With inspiring views looking out to sea and glorious opened-up spaces within, Ginny and MJ have made a commanding terrace house in Hastings as harmonious as the choirs they run.

The Prussian Blue leather chairs and huge refectory table - which seats 14 - were originally from the British Library Reading Room, sourced from Retrouvius, a reclamation company in London. The kitchen units are painted in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue. The deliberately mis-matched vintage copper light fittings are original Louis Poulsen from 20th Century Design in Hastings Old Town. The flower monoprint to the right of the island unit is by Tim Maguire

The Prussian Blue leather chairs and huge refectory table - which seats 14 - were originally from the British Library Reading Room, sourced from Retrouvius, a reclamation company in London. The kitchen units are painted in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue. The deliberately mis-matched vintage copper light fittings are original Louis Poulsen from 20th Century Design in Hastings Old Town. The flower monoprint to the right of the island unit is by Tim Maguire

The whole back wall of the kitchen is made up of bi-fold glass doors which open up entirely, letting on to the terraced walled garden which has a planting scheme by Tony Howard of Harborough Nurseries. The slabs are Westmorland Green slate, originally from the roof terrace of St Thomas’ Hospital, via Retrouvius

The whole back wall of the kitchen is made up of bi-fold glass doors which open up entirely, letting on to the terraced walled garden which has a planting scheme by Tony Howard of Harborough Nurseries

The slabs are Westmorland Green slate, originally from the roof terrace of St Thomas’ Hospital, via Retrouvius

The slabs are Westmorland Green slate, originally from the roof terrace of St Thomas’ Hospital, via Retrouvius

Morocco is a theme that crops up a lot, though not as an overriding or clichéd ‘kasbah’ theme, and it ties in perfectly with Ginny’s love of colour.

Morocco is a theme that crops up a lot, though not as an overriding or clichéd ‘kasbah’ theme, and it ties in perfectly with Ginny’s love of colour

Moroccan pottery in spice shades from the Industrial Zone of Marrakech, is set off perfectly by the dark blue paint and natural light, flooding in through bi-fold doors, bringing the whole scene to life

Moroccan pottery in spice shades from the Industrial Zone of Marrakech, is set off perfectly by the dark blue paint and natural light, flooding in through bi-fold doors, bringing the whole scene to life

The kitchen-dining area is not a room to hurry through. Along one wall runs a huge refectory table in walnut – originally from the old British Library Reading Room

The kitchen-dining area is not a room to hurry through. Along one wall runs a huge refectory table in walnut – originally from the old British Library Reading Room

The sitting room looks out over Hastings Old Town to the sea. The sofa - in Ginny’s beloved yellow - is by Loaf and the artwork above it is a lightbox installation of a woodland scene by Dalziel + Scullion

The sitting room looks out over Hastings Old Town to the sea. The sofa - in Ginny’s beloved yellow - is by Loaf and the artwork above it is a lightbox installation of a woodland scene by Dalziel + Scullion

The marble fireplace is original to the house, with bookshelves on either side a hint to Ginny’s occupation as a writer, with logs stored beneath. The green chair is from a junk shop in Hastings Old Town. Fresh flowers - and Abigail Ahern’s faux wildflowers - are displayed in Ginny’s collection of vases sourced over the years from Paris flea markets, Shoreditch junk shops and vintage Murano from Venice back streets

The marble fireplace is original to the house, with bookshelves on either side a hint to Ginny’s occupation as a writer, with logs stored beneath. The green chair is from a junk shop in Hastings Old Town. Fresh flowers - and Abigail Ahern’s faux wildflowers - are displayed in Ginny’s collection of vases sourced over the years from Paris flea markets, Shoreditch junk shops and vintage Murano from Venice back streets

The basement originally had “lots of higgledy-piggledy little rooms” which were knocked through to create a loft-style space zoned into cooking, sitting and sleeping areas, plus a bathroom. The grey painted steel feature stair rail was designed by architect Jason Wren, who transformed the house. The vintage table football underneath it is from a Hastings Old Town antique shop. The charcoal grey modular IKEA sofa is dressed with cushions by Kirsten Hecktermann and Abigail Ahern

The basement originally had “lots of higgledy-piggledy little rooms” which were knocked through to create a loft-style space zoned into cooking, sitting and sleeping areas, plus a bathroom. The grey painted steel feature stair rail was designed by architect Jason Wren, who transformed the house. The vintage table football underneath it is from a Hastings Old Town antique shop. The charcoal grey modular IKEA sofa is dressed with cushions by Kirsten Hecktermann and Abigail Ahern

The basement apartment offers an independent space for guests, with the bed concealed behind a vintage decoupaged screen from AG Hendy & Co in Hastings Old Town. There is a recessed television over the vintage slate fireplace. The grey metal standard lamp is from Heals and the ceiling fitting is one of a pair by Habitat, black with a bright yellow interior the same as the feature wall

The basement apartment offers an independent space for guests, with the bed concealed behind a vintage decoupaged screen from AG Hendy & Co in Hastings Old Town. There is a recessed television over the vintage slate fireplace. The grey metal standard lamp is from Heals and the ceiling fitting is one of a pair by Habitat, black with a bright yellow interior the same as the feature wall

The funky tiles in the guest cloakroom are by Lubna Chowdhary. The vintage mirror with an integral lamp is from AG Hendy & Co, providing illumination to read the books on the shelf behind the loo

The funky tiles in the guest cloakroom are by Lubna Chowdhary. The vintage mirror with an integral lamp is from AG Hendy & Co, providing illumination to read the books on the shelf behind the loo

The pale grey bedroom is linked to the bathroom by an olive green dressing room. The striking copper light fitting is by Jim Lawrence. The seascape on the far wall is by Anne Packard. The white and steel pendant light is one of a number of George Nelson classic lights throughout the house

The pale grey bedroom is linked to the bathroom by an olive green dressing room. The striking copper light fitting is by Jim Lawrence. The seascape on the far wall is by Anne Packard. The white and steel pendant light is one of a number of George Nelson classic lights throughout the house

The master bedroom has magnificent views over Hastings Old Town and the sea, all the way to Beachy Head. The chaise longue is from Graham & Green and the mannequin was another find at Retrouvius

The master bedroom has magnificent views over Hastings Old Town and the sea, all the way to Beachy Head. The chaise longue is from Graham & Green and the mannequin was another find at Retrouvius

There is an equally lovely view from the bath - over a planted sedum flat roof and their neighbour’s beautiful garden, up to Hastings Country Park. The bathroom fittings are from CP Hart

There is an equally lovely view from the bath - over a planted sedum flat roof and their neighbour’s beautiful garden, up to Hastings Country Park

The bathroom fittings are from CP Hart

The bathroom fittings are from CP Hart

The top floor of the house has the atmosphere of a romantic lofty garret. The tasselled lampshade and chair are Hastings Old Town junk shop finds. The artworks are by American photographer Robert Gumpert and Esther Teichmann

The top floor of the house has the atmosphere of a romantic lofty garret. The tasselled lampshade and chair are Hastings Old Town junk shop finds. The artworks are by American photographer Robert Gumpert and Esther Teichmann

Ginny left the exposed paintwork on the chimney breast, as a feature - after finding when they stripped away many layers of paint, the exact green she had already chosen for the room underneath them all. The colour is Churlish Green by Farrow & Ball

Ginny left the exposed paintwork on the chimney breast, as a feature - after finding when they stripped away many layers of paint, the exact green she had already chosen for the room underneath them all. The colour is Churlish Green by Farrow & Ball

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Helen Barton

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