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Step inside this gorgeous Georgian cottage in Sussex Downs, where clever updates and a gift for striking junk-shop gold creates a look that epitomises country-cool style.
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In the light, airy dining room, an unremarkable pine table has been transformed with a coat of white paint, while French mirrors, and interesting finds such as the huge tea urn, add character.
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The collection of quirky paintings creates a mini gallery in an alcove. The subjects and styles may vary, but the fact that they're all oil paintings adds cohesion to the mix. Propping the pictures against the wall and leaving them unframed adds a relaxed look.
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A Bloomsbury-style artwork hangs over the fireplace, which was opened up to provide a focus for the room.
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The hallway doubles as a study area, with painted tongue-and-groove panelling used to add character. The floorboards were sanded down and treated with Swedish white wax oil, creating a lighter, brighter feel.
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The sinuous dark-wood handrail and shutter painted in Farrow & Ball's (opens in new tab) dark grey Down Pipe give defnition to the all-white stairwell. A touch of texture has been added with the basket-weave light shade and delicate birdcages.
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The walls in the main bedroom are painted in Albany's 6966 from Brewers (opens in new tab), and the floorboards in Farrow & Ball's (opens in new tab) Strong White. The Broughton sleigh bed at Laura Ashley (opens in new tab) is a classic wooden bed.
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The walls in this bathroom were very uneven, so a multitude of sins has been concealed behind floor-to-ceiling tongue-and-groove panelling. This can prove to be a better option than messy replastering, and with a sleek new surface, painting is easy, Wickes (opens in new tab) sells tongue-and-groove panels that can be primed for painting.
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.
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