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. It was William Morris, who said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” A concept that is embodied by the home of 21st century textile designer, Melanie Laslett.

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The rear garden looking across the Old Town

The rear garden looking across the Old Town

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

The small downstairs bathroom was ripped out to make way for the dining area

The small downstairs bathroom was ripped out to make way for the dining area

The front door opens into the kitchen. The units are from Jewsons and the encaustic tiles are from Encaustic Tiles Ltd

The front door opens into the kitchen. The units are from Jewsons and the encaustic tiles are from Encaustic Tiles Ltd

The living space had already been knocked through. The denim-covered sofa is by Danish designer Peter Jeppesen and the coffee table is from Heals. The shelving unit, left, is vintage Habitat

The living space had already been knocked through. The denim-covered sofa is by Danish designer Peter Jeppesen and the coffee table is from Heals. The shelving unit, left, is vintage Habitat

A woodburning stove keeps the sitting room cosy.

A woodburning stove keeps the sitting room cosy.

A woodburning stove keeps the sitting room cosy.

A woodburning stove keeps the sitting room cosy.

Melanie’s work space is at the other end of the room

Melanie’s work space is at the other end of the room

The living space had already been knocked through. The denim-covered sofa is by Danish designer Peter Jeppesen and the coffee table is from Heals. The shelving unit, left, is vintage Habitat

The living space had already been knocked through. The denim-covered sofa is by Danish designer Peter Jeppesen and the coffee table is from Heals. The shelving unit, left, is vintage Habitat

Melanie keeps her workspace ordered with a shelving unit from Habitat. The glass desk is also from there

Melanie keeps her workspace ordered with a shelving unit from Habitat. The glass desk is also from there

“I always wanted a bathtub that had a fabulous view, it really is perfect”

“I always wanted a bathtub that had a fabulous view, it really is perfect”

Melanie left the lovely worn paint on the wooden stairs. The bathroom to the right was created in what was the third bedroom

Melanie left the lovely worn paint on the wooden stairs. The bathroom to the right was created in what was the third bedroom

The spare bedroom has views over the Old Town. The grey curtains are from Marks & Spencer

The spare bedroom has views over the Old Town. The grey curtains are from Marks & Spencer

The spare bedroom has views over the Old Town. The grey curtains are from Marks & Spencer

The spare bedroom has views over the Old Town. The grey curtains are from Marks & Spencer

The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras of Style and displays some of Melanie’s fabric designs for Laslett England

The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras of Style and displays some of Melanie’s fabric designs for Laslett England

The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras of Style and displays some of Melanie’s fabric designs for Laslett England

The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras of Style and displays some of Melanie’s fabric designs for Laslett England

The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras of Style and displays some of Melanie’s fabric designs for Laslett England

The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras of Style and displays some of Melanie’s fabric designs for Laslett England

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Karena Callen

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