Central Saint Martins graduate Amy Exton’s terraced Margate home is a riot of clashing pattern, vivid paint and leopard print in many guises – a love of which she lavishly pours into her work as a set designer.

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

The dazzle continues as we head out of the blue hallway and into the kitchen diner. On one side there is a black and white monochrome kitchen area, a sensible practical space, but on the other it’s definitely playtime

The dazzle continues as we head out of the blue hallway and into the kitchen diner. On one side there is a black and white monochrome kitchen area, a sensible practical space, but on the other it’s definitely playtime

Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.” The bright pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.”

The bright pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

The bright pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.” The bright pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.” The bright pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.” The bright pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.” The bright pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

Amy has opted for a bright and brilliant cobalt blue in the hallway

Amy has opted for a bright and brilliant cobalt blue in the hallway

The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

Amy has used ferns and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour overlay to the look of the bathroom, despite its bright pink walls

Amy has used ferns and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour overlay to the look of the bathroom, despite its bright pink walls

The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

Amy has used ferns and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour overlay to the look of the bathroom, despite its bright pink walls

Amy has used ferns and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour overlay to the look of the bathroom, despite its bright pink walls

The bedroom’s curtains perfectly match the teal used to paint the windows, radiator and walls

The bedroom’s curtains perfectly match the teal used to paint the windows, radiator and walls

The walls of the bedroom have been painted a deep teal colour. “I was worried when I painted this room, as it came out much darker than I thought it would, but now the furniture’s in, it looks okay,” says Amy

The walls of the bedroom have been painted a deep teal colour. “I was worried when I painted this room, as it came out much darker than I thought it would, but now the furniture’s in, it looks okay,” says Amy

Tropical birds and foliage feature on the upholstery of another sofa, alongside a neon light and a large spray-painted canvas which rests against one wall

Tropical birds and foliage feature on the upholstery of another sofa, alongside a neon light and a large spray-painted canvas which rests against one wall

In contrast to the green of an amazingly shaped cabinet, Amy has painted the sitting room in coral, choosing silver for the ceiling “to lift the peachy look and stop it looking sticky.”

In contrast to the green of an amazingly shaped cabinet, Amy has painted the sitting room in coral, choosing silver for the ceiling “to lift the peachy look and stop it looking sticky.”

Tropical birds and foliage feature on the upholstery of another sofa, alongside a neon light and a large spray-painted canvas which rests against one wall

Tropical birds and foliage feature on the upholstery of another sofa, alongside a neon light and a large spray-painted canvas which rests against one wall

“I kind of made it up as I went along,” says Amy. “It was all decorated in my head before I moved but now it’s all completely different. You have to feel the space and live in it.”

“I kind of made it up as I went along,” says Amy. “It was all decorated in my head before I moved but now it’s all completely different. You have to feel the space and live in it.”

“I kind of made it up as I went along,” says Amy. “It was all decorated in my head before I moved but now it’s all completely different. You have to feel the space and live in it.”

“I kind of made it up as I went along,” says Amy. “It was all decorated in my head before I moved but now it’s all completely different. You have to feel the space and live in it.”

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall. Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

A varied range of clients have already used the house and courtyard garden as a location. “I’ve been surprised at how well it’s gone so far,” she says. “It’s mainly fashion shoots and music videos – pop, rap, grunge. The pop people like the saturated colours, rap are darker and use smoke.”

A varied range of clients have already used the house and courtyard garden as a location. “I’ve been surprised at how well it’s gone so far,” she says. “It’s mainly fashion shoots and music videos – pop, rap, grunge. The pop people like the saturated colours, rap are darker and use smoke.”

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  • pictures: House by David Merewether; Garden by Amy Exton
  • location: To find out about Amy Exton’s location house, set design and her current projects, visit amyexton.com and see margatelocationhouse.com Annie’s Larder annieslarder.co.uk Find Sprankenstein on Instagram @sprankenstein
  • styling: Helen Bratby

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