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This feature was included in the December 2007 issue of Your Home magazine.

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Claire has plenty of project managing experience and Jose is a skilled carpenter, so they make a great team and luckily, they shared the same vision for the way they wanted the house to look. ‘When we first stepped in the door it was very dark, but I could see it would be easy enough to lighten it up,’ she points out. ‘And I knew that we could extend at the back.’ ‘We’re very hands on. We did all of the decorating and José did most of the plumbing and fitted the kitchen beautifully.

The builders simply built the shell of the extension and then left it and we did everything else,’ Claire explains. One ofClaire’smain aims was tomake the rooms feel warm and welcoming. ‘I see a lot of houses where everything is contemporary,’ she says. ‘I wanted my family to be able to walk into this house and feel instantly at home. That’s why I have gone a little bit more classic rather than contemporary, just to get that warmth.’

The most dramatic change has been at the back of the house, where a single storey extension across the whole width, gives them their new home cinema room and opens the existing kitchen out into the dining area. Claire drew up the plans herself. ‘As soon as it went into submission, I went upstairs and started knocking the wardrobes down,’ she says.

‘That’s how it all started. I couldn’t wait any more. Jose came home and said: “What on earth are you doing?” and I said: “I’ve started!”. He had to start helping and then we didn’t stop. Even when I was pregnant with Daisy, I was painting!’

Claire’s eye for design shows in every room. In the kitchen she has kept the look light with muted, blue green walls as the backdrop to cream Shaker units, simple linen blinds and pretty, Nordic-style painted dining furniture. In the front room, now Daisy’s daytime sitting and playroom, she used a fresh and upbeat mix of chalk pink checked curtains, cosy wool carpet and a panel of stunning wallpaper over the chimney breast.

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