Stacey Dyer and her husband Adam deliberated over taking on a full-scale extension of their kitchen and side return at their Edwardian terrace house for several years — and then finally took the plunge three weeks before the global coronavirus pandemic stopped the work mid-renovation.

“Half of the kitchen has been ripped out, although luckily not the sink,” says Stacey, who documents the transformation of the stylish period home she shares with her husband and daughter in Suffolk.

“We were just a week away from the whole wall being knocked out,” she adds, but it won’t hold them back for long.

Stacey and Adam have spent the past six years renovating their 110-year-old house, with each step featured on @end_of_the_row — an Instagram account that has now amassed more than 150,000 followers.

Together they’ve created a modern family home which fuses contemporary colours, pattern and textures with elegant original features and panelling.

Watch our video to join our Zoom tour of Stacey’s colourful and stylish modern home.

Secret Styling Club’s top tips

How to create a contemporary but practical family home…

1. Stash it in style

If you have curious little ones who love nothing better than to rummage through your make-up drawers then why not take inspiration from Stacey’s clever idea of hiding a dressing table away behind what appears to be wardrobe doors.

This ingenious hack means dressing table clutter can be hidden away in an instant.

You could also hide a pop-up home office, TV or coats away behind doors to keep your family home looking neat and uncluttered.

2. Durable decorating for family homes

Decorating your home in durable materials will help to combat lots of sticky fingers. Paint your hallway in finishes that you can scrub clean, from Crown or Little Greene.

Stacey’s husband Adam installed panelling on the walls in their living room in a modern take on Edwardian detailing, which is also hard wearing.

For flooring, choose wooden or tiled floors that can be easily cleaned with a quick mop.

3. DIY garden furniture

Consider making your own garden furniture.

You can use packing crates to make a smart corner seat that you could paint to make a private nook in your garden.

Stacey’s husband then finished off the look with raised beds made from vintage railway sleepers.

4. Add the wow-factor with wallpaper

Don’t be afraid to add personality to children’s rooms with wallpaper.

In Stacey’s home, she’s added pretty bird wall stickers that fly across her daughter’s room.

Check out Murals Wallpapers or Rebel Walls, or be brave and try a freehand design to bring style and cheer to children’s bedrooms.

Stacey’s End of the Row house: how to get the look

Poppy Rug In Mint, £125, French Connection

Children’s mural: try Magnetic Children’s Wallpaper, £324.50 from Sian Zeng

Hallway tiles: for a similar look, take a look at Abby Waverley (£50 per sq m) by You Tiles

Dahlia sofa in Deep Turquoise fabric, from £2,440,

Bed linens: for similar Jane bedlinen set, £150 for double, UnderCover Living

Isabella Basin, £750, The London Basin Company

Living room walls: for a similar look, we recommend Air Force Blue Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £51.50 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene Paint Company

Large frame black mirror, £55,

Find Laurie and Maxine online at or on Instagram @secretstylingclub

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