English Designer's Live/Work Home

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May 27, 2012

In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade.

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  A palette of wood, concrete, and painted brick forms a neutral backdrop for Kathryn Tyler’s vintage treasures, including a $30 dining table, $3 poster, and a set of 1950s Carl Jacobs Jason chairs she snagged on eBay for $400.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A palette of wood, concrete, and painted brick forms a neutral backdrop for Kathryn Tyler’s vintage treasures, including a $30 dining table, $3 poster, and a set of 1950s Carl Jacobs Jason chairs she snagged on eBay for $400.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  Tyler and Brown’s living room is packed with furniture yet manages to avoid feeling cluttered. The coffee table is a Nelson Platform Bench from Herman Miller, and the low tables are Tablo Tables by Magnus Löfgren for Design House Stockholm. The Nørreskoven fireplace is from Cleanburn Stoves.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    Tyler and Brown’s living room is packed with furniture yet manages to avoid feeling cluttered. The coffee table is a Nelson Platform Bench from Herman Miller, and the low tables are Tablo Tables by Magnus Löfgren for Design House Stockholm. The Nørreskoven fireplace is from Cleanburn Stoves.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  Open shelving between the living room and dining area maximizes light and air flow and showcases eclectic objects, which include old printing blocks found at a garage sale and bowls Tyler’s mother bought in South Africa.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    Open shelving between the living room and dining area maximizes light and air flow and showcases eclectic objects, which include old printing blocks found at a garage sale and bowls Tyler’s mother bought in South Africa.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A Knoll sofa is bracketed by two leather-and-wood Falcon chairs by Sigurd Resell. “Being in control at every stage of the design and construction process meant I didn’t have to compromise on anything," says Kathryn Tyler.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A Knoll sofa is bracketed by two leather-and-wood Falcon chairs by Sigurd Resell. “Being in control at every stage of the design and construction process meant I didn’t have to compromise on anything," says Kathryn Tyler.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  For the kitchen, Tyler hired David Restorick, a furniture maker and friend, to build an island for storage and to wrap Ikea cabinets with oak for a customized look. He also built a staircase that doubles as display space for Tyler’s vast collection of colorful cookware by the likes of Finel, Copco, Cathrineholm, Jens Quistgaard, and Stig Lindberg.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    For the kitchen, Tyler hired David Restorick, a furniture maker and friend, to build an island for storage and to wrap Ikea cabinets with oak for a customized look. He also built a staircase that doubles as display space for Tyler’s vast collection of colorful cookware by the likes of Finel, Copco, Cathrineholm, Jens Quistgaard, and Stig Lindberg.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  About her collection of cookware, Tyler comments: “I use accessories as the color in spaces so these items are an integral part of the overall design."  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    About her collection of cookware, Tyler comments: “I use accessories as the color in spaces so these items are an integral part of the overall design."

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  Upstairs is the master bedroom and bath, plus a study for Tyler's boyfriend, Chris Brown, who works as a consultant for humanitarian NGOs.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    Upstairs is the master bedroom and bath, plus a study for Tyler's boyfriend, Chris Brown, who works as a consultant for humanitarian NGOs.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A look at the exterior of Tyler and Brown's new 2,150-square-foot house, located a stone's throw away from Tyler's mother's home.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A look at the exterior of Tyler and Brown's new 2,150-square-foot house, located a stone's throw away from Tyler's mother's home.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A path leads past glazing and gravel to the front door.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A path leads past glazing and gravel to the front door.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  Clerestory windows in Tyler's design studio provide plenty of light, while built-in bookshelves and flat files offer ample storage.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    Clerestory windows in Tyler's design studio provide plenty of light, while built-in bookshelves and flat files offer ample storage.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A built-in bench by the window is a cozy perch for Tyler. The herringbone flooring is engineered oak.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A built-in bench by the window is a cozy perch for Tyler. The herringbone flooring is engineered oak.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  In the living room, a Nelson bench doubles as a coffee table, and a wood-burning stove from Cleanburn Stoves keeps the space warm.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    In the living room, a Nelson bench doubles as a coffee table, and a wood-burning stove from Cleanburn Stoves keeps the space warm.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A wider look at the open-plan dining room and kitchen.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A wider look at the open-plan dining room and kitchen.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A built-in closet and chalkboard surface in the entry keeps things tidy and the couple's to-do list in order.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A built-in closet and chalkboard surface in the entry keeps things tidy and the couple's to-do list in order.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A peek inside the master bedroom, with touches of marigold yellow throughout.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    A peek inside the master bedroom, with touches of marigold yellow throughout.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  "I put everything that I've always loved into this house," says Tyler—and that includes white tiles edged with gray grout in the bathroom, a design move previous clients had balked at.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    "I put everything that I've always loved into this house," says Tyler—and that includes white tiles edged with gray grout in the bathroom, a design move previous clients had balked at.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  The house's plans.  Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    The house's plans.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

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