EAST SUSSEX COUNTRY HOUSE
Sally Bourne and david Confino found an unloved house on the edge of a forest and transformed it into their dream home with a palette of rich Colours and Stylish vintage finds
Previously unloved, this property is now a welcoming, stylish home
A change in circumstances led to a completely different lifestyle for Sally Bourne. Living in London at the time, Sally, who runs Sally Bourne Interiors in Muswell Hill, was going through a divorce and deciding what to do with the next stage of her life. She certainly wanted to move out of London to the countryside. ‘I create beautiful spaces, and I was looking for land near some woods where I could build a green-oak barn,’ she says.
She met her partner, David Confino, who was also going through a divorce, and it was David who found her dream property six months later. ‘David had viewed a tiny cottage in East Sussex that wasn’t suitable for him, but then drove past a house, with some land, for sale near Ashdown Forest. There was also an old barn on the property that needed rebuilding. The estate agent was sure he wouldn’t be interested in it – nobody was, except David! He then sent me an email saying he’d found a property and he’d like me to view it for him – in actual fact, he’d found the house I was looking for.’
The house, built in the 1930s, had been empty for six years and on the market for four. It had been one of the homes of the Waters family, who were the local Master Builders. They had built the house out of reclaimed materials from other properties in the area, which gives the house the appearance of being much older than it is. ‘Some of the beams come from ships,’ says Sally. ‘It’s
Living room Cosy seats are tucked in either side of the fireplace. Cushions made from rugs, light and striped vase, all from Sally Bourne Interiors.
Kitchen The cupboards, by Howdens, are painted in Clunch by Farrow & Ball. Vintage tea towel and colander, both Sally Bourne Interiors.