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The Best of Both Worlds

Janine Stone In Country Life Magazine

In the second of a new series of masterclasses, Country Life’s Executive Editor Giles Kime talks to Janine Stone about the secrets of restoring a historic house that offers both period character and 21st-century comfort.


Many people who intend to put down roots in the country face a rather common conundrum; should they restore an existing house or start from scratch? Both options present a different set of challenges, as well as exciting opportunities.

“There’s an assumption that living in a period property involves a compromise in terms of layout and comfort. We don’t agree.” These are the words Janine Stone recently told Country Life Magazine in the second feature of a new series of masterclasses on architecture and design.

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