A U.K. Home Brilliantly Blends Leopard Print, Kitsch, Color, and Humor

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(Image credit: Siouxsie Crow)

Name: Siouxsie Crow, husband, and two kids
Location: Sussex, United Kingdom
Size: 840 square feet
Years lived in: 15 months, owned

We bought our house in August 2017; it’s number 37 and I was 37 when we moved. It’s our first home, as previously we’ve rented. I live here with my husband Sholto, who is an art director and all-around creative. We have two children: a 5 year old, a 3 year old, and a third on the way. Pre-children, I worked in PR for a big Italian fashion brand, which was brilliantly bonkers. Now I do some freelance PR for my best friend, designer William Wilde. I’m also in the process of setting up a small children’s playwear brand.

(Image credit: Siouxsie Crow)

I’d say we have a creative approach to decorating. We’re so excited to finally own a property and be able to pick up a paint brush. It’s been so liberating and sometimes we still have to pinch ourselves as we’d waited so long to buy. We live in a village outside of Brighton in the U.K. It’s been a real culture shock as previously I’d lived in London for 18 years and my husband had lived in between London, Vancouver, and Paris. I do love it here but still miss the creativity that happens inside cities. I’d say our home is a very typical 1960s terrace home. I think people often are surprised when they come inside and the vibe is slightly atypical of this type of home!

(Image credit: Siouxsie Crow)

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Leopard, mid-century, kitsch, color, humor.

What is your favorite room and why? The living room/dining areas are probably my favorite. I think you get a real sense of our personality in this area of the home. It’s where we hang out, play, and eat, so a large portion of our time is spent here. The windows are nice and big too so you get some great light in here.

(Image credit: Siouxsie Crow)

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I would love to be able to grow the garden by about 60 feet and build a studio for my husband to work from. That would really be the dream!

(Image credit: Siouxsie Crow)

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought for our lounge would be my Tretchikoff lamp. A lovely lady got in touch with me and sold it to me. I know I’ll treasure it forever.

Other than that, we bought as a very special treat to ourselves, a Peter Black initial print (my husband is huge fan)

(Image credit: Siouxsie Crow)

Any advice for creating a home you love? I think I find it most inspiring looking at people who are doing up houses on a budget. I think we can all do amazing things if we have huge budget. But the homes I see with the most creative flair are the homes where the owners have used their imagination to make something fabulous happen with a small budget. Also check your local secondhand websites and eBay. There’s already enough stuff in the world so if you can buy secondhand, do! It’s much more fun getting a bargain too.

(Image credit: Siouxsie Crow)

Thanks, Siouxsie!

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