For me, this Victorian house in Bristol’s Southville neighbourhood is everything a home should be – relaxed, welcoming and brimming with personal touches.
It’s only a couple of minutes from the buzz of local thoroughfare North Street, but from the inside you’d never know. Home to Liz and Jon Crutchlow and their young daughter, it’s filled with soft creams, blues, greens and greys that create a wonderful city sanctuary. There’s a dash of beach-chic, too – the floorboards along the hall, landing and stairs are painted white, and other rooms are carpeted in tactile seagrass.
Liz’s favourite room is the master bedroom – a light-infused space with rustic wooden furniture and a vintage drying rack above the bed. I particularly love the whimsical trio of ducks on one wall and the sunflower-filled enamel jug in the window – fun, happy touches to lift the spirits.
Just as appealing is the large kitchen, created by extending over the side return of the house. At its centre is a huge farmhouse table for long, lazy meals with family and friends, and sunshine spills in through patio doors opening onto the garden. The walls are lined with handmade shelves built from reclaimed timber by Liz’s dad, which display crockery and tagines from the couple’s travels, alongside heaps of cookery books, bespoke pottery bowls that were made as a wedding present, and a mug that belonged to Jon’s grandmother.
More treasures fill the lounge, including a tiny wooden chair made by Liz’s grandfather and engraved with the letter ‘E’. The sofas are sink-into comfy, with piles of cushions in pretty patterns, and the neutral walls provide a backdrop for interesting artwork, such as prints from Scott of the Antarctic’s ill-fated expedition.
The overall result is airy and unpretentious – a home with real soul.
Photography by Abi Dare