Potted olive trees feature in the courtyard garden. Designed with seating all the way round, it replaced the house's rather plain lawn which Elphick stuck with until 2005, when she and her then husband divorced. Soon afterwards she met her new husband on a skiing trip and the grand home makeover commenced.
Elphick with her pet Norfolk Terriers Rufus and Heidi in the convivial, sunny courtyard garden. The "outside room" is as pet friendly as the interior of the house and, natural green notwithstanding, shares the same colourway and comfortable styling, with plenty of seating and lots of white, accented with pink and purple planting.
Garden design: Jane Fairclough at www.plantworkscollection.com
Fabrics and prints
Elphick has introduced sofas, chairs and beds that all have a distinct 18th-century feel. Mainly antiques bought locally, they have been upholstered in fresh linens, silks and velvets in strong pinks, limes, turquoises and taupes, many from Designers Guild, which keeps the look modern. Here, a painterly wallpaper picks up the pink of the headboard.
Get the look
White gloss paint on floorboards and throughout: www.dulux.co.uk
White walls: All White by www.farrow-ball.com
The home's overall feeling of prettiness is evident in this bedroom, where feminine pink and the sky blue of the cover and cushion contrast with - and complement - the white walls and floor.
Get the look
Architect: Nick Farnell at NFA Architects (www.nfaltd.co.uk)
Fabrics: Designers Guild at www.designersguild.com
Velvet spotted cushions: from The Cross (www.thecrossshop.co.uk)
Sofa cushions: from local emporium Holly’s House (www.hollys-house.com)
The Swedish-style palette sees the white backdrop broken up with contemporary pops of colour, as in the sofa cushions.
Denise Elphick's major makeover: take a tour
Denise Elphick's major makeover of her home in Parsons Green included a light, bright, modern kitchen-diner with a breakfast bar and an open feel that runs throughout the house. An extension to the room saw a big skylight installed above the spot for the dining table, letting natural light flood in.
WHAT IT COST:
House in 1989: £310,000
Value now: £1.85 million
Images by David Butler