Two custom made marble-print velvet sofas sit below a 1940s brass chandelier in the sitting room

Two custom made marble-print velvet sofas sit below a 1940s brass chandelier in the sitting room

“I always start with a mood board,” says Shaun. “A physical one, not just Pinterest boards and then I move on to a sample board for each room. This house is about colour and texture – blues and greens, reflecting the colours of the sea.”

“I always start with a mood board,” says Shaun. “A physical one, not just Pinterest boards and then I move on to a sample board for each room. This house is about colour and texture – blues and greens, reflecting the colours of the sea.”

A 20th century vintage chrome shelving unit houses a collection of vintage French dômes du mariage

A 20th century vintage chrome shelving unit houses a collection of vintage French dômes du mariage

The screening room

The screening room

The dining room can seat ten around a huge round red table. 1950s metal and wood bookshelves display three large model boats from Ardingly, while opposite, glass-fronted original cupboards on either side of the fireplace display musters of stoneware, cabbage ware, pewter, silver and crystal

The dining room can seat ten around a huge round red table. 1950s metal and wood bookshelves display three large model boats from Ardingly, while opposite, glass-fronted original cupboards on either side of the fireplace display musters of stoneware, cabbage ware, pewter, silver and crystal

New spindles for the bannisters and new stair treads were made by local craftsmen

New spindles for the bannisters and new stair treads were made by local craftsmen

The Net Hut Cloakroom pays tribute to the Old Town fishing community’s famous black wooden structures

The Net Hut Cloakroom pays tribute to the Old Town fishing community’s famous black wooden structures

At the heart of the kitchen are a marble-topped stainless steel unit that Shaun had made to house the old stone sink and an 18th century oak refectory table

At the heart of the kitchen are a marble-topped stainless steel unit that Shaun had made to house the old stone sink and an 18th century oak refectory table

The courtyard garden, backed with Hastings West Hill sandstone, is planted with giant shade-loving ferns

The courtyard garden, backed with Hastings West Hill sandstone, is planted with giant shade-loving ferns

The stunning Admiral Suite is an eye-popping tableau of green fabulousness, encompassing the bespoke emerald green leather chesterfield bed frame, two Kelly green armchairs, the walls and a Louis Fooey dressing table and bedside tables painted in demi-gloss Kelly.

The stunning Admiral Suite is an eye-popping tableau of green fabulousness, encompassing the bespoke emerald green leather chesterfield bed frame, two Kelly green armchairs, the walls and a Louis Fooey dressing table and bedside tables painted in demi-gloss Kelly.

The Cliff View room and adjacent mirror ball shower room

The Cliff View room and adjacent mirror ball shower room

A roll top bath nestles within the bay window in the Captain’s Room, with beautiful views out to sea

A roll top bath nestles within the bay window in the Captain’s Room, with beautiful views out to sea

The Crow’s Nest’s bunk bed den features a wall of pressed brass plates

The Crow’s Nest’s bunk bed den features a wall of pressed brass plates

The Cabin Room sits right at the top of the house

The Cabin Room sits right at the top of the house

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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