Rebecca and Jonny Morris have transformed their home but held onto that vintage vibe
When Rebecca and Jonny Morris bought their 1960s detached house in Gloucestershire, it hadn’t been touched since it was built, not even a lick of paint. It was a dream project for the couple, who both work in creative industries, who set to work renovating and extending the four-bedroom property, being careful to make the most of existing mid-century features and using the period as inspiration for new aspects of the build.‘As soon as I walked into the house and saw the original suspended staircase, still resplendent with its deep-pile mustard carpet stair treads, I knew this was a house we could make into a fantastic home,’ remembers Rebecca. Knocking through and extending out and up to the back and side, Rebecca and Jonny created a new open-plan living, kitchen and dining area that they could share with their sons Jude, 12, and Ike, 10, and their beagle, Olive. Artist and journalist Rebecca is a keen cook and Jonny runs the Cheltenham branch of kitchen design company Roundhouse, so the kitchen was always going to be an essential part of the remodelling. ‘I was probably his most demanding client to date,’ laughs Rebecca. ‘I wanted a bit of everything in my kitchen and Jonny had to guide me towards a design that was going to be functional as well as great to look at.’
The final design saw a combination of traditional in-frame cabinetry alongside more contemporary finishes. An eye-catching porcelain worktop wraps around the handleless rough-sawn oak of the island, overhanging to provide seating. ‘We love the colour and matte finish of the porcelain and it’s a really hardwearing surface too – which is great as we give our kitchen some heavy duty use!’ The couple chose an antique white concrete for their other work surface which was poured in situ and wraps up to form a splashback. The furniture on that run is classic Shaker in design, painted Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball, complete with chunky metal handles. Jonny designed the long walnut table and Rebecca found the original 1960s dining chairs on eBay. The large, open living area continues the 60s black and white colour scheme with the black framed doors repeated and a retro white leather sofa. Rebecca’s paintings hang on the walls along with work of other local artists and the general vibe is eclectic and relaxed.‘The downside of working in design is that you see new ideas every day and think, ‘maybe we should have done it that way.’ But we have designed a home that we really love, that we feel is at ease with its mid-century roots but that has evolved and been stamped with our personality.’
Kitchens from Roundhouse are from £35,000.
Photos by Heather Gunn
Article by: Maddie Fuller