Before and After: A 1912 Arts & Crafts Home Originally Built for an English Explorer

In 1912, British explorer, naturalist, and writer Aubyn Trevor-Battye tasked architects Inigo Trigs and William Unsworth with building his dream home in Hampshire, England. Inspired by the Alhambra, a grand Moorish palace in Granada, Spain, he requested a yellow stucco facade, a red tile roof, arched windows, and a deep connection to the surrounding landscape. He asked for Tuscan columns and ornate, vaulted ceilings, too.

Over 100 years later, most of the original features remain, which is why a family with three teenage children recently purchased the historic property. “It was an absolute gift of a house,” says Tamsin Saunders, the interior designer entrusted with sprucing up the place for the new owners. “It’s so gorgeous. It’s Grade II listed Arts & Crafts. And it’s set on the most amazing grounds, which were designed to feel like a natural garden.”

Tamsin, who recently launched online and by-appointment vintage shop Home & Found, refurbished the home with a light touch. She rewired the electrical system for modern use, freshened up the plasterwork, and decorated with an updated traditional aesthetic that complements the century-old architecture. “We wanted it to feel really timeless and as if it had basically been in the same family forever,” she explains.

By incorporating the clients’ inherited antiques, sourcing Arts & Crafts furniture, and employing a variety of floral patterns, Tamsin successfully achieved this heritage look. Let’s take a tour.


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Above: Integrating the lush green environment into the interior was part of Aubyn’s original brief, so Tamsin aimed to honor that. “The exterior walls are clad with wisteria, so we used Bennison Fabrics throughout because they have that lovely faded timelessness,” she says. “I love their colors. They’re so soft and gentle. It’s all about bringing the outside in. And those windows are just to die for, aren’t they?”
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Above: In the foyer, a Swedish still-life painting hangs beneath the sweeping staircase, while a large 1930s vase filled with a leafy floral arrangement forges a bond with the outdoors.