Step inside this fun and friendly home in East Sussex

Take a tour around this family home in East Sussex. See inside some of the most beautiful homes with Livingetc and for even more inspiration, visit

A detached house in East Sussex, built in 1903. The ground floor includes a boot room, family room, living room, kitchen-diner, playroom and two WCs. The first floor has the main bedroom with en suite, five further bedrooms (one with en suite), a family bathroom and WC. The top floor includes an en-suite bedroom, games room and office. A Tudor-inspired stone fireplace is the focal point of the hallway.

1/10 Hall fireplace

hall fireplace with sofa and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Similar fireplace
Heart of Stone (opens in new tab)

2/10 Living room

living room with sofa cushions wall light and living room with sofa cushions wall light and catella rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The panels and banisters in the hall-cum-living room were sandblasted and washed with a pale treatment. The smiley face light is a modern, mad touch to stop the house feeling too grown up.

Niki Jones (opens in new tab)
Catella rug
Emily Todhunter at The Rug Company (opens in new tab)
Wall light
Bespoke by artist Andy Doig (opens in new tab)

3/12 Dining area

dining area with armchair light and dsr chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

A blend of large-scale furniture, funky modern touches and plenty of personal details are used throughout the kitchen dining area. The artwork is a cover from the album Think Tank by Blur.

Dear Ingo by Ron Gilad for Moooi from Viaduct (opens in new tab)
Alex MacArthur (opens in new tab)
DSR chair
Charles and Ray Eames at The Conran Shop (opens in new tab)

4/10 Kitchen

kitchen with light tiles and kitchen units

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The owner took down the wall cabinets in the kitchen to keep the wall uncluttered and made a feature of it with softly toned, slightly uneven tiles.

Kitchen units
Bespoke Interiors (opens in new tab)
Skimming Stone Estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab)
Zelliges No 2 Blanc by Emery & Cie (opens in new tab)
Re (opens in new tab)

5/10 Family room

family room with sofa cushions and footstool

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Originally used as a dining room, the owner made this space into a family living room and stuck to the dark, cosy theme with a deep grey on the walls. It has a gentleman's-study vibe - masculine but also warm and inviting.

Sofa and footstool
Breton from Minotti (opens in new tab)
Lorca by Osborne & Little (opens in new tab)

6/10 Corridor

corridor with silhouette bench corolla pendant and floor tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

This space has been made into a feature with patterned floor tiles and a statement pendant.

Floor tiles
Habibi Interiors (opens in new tab)
Silhouette bench
Niki Jones (opens in new tab)
Corolla pendant
Emery & Cie (opens in new tab)

7/10 Girl’s room

girls bedroom with shower curtain and day bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The house is peppered with witty touches, like these shower curtains used as frilly drapes.

Shower curtain

Anthropologie (opens in new tab)
Similar day bed
Svelvik day bed from Ikea (opens in new tab)

8/10 Kid’s room

kids bedroom with metal bed wallcoverings ps svarva floor lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The bespoke Captain America cartoon wallcovering provides a quirky element to this fun kid's room. A simple metal bed and minimal furnishings allow the wall to take centre stage.


Surface View (opens in new tab)
PS Svarva floor lamp
Ikea (opens in new tab)

9/10 Bathroom

bathroom with wash basin bath and tap and slate floor tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The huge tin-finished bath sits centre stage in the bathroom. A wall of built-in units houses the WC and basins.

Bath and tap
William Holland (opens in new tab)
Slate floor tiles
Mandarin Stone (opens in new tab)

10/10 Main bedroom

bedroom with versailles bed throw photo frame and bedside table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The bricks on the back wall have been left exposed to counterbalance the grandeur of the princess-style bed.

Versailles bed
And So To Bed (opens in new tab)
Lulu Guinness (opens in new tab)
Kate Moss by Mario Testino from Fab (opens in new tab)
Bedside table
Oka (opens in new tab)

Can't get enough of house tours? There's plenty more inspiration on our dedicated house tour page

Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. 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.