There’s something magical about the sea, isn’t there. The sound, the smell, the way it sparkles in the sunshine and froths and crashes in the winter. The nostalgia for days at the seaside when you’re little and the calm that prevails from that wide, open expanse. I love that The Harbour Hut and The Sea Shack have dual aspect, direct views of the sea, marina and boats bobbing around. They are both such popular little bolt holes that we don’t get there as much as we’d like to but this May I have decided that we’ll squeeze in a night somewhere. We’ve just had our first returning guests who have now stayed at both properties and the feedback has been wonderful. Different but the same, quirky and completely unique-I have loved designing them both.
It’s amazing what you can do with tiny budgets and tight time lines. We turned the entire Sea Shack around in exactly three weeks and part of this was the new kitchen, tiling and styling. The Harbour Hut has lots of copper tones, so we went for something a little different at The Sea Shack, combining gold with Farrow & Ball Railings paint. It’s a small space but functional and fun. I love designing these tiny houses and am very tempted to do another…
30 days after we collected the keys, The Sea Shack welcomed its first guests for New Year’s Eve! I’m feeling proud (if a little exhausted!) and looking forward to a busy year hosting this new, quirky property.
With The Vessel House in Kemptown well underway it’s going to be an exciting, epic year for Summers of Sussex. Here’s to health, happiness and prosperity in 2019!
Mady xRead More
The sheer volume of decision making required when we re-built our family home was absolutely over-whelming. There were certain items that I was adamant about from the get-go and one of those things was floor standing cast iron radiators. There have been a lot of cheaper alternatives manufactured recently to emulate this style, but they are simply cast and not the single section, handmade solid traditional beauties that you see below-with these, no two rads are the same and making them requires skill and time. My husband did baulk slightly at the price, but as well as being features in their own right, they also throw out incredible heat. I can’t ever imagine not having them in my home, despite us having underfloor heating as well!
This image is the slightly deco style I chose for the master bathroom.
During the final strait of our house re-build, we discovered we had to dig a trench of over a metre down the entire length of the drive, lay new pipe work and re-lay the complete expanse of the drive. This was a phase when living on site was truly grim-I used to have to jump across with the toddler, then jump across with the baby, ask the builders to throw the buggy over and then try and get everyone into The Annex safely. As well as the inconvienience of the drive being dug up, we also hadn’t budgeted for it-my nerves were jangling continually at this point in the project! Still, at least the snow disguised the portaloo and skip for a short time…
Some might consider this a small thing but I think there is something quintessentially British and wonderful about the humble deckchair. When I was designing The Harbour Hut interior, I kept thinking of how practical deckchairs would be for the over-water sun terrace as they fold flat for storage (and storage is extremely short in THH, it’s SO small, albeit perfectly formed!) and evoke the seaside kitsch feel I was after.
I designed a simple logo for The Harbour Hut and found a company who would not only put it on a deckchair for me, they also made just what I was looking for: a double deckchair made for two (I always sing “Daaaaiisy, Daaaaiisy, Give me your answer, do!” in my head when i’m thinking about the double deckchair).
It’s been a HUGE hit, so much so that I think I’ll need to order a replacment soon! Nothing beats sitting out over the water at any time of day on the deckchair at The Harbour Hut and this Indian Summer we’ve been enjoying means our lovely guests have been making the most of it in the warm October sunshine.
“You’ll look sweet,
On the seat
Of a deckchair made for two…”
I sometimes find it tricky conveying the sheer sense of the enormous scale of the work we undertook in rebuilding, renovating and re-inventing our home. These photos give some sense of it, I’m going to keep digging out more as they are extremely comforting to me-it was all worth it!
I really wasn’t sure that I’d be able to put my own website together but here I am, writing my first blog post for it (at around 2am)! It will be a continous work in progress (such a perfectionist) so please do keep feeding back to me. I’m going to sign off now with a Ron Burgundy-ism…
Stay Classy xxx