To call designer Henriette von Stockhausen's home a fixer-upper would be an understatement. The 18th-century home in Dorset, England had been vacant for over two years, and was chopped up into two separate units, when she and her family took possession of it. There were even rats and bats inside the home, von Stockhausen tells ElleDecor.com.
But in just 11 weeks, the home would return to its former glory, and be filled with elegant, modern flourishes throughout. "We were effectively homeless and needed to get in as soon as possible" von Stockhausen explains, describing how builders worked weekends and late evenings to rebuild what was left of the estate — the original stable blocks, which would be converted into her new home.
The 5,200-square-foot space now balances traditional English aesthetics and tasteful antiques with bold colors and international flair inspired by von Stockhausen's travels abroad. The needs of her three children, dog, and "outdoorsman" husband are also prominent at every turn.