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

notice hanging in the kitchen of this Victorian terrace says it all: ‘Some girls are born with glitter in their veins’.

The dining set was a present from a friend. The squiggly 1960s ceiling light is one of a pair from the Antique Warehouse in Hastings Old Town

The dining set was a present from a friend. The squiggly 1960s ceiling light is one of a pair from the Antique Warehouse in Hastings Old Town

The wallpaper on the half landing was designed by Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame. Sarah draped the chandelier with strings of pearls Above right: The landing houses her collection of glamorous make up, set off by feathers and black flowers

The wallpaper on the half landing was designed by Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame. Sarah draped the chandelier with strings of pearls

The landing houses her collection of glamorous make up, set off by feathers and black flowers

The landing houses her collection of glamorous make up, set off by feathers and black flowers

The wallpaper in the spare room, by Kandola, is hand-studded with Swarovski crystals

The wallpaper in the spare room, by Kandola, is hand-studded with Swarovski crystals

In Sarah’s sanctum, her dressing room, her collection of white shirts is displayed on a rack from shop fitting suppliers Morplan. The gold shoes are by Gucci and the silver boots are Kurt Geiger. Sarah found the chair in the Courthouse Street junk yard in Hastings Old Town

In Sarah’s sanctum, her dressing room, her collection of white shirts is displayed on a rack from shop fitting suppliers Morplan. The gold shoes are by Gucci and the silver boots are Kurt Geiger. Sarah found the chair in the Courthouse Street junk yard in Hastings Old Town

Sarah’s bedroom is a veritable boudoir. She had the curtains made in fabric from Wayward in St Leonards. She found the bed cover in Debenhams and the wallpaper is by Italian firm Dochi. The gold and crystal mirror was from TK Maxx, Tunbridge Wells. The 1950s dressing table was from an antiques shop in Eastbourne

The 1950s dressing table was from an antiques shop in Eastbourne

Sarah’s bedroom is a veritable boudoir. She had the curtains made in fabric from Wayward in St Leonards. She found the bed cover in Debenhams and the wallpaper is by Italian firm Dochi. The gold and crystal mirror was from TK Maxx, Tunbridge Wells. The 1950s dressing table was from an antiques shop in Eastbourne

Sarah’s bedroom is a veritable boudoir. She had the curtains made in fabric from Wayward in St Leonards. She found the bed cover in Debenhams and the wallpaper is by Italian firm Dochi. The gold and crystal mirror was from TK Maxx, Tunbridge Wells.

The standard lamp was from Woodcocks in Battle. Sarah glitter-enhanced and framed the Blondie print, which has a matching Elvis opposite

The standard lamp was from Woodcocks in Battle. Sarah glitter-enhanced and framed the Blondie print, which has a matching Elvis opposite

Sarah painted a dark wood Edwardian cabinet to fit in her white and cream scheme. The coral is from Dunelm and Sarah found the Jean-Paul Gaultier display in an antiques shop in Norman Road, sadly no longer there

Sarah painted a dark wood Edwardian cabinet to fit in her white and cream scheme. The coral is from Dunelm and Sarah found the Jean-Paul Gaultier display in an antiques shop in Norman Road, sadly no longer there

Sarah’s love for shaggy fur, rich colour, white and visual wit come together in this corner of the dining room. The Willy Wonka Golden Ticket cushion was from the Brewers paints showroom in Eastbourne. The bird cage is from Hastings Antiques Warehouse and Sarah found the ballet shoes in the St Michael’s Hospice shop in Hastings

Sarah’s love for shaggy fur, rich colour, white and visual wit come together in this corner of the dining room. The Willy Wonka Golden Ticket cushion was from the Brewers paints showroom in Eastbourne. The bird cage is from Hastings Antiques Warehouse and Sarah found the ballet shoes in the St Michael’s Hospice shop in Hastings

Sarah loves sheepskins and buys them everywhere from Dunelm to boot fairs. She found the white leather La-Z-Boy recliner in a charity shop in Bexhill. She made the heart-shaped light feature out of strings of fairy lights.

Sarah loves sheepskins and buys them everywhere from Dunelm to boot fairs. She found the white leather La-Z-Boy recliner in a charity shop in Bexhill. She made the heart-shaped light feature out of strings of fairy lights.

Sarah says her daughter warned her boyfriend before she brought him to the house: “My mum’s house is her in house form, slightly quirky, to say the least...”

Sarah says her daughter warned her boyfriend before she brought him to the house: “My mum’s house is her in house form, slightly quirky, to say the least...”

The glass fruit bowl is from House of Fraser

The glass fruit bowl is from House of Fraser

Sarah gave the vintage buttons to her upholsterer to sew into the Chesterfield chaise longue

The furry leopard print chest of drawers is from Hastings Antique Warehouse

Sarah gave the vintage buttons to her upholsterer to sew into the Chesterfield chaise longue

Sarah gave the vintage buttons to her upholsterer to sew into the Chesterfield chaise longue

Sarah has created dramatic glamour in the ground floor study, with a statement chandelier from Roomings in George Street, Hastings Old Town Above left: the furry leopard print chest of drawers is from Hastings Antique Warehouse.

Sarah has created dramatic glamour in the ground floor study, with a statement chandelier from Roomings in George Street, Hastings Old Town

  • The Wardrobe 64a High Street, Hastings 01424434268
  • Browser’s 57 High Street, Hastings 01424436455
  • Antiques Warehouse 54 High Street, Hastings 01424433142
  • Fusspotts dress agency 112 Station Road, Oxted 01883717604
  • Designer Notes dress agency 1 Carlysle Buildings, Carlysle Road, Eastbourne 01323416834
  • RA Hayward & Son upholsterer Hastings 01424423332
  • Siren 58 Norman Road, St Leonards
  • Teresa’s Fabrics curtain maker 01424422001
  • Twentieth Century Funking Junk 8 Courthouse Street, Hastings 07916335434

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Kate Watts

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