Picture perfect

A fantasy family home has been loved back to life

The mother of reinvention

Artist Sassy Luke lives among her art – and makes art out of her life

A Passage from India

A bona fide legend of British interior design, Sasha Waddell has embarked on a charitable project designing beautiful textiles which will benefit impoverished children in Delhi – and are used to glorious effect throughout her own home. As soon as...

The House of Many Words

As Hastings launches its very first literary festival, we visit the extraordinary home of a theatrical collective where the house itself is an inspiration and performance space. Some of the most celebrated houses in the world have become such, not just...

God’s acre

A rambling old rectory is reborn as a vibrant showcase for years of collecting

House of scarves

Textile designer and pattern maker, Melanie Laslett, has transformed a 19th century fisherman’s cottage in Hastings into a light and airy home peppered with mid-century modern finds

Park Life

A stunning Georgian townhouse, next to a royal palace, combines modern flair with sublime elegance

A Slice of Heaven

She has a shop called In House Junkie – and we’re finding Samantha Bruce’s Tunbridge Wells house very hard to resist

Interiors notes from a stylist

Blogger and micro influencer Sara Delaney of Notes from a Stylist shares home-styling tips from her cleverly updated Victorian house in a dream location in the Surrey Hills

The rebirth of cool

A St Leonards-on-Sea seafront mansion is brought back to dazzling life

Family favours

A lovely family home which had got a bit lived in, was brought back to peak condition by interior designer Alexis Wylie

Coastal haven

This old coastguard’s cottage is gloriously free of all those corny seaside decor clichés thanks to interior architect Marta Nowicka’s sophisticated vision

New England Style Beach House

Converting a tired old weatherboard cabin into a spacious coastal retreat, Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote were sure of one thing - that it would end up pale and interesting...

Hollywood Glamour

This Hastings house is a glorious tribute to high fashion, Hollywood’s golden era and – of course – Mr Elvis Presley (thank you very much...)

Dream Family Home

Through the invaluable help of a property finder, media guru Caroline Kyriazis tracked down a spacious Victorian terrace in Tunbridge Wells with all the period qualities she and her husband had been searching for

Kaleidoscope of Colour

Central Saint Martins graduate Amy Exton’s terraced Margate home is a riot of clashing pattern, vivid paint and leopard print in many guises – a love of which she lavishly pours into her work as a set designer


Making the decision to move back to England, Mike and Caroline were on the lookout for a lock-up-and-leave apartment that would work with their busy travelling lifestyle. After discovering a 1990s conversion of battery factory into living spaces, the couple...

Let There Be Light

Location was key when Tanya and Richard Johnson moved back to the UK from Dubai. The Surrey Hills barn conversion that they set their sights on was devoid of natural light and filled with stripped pine until the couple brought...

Comfort and Joy

Kali Hamerton-Stove’s beautiful family oast house, tucked into countryside on the outskirts of a pretty Kentish village, is a haven of Christmas cheer. Following an ethos that her home should be filled with purposeful, quality items that are built to...

The House on the Hill

Undertaking a mammoth restoration project, designer Shaun Clarkson, along with his partner Paul Brewster, have applied their unique and exciting approach to interiors to a six storey Regency town house in the heart of Hastings Old Town.

Home to Shop

Craving a dramatic change from the stresses of London life, David Page and his partner, David Baker, chose to set up home – and shop – in Hastings Old Town. And they couldn’t be happier that they did...

Award-Winning Mushroom House

When Ben Swanborough’s daughter Elsie designed her dream den, and saved £500 to build it, he set to work bringing it to life. Nestled above a river at the bottom of the family garden, Elsie’s Mushroom House beat off competition...

St Benedicts Victorian B&B

Over time, Paul Oxborrow and Stephen Groves have succeeded in buying each floor of a grand nineteenth century St. Leonards house. Staying true to the period of its construction, Paul and Stephen have completely refurbished its four floors and now run several rooms...

Artists’ Model Home

Sue and Dave Donkin’s converted farm building, tucked away down an idyllic Kentish country lane, offers the perfect space for the couple to pursue their artistic interests

Creatives’ Rye Home

Backing straight onto the River Rother with uninterrupted views across the salt marshes, the unique collection of buildings that creative director and film-maker John Carver and branding and personal curator Anna Carloss call home are testament to the couple’s creative...

Karen Birchwood’s Gallery and Home

Artist Karen Birchwood has turned her own living space into a gallery – the ideal place for prospective buyers of her paintings to visualise the artworks in a home setting.

Instagram Interior

Having decided to swap London life for a home in the countryside, Lucinda Mitra took to Instagram to document the refurbishment of her new family home. After rapidly amassing over 30,000 follows, Lucinda’s account, nest_twenty_eight, is now an online destination...

Gorgeous Seaside Home

Since opening her first store in the late 1970s, Helen Robinson has consistently been ahead of the game when it comes to cool locations for her to share her effortless sense of style. Her current project, SHOP in St. Leonards...

Stylish Seaside Home

Karen Hahnel’s St Leonards apartment is a stunning example of how to successfully employ proportion and scale. She has cleverly combined design classics with online finds to create an enviably stylish seaside home.

Spacious Family Home

When a former St. John Ambulance station in Rye came up for sale, it took interior architect Marta Nowicka only three hours to decide to take on its renovation. After removing endless partitioning and flattening a 1970s extension, she has...

Twin Peaks

When the light-filled apartment directly below Susie McLean’s came up for sale on the St Leonards sea front, her sister Caroline snapped it up. Stamping their personalities on each, the pair have created two uniquely individual retreats linked by a...

A Treat in Store

Housed in a former village stores, Diane and Ian’s quirky B&B offers a tranquil haven with a truly personal touch.

The Home of ‘Posh’ Storage

Fuelled by a shared passion for block printing, Trudi Savin and her friend Sophie Morton created Yateley Papers. Trudi’s own home in Surrey is a showcase for their ever evolving range of beautiful storage solutions and accessories.

Bright Contemporary Home

Seeing the potential in a project that had been overlooked by other potential buyers, and working to a strict budget, Ali Kittermaster has remodelled a dated bungalow in the heart of a Kent village into a bright and surprisingly roomy...

Intriguing Historic Farmhouse

Immersed within three acres of glorious gardens, Peter and Jane’s historic family home, a stunning Wealden farmhouse, is tantalisingly full of mystery and intrigue.

Wreck Of The Week Remarkable Refurb

Originally built to house the poor in the nineteenth century, Cheyneys Almshouse is now home to Fortnum & Mason in-house milliner Adrian Howard and his partner Sven. After stumbling across it in The Guardian’s ‘Wreck of the Week’ feature and...

New England Seaside Styling Comes to Camber

Inspired by New England styling, a chalet bungalow nestled in the dunes at Camber Sands has been transformed into a relaxing seaside haven. This home now looks as if it would be just as comfortable near the shores of Cape...

Home of Victorian Curiosities

When antique dealers Paul Wong and Martin Johnson bought their Grade II* home ten years ago, they had been won over by its classic English country house facade. With its generously proportioned rooms providing an irresistible opportunity to display their...

A Spacious Villa

When Peter and Murielle chanced upon a For Sale notice on the verge by the side of the road that led to an elegant Regency property, they knew that they had found the Kentish home that they had been searching...

Exquisite Design in a Victorian Hastings Home

Retail brand consultant James, stylist David and their Boston Terrier, Cooper, moved into their Victorian property in the heart of Hastings Old Town just one year ago. In that time they have completely transformed the interior with their bold use...

Arts and Crafts Roots

When Geoff and Annie Waring decided to leave the city in search of a greener way of living, they found that the challenge of renovating an Arts & Crafts house in Tunbridge Wells ticked all the boxes.

Farmhouse with African Heartbeat

Through her inventive and unique approach to interior design, Alexis Wylie has sensitively updated her ancient farmhouse to create a quirky, yet organised, family space.

Historic Family Home

Jennifer Stuart-Smith relishes the snugness of the perfect Christmas house.

The Wallpaper Designer’s Home

Ten years of DIY and the refined eye of a renowned wallpaper designer has transformed a wrecked house into an oasis of calm elegance.

The Quirky Townhouse

Anthropology, Arabic, art history… the lady of this house is erudite, well-read and widely travelled and it shows at every turn.

Industrial Glamour Comes to St Leonards

A collection of quirky finds and object trouves transforms this classic Victorian villa into a funky pad with industrial glamour.

Gorgeous Goodnestone Park

The beautiful Georgian house, Goodnestone Park, which may have inspired Jane Austen’s most famous novel and is still owned by the original family, has been remodelled with superb contemporary chic and reborn with a new purpose.