Sue & Graeme’s Eclectic Victorian Townhouse
Name: Sue Huey & Graeme Fraser
Location: Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Years lived in: 4 years; Owned
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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:
• 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 www.substudio.com
• 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 www.sofa.com
• 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
• 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
Thanks, Sue & Graeme!
(Images: Rebecca Proctor)
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