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A green ‘grass’ carpet and home-made bunting — the interiors stylist Helen Ellery has brought a bit of the English countryside into her London home. Her style is as British as the Colman’s mustard tins and Marmite jars that line her kitchen shelves. All things horticultural mix with Miss Marple tweeds, white cottons and Brighton-beach deckchair stripes. “I change the space with colours and textures each season,” says Ellery. “Most people put a room together and say, ‘Right, that’s it.’ But I love to swap fabrics, flowers and accessories. It’s hugely liberating to see a room evolve. Ellery bought her house from developers three years ago, and spent the first few weeks trying to stop them ripping out original features and plastering over exposed brick walls. “I had to literally hang on to the staircase so they wouldn’t take it,” she recalls. She has since stripped the window frames, laid reclaimed pine floorboards and added metres of tongue and groove, as there was a history of wood panelling in the street: “I could never live in a blank space without any sense of texture or history,” she insists... Writer Victoria Stanley

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