Oeda O’Hara’s cottage appeared on its Wealden village green just in time to see the end of the Boer War, although one has the feeling that this happy event attracted its interest as little as many other world milestones over the last 130 years. Once two cottages and now one, it has quietly kept to itself, watched village life go by and survived to tell its tale.

One wall of the vibrant pink kitchen is papered with ‘Birds in Paradise’ by Pip Studio

One wall of the vibrant pink kitchen is papered with ‘Birds in Paradise’ by Pip Studio

Oeda’s natural eye for combining strong bright colours with confidence and style has resulted in a home that is exciting, fun and reflects the varied lives and considerable talents of her creative family...

Oeda’s natural eye for combining strong bright colours with confidence and style has resulted in a home that is exciting, fun and reflects the varied lives and considerable talents of her creative family

The spacious dining room is painted a strong lilac and everywhere there are witnesses to the family’s artistic and musical commitments

The spacious dining room is painted a strong lilac and everywhere there are witnesses to the family’s artistic and musical commitments

Eldest daughter Jasmin has clearly inherited her mother’s passion for mixing pattern and colour: her room is a riot of snakeskin, gold and paisley

Eldest daughter Jasmin has clearly inherited her mother’s passion for mixing pattern and colour: her room is a riot of snakeskin, gold and paisley

On the top floor with opposing red and blue walls is daughter Amber and son Finlay’s bedroom

On the top floor with opposing red and blue walls is daughter Amber and son Finlay’s bedroom

The shared bedroom features leopard-skin bed covers, a great shocking pink and blue chests of drawers, pink and white standard lamp and a wonderful dining chair that Oeda has painted pink and upholstered in a pale green and pink rose fabric

The shared bedroom features leopard-skin bed covers, a great shocking pink and blue chests of drawers, pink and white standard lamp and a wonderful dining chair that Oeda has painted pink and upholstered in a pale green and pink rose fabric

A self-portrait by Jasmin hangs on the landing

A self-portrait by Jasmin hangs on the landing

Oeda’s bedroom is a combination of gentle lilac and Laura Ashley paper. The metal leather-strapping bed is from And So to Bed

Oeda’s bedroom is a combination of gentle lilac and Laura Ashley paper. The metal leather-strapping bed is from And So to Bed

In one corner of Oeda’s bedroom, a wooden armchair is upholstered in striking mauve and black. On the walls are more pictures by her daughters and a nude by Kim Langford

In one corner of Oeda’s bedroom, a wooden armchair is upholstered in striking mauve and black. On the walls are more pictures by her daughters and a nude by Kim Langford

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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