Real home: this mid-century terrace was transformed with a bold touch


Melanie Boyden started out her house search looking for a renovation project. After years living in married quarters while her husband worked in the army, she was used to making do – but once the couple were on the hunt for a home of their own, she was keen to break away from the magnolia walls she’d lived with for years and try something different.

Some time later, she’s taken the parts of military life she loved – hosting parties and entertaining friends – and combined them with the elements she missed to create a home that’s filled with plenty of interest. Her love for pattern shines through the floral murals that adorn her walls and the smaller pieces she’s upcycled in creative ways. Lucky to have an already-extended house to work with, its her bold style that’s brought it to life.

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Boyden house in Shoreham-by-Sea is full of pattern and colour

‘Because I spent more on the renovation, I tend to go to charity shops first if I need something,’ says Mel. ‘I’ve done a few upcycling projects, including the dresser at the back of the kitchen. I’m not very good at it but I love it. It looks good in pictures, toon– just don’t get too close!’ Kitchen, Howdens. Walls painted in Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball. Bar stools, George at Asda. Exposed brick wallpaper, Dunelm. Dresser, charity shop find,…

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