Inside a 20th century Arts and Crafts home

Be inspired by Peter Francis' 20th-century Arts and Crafts home filled with his ever-growing collection of pottery and glass

A window seating area at Peter Francis' 20th century Arts and Crafts home

As a film designer who’s worked on the Harry Potter series, Titanic and a number of James Bond films, you’d be correct in assuming that Peter Francis has a keen eye for style. When his house, an early 20th-century delight standing amid an acre of Lakeland countryside, came up for sale in December 2007, Peter snapped it up straight away.

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Designed by renowned architect MH Baillie Scott and built in 1910, the structure is typical of its era. Constructed in a time when the Arts and Crafts movement was flourishing in the Cumbrian countryside, Peter’s home is a striking example of its principles and still has the original in-built oak furnishings, local slate and walls painted in grey-tinted neutrals.

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While he was determined not to disturb the internal handiwork of Baillie Scott, Peter wasn’t quite so reserved when it came to his own collections. ‘I’m a natural collector and a bit of a hoarder. I like early and mid 20th-century pottery, especially Hornsea, which I began buying 20 years ago,’ he says. Set against the Arts and Crafts backdrop of brown shelving units and oak ledges, Peter’s owl-shaped Hornsea Pottery preserve jars becomes a standout display.

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Peter is also an avid collector of Swedish Gullaskruf glass. The brightly-coloured bottles and vases have been grouped together on window ledges, allowing the natural light to shine through and create an impressive arrangement. The collection began with a large smoky blue piece. ‘I found it in a gallery in London several years ago and the collection has kept on growing,’ says Peter.

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Travelling the world as a film and television designer has given Peter plenty of opportunities to find unusual antiques and he’s always on the lookout. He is currently searching for an all-singing, all-dancing cuckoo clock. MH Baillie Scott’s 150th birthday is coming up in October and we can’t think of a more timely gift for Peter to celebrate with.

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Photographs: David Parmiter