When Christina’s parents decided to sell their much-loved family home in North Yorkshire, she was the only one out of four siblings in a position to buy and renovate it.
‘We rented out our modern mews house and moved in for a six-month trial before we bought it,’ she explains. ‘My husband, Craig, thought it would never feel like home, but I knew we could make it our own.’
The owners: Christina Easton, who owns The LillianDaph, an artisan homewares store, lives here with her husband Craig, an electrician, and their labrador, Daphne, and cocker spaniel, Lillian
The property: A detached six-bedroom 1950s house in Brotton, North Yorkshire
Total project cost: £54,100
The pair concentrated their efforts on the first floor of the upside-down house, which is where the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, conservatory and three of the six bedrooms are located – using the three additional bedrooms on the floor below for storage.
With a mixture of savings and family help, they gradually transformed the space room by room, with electrician Craig carrying out much of the work himself with help from a joiner friend.
Christina painted the kitchen units in Malachite by Fired Earth (opens in new tab) to tie in with the dark tones used throughout the house. Copper splashback and kickboards, all bespoke from The Light Shack. Cooker, Rangemaster (opens in new tab). Black dishwasher and washing machine, Gorenje. Reclaimed cast-iron radiator, Tynemouth Architectural Salvage (opens in new tab). Grasmere Oak bar stool, Atlantic Shopping
The monk's bench seen here was inherited from Craig's grandad, while the deer's head was handmade by John Walker of Up North Creative. Flooring, York Stone
In the dining area, a Laura Ashley (opens in new tab) dining table has been team with Ercol (opens in new tab) chairs in the conservatory. Woodwork painted in Pavillion McPherson Trade Paint (opens in new tab), Gallatin stone-effect vinyl flooring, Karndean (opens in new tab)
Local firm Wood Heat created a new fireplace with brick slips and a wooden mantle, which houses a dual-aspect multi-fuel stove. Christina chose to paint the walls in Rivington Blue by Abigail Ahern (opens in new tab). The Morning Oak parquet-effect vinyl flooring, by Karndean (opens in new tab), and a Laura Ashley (opens in new tab) chandelier add an elegant feel. The inherited M&S (opens in new tab) wicker coffee table has been customised with gold leaf to the glass top. Tan leather sofa, Sofas & Co (opens in new tab). Broste rug, The LillianDaph Store (opens in new tab). For a large gold wall clock, try Wayfair (opens in new tab)
Christina has experimented in the guest bedroom, where she’s teamed a feature wall in Mr Jones Cranberry wallpaper, from Laura Ashley (opens in new tab), with Mott paint by Abigail Ahern (opens in new tab) on the other walls. William Morris Strawberry Thief duvet cover, Debenhams (opens in new tab). Cactus, Abigail Ahern (opens in new tab)
In the bathroom, building out the partition under the window has allowed the bath to have wall-mounted taps and also provides a ledge for toiletries. Walls painted in Wooster Olive by Abigail Ahern (opens in new tab). Suite, James Hargreaves (opens in new tab). Vinyl flooring, Priory Flooring & Blinds. Chandelier, John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Partially knocking the wall down between the bedroom and shower room next door has created a semi-open plan feel. The wall paint is Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab), which creates a rich backdrop
Indian Ocean Madagascar Seaspray tiles, from Fired Earth (opens in new tab), and grey glazed metro tiles, from Discount Tile Depot (opens in new tab), create impact in the en suite. For similar floor tiles, try Umbra black porcelain, B&Q (opens in new tab). Roca shower and sink, James Hargreaves (opens in new tab)
Christina had her grandma’s favourite saying turned into a sign by Light up North (opens in new tab). Ash real wood top-layer flooring, B&Q (opens in new tab). For a similar bed, try Home & Haus Solomon bedframe, Wayfair (opens in new tab). Bedside lights, Garden Trading (opens in new tab). Linea pink velvet cushion, House of Fraser (opens in new tab). Mascros pendant light, IKEA (opens in new tab)
Building work and plastering: £8,000
Multi-fuel burner and installation: £5,200
Garden and balcony: £5,000
Purchase cost in 2013: £470,000
Estimated current value: £550,000
Potential profit: £25,900