Open House: Tour this family home by the sea in West Sussex

Step inside this beautiful coastal home on the south coast.

This uninspiring 1960s house has been given an East Coast style makeover with brightly painted weatherboarding on the exterior and a nautical blue and white décor inside.

Downstairs a large open-plan area stretches the whole length of the property, while white-painted walls, wood-clad ceilings and whitewashed furniture give the interior a beach house feel that complements the coastal setting.

Floor-height shelving units have been strategically placed downstairs to break up the open-plan space, creating separate zones for a living are, dining room and home office.The parquet flooring is original and was brought back to life using WD40 and an old 1950s Hoover polisher.

An old doorway has been blocked in using weathered wood pallets and creates a corner space for the dining table and chairs.A white-painted dresser has been positioned in a small lobby area that leads out onto the garden and is filled with the owner’s collection of blue and white china together with shells and driftwood that have been collected from the beach.In the master bedroom, walls, floor and furniture have been painted in pure brilliant white to give the space a light and airy feel, with a mix of blue and white striped accessories, patchwork, florals and chambray adding to the coastal theme.The bed has been positioned so that the fabulous view can be enjoyed, while sun streams through the balcony doors and keeps the space warm all year round.

The owners used recycled pallets to panel the en-suite bathroom and have left the wood untreated to give a driftwood effect.

The vintage washbasin and stand were picked up in a local second-hand store. A sunroom runs along the length of the guest bedroom with sliding doors that lead out to the balcony beyond. The blue and white colour scheme carries through to this room too, with the addition of a brightly coloured crochet throw on the bed.

Cladding wraps around the whole of the house and covers up the original 1960s brick façade. Blue and white paintwork, Union Jack bunting and an orange life bouy that was found washed up on the beach add to the coastal theme.

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