Empty Nesters Discover Their Dream Home Is Contemporary, But Comfortable

updated Apr 29, 2019

Empty Nesters Discover Their Dream Home Is Contemporary, But Comfortable

updated Apr 29, 2019
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Name: Debbie and Martyn Wright
Location: Clevedon, North Somerset, United Kingdom
Size: 3200 square feet
Years Lived In: Owned for 4 years

After the children left the nest, Debbie and Martyn Wright decided it was time for them to create their dream home. Having searched for four years, they finally found this 1960s bungalow, which sat on an amazing plot with uninterrupted views of the countryside.

The bungalow itself was pretty dated, so the couple originally planned to demolish it and build something brand new on the site, but having had their plans rejected by the council, they had to rethink their strategy. It forced the couple to be creative with the existing bungalow structure, and together with their architect, they have created an extension at the back that made the most of the view.

With a big family, they wanted to create a space that would be great for entertaining, and Debbie and Martyn have created a wonderful haven for all the family to enjoy.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Contemporary, but comfortable.

Inspiration: Soho House, and design advice from daughter Ellie who was brilliant in introducing us to new ideas and brands.

Favorite Element: Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen

Biggest Challenge: Getting the space we needed approved by Local Planning. Managing the change from our previous Victorian house to contemporary open plan living.

What Friends Say: Love the view!! and Wow!!

Biggest Embarrassment: None really

Proudest DIY: Designing the bathrooms

Biggest Indulgence: Coffee table in lounge!!

Best Advice: Don’t rush to get everything finished—take your time—it will evolve!! Live with it for a while to see how each room works.

Dream Sources: Pinterest, Houzz, Oka!!


Hall — Inchyra Blue and Ammonite – Farrow and Ball
Study — Stiffkey Blue – Farrow and Ball
Lounge/kitchen/dining room — Ammonite and Moles Breath – Farrow and Ball
Master Bedroom — Charleston Gray – Farrow and Ball
Guest Bedroom — Brassica – Farrow and Ball

Pendant lights — Melt by Tom Dixon
Sideboard — Neptune – repainted in Downpipe – Farrow and Ball
Painting — The Rose Garden by Jack Frame
Lamps — Oka
Chair — Laura Ashley

Sofas —
Cushions — Oka
Rug — John Lewis
TV unit and Sideboard — Bo Concept
Glass coffee table — Piero Lissani for Glas Italia – Made in Design
Side table — Hay
Lamps — Oka
Flowers — Oka
Large Painting — Foxgloves by Katie Allen
Dining table and chairs — Hay
Wood burning Stove — Morso
Arm chairs —
Kitchen lights — Dyberg Larson
Kitchen supplied — Intoto Bristol
Kitchen stools — Hay

Bed —
Bedding — The White Company
Cushions and Throw — Oka
Chests of Drawers — Handmade by Nic Dumine
Lamps — Oka
Rug — The White Company
Chair — Parker Knoll, re-covered by Clevedon Sofa Company

Furniture, bath and hand basin — all by Lusso Stone
Shower fittings — Bathroom Village
Fitted wall units — Handmade buy Nic Dumine
Towels — The White Company
Mirror — Laura Ashley

Bed —
Bedding — The White Company
Cushions — Oka
Throw — Hay
Lamps — Oka
Side tables — Aula by
Rug — John Lewis
Console table — Swoon Editions
Artwork — Originals by Victoria Young Jamieson
Fitted Wardrobes — Infiniti Bristol

Thanks, Debbie and Martyn!

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