A Gilded Arch Is Just One of the Incredible DIYs in This Colorful UK Home

published Jun 5, 2024

A Gilded Arch Is Just One of the Incredible DIYs in This Colorful UK Home

published Jun 5, 2024
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When John and Claire Champion bought this house in a village on the outskirts of Chester, U.K., it was originally a small-ish dormer bungalow. But over the eight years they’ve owned the place, they’ve made a few changes. Firstly, they extended the house, adding three bedrooms upstairs, as well as converted the garage space into an extra bedroom and a snug.

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They replumbed, rewired, and refitted (and upcycled) the kitchen and two bathrooms, as well. “It’s taken around six years to get to this stage, with the majority of the budget being spent on building works and installations,” writes Claire, who posts about her home on Instagram under the account, @charnwoodtowers.

When it came to decorating the space, Claire says they did most of it themselves and mostly using secondhand finds and IKEA pieces they’ve added their own personality to. “Upcycling furniture is definitely a passion of [mine]; it’s such a great way to get a unique piece on a budget,” explains Claire.

My style is very much eclectic; there is a common thread of mid-century modern across many of the rooms, but I think the thing that ties everything together is the use of color and pattern. I’m not afraid to have different design styles and influences in each room, I just design based on the space and the feeling I want to evoke,” Claire admits. “I love spending time at home; more often than not, I’ll be upcycling or crafting. I love an opportunity to be creative.”  



  • Entry Wall Color — Farrow and Ball “Setting Plaster”
  • Living Room — Farrow and Ball “Shaded White”
  • Dining Room — Rust-o-leum “Longsands”
  • Green Bedroom Wall — Little Greene Paint Company ” Garden”
  • Green Walls Bedroom 2 — Little Greene Paint Company “Windmill Lane”
  • Bathroom — Rust-o-leum “Gresham Blue”


  • Cabinet — IKEA
  • Stencil on Cabinet — dizzyduck.co.uk 


  • Wallpaper — House of Hackney
  • Retro Wallpaper — Scion Living
  • Curtains — Blinds2Go
  • Black Furniture — Vintage, Upcycled
  • Sofa — Stella by Stressless
  • Footstools  — Orla Keily 


  • Red Cabinet — Thrifted and Upcycled
  • Kitchen Cabinets — Upcycled and Painted in Lick Green 03
  • All Other Dining Furniture — Secondhand


  • Wallpaper — Rebel Walls “Chinoiserie Chic” 
  • Rug — Oliver Bonas
  • Chest of Drawers — Upcycled IKEA


  • Wood Panel Wallpaper — Dunelm
  • Blind — Blinds2Go
  • Palm Print Chest of Drawers — Upcycled Wallpaper by Claire


  • Wallpaper — wallpapermural.com “Freya”


  • Blue Tiles — Rust-o-leum “Marcella Tile Paint”
  • Cabinet Paint — Rust-o-leum “Blue River”
  • Plates on Walls — H&M

Thanks for showing us your home, Claire and John!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.