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English Designer's Live/Work Home

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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 Meredith.

    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.
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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 Meredith.

    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.
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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 Meredith.

    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.
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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 Meredith.

    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.
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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 Meredith.

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

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

    Photo by Andrew Meredith.
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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 Meredith.

    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.
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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 Meredith.

    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.
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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 Meredith.

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

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

    Photo by Andrew Meredith.
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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 Meredith.

    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.
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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 Meredith.

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

    Photo by Andrew Meredith.
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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 Meredith.

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

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

    Photo by Andrew Meredith.
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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 Meredith.

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

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

    Photo by Andrew Meredith.
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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 Meredith.

    "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.
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  The house's plans.  Photo by Andrew Meredith.

    The house's plans.

    Photo by Andrew Meredith.

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