Take a tour around a Brighton renovation

THE PROPERTY Late Victorian house in Hove, East Sussex SPACE over 4 floors, with a kitchen/diner and utility room on the lower ground floor, sitting room and office on the upper ground floor, and 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 1 shower room.

THE PROPERTY Late Victorian house in Hove, East Sussex
SPACE over 4 floors, with a kitchen/diner and utility room on the lower ground floor, sitting room and office on the upper ground floor, and 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 1 shower room.

1/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

hallway with white walls and staircase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

The sweeping 62-step hallway staircase that winds through the house ties everything together, and is wisely kept it stark and simple, with black balustrades and a dark varnished banister that snakes up as far as the eye can see

2/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

living room with white wall and blue chesterfield sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

The living room is the owners' happy hub – they trawled junk shops and flea markets to find the stone bust, the dresser and artworks. Other eclectic pieces like the studded Chesterfield sofa, the feather fans and oversized candlesticks, add glamour.

The ottoman is from George Sherlock (opens in new tab). Buy wooden candles from Lombok (opens in new tab).

3/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

home office room with photo wall and desk lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

The owners decided to create a home office next to the living room, so that one of them can be working and the other watching TV, but they can still chat to each other. It’s a really lovely, adult space.

The 1950s desk lamp is from Brighton boutique, Swag (opens in new tab).

4/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

dining area with graphic art wall and sleek lamps

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

The dining area, at the far end of the living room, is furnished with mid-century pieces, graphic art and sleek lamps for relaxed, modern vibe. The owners removed all the partitions and fittings to create a large family room that was filled with sunlight.

5/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

kitchen with white wall and black countertop and vintage tractor seats

(Image credit: Future PLc/Bob Smith)

The central kitchen island unit is a reclaimed piece in disguise. It was an old cupboard, badly beaten up, but a lick of paint and a lot of love worked miracles.

For a kitchen like this go to John Lewis of Hungerford (opens in new tab). The stools are actually vintage tractor seats.

6/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

kitchen with white wall and blackboard paint vegetable drawers

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Bob Smith)

Classic, traditional units blend with clever one-off wonders, like these blackboard-paint vegetable drawers. The units are made from an old dresser and together form a kitchen with bags of history!

7/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

bedroom with gallery wall and jewel coloured bed with headboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

Jewel-coloured bedlinen and a luxurious armchair give the master bedroom a glamorous feel. The gallery above the bed features pictures of their families' generations. Salvaged doors make an unusual, and beautiful, headboard.

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bedroom with multiple coloured storage boxes and oversized mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

Storage boxes, piled high in a multitude of colours, add to the eclectic feel in the bedroom. An oversized mirror adds grandeur.

9/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

bathroom with sea blue tile wall and sinks

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

This bathroom was designed to be functional but inviting. These gorgeous tiles give a cool, seaside feel to the space and contrast beautifully with 1960-style mismatched mirrors and  the classic-style his-and-her sinks below.

10/10 Renovated Brighton house tour

yellow painted wall kids room with pink bed and toys

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

This simple, light-filled girl's bedroom has an Arts and Crafts feel with lovely antique pieces alongside fun items, like the dog lights, the rocking sheep and the pretty ball lights round a salvaged mirror.

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from a rustic French farmhouse to an Arts and Crafts London semi.

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.