Wallpaper and fabric designer Louise Body and her husband Jonny’s Hastings home is testament to ten years of ‘doing it themselves’ and to Louise’s incredible creative talent. They wouldn’t have it any other way. Their home reveals a passion for classic design and a talent for sourcing junk shop bargains.

The wall behind the dining table is papered with Louise’s design ‘Midnight’ from her Forest range. The dining chairs were a Dunelm find, £5 each

The wall behind the dining table is papered with Louise’s design ‘Midnight’ from her Forest range. The dining chairs were a Dunelm find, £5 each

The ‘tiles’ behind the cooker are actually Louise’s wallpaper ‘Old Blue’

The ‘tiles’ behind the cooker are actually Louise’s wallpaper ‘Old Blue’

The Ercol table in the kitchen is from Glass Etc in Rye. The shawl was a gift. The watercolour of Louise’s grandparents’ cat Bumper was painted by her grandmother, Granny Jean

The Ercol table in the kitchen is from Glass Etc in Rye. The shawl was a gift. The watercolour of Louise’s grandparents’ cat Bumper was painted by her grandmother, Granny Jean

The walls in the dining room are painted in Farrow & Ball Pale Powder. The drinks cabinet was £16 from Courthouse Mews reclamation yard in Hastings Old Town, the menorah was from another Hastings antique shop. The low armchair by Ercol, covered in Louise’s fabric

The walls in the dining room are painted in Farrow & Ball Pale Powder. The drinks cabinet was £16 from Courthouse Mews reclamation yard in Hastings Old Town, the menorah was from another Hastings antique shop. The low armchair by Ercol, covered in Louise’s fabric

The wallpaper is from Louise’s Murals collection, this one is called Still Lake. The painting propped against the wall is by Oskar Barblain

The wallpaper is from Louise’s Murals collection, this one is called Still Lake. The painting propped against the wall is by Oskar Barblain

The wall sconce is from Butlers Emporium in Hastings Old Town, rewired by Philip Oakley

The wall sconce is from Butlers Emporium in Hastings Old Town, rewired by Philip Oakley

The dining chairs are from various junk shops

The dining chairs are from various junk shops

The lampshades in the sitting room are from the range Louise used to sell at Liberty, in her designs Autumn Leaves and Erotica, which was inspired by the work of Aubrey Beardsley

The lampshades in the sitting room are from the range Louise used to sell at Liberty, in her designs Autumn Leaves and Erotica, which was inspired by the work of Aubrey Beardsley

The painting over the woodburner is by Oskar Barblain

The painting over the woodburner is by Oskar Barblain

The wallpaper in the porch is Louise’s design Grapevine, from the Paper Tiles collection

The wallpaper in the porch is Louise’s design Grapevine, from the Paper Tiles collection

The foldaway table belonged to her grandfather

The foldaway table belonged to her grandfather

On the landing. Louise made the paper dresses out of old maps

On the landing. Louise made the paper dresses out of old maps

On the stairs up to the attic, Louise’s wallpaper Traily Plant. On the wall opposite, strings of shells hang down

On the stairs up to the attic, Louise’s wallpaper Traily Plant. On the wall opposite, strings of shells hang down

The landing wall is painted in Downpipe by Farrow & Ball. The lampshade is Louise’s design

The landing wall is painted in Downpipe by Farrow & Ball. The lampshade is Louise’s design

The wallpaper over the bed is a work in progress for a new line Miss Match, which Louise will hand finish with metallic leaf. The bedside table is another Hastings Old Town find

The wallpaper over the bed is a work in progress for a new line Miss Match, which Louise will hand finish with metallic leaf. The bedside table is another Hastings Old Town find

The print over the fireplace is by Eric Ravilious, a birthday present from husband Jonny. The footstool belonged to Louise’s grandparents and has been recovered in her fabric Dot-to-Dot. The jug vase is from Snoopers Paradise in Brighton

The print over the fireplace is by Eric Ravilious, a birthday present from husband Jonny. The footstool belonged to Louise’s grandparents and has been recovered in her fabric Dot-to-Dot. The jug vase is from Snoopers Paradise in Brighton

Daughter Marney’s room

Daughter Marney’s room

Daughter Marney’s room. The picture over the desk was a birthday gift from a friend. The perspex ‘illusion table’ by the bed is by Essey and was bought online ten years ago. The cushions on the bed are Louise’s designs. The print of The Tiger Who Came to Tea was free in The Times and Louise had it framed

The picture over the desk was a birthday gift from a friend. The perspex ‘illusion table’ by the bed is by Essey and was bought online ten years ago. The cushions on the bed are Louise’s designs

The print of The Tiger Who Came to Tea was free in The Times and Louise had it framed

The print of The Tiger Who Came to Tea was free in The Times and Louise had it framed

The chair is from Louise’s grandmother. Louise made the rag doll for Marney’s first birthday. Jonny bought the fabric cat from a shop in Brighton after Louise spotted it in the window

The chair is from Louise’s grandmother. Louise made the rag doll for Marney’s first birthday. Jonny bought the fabric cat from a shop in Brighton after Louise spotted it in the window

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