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. Artists seek the north light: a pure, pale reflected light that is not subject to the shifting dazzle of the sun. The Victorian landscape artist who commissioned the building of this house in the Surrey Hills, an official ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’, put the huge windows of his huge studio in exactly the right place for him: facing north.  

More of Sara’s beloved scatter cushions in the spare room. The artworks are Sara’s photographs blown up on canvas

More of Sara’s beloved scatter cushions in the spare room. The artworks are Sara’s photographs blown up on canvas

The bathroom off the spare room. The wood is zebrano

The bathroom off the spare room. The wood is zebrano

Sara firmly believes that beautiful clothes and accessories shouldn’t be hidden away in the closet, but ‘outed’ and used as part of the decor in a room

Part of a shoe collection Carrie from Sex in the City would envy

Sara’s walk-in closet

Sara’s walk-in closet

Sara’s dressing table is from 1stdibs.com and the mirror behind is from US interiors store Lillian August.The jacket on the chair is a favourite jacket by Needle & Thread

Sara’s dressing table is from 1stdibs.com and the mirror behind is from US interiors store Lillian August.The jacket on the chair is a favourite jacket by Needle & Thread

Part of a shoe collection Carrie from Sex in the City would envy

Sara firmly believes that beautiful clothes and accessories shouldn’t be hidden away in the closet, but ‘outed’ and used as part of the decor in a room

The ‘stacked’ drawers unit is from The Conran Shop

The ‘stacked’ drawers unit is from The Conran Shop

The chandelier in the hall is a bespoke piece designed by interior architect Nick Coombs and specially constructed to fit the space.

A seamstress’s dummy gloriously festooned with lanyards from fashion shows

At night a stunning light shines in the hall in the shape of a huge spiralling, solar system of a chandelier

The chandelier in the hall is a bespoke piece designed by interior architect Nick Coombs and specially constructed to fit the space

The chandelier in the hall is a bespoke piece designed by interior architect Nick Coombs and specially constructed to fit the space.

At night a stunning light shines in the hall in the shape of a huge spiralling, solar system of a chandelier

A classic marble-topped Saarinen tulip table in the kitchen. The chairs are Eames from The Conran Shop and the digital print was picked years ago from Selfridges

A classic marble-topped Saarinen tulip table in the kitchen. The chairs are Eames from The Conran Shop and the digital print was picked years ago from Selfridges

Under the stairs is a temperature-controlled wine room. More of Sara’s signature cushions on the comfy sofa in the home cinema. Vintage film posters set the scene. The champagne cork side table is from Not on the High Street, a kitsch gift from one of Sara’s oldest mates who knew her love of fizz

Under the stairs is a temperature-controlled wine room. More of Sara’s signature cushions on the comfy sofa in the home cinema. Vintage film posters set the scene

In the home cinema each family member has chosen a poster to reflect their favourite movies

. The champagne cork side table is from Not on the High Street, a kitsch gift from one of Sara’s oldest mates who knew her love of fizz

The original north facing window in what was the studio of the Victorian artist who originally owned the house. All the cushions on the Roche Bobois sofa are covered in Designers Guild fabrics. The Noguchi coffee table is from Heals

The original north facing window in what was the studio of the Victorian artist who originally owned the house. All the cushions on the Roche Bobois sofa are covered in Designers Guild fabrics. The Noguchi coffee table is from Heals

The table football table in the family room created from the former artist’s studio

The table football table in the family room created from the former artist’s studio

Sara’s pompom basket is from Etsy

Sara’s pompom basket is from Etsy

At the far end of the family room, steps down to the home cinema and wine room on the lower level. The cowhide butterfly chair is by Abigail Ahern

At the far end of the family room, steps down to the home cinema and wine room on the lower level. The cowhide butterfly chair is by Abigail Ahern

The curtain fabric is by Designers Guild. Sara changes the cushion covers, which are supplied by Spyros Hambis - Studio Interiors, seasonally. The painting was bought while travelling

The painting was bought while travelling

They kept all the original fireplaces as features in the main rooms. The clock is from Coach House

They kept all the original fireplaces as features in the main rooms. The clock is from Coach House

The curtain fabric is by Designers Guild. Sara changes the cushion covers, which are supplied by Spyros Hambis - Studio Interiors, seasonally. The painting was bought while travelling

Sara changes the cushion covers, which are supplied by Spyros Hambis - Studio Interiors, seasonally

The curtain fabric is by Designers Guild. Sara changes the cushion covers, which are supplied by Spyros Hambis - Studio Interiors, seasonally. The painting was bought while travelling

The curtain fabric is by Designers Guild

The double-height entrance hall, where Sara and her husband decided to keep one wall of the original oak panelling. The large landscape painting of Villa D’Este is by local artist and friend Alexander Cresswell

The double-height entrance hall, where Sara and her husband decided to keep one wall of the original oak panelling

The double-height entrance hall, where Sara and her husband decided to keep one wall of the original oak panelling. The large landscape painting of Villa D’Este is by local artist and friend Alexander Cresswell

The large landscape painting of Villa D’Este is by local artist and friend Alexander Cresswell

The dining table and chairs are by Rupert Senior. The Fucsia pendant light over the table is by Achille Castiglioni from FLOS

The dining table and chairs are by Rupert Senior

The dining table and chairs are by Rupert Senior. The Fucsia pendant light over the table is by Achille Castiglioni from FLOS

“The chairs are deliberately designed with low backs,” says Sara, “so people can turn and talk to each other in maximum comfort, encouraging conversation. The chairs we had before had high backs and it makes such a difference. It had never occurred to me.”

The dining table and chairs are by Rupert Senior. The Fucsia pendant light over the table is by Achille Castiglioni from FLOS

The Fucsia pendant light over the table is by Achille Castiglioni from FLOS

The double-height entrance hall, where Sara and her husband decided to keep one wall of the original oak panelling. The large landscape painting of Villa D’Este is by local artist and friend Alexander Cresswell

Sara is keenly aware of light and its effects and through her blogging has developed a photographer’s eye for it

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