The working part of the house is contained in the basement, where there is a small kitchen, study and utility room. To make the kitchen warm and cosy, Jane suggested covering the walls with tongue-and-groove panelling and fitting a farmhouse-style dresser and sink unit. A mirrored splashback was installed instead of tiles so that the room would seem bigger. The bonus in this room is having light at both ends and being able to look out at the garden, front and back, explains Jane. We were also lucky in having the original tiled floor. All it needed was some re-waxing to coax up the lovely deep red colour. The dresser and open cupboards provide a home for Hillys favourite treasures, including her many dachshund ornaments. Generous amounts of storage space were an essential part of Hillys requirements in the snug little study, too. DINING ROOM IDEAS GREEN Here, Jane cleverly concealed the clutter behind cupboards covered with inexpensive Ian Mankin fabric, while ribbons criss-crossed over the cupboard doors created an instant pinboard for photographs, invitations and reminders.