Charlie, meanwhile, is currently enjoying being a full-time mother. “It’s great to have been able to stop work for a while,” she says. “There’s definitely a part of me that needs to be creative, but I can pick that up later when the children are a little older. For now, there’s plenty to be getting on with around the house.” One such project is decorating a mini-apartment for Alex’s two older children, for when they come to stay. “Coco and Felix adore our little ones, but they’re practically teenagers now and they like having their own space to escape to when the Tweenies brigade gets too much,” says Charlie.
The style of the house is very simple, from the relaxed, freestanding kitchen to the calm and clutter-free bedrooms. As for the colour scheme, it is mostly white mixed with wood. “We love all things wooden,” Charlie explains. “Alex can name hundreds of different wood species just by looking at them. It’s such a beautiful, natural material and the stuff we like is strong enough to withstand knocks and scuffs. With children around, it’s important to choose materials that are going to age well and last.”
Polished parquet flooring, enormous wooden fireplaces and wonky black wooden doors help to create the modern-country look. “The structure of the house was so good to begin with, so it was never going to be that difficult to decorate,” says Alex. Furnishings are a mix of old and new. A vintage butcher’s block adds texture to a gorgeous modern kitchen; timber Aboriginal stools sit next to pale modern consoles; and in the main bedroom, there’s an elegant four-poster bed alongside an antique dressing table.