The design duo behind Newgate Clocks have turned back time in their Georgian home filled with quirky antique finds.
Words: Ali Heath
Photographs: Joanna Henderson
Once beguiled by all things glossy, minimalist and white, Jim and Chloe now prefer to combine battered antiques, collectable art and jewel-like paint colours with a more recent love of mid-century modern. As founders of British success story Newgate Clocks, their look at home is as compelling as the quirky design the brand has become synonymous with globally. ‘We both have magpie tendencies,’ says Chloe. ‘Growing up with parents in the antiques trade has definitely influenced us.’
‘The house lends itself to imposing, large-scale furniture and gave us an excuse to start afresh,’ she adds. ‘If we can’t find the exact piece we want, Jim would rather design it. Our kitchen is made from previously dilapidated antique counters, cupboards and dressers.’ On the back staircase, an impressive four-story bookcase created by Jim hides a plethora of pipes and is filled with 3000 books, all picked up for a bargain £200. ‘We are always on the hunt for gems that Jim can remodel,’ says Chloe.
Built as a vicarage (though never used as such), the house was converted during the Second World War to be a general hospital, and later was used as a maternity hospital. The refined bare bones – with original floors, fireplaces and staircases – resonate a strong sense of provenance. ‘We feel as though we are custodians of something special,’ says Chloe. The family moved in two years ago, having spent a year bringing it back to life. ‘We both grew up in rural Shropshire and never intended to leave. But the elegant Georgian proportions captivated us all and we are now converts to town-centre living – albeit in the same county,’ says Chloe.