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Metal­lic and her­itage tones are taste­fully in­cor­po­rated through­out the home to make for a so­phis­ti­cated look.

Through a bronze front door, one en­ters the ground floor where the en­trance hall, a liv­ing lounge, din­ing area, and study are lo­cated. Below this ground floor is the base­ment, which has an open plan kitchen, two guest bed­rooms and a sunken liv­ing lounge with a be­spoke Ech­lin cor­ner sofa and a Ja­cob’s Lad­der rug by Floor Story.

On both the ground and base­ment lev­els, gen­er­ous full-height win­dows look out to a 20-foot high ver­ti­cal green wall to give the liv­ing zones a gar­den-like feel. “The glass floor on the ground level al­lows views down into the base­ment along with lots of nat­u­ral light. The head height in the base­ment adds to the feel­ing of space whilst the change in floor level pro­vides a vis­ual sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the kitchen and din­ing room,” says Steve.

On the top floor are the master bed­room, which in­cludes a leather clad dress­ing room, and two more guests bed­rooms. All the bed­rooms were de­signed with at­tached bath­rooms and hid­den vents and air-con­di­tion­ing units. A three-story, sculp­tural, be­spoke oak wood he­li­cal stair­case hand­crafted in East Sus­sex, con­nects all three lev­els.

Be­spoke, made-in-Bri­tain fur­ni­ture, an­tiques and vin­tage ac­ces­sories were care­fully cu­rated to cre­ate Ech­lin’s sig­na­ture less-is­more look. Mid-cen­tury clas­sics such as Fritz Hansen chairs, along with Al­var Aalto, Michael Anas­tas­si­ades and Vi­abiz­zuno light­ing im­bue the in­te­ri­ors with a paired-back el­e­gance.

Warm au­tum­nal tones, rich cop­pers, bronzes, greens, golds and dark blues, a be­spoke mar­quetry din­ing ta­ble by award­win­ning Manch­ester based Win­ter & Kurth, and sump­tu­ous fabrics from Pierre Frey, de le Cuona, Chris­tian Fis­chbacher, Al­t­field and Nicky Haslam cre­ate an im­me­di­ate sense of calm and tran­quil­lity.


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