Sue & Graeme's Eclectic Victorian Townhouse

Sue & Graeme's Eclectic Victorian Townhouse

Rebecca Proctor
Dec 10, 2012
Name: Sue Huey & Graeme Fraser Location: Brighton, East Sussex, UK Years lived in: 4 years; Owned Located in the very heart of central Brighton, Sue and Graeme's Victorian townhouse is a refuge of tranquility, just yards from the city's main shopping street. Sue, a trend forecaster and mother to Iris and Harper, has amassed a varied collection of antiques and curios, which are grouped decoratively throughout the house. The children share a bedroom at the front of the house which is playfully decorated with personalized bunting, crocheted blankets and retro kids' furniture, while downstairs a mix of vintage and industrial inspired pieces come together to create a stylish family home. Apartment Therapy Survey: Our Style: Homely and eclectic. Inspiration: Nothing too precious. The only rule is that it has to be comfortable and make us feel relaxed. Favorite Element: The size and layout of the kitchen/dining room. It's big enough to entertain a large group of friends and is the main place people gather. Biggest Challenge: Furnishing long, narrow rooms where after 200 years there appear to be very few right angles. What Friends Say: Everyone is really surprised by how big it is once you step through the front door. It was originally a cottage for the workers at a brewery that used to be opposite the house. Since then it has been extensively converted. Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom. It needs some serious love and attention. Proudest DIY: It sounds very tame, but drilling holes through tiles for shelving. We've been very lucky in that we have had to do very little in terms of serious DIY. Biggest Indulgence: Bespoke wooden shutters. These were made by a Brighton-based carpenter. Best Advice: Buy things that makes you feel happy and comfortable. Dream Sources: Fine Little Day, anything from Scandinavian Retreat's little cabin, a Design*Sponge sneak peak, or The Selby. Resources of Note: LIVING ROOM
    • French Gold mirror-Swag antiques, Brighton • Floor Lights and Ceiling pendant lights-Ikea • Leather armchair- Spitalfields market, London •Clock- Family heirloom • Rocking chair-House clearance shop • Mirror above fire place- Flea market • Wise old owl print • Egg cup Collection-Etsy and Ebay • Quilt- Martlets Charity Shop • Shell ship in bell jar -Shell shop in Archachon-Bordeaux France • Grey 3 seater Sofa • Antlers- Ebay and Antwerp antique shop • Perforated metal table- Flea market. • Metal owl- Normandy Brocante

    • Globe Wernicke stacking book case-Flea market • Vintage Engineer tool box- Ebay • Green Metal desk draws- Ebay • Desk-bespoke • Vegas light-Las Vegas souvenir shop • Barclays bank Letter S- Camden market • Rock of ages embroidery-vintage shop

    • Kitchen cupboards- bespoke • Cooker- Smeg • Metal shelves - Ikea • Pendant lights - Ikea • Grey metal fold up chairs - Habitat • Sliding glass door cabinet - Ebay • Haberdashery shop cabinet - Flea market • Selection of embroideries - Ebay • Printing press prints - A Two Pipe Problem • Prints and paintings - Antique shops/charity shops • Taxidermy Bird Box - Antique shop in Aldeborough, Suffolk

    • Cot beds - Mama's and Papa's • Tall chest of drawers - Swag Antiques, Brighton • Small chest - flea market • Duvet covers - Ikea • Crochet blanket - Handmade • Name Bunting - Handmade • Retro kitchen - Kidkraft • Wooden storage boxes - • Wooden chair - House clearance shop • Cupboards - Bespoke

    • Mirror - Flea Market

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