Jun 2, 2010

HOME TOUR - The Brighton Family

Owners - Bespoke furniture maker Paul Soden and his wife and business partner Alex, and their 10-month-old daughter Mae. 

The property - Late Victorian house in Hove, East Sussex, UK

The Story - Originally an old people's home, sectioned off into 20 rooms, this property presented a huge challenge to furniture maker Paul Soden and his wife Alex.

The couple, who run Brighton store Second Seed, bought the 4-storey house in East Sussex 18 months ago, convinced they'd found their dream home. 'A flash of deja vu - that's what happened,' says Alex. 'I knew we belonged here, even though the task in front of us was crazy.'

The sheer scale of the renovation wasn't for the faint-hearted, but the couple's dogged instincts - along with inspiration from architect Paula Barnes - meant they completed the project in just 6 months.

Walls were knocked down, fittings ripped out and underfloor heating installed. Once they had stripped the house down to its original shell, they began salvaging antique furniture, repainting floorboards and creating a unique family home.

Now the property boasts 6 beautiful bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a shower room, a spacious kitchen-diner, a cosy living room, an office and a utility room.

To see more of the home tour click here

images and article from: Living Etc uk


  1. What a great house. I love the main bedroom and the entry especially. Hope you're having a good week bloss!

  2. What a great home-it looks relaxed and so warm and friendly-I love it! they have done an mazing job.

    Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!

    Best wishes,

  3. What a beautiful house Anna! As I was reading I was reminded of one of my favourite shows - Grand Designs. I love watching how peoples renovations and builds progress and this house sounds like it would have been an interesting renovation. xx

  4. Oh my gosh I want their house and everything in it so badly right now!

  5. Really a lovely house. I adore the kitchen xoxo

  6. Hi Anna,
    How divine is their home. An amazing job I love it.
    Very inspiring to get on to that next room makeover.
    Donna xx

  7. Totally awesome house. I especially love the living room, kitchen and master bedroom.

  8. Such a gorgeous home Anna! I love the little girls bedroom:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

  9. Exactly the type of home I love - character filled with lots of meaningful pieces and beautifully styled- - love it! x


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