With the help of artist Philippa Jeffrey and her husband Jonathan, this Grade II listed 18th-century farmhouse emerges from the shadows and into the light. When they bought their country home five years ago, it was dark with dull grey and beige trim. But it’s fast becoming a more modern interpretation of Charleston’s style – a decorative Sussex residence by the Bloomsbury Group. Rich, inspiring, uplifting hues and thought-provoking patterns make their mark in every room of the house. Philippa left no surface untouched.
Truly unique decorative finishes make it one of the finest homes in the world, filled with the inspiring feel we all want to see in our own homes. Here are the highlights.
Entrance lobby – a place to linger
The spacious entrance hall is a place to linger, featuring a unique fireplace and charming mid-century-style armchairs. Subtly geometrically printed upholstery fabrics and rugs bring the look into the century. Hallway ideas and updates like these work just as well in new properties as they do in this 18th-century farmhouse. The slate floors were added by the previous owners. In the fireplace are old magazines from Philippa’s work at fashion magazines.
Dining space with gallery wall display
During the recent lockdown, between the children’s homeschooling, Philippa decided to update the kitchen scheme with an unusual new decor element to take things to the next level. Built at the height of the kitchen is the mezzanine level, which was added when the previous owners updated the kitchen. Philippa used the staircase wall as a gallery display of paintings and prints.Art galleries may not be at the top of your list restaurant ideasbut any type of gallery display near the dining table can provide a great talking point at mealtime and inject character into the space.
kitchen with soft pink cabinets
The kitchen was a later addition to the house and Philippa wanted to do everything he could to make it as light and airy as possible.The previous owners added dark wood beams and black granite countertops, so Philippa and Jonathan’s kitchen ideas Including replacing the countertop and painting the beams white – quite an achievement considering the height of the ceiling. The kitchen layout is great, with beige two-tone cabinets originally from Mark Wilkinson, too good to be replaced. Philippa wanted a fresh look and space for a table. The pink cabinets are her favorite dusty pink that she uses a lot at work, so the color felt like an obvious choice. This beautiful room really proves that you can create a very different look with just one coat of paint in a brand new shade.
Bedrooms – Oasis of Tranquility…and Patterns
Above Graham & Green’s beautiful inlaid bedside table is a painting by Philippa, one of those subtle changes that really elevates the room. Other bedroom ideas here that are well worth copying are layering and combining different brands of bedding – nothing too matched. So the vintage-inspired bedding top is boho, with striped pillowcases and vintage lace cushions.
The child’s bedroom is pink
One of the latest updates upstairs is in the children’s room. It’s a lockdown project, so not many young guests have had the chance to sleep here yet. The couple worked together in the room, with Jonathan wallpapering all four walls and ceiling to create a cozy cocoon. The wallpaper is Love Leaves from Common Room.
Philippa added accessories and furniture in her favourite hues – many of the pieces are vintage or vintage.Philippa made the lampshade herself, and the retro patchwork quilt was made by her mother-in-law
Dressing Room Beauty
The powder room downstairs is full of inspiration and works just as well as bathroom ideas for the master bathroom. The vanity came from an antique store, and the couple sourced the marble and round bowls online, then added a Moroccan faucet from an Etsy merchant.Also found this fabric on Etsy
old farmhouse exterior
It’s not just the interior that’s been updated. Every window in the house must be replaced because old windows have decayed, causing heat loss and condensation. These are alternatives to the traditional style of wood. All of the house’s stonework was also repositioned using traditional methods, and to everyone’s delight, the wisteria was preserved.
This is a thorough and inspired renovation – inside and out – that brings life and much-needed color to the old farmhouse.