English Designer's Live/Work Home

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May 27, 2012
Originally published in The Interior Design Issue
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Collector's Choice

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.  Courtesy 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.

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.
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  A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.  Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.

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

    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."  Courtesy 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."

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.
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  A path leads past glazing and gravel to the front door.  Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.

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

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    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.  Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.

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

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.
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  A wider look at the open-plan dining room and kitchen.  Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.

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

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.
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  A peek inside the master bedroom, with touches of marigold yellow throughout.  Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.

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

    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.  Courtesy 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.

    Courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.
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  The house's plans.

    The house's plans.

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