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

Country Homes & Interiors - - THE HOME OF MODERN COUNTRY -

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.

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