Take a tour around a cool Georgian cottage

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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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cottage exterior with bricked wall and front garden area

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kitchen area with white cabinets and wooden dining table and benches

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The now modern-rustic kitchen was originally a washroom. Find wooden benches at ElementalThe Conran Shop's Pondicherry table is similar, but with teak legs.

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kitchen area with black worktop and shelf and white wall

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A country-farmhouse feel is created with the white AGA, a vintage version from Sussex Classic Cookers. The shelf above it is handy for storing jar collections

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dining room with white dining table and chairs

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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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room with mini gallery and flower pot and fruit bowl

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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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living area with white sofa and fireplace and wooden floor

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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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living area with white wall and sideboard cabinet and lamp

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The sofa was bought from The Conran Shop many years back and has been re-covered in ticking fabric, available at Ian Mankin

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desk area with wooden desk and chair and wooden floor

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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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stair case with white wall

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The sinuous dark-wood handrail and shutter painted in Farrow & Ball's 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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bedroom with white wall and white door

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The walls in the main bedroom are painted in Albany's 6966 from Brewers, and the floorboards in Farrow & Ball's Strong White. The Broughton sleigh bed at Laura Ashley is a classic wooden bed.

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dressing table and wooden floor and armchair

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The dressing table in the main bedroom is from French FindsPlumo has cushions like this. Find a floral armchair at Laura Ashley.

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bathroom with green wall and bathtub and towel

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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 sells tongue-and-groove panels that can be primed for painting.

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.