Former Fashion Director turned upholsterer, Sadie Dorchester takes Antonia Methuen on a tour of the interior of her spacious Victorian terrace, the gorgeous result of a seven-year renovation project

Like many people who move to Hastings, Sadie Dorchester and her family were only intending to stay for a few months. Sadie and her husband had spent nine years living in South Africa. In 2011 they made the decision to return to the UK with their two young children. “We rented a house as we had family nearby, thinking we would end up in Brighton or Hove, but in the end we really liked it and so we decided to put our new roots in Hastings instead,” explains Sadie. 

Sadie’s storage pieces provide the perfect combination of style and practicality. Her designs are dotted around the rooms, beautifully upholstered inside and out with her signature wool fabric in abstract patterns, strong colour combinations and bespoke feet

Sadie’s storage pieces provide the perfect combination of style and practicality. Her designs are dotted around the rooms, beautifully upholstered inside and out with her signature wool fabric in abstract patterns, strong colour combinations and bespoke feet

Sadie decided the easiest thing to do, due to the size and scope of the renovation, was to strip and re-plaster the walls and strip the floors across the entire house and then paint all the walls and the stairs white. She could then move her young family in and begin to add colour and personality without any pressure.

Sadie decided the easiest thing to do, due to the size and scope of the renovation, was to strip and re-plaster the walls and strip the floors across the entire house and then paint all the walls and the stairs white. She could then move her young family in and begin to add colour and personality without any pressure.

The family bathroom’s bespoke vanity unit was created from an eBay find sink, a metal trolley from Rusty’s Reclamation, some scaffolding boards and a chunk of slate

The family bathroom’s bespoke vanity unit was created from an eBay find sink, a metal trolley from Rusty’s Reclamation, some scaffolding boards and a chunk of slate

A cluster of mismatched floral lampshades that Sadie found on notonthehighstreet.com hangs from the soaring ceiling in this peaceful bedroom

A cluster of mismatched floral lampshades that Sadie found on notonthehighstreet.com hangs from the soaring ceiling in this peaceful bedroom

A cluster of mismatched floral lampshades that Sadie found on notonthehighstreet.com hangs from the soaring ceiling in this peaceful bedroom

A cluster of mismatched floral lampshades that Sadie found on notonthehighstreet.com hangs from the soaring ceiling in this peaceful bedroom

Sadie’s own bedroom is decorated in a palette of dark and light greys, golds and leather

Sadie’s own bedroom is decorated in a palette of dark and light greys, golds and leather

Sadie’s own bedroom is decorated in a palette of dark and light greys, golds and leather

Sadie’s own bedroom is decorated in a palette of dark and light greys, golds and leather

Houseplants and flowers are found in almost every room, from the bathroom to the bedrooms, the kitchen to the living rooms

Houseplants and flowers are found in almost every room, from the bathroom to the bedrooms, the kitchen to the living rooms

In the dining room, the colour palette is also in tonal greens, like the kitchen, and a dark slate grey. An accent wall in House of Hackney palm print wallpaper gives the room a fashionable edge

In the dining room, the colour palette is also in tonal greens, like the kitchen, and a dark slate grey. An accent wall in House of Hackney palm print wallpaper gives the room a fashionable edge

A stunning etched glass light fitting, comprising five glass baubles hangs over the dining table.

A stunning etched glass light fitting, comprising five glass baubles hangs over the dining table.

The family sitting room

The family sitting room

The cabinet work and cupboards in the kitchen have all been painted in a bright grass green, Sadie’s favourite colour, with black accent walls around the range cooker and the picture window

The cabinet work and cupboards in the kitchen have all been painted in a bright grass green, Sadie’s favourite colour, with black accent walls around the range cooker and the picture window

Sadie’s storage pieces provide the perfect combination of style and practicality. Her designs are dotted around the rooms, beautifully upholstered inside and out with her signature wool fabric in abstract patterns, strong colour combinations and bespoke feet

Sadie’s storage pieces provide the perfect combination of style and practicality. Her designs are dotted around the rooms, beautifully upholstered inside and out with her signature wool fabric in abstract patterns, strong colour combinations and bespoke feet

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