. So it was essential, with a good sized island for food prep. The cabinets are Harvey Jones, complemented by an iridescent tiled splashback and granite worktops. The parquet is in Versailles parquet of Ted Todd.

Dining room

Dining room with blue wallpaper polished wooden table and Georgian sash windows

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With its lavish wallpaper and huge sash windows overlooking the garden, this refined and striking space is full of inspiring ideas for the dining room. It was the last room to be finished and with the confidence that grows during a major renovation, the couple wanted to take a different approach with the dining room decor.

“We decided it should be a bit out there and get us out of our comfort zone,” says Caroline. Although the Nutcracker by Juliette Travers The wallcovering was a leap of faith, the couple can’t imagine anything so beautiful. They had seen the huge polished walnut table for sale at an antique shop years ago. Luckily it was still there for the couple and is now the setting for evening dinners with friends and weekly Sunday family lunches.

drawing room

Green sofas in the living room with striped wallpaper and pink armchairs and cream vintage wooden coffee table and large bay window

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Decor in the more formal of the two family living rooms typifies Caroline’s approach to updating the home – a traditional style with fresh colors. This piece is a great starting point for anyone looking for traditional living room ideas. Neil and Caroline had the teak flooring restored by a local restoration company, who believed it dated from the last renovation of the house by the Morgan family in the 1960s. The wallpaper is by Cole & Son Cambridge Stripe.

grand piano in living room with striped wallpaper and alcove shelving and Georgian sash windows

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Salon

living room with green sofas and pink cushions and buttoned pouf and waxed wood sideboard with flowers

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This pretty living room takes up and completes the color scheme of the neighboring kitchen. For those looking for living room ideas, there are lessons to be learned here on how to furnish with a mix of antiques, cherished family pieces and new purchases. Walls painted in a soft neutral hue that allows the lovely garden views to remain the focal point.

Bedrooms

bedroom with pink walls and iron bed with nurse's chair and Georgian sash windows

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Soft pink walls create a warm and restful backdrop in the guest bedroom. Choosing a relaxing color scheme is essential when looking for new bedroom ideas. For a similar bed, try the Albert from Co’s wrought iron and brass bed period of life interval.

bedroom with double bed facing huge Georgian bay window and window seat with cushions

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With a view of the treetops from the window seat in the lovely bay window, the master bedroom is filled with light and there was really only one place to position the bed – facing the newly restored window and its views over the garden.

Bathroom

bathroom with blue vanity and marble tile in shower with rocking chair in front of Georgian sash windows and dark wood effect floor

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The guest bathroom features pink walls to match those in the guest bedroom. A sleek blue vanity and marble effect tiles in the shower complete the look.

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