rais­ing THE roof

After an ex­ten­sive and stress­ful ren­o­va­tion, Ta­nia and An­drew Hay­ward are fi­nally able to make a toast to the suc­cess­ful fruits of their labour

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - Fea­ture Penny Bot­ting | Photography ROB San­der­son

It took a year of hard work to trans­form this Sus­sex prop­erty into a beau­ti­ful fam­ily home

Sim­ple, pared-back fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions are the or­der of the day in Ta­nia and An­drew Hay­ward’s serene home. But they are no less strik­ing for that. Man­tel­pieces are dec­o­rated with twin­kling lights, a tree dressed in gold and sil­ver takes cen­tre stage and the air is scented with zesty or­ange and cin­na­mon.

It is fair to say the jour­ney to this beloved fam­ily house wasn’t al­ways so calm. Ta­nia and An­drew ini­tially had very dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria when look­ing for their for­ever home. ‘An­drew is a per­fec­tion­ist who was drawn to the idea of a mod­ern house, but I’m strictly a pe­riod prop­erty girl,’ says Ta­nia. ‘Need­less to say, our search was not an easy one.’

Pe­riod DRAMA

‘ We’d been look­ing for a large coun­try prop­erty for a long time,’ re­calls Ta­nia, ‘ but ev­ery build­ing that we viewed in­volved mak­ing so many com­pro­mises.’ Fi­nally, they found a de­tached prop­erty that seemed to fit the bill. ‘This was the first house we could see our­selves and our four chil­dren liv­ing in,’ says Ta­nia, a prop­erty man­ager. ‘It’s spa­cious and close enough to other neigh­bours not to feel too iso­lated.’

But the cou­ple soon re­alised that there was a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem. ‘We dis­cov­ered that the whole roof needed re­plac­ing, which was a huge, ex­tra ex­pense,’ says Ta­nia. ‘We’d had prob­lems with leaks be­fore, which made us cau­tious, but we loved the house so much that we took the cost of the work on the chin.’ With the roof need­ing to be re­placed, the cou­ple es­ti­mated they had about a year’s worth

of ren­o­va­tion be­fore they could move in. ‘For­tu­nately, we still had our old house, so we could live there dur­ing the work,’ says Ta­nia. This was just as well con­sid­er­ing the other is­sues that arose after they signed on the dot­ted line. ‘There were so many hid­den prob­lems that weren’t ap­par­ent ini­tially, in­clud­ing as­bestos, damp and shoddy plumb­ing.’

DE­SIGN­ING THE DECOR

Once the house was ready to dec­o­rate, Ta­nia ap­proached in­te­rior de­signer Emma Hooton for help. ‘I like in­te­rior de­sign and I en­joy com­ing up with ideas, but a house of this size felt daunt­ing,’ she ex­plains. To­gether, Ta­nia and Emma worked out a de­sign that in­cluded com­ple­men­tary shades with splashes of colour to punc­tu­ate the schemes and add in­ter­est. ‘ We’ve used grey as a back­drop, com­bined var­i­ously with pur­ple, mus­tard, red and or­ange – in fact, I never knew how much I loved grey un­til we moved here,’ says Ta­nia.

Now that the house is fi­nally com­pleted, Ta­nia is en­joy­ing turn­ing it into a fam­ily home. ‘It’s a won­der­ful house in ev­ery sea­son, but dur­ing the win­ter it is some­thing spe­cial,’ she says. ‘ We spend hours dec­o­rat­ing the tree – or re­dec­o­rat­ing it after our twins, Vi­o­let and Jakimo, seven, have had a try.’ Digby, 15, and Fe­lix, 12, like to as­sist too.

‘This year, I’ve moved away from my usual an­tique gold and red theme to an­tique gold and sil­ver,’ con­tin­ues Ta­nia. ‘I have a new colour scheme each year and spend ev­ery evening in the run-up to Christ­mas dec­o­rat­ing pack­ages and at­tach­ing tags. Even though the chil­dren are grow­ing up, I hope we will al­ways re­tain the magic of Christ­mas.’

Din­ing area This be­spoke dark wood table is the spot where the fam­ily likes to gather to­gether. By­ron Chair in Chase er­win Ul­tra­suede taupe with Mul­berry pip­ing, price on re­quest, the Sofa & Chair Com­pany. Walls painted in Pav­il­ion gray es­tate emul­sion, £45 for 2.5L, Far­row & Ball

Sit­ting room an over­sized rug de­fines the seat­ing area. try the ge­or­gian Range geo-ze97, £16,000, Ch­es­neys. Black Lac­quer opium cof­fee table, £1,895, orchid. Be­spoke arm­chairs in nice Chop­per nat­u­ral, C&C Mi­lano

Kitchen Splashes of red add in­ter­est to this oth­er­wise neu­tral scheme. Bernard bar stools in Chase er­win Ul­tra­suede Mul­berry, price on re­quest, the Sofa & Chair Com­pany

main Bed­room ‘i love crisp cot­ton sheets and de­lib­er­ately buy slightly less ex­pen­sive ones so i can re­place them ev­ery 12 months or so,’ says ta­nia. head­board cov­ered in Velours opera Vert De gris, £65m, Pierre Frey; with royan rose pip­ing, Manuel Canovas

Bath­room the van­ity pro­vides plenty of stor­age, which keeps the room clut­ter free. walls painted in Slip­per Satin es­tate emul­sion, £ 45 for 2.5L, Far­row & ball

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