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Sue went for a quirky mix of styles in her dining area. She found the artwork in Amsterdam and the feather lampshade in Paris. Her window seat is great for curling up and watching the world go by. The large white rug is in fact two smaller ones that Sue sewed together.


Dinning room with white walls and wooden flooring

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Dining area

Plain-blue cushion

John Lewis

White rugs



Dinning table with chairs and white walls with wooden flooring

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Modern living room

The smart grey sofa and metal trolley gives the living/dining room a funky industrial feel. Sue found the locker in a second-hand shop and restored it herself by stripping off the paint.

Ankara sofa


Metal trolley Ikea



Cushions with wallpaper on wall and armchair

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Bold accessories

To give the living area a hit of pattern and colour, Sue made cushion covers from retro-style dress fabric. She finished off the look with wallpaper in a light, pretty pattern to add a softer feel.

Dress fabric

Ditto Fabrics

Fioretti wallpaper

Cole & Son


Kitchen with white walls and white cabinet

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Sleek kitchen

Sue went for modern look in her kitchen with gloss-white kitchen units that give the space a light and airy feel. The fab contemporary extractor fan is sleek and unobtrusive – perfect for a small room.

Gloss White Abstrakt kitchen units



Kitchen with white cabinet and white walls

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Blackboard wall

On one side of the kitchen Sue painted the wall with blackboard paint – handy for shopping lists and reminders. The funky 'tea' wooden letters were made from left-over skirting board.


Kitchen shelf with eggs and plates

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Floating kitchen shelves

To tie in with the gloss white kitchen units, Sue fitted a white floating shelf. It contrasts with the blackboard painted wall  and is perfect for the fruit bowl and other bits and bobs.


Bedroom with painting on wall and white walls

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Cool bedroom

Instead of a divan bed, Sue went for a design with legs so she could use the extra storage space underneath. The bold Blue Lady painting provides a focal point for the bedroom and adds a bright pop of colour.


Bedroom with books and flower in vase

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Stylish bedside table

The funky side table in Sue's bedroom really stands out against the monochrome bed linen and matching Roman blind and makes a great focal point.

Deena side table



Bathroom with white walls and bathtub

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Minimalist bathroom

As her bathroom is rather small, Sue went for a minimalist look and chose floating fittings, like the sink, which saved on space, while metro-style tiles help to make it feel more spacious. She fitted castors to the timber greengrocer's crate so she could tuck it away under the sink. It's perfect for bathroom storage.

Wall hung basin



Exterior of house with white walls and white window frames

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Victorian flat

Sue loves the unusual shape of her one-bedroom Victorian flat in Brighton which she renovated on a tight budget with retro decorative fabrics, recycled furniture and vintage finds.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.