Step inside this modernist new-build in a traditional Suffolk market town, owned by Jane and David Webb. The state-of-the-art home stands between a row of period properties and makes a stunning impression. ‘Our previous home was furnished in a classic way, but we had very modern plans for this place,’ says Jane, a former dress shop owner, who started the new build with her husband David in 2008, with a modular timber-framed home by Baufritz and help from local architect Peter Cox. ‘We’d investigated all sorts of timber-framed structures, but the company’s bespoke system met our needs perfectly.’ After discussions with Baufritz, Jane and David got architect Peter Cox on board to help them design their home.
The speed of the construction was rapid,’ says David, the CEO of a haulage firm. ‘By the end of the first day, two external walls were up and the roof was in place.’ While the construction was under way Jane forged ahead with choosing furnishings for the interior. A purple colour-block rug from Liberty was the starting point for the sitting room (above and below).
‘I had a picture of the purple rug in my mind when I set off to London to buy the grey sofa,’ says Jane. ‘That’s when I spotted the shocking pink rocking chair and the glossy coffee table from Ligne Roset. With these pieces in place, the scheme quickly came together.’ As the living areas were fairly open-plan, Jane wanted a similarly glamourous theme in the dining room. ‘I kept the colour palette simple to offset the luscious red curtain fabric, another dramatic rug and some pretty paintings that we’d bought while on holiday in France,’ says Jane.
In the new kitchen, the island’s ice-white Silestone worktop is the perfect match for the glossy bank of wall cabinetry. ‘I simply love the way our new kitchen opens up onto the decked terrace,’ says Jane.
For the bedroom, Jane chose vibrant pink furnishings, which echo those used in the sitting room. The curtains are made from Parini Peony fabric from Designer’s Guild and enhance the look.
The home is full of interesting and original decor, such as this cushion in the entrance hall (below), which bring the home alive. ‘The wonderful thing about this place is that it’s so light,’ says Jane. ‘It feels so luxurious and relaxing that every day we spend here feels like a holiday.’
Words adapted from Mandy Nolan. Photos by Robert Sanderson.
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Emily Peck, Editor
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