an elegant Dorset country house proved the perfect rural escape

The elegant proportions of this Victorian-era Dorset country house, and the large sash windows that fill the rooms with natural light, were what first attracted the owners to the property. But it was the freedom to completely overhaul the house that clinched the deal.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: House tour Ainsworth Dorset country house


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House tour Ainsworth Dorset country house

The house is in the market town of Bridport, Dorset. Although it sits in a conservation area, the building itself is not listed – which meant the couple could replace the existing rear extension with a big open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting area.

They commissioned interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch to envision a new layout. ‘The answer was to preserve the original, grand parts of the house while opening up and rationalising the secondary spaces that had been added later on,’ explains owner Sarah Ainsworth.

The family made the move to the property after living in their former home in Oxford for 10 years. ‘We had been thinking a more relaxed pace of life would be good for us and our two daughters, but until we visited Bridport we couldn’t imagine making it a reality,’ says Sarah. ‘Then we came for a weekend to

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New Hampshire Homeowners: How To Build The Perfect Kitchen Island

Looking for some inspiration to make your New Hampshire home more attractive and valuable? A good place to start is in the kitchen.

Designing and building an island is a great way to give your kitchen an instant makeover. A kitchen island can also provide you with more storage space as well an informal dining area for family and friends. Even on a small budget, with a bit of planning and time, you can build your own DIY island and transform your kitchen into a room you want to spend more time in. Here’s how.

Step 1: Design and Planning

Think about how you want to use your new kitchen island:

Additional counter space for food prep and storage

Having extra counter space means you’ll have more room to bake and cook. Consider adding extra cupboards and drawers to the island to store dishes, pots and pans, and cooking utensils. Search online or at your local home improvement store for some unique storage options.

Additional cooking area

If you’re planning on using your island for cooking, you’ll need to allow at least 18 inches of free space along the sides of the cooktop. You’ll also want to choose countertop material

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Simply Perfect to expand interior design displays at 8th and Railroad location

The timing was right for Penny Klinedinst to expand her home design, decor, lifestyle and apparel store at the 8th and Railroad shopping center.

Klinedinst is expanding Simply Perfect into the former Rug and Relic space next door, which closed its doors in 2020, to help showcase more of her interior design work.

“This has always been in the back of our mind,” Klinedinst said of the expansion.

And this isn’t new for Klinedinst — space has meant everything to her store.

While Klinedinst started her interior design work in 1999, she opened Simply Perfect in 2006 as a retail side of her business. The store grew from 800 square feet to more than 8,000 square feet, to fit not only the growing retail side of Simply Perfect, but the apparel side of her business, Threads. She also bought Plum’s Cooking Company a few doors down in 2016.

Reg and Relic closed in 2020. Simply Perfect will expand to the space next door at 8th and Railroad to showcase interior design work.

But as retail demanded more space, her first passion of interior design was pushed to the back. Her interior design studio, where she plans and creates spaces for her clients, is hidden in a 400 square foot room at the back of Simply Perfect.

“No one knows about that work because it’s

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Washington Homeowners: Planning The Perfect Kitchen

Giving your kitchen a fresh new look doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here’s how Washington state homeowners can build the perfect kitchen.

Today’s kitchen isn’t just a space in your home where you cook. It’s also where your family and friends gather to socialize and spend quality time together. A redesign and upgrade can both modernize your kitchen and make it more enjoyable to spend time in. It can also increase the value of your home if you’re thinking about selling in the coming months.

Whether you’re just making a few changes or want a complete makeover, here are 7 ideas to help you create your ideal kitchen.

1. Custom cabinets

If your cabinets are old and outdated, installing custom cabinets can give your kitchen a fresh new look that matches the rest of your home décor. Custom cabinetry also lets you make the most of your kitchen space by fitting into corners and between windows.

2. Countertops

New countertops are another way to spruce up the kitchen. Trending right now are quartz and stone, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. To add even more character, install ceramic tile for an eye-catching backsplash.

With

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Minnesota Homeowners: Smart Updates For The Perfect Kitchen

When you’re thinking about a kitchen remodel, it can be confusing to know where to begin. This essential guide has expert advice and tips to help Minnesota homeowners get started.

Today’s kitchen isn’t just a space in your home where you cook. It’s also where your family and friends gather to socialize and spend quality time together. A redesign and upgrade can both modernize your kitchen and make it more enjoyable to spend time in. It can also increase the value of your home if you’re thinking about selling in the coming months.

Whether you’re just making a few changes or want a complete makeover, here are 7 ideas to help you create your ideal kitchen.

1. Custom cabinets

If your cabinets are old and outdated, installing custom cabinets can give your kitchen a fresh new look that matches the rest of your home décor. Custom cabinetry also lets you make the most of your kitchen space by fitting into corners and between windows.

2. Countertops

New countertops are another way to spruce up the kitchen. Trending right now are quartz and stone, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. To add even more character, install ceramic

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