Sassy Luke cites her two big interior loves as “the ridiculous and the sublime”. That’s her approach to the wonderfully idiosyncratic paintings, etchings, icons, greetings cards and cushions she makes. But it’s also true of her home. The Georgian flat overlooking the sea is a veritable cornucopia of rescued objects, family heirlooms, upcycled treasures and Sassy’s original artworks.

The stunning sea views from Sassy’s wrought iron balcony are a constant source of inspiration and a contrast to her gloriously quirky style inside

The stunning sea views from Sassy’s wrought iron balcony are a constant source of inspiration and a contrast to her gloriously quirky style inside

Sassy seafront home is a dreamy paradise of rescued, saved and upcycled treasures

Sassy seafront home is a dreamy paradise of rescued, saved and upcycled treasures

An ornate French mirror is surrounded by some of Sassy’s artistic creations – pieces of religious iconography with playful twists of flowers, shells, crystals and lights, all in her signature pale colour scheme of white, pink and blue

An ornate French mirror is surrounded by some of Sassy’s artistic creations – pieces of religious iconography with playful twists of flowers, shells, crystals and lights, all in her signature pale colour scheme of white, pink and blue

An antique chest of drawers holds a series of family heirlooms and photographs

An antique chest of drawers holds a series of family heirlooms and photographs

Dominating the area by the window is a large sofa/day bed covered with pastel throws and richly ornate deep red and gold velvet cushions

Dominating the area by the window is a large sofa/day bed covered with pastel throws and richly ornate deep red and gold velvet cushions

Sassy saves space by displaying beautiful items which are usually stowed away; bags are hung on door handles and jewellery is set out on a Georgian writing desk

Sassy saves space by displaying beautiful items which are usually stowed away; bags are hung on door handles and jewellery is set out on a Georgian writing desk

The French day bed is sourced from long-time St Leonards dealer, Eamon and is topped with bolsters which Sassy made herself with fabric remnants, bits of old duvet, vintage ribbons and sequin belts

The French day bed is sourced from long-time St Leonards dealer, Eamon and is topped with bolsters which Sassy made herself with fabric remnants, bits of old duvet, vintage ribbons and sequin belts

she points to a collection of blue feathers in place of flowers. “They have some yellow bits on them,” explains Sassy, “but I had to turn them the other way to hide the yellow. I really am that specific about sticking to my colours.”

She points to a collection of blue feathers in place of flowers. “They have some yellow bits on them,” explains Sassy, “but I had to turn them the other way to hide the yellow. I really am that specific about sticking to my colours.”

In a genius tip Sassy reveals the ‘cloches’ are made by using upturned inexpensive glass vases bought from TK Maxx

In a genius tip Sassy reveals the ‘cloches’ are made by using upturned inexpensive glass vases bought from TK Maxx

The kitchen sings with Spanish pottery, hanging vintage copper pots and occasional touches of whimsy in the form of a birdcage and ceramic roses

The kitchen sings with Spanish pottery, hanging vintage copper pots and occasional touches of whimsy in the form of a birdcage and ceramic roses

Sassy lived in Spain when she was younger and fell in love with both the Moorish architecture and ceramics

Sassy lived in Spain when she was younger and fell in love with both the Moorish architecture and ceramics

In what was Sassy’s daughters’ bedroom, she is currently working on her icon tin collection, a series of sardine tins glamourised with studs, shells and spikes. Above the bed hangs Bubble-gum-queenie, Sassy’s twist on Chris Levine’s Lightness of Being portrait of the Queen

In what was Sassy’s daughters’ bedroom, she is currently working on her icon tin collection, a series of sardine tins glamourised with studs, shells and spikes

In what was Sassy’s daughters’ bedroom, she is currently working on her icon tin collection, a series of sardine tins glamourised with studs, shells and spikes. Above the bed hangs Bubble-gum-queenie, Sassy’s twist on Chris Levine’s Lightness of Being portrait of the Queen

Above the bed hangs Bubble-gum-queenie, Sassy’s twist on Chris Levine’s Lightness of Being portrait of the Queen

An abstract painted cello case by Jameson Keane

An abstract painted cello case by Jameson Keane

“Necessity is the mother of invention. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I love the thrill of finding things or reinventing them.”

“Necessity is the mother of invention. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I love the thrill of finding things or reinventing them.”

Inspired by life in Spain, Sassy has no dinner service, but simply takes her decorated plates from the wall when entertaining

Inspired by life in Spain, Sassy has no dinner service, but simply takes her decorated plates from the wall when entertaining

In Sassy’s own smaller bedroom collections of vintage dresses, shoes and belts line the walls

In Sassy’s own smaller bedroom collections of vintage dresses, shoes and belts line the walls

It’s hard to imagine that this flat full of intrigue, wonder and joy was painted dark brown and green when she moved in

It’s hard to imagine that this flat full of intrigue, wonder and joy was painted dark brown and green when she moved in

In Sassy’s own smaller bedroom collections of vintage dresses, shoes and belts line the walls

In Sassy’s own smaller bedroom collections of vintage dresses, shoes and belts line the walls

Sassy’s painting, Homunculus was inspired by the book Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Sassy’s painting, Homunculus was inspired by the book Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Anna Richardson

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