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Real homes: the Tin-house

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At the water\'s edge

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes gh-corrugated house suffolk

Once an abandoned rusty building threatened by the sea, this corrugated-iron house in Suffolk is now a warm family home.

 

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Keeping it real

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The Beans\' prefabricated shoreline house was originally built in 1893, and the interior cladding has been left untouched.

 

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Living on the edge

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As it\'s only ten meters from the shore, the building almost fell into the sea, but after a local campaign, sea groynes were built, protecting it and the coastline for the foreseeable future.

 

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Antique bargains

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes Living room with oversized leather armchair

Furniture was sourced from a variety of places: Cast iron beds and rustic chairs were found in nearby antiques shops and local artisans.

 

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Rustic dining

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This dining room table is 1980s Habitat, while the chairs were sourced locally; the lampshade is Ikea.

 

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Antique curios

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes A selection of curios and antique ornaments set on a hallway tabletop of locally sourced rustic wood

The house is full of curios and bric-a-brac sourced from antique shops and markets, which gives the space a unique lived-in feel.

 

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Rustic charm

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes A rustic country-style kitchen

The kitchen\'s minimalist rustic charm is complemented with the addition of locally sourced plates from car boot sales and museum shops.

 

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Get the look; kitchen lamp

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes Pedlars kitchen light

For similar lighting, try this kitchen lamp in silver (H35 x D43cm), £57, by Pedlars. It is made in Wales at a family-run factory.

 

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Get the look: crockery

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes Jasper Conran Blue Butterfly dinner plate

Jasper Conran\'s Blue Butterfly range of crockery for Wedgwood includes this dinner plate. £22. It is dishwasher - as well as microwave safe.

 

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Get the look: table

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes Mango wood table from Papa Theo

This simple mango wood table (H90 x W78 x D55cm), £237.66, from Papa Theo, is handmade and would work well in a kitchen, hallway or sitting room.

 

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Get the look: mugs

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes Blue spotty mug by Cath Kidston

The bright spotty mugs on the Beans\' kitchen shelves are by Cath Kidston. They come in pink, green, red and blue, as shown, £6 each.

 

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Get the look: cake stand

home inspiration,home makeover,Good Housekeeping,reader homes Eddington cake stand by John Lewis

The Eddington glass cake stand (D29cm), £25, from John Lewis comes in a variety of pale colours, including green, blue and pink, as shown.

 

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