Explore a quirky Brighton home

4 Jan

After all the embellishment and lavish decorations of Christmas have been packed away, I find myself drawn to simpler styles as the New Year begins. I spotted this quirky Brighton home before Christmas but wanted to save it, as it’s a perfect example of the relaxed, reclaimed look I’m coveting at the moment and I didn’t want it getting lost amongst all the glitter and glitz.

I really like the idea of using a wooden trouser hanger to clip up a scrap of wallpaper. I’m all for adding pattern without commitment! They’re good for hanging artwork too.

Apparently the owner of the house found the flower painting on the fireplace leaning against the side of a skip… why does this NEVER happen to me??? If you’ve ever managed to pick up something amazing on the side of the road I’d love to know what you found. What am I doing wrong?

I have a small woven rug with a pattern similar to the one on this sofa that I bought in Bolivia years ago. It’s somewhere in a cupboard or drawer somewhere at my Mum’s house and I meant to dig it out while I was there over Christmas. Unfortunately I was too busy guzzling mince pies and sloe gin and completely forgot.

Note the desk made from an old scaffolding plank and hooks made from vintage drawer handles screwed onto a bit of wood.

More junk shop handles in the kitchen, mixed and matched on the plain shaker-style units. I like the vintage posters pasted into the glass door panels for privacy too… a nice old-fashioned alternative to window film.

{all Holly Jolliffe via The Guardian}

My Granny’s collected vintage jelly moulds for years (though I suppose lots of them weren’t actually vintage at the time she bought them). She’s planning to move into a smaller house this year and I’m hoping to take a few off her hands, dutiful Granddaughter that I am! Perhaps one or two of them might find themselves upcycled into something like this light. Did you spot the apple crate bedside table too? Simple and perfect.

Don’t forget to comment with your best skip finds!


12 Responses to “Explore a quirky Brighton home”

  1. louiserastall January 12, 2012 at 06:51 #

    Walking to the pub one night and just outside my block of flats, Devon Manisons on Tooley St, was a huge pile of naff argos furniture, mouldy carpets and mattresses but nestled amongst them i spotted nice two hoop back kitchen chairs. Said to other half, “we’ll have those if they’re still there on the way back” Other half rolled his eyes at me. A few drinkies later and they are still there – had to do a bit of climbing and rummaging to get at them but we tottered home with a chair each. Next day on a shoot and telling a set builder friend about chairs, knowing he’d appreciate, he reckons they could be Ercol and told me to check underneath for little buttons where the seat pads would have been attached, that was sure way of telling if they were. Got home and blow me down they had the little buttons and a label saying “Ercol”. Very chuffed! They were in a pretty rough state though, varnished in a horrible dark stain and a bit scratched -i’m rather ashamed to say that they are currently in storage looking much the same…..it’s on the do to list i promise!

    • Decorator's Notebook January 12, 2012 at 10:58 #

      OK, seriously envious now. Just make sure My Friend doesn’t find out about your chairs… she’s wanted that style of Ercol dining chairs for yonks! Hope all’s well with you in Australia!

  2. tina January 6, 2012 at 01:58 #

    Hi. Do love this place. At the moment I am dreaming of finding a derelict warehouse in London (me and thousand others) so I can start from scratch and fill it with upcycled, recycled, modern and vintage stuff. Can you visualise yet? No great skip stories yet but am working on it:) lovely blog.

  3. Whimsical January 5, 2012 at 18:07 #

    a grotty old mattress and you left it behind!!??? you had your chance and you blew it!heehee

    ok I have a furnitre road kill story…..my hubby and I were very naughty once and ‘borrowed’ a beautiful leopard print wing backed chair from my friends rented neighbours house front garden.

    I spotted the chair when we arrived at my friends house, I inquired about it, they said it had been out the front for months (yes it had been a while since we visited them!) and after a few hours and bottles of wine later I decided I was going to have it!

    the chair wasn’t even covered while left in the garden so was rather soggy and dirty. hubby gave it a very good clean up and it now sits proudly in my dressing room and has done so far many years.

    our friends did say they saw their neighbours in the front garden the day after ‘looking’ for the chair. I treat it as a ‘lost and found’ scenerio =)

    PS – don’t tell a sole!!! d’oh!

    • Decorator's Notebook January 5, 2012 at 20:20 #

      Oooh, this is a brilliant story. Suspense, risk, threat of danger, a happy ending… I LOVE IT!!!

      Ps – the mattress had some very suspicious stains. A bargain it was not, I fear.

  4. myschoolhouserocks January 5, 2012 at 14:54 #

    Really like the kitchen doors and vintage posters!

  5. Em January 5, 2012 at 09:22 #

    It’s happened to me just the once – driving around Hither Green a few years ago with a friend, we screeched to a halt when we saw an abandoned art deco-style armchair on the side of the road. The owner was luckily in the garden and gave us her blessing to take it. It was covered in really dirty pink velour but we saw the potential – great shape with lovely curved wooden arms. I have since re-covered it in a grey and white check fabric and it looks great. A very lucky find indeed.

    • Decorator's Notebook January 5, 2012 at 09:46 #

      Wow, I am so jealous. I’ve been trying to keep my eyes open and saw a grotty old mattress soaked through with rain this morning. Not quite what I had in mind but I’ll keep monitoring that spot!

  6. Whimsical January 4, 2012 at 23:37 #

    I’ve been wanting to make a set of hooks out of old drawer handles for ages….now I’m inspired to actually do it!!!! love the style of the Brighton pad. nicely shared. thanks =)

  7. Decorator's Notebook January 4, 2012 at 12:35 #

    C’mon guys… I don’t believe it’s only Kirstie Allsopp in her Land Rover skip diving out there! Share those furniture roadkill stories :-)


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