It’s safe to say Jane Ashton isn’t afraid to be bold. Colour and pattern, the rustic and refined, the old and new – all combine inside the Grade II-listed farmhouse that she calls home. ‘I like the period of a property to shine through, but I don’t want to live in a museum.’ she says of her eclectic style.
Working from top to bottom, Jane and husband Richard redecorated each room in the house. The original kitchen was far too small in proportion to the other rooms, so the pair decided to put in planning for a single-storey extension. ‘The house felt disconnected from the garden, so we decided to incorporate bi-fold doors to bring the outside in – they’ve transformed the space.’
Owners: Design mentor Jane Ashton (janeashton.com) lives here with her husband Richard, CEO of a financial company
Property: A five-bedroom Grade II-listed farmhouse dating back to the 17th century with later additions, set in a North Hertfordshire village
What they did: The property was extended to create an open-plan kitchen-diner and the entire house was redecorated. Upstairs, dormer windows were installed in an attic bedroom while another bedroom was converted into a bathroom to create a guest suite