Anthropology, Arabic, art history… the lady of this house is erudite, well-read and widely travelled and it shows at every turn. Being a landlord can be a stressful business, especially when the building you are renting out is a stunning, characterful and historic Georgian townhouse.

Christine sources mid-20th century chairs and has them restored and re-upholstered for her shop The Kula. The walls are painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. The 1960s Ice Glass lamp was designed by Uno Westerberg

Christine sources mid-20th century chairs and has them restored and re-upholstered for her shop The Kula. The walls are painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. The 1960s Ice Glass lamp was designed by Uno Westerberg

The chairs are 1940s English, the table is 1950s Italian. The white china is from the Haphazard Harmony Series by Maarten Baas

The chairs are 1940s English, the table is 1950s Italian. The white china is from the Haphazard Harmony Series by Maarten Baas

Looking up the narrow stairwell, which goes up five floors from the basement, to the skylight at the top

Looking up the narrow stairwell, which goes up five floors from the basement, to the skylight at the top

“I never take ‘stuff’ with me when I move, but I always take my artworks,” says Christine. I’m not sentimental about ‘things’ but I love art.”

“I never take ‘stuff’ with me when I move, but I always take my artworks,” says Christine. I’m not sentimental about ‘things’ but I love art.”

The 1950s Dovedale kitchen cabinets were already stripped of paint, Christine had the steel polished. She bought the Medusa mask and collection of insects at Greenwich Market in the 1980s

The 1950s Dovedale kitchen cabinets were already stripped of paint, Christine had the steel polished. She bought the Medusa mask and collection of insects at Greenwich Market in the 1980s

The 1950s Italian chair was designed by Luigi Colli. The lampshade is from Little Treasures, just along the High Street. The teapot is from Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens. The masks, from various sources, are part of Christine’s collection. Christine bought the 1950s Pier Luigi Colli chair, with a handwoven cover, from antique dealer Philip Varma

The 1950s Italian chair was designed by Luigi Colli. The lampshade is from Little Treasures, just along the High Street. The teapot is from Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens. The masks, from various sources, are part of Christine’s collection. Christine bought the 1950s Pier Luigi Colli chair, with a handwoven cover, from antique dealer Philip Varma

The purple velvet sofa and chairs are 1950s Italian. The plaster head under the coffee table is a 1920s Austrian copy of an antique death mask, from Tallboy Interiors. The prints are by Sassy Luke and the chandelier is 1970s from Chiswick Auctions

The purple velvet sofa and chairs are 1950s Italian. The plaster head under the coffee table is a 1920s Austrian copy of an antique death mask, from Tallboy Interiors. The prints are by Sassy Luke and the chandelier is 1970s from Chiswick Auctions

The third floor houses the bathroom and Christine’s office

The third floor houses the bathroom and Christine’s office

The insects in resin are part of a collection amassed over many years. The basket was picked up at Sunbury Antiques Market

The insects in resin are part of a collection amassed over many years. The basket was picked up at Sunbury Antiques Market

All the walls in the house are lime plastered, so the paint used had to be ‘breathable’. The colour in the bathroom is Chappell Green by Farrow & Ball. The cream paint used throughout the house is Marbles by Earthborn. The plant is a peace lily

All the walls in the house are lime plastered, so the paint used had to be ‘breathable’. The colour in the bathroom is Chappell Green by Farrow & Ball. The cream paint used throughout the house is Marbles by Earthborn. The plant is a peace lily

Rather than use up previous space with wardrobes, Christine stores her clothes on rails in the bedroom - and the study - and considers them part of the decor. A bookshelf, painted grey, makes a perfect shoe display

Rather than use up previous space with wardrobes, Christine stores her clothes on rails in the bedroom - and the study - and considers them part of the decor. A bookshelf, painted grey, makes a perfect shoe display

The needlepoint chair is one of a pair, with the other one in the kitchen. The gold and cream striped curtains were from the antiques yard in Courthouse Street, in Hastings Old Town. Instead of voiles, Christine used extra long fringing from Wayward in St Leonards

The needlepoint chair is one of a pair, with the other one in the kitchen. The gold and cream striped curtains were from the antiques yard in Courthouse Street, in Hastings Old Town. Instead of voiles, Christine used extra long fringing from Wayward in St Leonards

Christine brought the painting she calls ‘The Blue Man’ back from Greece

Christine brought the painting she calls ‘The Blue Man’ back from Greece

The spare room looks east over Hastings Old Town. The painting next to the window, called Winter Light, is by MG Fraser and depicts the Norwegian Lofoten Islands

The spare room looks east over Hastings Old Town. The painting next to the window, called Winter Light, is by MG Fraser and depicts the Norwegian Lofoten Islands

The beaded bedside lamp - and the fitting over the bed - were found at Sunbury Antiques

The beaded bedside lamp - and the fitting over the bed - were found at Sunbury Antiques

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  • pictures: David Merewether
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