Sue & Graeme’s Eclectic Victorian Townhouse

published Dec 10, 2012
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
    • 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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Thanks, Sue & Graeme!

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