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One of the beautiful things about living in Cambridge is that in most parts of the city, there is always a stunning property or building that catches your eye. Or sometimes a whole street can do this, especially if you take stroll down Storey’s Way. I tend to move at somewhat of a snail’s pace when I’m driving through the road, deciding which lovely property is today’s favourite. With a love of interiors, exteriors and a general urge for snooping I always like to have a little look on Rightmove every now and then, which is where I came across this stunning house on Storey’s Way which was already know here at Angel + Blume, and trust us it’s even more beautiful in person. It’s such a lovely property that I just had to write a little blog about it.

The house was built during the Arts and Crafts period and follows a Sussex style, Mock-Tudor design. Interestingly the exterior from the front entrance looks cottage-like with small windows and sloping roof, which were made from lime washed pebbledash-rendered brick, a material that has aged gracefully, whereas the back view of the house looks more regal, following a typical Arts and Crafts motif.

The famous, and well respected architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott designed the house in 1912-13 for Herbert Ainslie Roberts, who was the Secretary of the University Appointments Board. In 1991 the house was completely restored, which allowed for modern living, but still kept the integrity of the original designs. Here you can see the plaster frieze ceiling work, which was done by J.C. Pocock.

It has some absolutely gorgeous original features, many of which can be seen in the photo above; from the lovely wood panelling, to the decorative ceiling to the stunning framework on the windows.

Often with period properties there’s a constant battle between the old and the new. Whether to keep the running period theme throughout the house, or to contrast the heritage structure with modern interiors. I think that the elegance of the exterior and the architectural details of this house, smoothly transcends into the décor inside. A simple and fresh design that lets the character of the house do all the talking.

This bathroom is the perfect mix between contemporary and traditional styling. The modern design of the shower, sink and bath as well as the sophisticated slate work contrasted with the traditional window, original fireplace and the traditional chair creates a wonderfully unique blend. The free standing cylindrical shower is a particularly great inclusion in this fusion-style bathroom.

The gardens, which were also designed by Baillie Scott follow the same ideas and approach to design as the house. It appears that Baillie Scott’s vision was to create a design the flowed from the inside to the outside with ease, creating a unity between the two.

There is an overwhelming loveliness that surrounds this property, it manages to keep the essence of the era in which it was built while still being a practical place to live in the modern world. There is the perfect balance between the original features and contemporary decoration that brings out the best of both worlds.

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William Morris once said “If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most longed for, I should answer ‘a beautiful house’ ” 

Here, at Angel + Blume we are obviously in full agreement with this!

At the moment, we are in the midst of a very exciting project.  This is the renovation of a charming Art and Crafts house designed by the architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott 1865-1945. Having assimilated the styles and ideals of John Ruskin and  William Morris, Baillie Scott developed his own unique Arts and Crafts style which relied on truth to materials and function with great attention to craftsmanship. His gravestone is engraved with the words – Nature he loved and next to nature art.

This has given us the opportunity to look again at the Morris Archives (below are a few pictures from their website) and some of the beautiful fabrics and wallpapers and we are loving it!

Marigold

Tulip

Bluebell

Willow

Kelmscott Tree 2

Kelmscott Tree

Meadow Sweet

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