It’s hard to believe that Claire Potter’s grade II listed cottage in Portslade, on the outskirts of Brighton, is just a slice off the house next door “We think it must have been the kitchen,” she explains, “as there’s a bread oven near what is now the front door.”TEST
Claire has maximised the available space in the kitchenTEST TEST
What is now the pantry was once the outside lavatoryTEST
The first thing that Claire and Mark did when they moved in was to rip up the bright purple carpet that was in the front room and all the way up the stairsTEST TEST
Every nook and cranny is filled with vintage finds and curios. The ‘Snatie’ snakes that are wound around the beams in the former bread oven are made from reclaimed ties, and are available to buy from Claire’s websiteTEST TEST TEST TEST
The layout downstairs is conventional enough, but upstairs something unexpected happens. The bathroom is on the landing. No, wait a minute, the bathroom is the landing!TEST TEST TEST
Through the bathroom, you reach the cosy bedroomTEST
Fortunately the couple were able to peel off the smothering layers of ‘improvements’ made by the previous occupants, to restore the integrity of the original buildingTEST TEST
The garden may be modest in size, but Claire has managed to pack a lot in, including some bantam hens and a wormeryTEST TEST
The studio will soon be based in an outbuilding in the gardenTEST
Although she trained as an interior architect, around 60% of the projects Claire works on are outsideTEST
Claire’s own garden is an eclectic mix of interesting plants and ornaments made from recycled materialsTEST TEST
Although she trained as an interior architect, around 60% of the projects Claire works on are outside. “I’ve always gardened,” she says, “and it’s great to be able to design outdoor spaces.”TEST TEST TEST TEST
In the front garden, and in perfect scale to the cottage, is a micro-caravan, or eco tear-drop trailer, based on a design from the 1920sTEST TEST
- Claire Potter Design www.clairepotterdesign.com 01273418862
- words: Jo Arnell
- pictures: David Merewether
- styling: Lucy Fleming
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