There are things in this world that go effortlessly together. Things that seem made for each other. Bagels and cream cheese, Bogey & Bacall, Champagne and caviar, Farrow & Ball – and it’s the same when we walk into one of the lovely Wealden homes we feature each month. Everywhere sublime combinations of form and colour leave you in awe of an eye that saw instinctively that certain partnerships were made, if not in heaven, then certainly in the World of Interiors.

The focus of the room is still the original impressive fireplace although a previous owner has stripped it back to the bare wood and the couple have decided not to re-marble it

The focus of the room is still the original impressive fireplace although a previous owner has stripped it back to the bare wood and the couple have decided not to re-marble it

Opposite the fireplace, a vast nine-foot-long Italian sideboard in American walnut stands along one wall, its glass panels depicting dancing cranes

Opposite the fireplace, a vast nine-foot-long Italian sideboard in American walnut stands along one wall, its glass panels depicting dancing cranes

Running the length of one wall is a theatrical ‘day at the races’ backdrop of painted figures. Above the radiator hangs an absorbing painting by local artist Michael Tierney

Running the length of one wall is a theatrical ‘day at the races’ backdrop of painted figures. Above the radiator hangs an absorbing painting by local artist Michael Tierney

In front of the fireplace stands an ethereal 1970s Lucite coffee table, on which crouches a brass crab ashtray. A French cabriole armchair has been reupholstered in silky black goatskin

In front of the fireplace stands an ethereal 1970s Lucite coffee table, on which crouches a brass crab ashtray. A French cabriole armchair has been reupholstered in silky black goatskin

Tapestry cushions adorn a sofa that once belonged to Engelbert Humpadinck, behind which stand two brass palm lamps, one French the other from HarrodsTapestry cushions adorn a sofa that once belonged to Engelbert Humpadinck, behind which stand two brass palm lamps, one French the other from Harrods

Tapestry cushions adorn a sofa that once belonged to Engelbert Humpadinck, behind which stand two brass palm lamps, one French the other from Harrods

The mantelpiece is topped with a stuffed seagull, three pigeons and a 1950s Belgian trucker’s mascotThe mantelpiece is topped with a stuffed seagull, three pigeons and a 1950s Belgian trucker’s mascot

The mantelpiece is topped with a stuffed seagull, three pigeons and a 1950s Belgian trucker’s mascot

A pair of toothy plastic mouth harmonicas sit atop a perspex box, home to a tangle of taxidermy birds A pair of toothy plastic mouth harmonicas sit atop a perspex box, home to a tangle of taxidermy birds

A pair of toothy plastic mouth harmonicas sit atop a perspex box, home to a tangle of taxidermy birds

One of the couple’s cats winds his way around a brass palm lamp next to a diamanté skull telephoneOne of the couple’s cats winds his way around a brass palm lamp next to a diamanté skull telephone

One of the couple’s cats winds his way around a brass palm lamp next to a diamanté skull telephone

The bedroom features a 1950s Italian gilded bed above which is mounted an orange feathered headdress from the Cameroon

The bedroom features a 1950s Italian gilded bed above which is mounted an orange feathered headdress from the Cameroon

In one corner stands a Deco-style aluminium wardrobe. A toy dog made from an army blanket by Jason’s grandfather during the war sits on top. A 1960s conical French laundry basket stands next to an elegant green 1950s armchair

In one corner stands a Deco-style aluminium wardrobe. A toy dog made from an army blanket by Jason’s grandfather during the war sits on top. A 1960s conical French laundry basket stands next to an elegant green 1950s armchair

A well-preserved collection of butterflies

A well-preserved collection of butterflies

An old glass pub door with ‘Private’ etched on it, found on eBay, leads into the bedroom

An old glass pub door with ‘Private’ etched on it, found on eBay, leads into the bedroom

The gold hallway is papered in faux crocodile skin

The gold hallway is papered in faux crocodile skin

The couple fashioned the bathroom from a former utility room

The couple fashioned the bathroom from a former utility room

The floor is still laid with the original tiles that run from the front door

The floor is still laid with the original tiles that run from the front door

Over the elegant Pozzi-Ginori basin, are three bathroom cabinets – one metal, one distressed and the other stripped – all from Belgian flea markets

Over the elegant Pozzi-Ginori basin, are three bathroom cabinets – one metal, one distressed and the other stripped – all from Belgian flea markets

The kitchen gathers around a superb American Brutalist dining table in tiger oak made by US designer Lane above which hangs a tubular and ornate gilt light...

The kitchen gathers around a superb American Brutalist dining table in tiger oak made by US designer Lane above which hangs a tubular and ornate gilt light

On top of the cabinet is a light box of photographs of contestants at a Miss Universe body builders contest in Las Vegas taken by Vicky

On top of the cabinet is a light box of photographs of contestants at a Miss Universe body builders contest in Las Vegas taken by Vicky

Along one side of the kitchen are the main units in glowing aluminium reclaimed from aircraft and made in the 1950s by English Rose. They all match but came from different sources and were lovingly stripped down to the bare metal by Vicky and Jason and the interiors were sprayed yellow by a car body shop

Along one side of the kitchen are the main units in glowing aluminium reclaimed from aircraft and made in the 1950s by English Rose. They all match but came from different sources and were lovingly stripped down to the bare metal by Vicky and Jason and the interiors were sprayed yellow by a car body shop

“We do find pieces in the UK but more often it’s France or Belgium – this goes for both the flat and the shop,” says Jason

“We do find pieces in the UK but more often it’s France or Belgium – this goes for both the flat and the shop,” says Jason

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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