COASTAL CHIC MEETS SCANDI STYLE ONE READER’S DREAM MOVE TO THE COAST NEAR BRIGHTON

A MA­JOR DE­CLUT­TER­ING WAS CALLED FOR WHEN SUZANNE PETER­SON FUL­FILLED A LONG-HELD DREAM OF MOV­ING TO THE COAST

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“Don’t be afraid to mix old and new. Clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary styles can work re­ally well along­side each other – just fol­low your in­stincts and in­vest in good qual­ity pieces”

SUZANNE PETER­SON HAD BEEN LIV­ING IN THE COUN­TRY­SIDE FOR SEV­ERAL YEARS WHEN SHE DE­CIDED TO MOVE TO THE COAST. “I WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO MY SON JUSTIN AND HIS FI­ANCÉE KATHRYN IN KENT,” SHE EX­PLAINS. “I’D WANTED TO LIVE BY THE SEA EVER SINCE I WAS A CHILD, AND IT SEEMED LIKE THE PER­FECT OP­POR­TU­NITY.”

SUZANNE BE­GAN AN ON­LINE PROP­ERTY SEARCH AND DE­CIDED TO LOOK FOR A CON­TEM­PO­RARY NEW-BUILD HOME. “MY PRE­VI­OUS HOME WAS A GRADE II LISTED COACH HOUSE, WHICH I’D REN­O­VATED TO­TALLY FROM SCRATCH,” SHE SAYS. “WHEN I THOUGHT ABOUT MOV­ING HOUSE, I DE­CIDED I DIDN’T WANT TO TACKLE AN­OTHER MA­JOR BUILD­ING PRO­JECT, AND ALL THE MESS AND STRESS IT WOULD IN­VOLVE. I’M AN IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER BY PRO­FES­SION AND JUST FOR ONCE, I WANTED TO FO­CUS COM­PLETELY ON THE DECOR. IT FELT LIKE A GREAT CHANCE TO SIM­PLIFY MY LIFE­STYLE.”

AF­TER A COU­PLE OF FALSE STARTS WHEN HER HOUSE SALE AND PLANNED PUR­CHASE FELL THROUGH, SUZANNE EVEN­TU­ALLY FOUND THE PER­FECT NEW-BUILD PROP­ERTY FOR HER­SELF AND HER PART­NER MICHAEL: A FOUR-BED­ROOM DE­TACHED SEA­SIDE HOUSE, ONLY 15 MIN­UTES’ DRIVE FROM BRIGHTON. “I WAS IM­ME­DI­ATELY AT­TRACTED TO THE FAB­U­LOUS SEA VIEWS AND AMAZ­ING SENSE OF LIGHT AND SPACE,” SHE SAYS.

ONCE THE PUR­CHASE WAS FI­NALISED, SUZANNE PROMPTLY BE­GAN A MA­JOR CLEAR-OUT. “MY PRE­VI­OUS HOME WAS MOSTLY FUR­NISHED WITH AN­TIQUES, WHICH SIM­PLY WOULDN’T HAVE LOOKED RIGHT

IN THE CON­TEM­PO­RARY HOME I WAS BUY­ING. I KEPT ONE OR TWO PIECES OF >>

“Sur­round your­self with colours you love and com­ing home will al­ways be a plea­sure”

SEN­TI­MEN­TAL VALUE AND SOLD OR GAVE AWAY THE REST. IT WAS A TO­TAL CLEAN SWEEP,” SHE SAYS. THE NEXT STEP WAS PLAN­NING THE DECOR. “I LOVE CLAS­SIC SCANDI STYLE WITH LOTS OF SOFT CREAMS AND GREYS, BUT SINCE THE HOUSE HAS AN UL­TRA-MODERN KITCHEN AND BATH­ROOMS, I DE­CIDED TO BE BOLD AND ADD SOME VIVID POPS OF COLOUR. I ALSO PLANNED TO USE MIR­RORS THROUGH­OUT THE HOUSE TO MAKE THE SPACE FEEL EVEN LIGHTER AND BRIGHTER.”

SUZANNE CHOSE BLINDS RATHER THAN CUR­TAINS FOR THE DOWN­STAIRS LIV­ING SPACES, AND IN­STALLED PLAN­TA­TION SHUT­TERS UP­STAIRS TO CRE­ATE A CON­TI­NEN­TAL FEEL. FOL­LOW­ING THROUGH ON HER RES­O­LU­TION TO BE MORE AD­VEN­TUR­OUS WITH COLOUR, SHE USED BRIGHT FUCH­SIA PINK AND LIME GREEN AS AC­CENTS IN HER SCANDI-IN­SPIRED NEU­TRAL SCHEME. “US­ING BRIGHT, VI­BRANT SHADES RE­ALLY HAS MADE THE SPACE FEEL MORE CON­TEM­PO­RARY,” SHE SAYS.

NOW THAT THE WORK IS FIN­ISHED, SUZANNE SAYS THE MOVE TO HER NEW HOUSE HAS BEEN A GREAT SUC­CESS.

“IT’S WON­DER­FUL TO BE CLOSER TO MY FAM­ILY AND LIV­ING BY THE SEA RE­ALLY IS A DREAM COME TRUE.” W&H

WHITE AND BRIGHT HI-GLOSS UNITS GIVE THE KITCHEN A MODERN FEEL. THE CON­TEM­PO­RARY GLASS TA­BLE BASE WAS MADE TO SUZANNE’S DE­SIGN BY A LO­CAL CRAFTS­MAN WHEN SHE LIVED IN DEVON. TO­BIAS TRANS­PAR­ENT CHAIRS FROM IKEA.COM AND POL­ISHED FLOOR TILES FROM TONSOFTILES.CO.UK COM­PLETE THE LOOK

ZINGY AC­CENTS

SUZANNE USED POPS OF FUCH­SIA PINK AND LIME GREEN TO BRING WARMTH TO THE SIT­TING ROOM. CLAS­SIC LINEN-COV­ERED SO­FAS AND AN UP­HOL­STERED FOOT­STOOL ADD A SO­PHIS­TI­CATED TOUCH. THE CHAIR IS COV­ERED IN BR­ERA TRECCIA FAB­RIC IN PEONY BY DESIGNERSGUILD.COM

MIR­ROR, MIR­ROR

“I AL­WAYS IN­COR­PO­RATE MIR­RORS INTO MY DEC­O­RAT­ING SCHEMES AS THEY HELP BRING LIGHT IN AND MAKE ROOMS FEEL BIG­GER,” SAYS SUZANNE. FOR A SIM­I­LAR EYE-CATCH­ING MIR­ROR, TRY JULIETTESINTERIORS.CO.UK LIGHT AND SPA­CIOUS

AF­TER LIV­ING IN A PE­RIOD HOUSE FOR MANY YEARS, SUZANNE IS EN­JOY­ING THE EASE AND CON­VE­NIENCE OF OPEN-PLAN SPACES. THE BERN­HARD BAR STOOLS ARE FROM IKEA.COM

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