Francine Raymond’s house on Joy Lane in Whitstable is proof that the Arts and Crafts movement didn’t come to an end in the early 20th century. An appropriate address for such a joyous home, this ‘chalet house’, built in 1906 by a Swedish sea captain, epitomises the movement’s principle that designer and maker should be one and the same. At least it does now, thanks to Francine.

A rustic stripped-wood table sits in the corner of the large kitchen-cum-dining room, with side cupboards painted in a strong blue to complement the colour of the ‘unfitted’ kitchen

A rustic stripped-wood table sits in the corner of the large kitchen-dining room, with side cupboards painted in a strong blue to complement the colour of the ‘unfitted’ kitchen

A dried allium schubertii seed head, that Francine adorned with glass beads, hangs in the front porch

A dried allium schubertii seed head, that Francine adorned with glass beads, hangs in the front porch

Francine’s much-loved 1960s bicycle, which she bought locally, is perfect for nipping to the shops. It lives in the kitchen, propped up against a kitchen unit built by Francine’s son Jacques

Francine’s much-loved 1960s bicycle, which she bought locally, is perfect for nipping to the shops. It lives in the kitchen, propped up against a kitchen unit built by Francine’s son Jacques

A still life of ‘finds’ on the scullery windowsill

A still life of ‘finds’ on the scullery windowsill

A vase that belonged to Francine’s grandmother is the perfect container for cardoon and artichoke heads. Overhead is a wreath made from leaves that were pressed between newspaper placed under a doormat

A vase that belonged to Francine’s grandmother is the perfect container for cardoon and artichoke heads. Overhead is a wreath made from leaves that were pressed between newspaper placed under a doormat

A toy-filled corner includes a model boat which Francine bought for her husband, when they got married, from a shop in Peckham

A toy-filled corner includes a model boat which Francine bought for her husband, when they got married, from a shop in Peckham

A sculptor’s revolving plinth holds an arrangement of dried allium heads and artichoke-style candles

A sculptor’s revolving plinth holds an arrangement of dried allium heads and artichoke-style candles

Lloyd Loom chairs from Francine’s Suffolk home are a comfortable and informal addition to the refectory table, while the 17th-century Flemish wardrobe acts as a perch for a wire sculpture of one of Francine’s Buff Orpington hens, by the Norfolk sculptor Jenny Goater

Lloyd Loom chairs from Francine’s Suffolk home are a comfortable and informal addition to the refectory table, while the 17th-century Flemish wardrobe acts as a perch for a wire sculpture of one of Francine’s Buff Orpington hens, by the Norfolk sculptor Jenny Goater

The open-plan living room and office have original Arts and Crafts windows which capture the morning sun

The open-plan living room and office have original Arts and Crafts windows which capture the morning sun

On the walls are paintings and drawings by Francine’s husband Jean-Francois and her French-Canadian father-in-law, Maurice, who painted the portrait above the fireplace

On the walls are paintings and drawings by Francine’s husband Jean-Francois and her French-Canadian father-in-law, Maurice, who painted the portrait above the fireplace

The office area turns into a pop-up shop before Christmas and in mid summer when Francine opens up her house and garden. A vast shelving unit, transported from Suffolk, displays Francine’s range of books as well as decorative items and inspiring art and craft

The office area turns into a pop-up shop before Christmas and in mid summer when Francine opens up her house and garden. A vast shelving unit, transported from Suffolk, displays Francine’s range of books as well as decorative items and inspiring art and craft

The stairs have been painted with non-slip paint, to give the effect of a carpet runner

The stairs have been painted with non-slip paint, to give the effect of a carpet runner

The dormer was added on to make room for a new bathroom – with a space-saving sliding door

The dormer was added on to make room for a new bathroom – with a space-saving sliding door

Francine used floor tiles from Fired Earth on the walls of her shower room

Francine used floor tiles from Fired Earth on the walls of her shower room

The upstairs of the house is a testament to the owner’s knack for making and creating; the bedroom features a hand-embroidered headboard, armchair and window pelmet while outside on the landing is a cosy work area

The upstairs of the house is a testament to the owner’s knack for making and creating; the bedroom features a hand-embroidered headboard, armchair and window pelmet while outside on the landing is a cosy work area

Outside on the landing is a cosy work area

Outside on the landing is a cosy work area

A metal trunk acts as a table, topped by a driftwood tree by Martin Pammant

A metal trunk acts as a table, topped by a driftwood tree by Martin Pammant

A side porch full of curious succulents makes it hard not to dally on your way in or out of the house

A side porch full of curious succulents makes it hard not to dally on your way in or out of the house

One of many fruit trees in the back garden

One of many fruit trees in the back garden

The hen house, built by Francine’s son Jacques and painted to match the house and outbuildings

The hen house, built by Francine’s son Jacques and painted to match the house and outbuildings

Herbs and salad plants destined for the kitchen

Herbs and salad plants destined for the kitchen

Cosmos sit in a vintage container

Cosmos sit in a vintage container

The decking area was made using reclaimed scaffolding boards

The decking area was made using reclaimed scaffolding boards

Morning and evening watering is something she finds relaxing

Morning and evening watering is something she finds relaxing

Containers provide an ever-changing display of flowers, interesting foliage and edible plants, and range from agricultural water troughs to old buckets and vintage ‘brocante’. The decking area was made using reclaimed scaffolding boards and is the perfect spot for enjoying the afternoon sunshine

Containers provide an ever-changing display of flowers, interesting foliage and edible plants, and range from agricultural water troughs to old buckets and vintage ‘brocante’. The decking area is the perfect spot for enjoying the afternoon sunshine

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Helen Barton

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