The Househunter 8/4/16

8th April 2016
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We’re mixing it up this week by starting out with a modern house in a rural location. Let’s see what you think of that. This was built last year to the vendor’s bespoke design (and yes you do wonder why it’s being sold don’t you) and is in West Wittering, West Sussex. It’s on the market for £1,650,00 via Strutt & Parker, so shall we go in?


First up, I love this big open plan space and, if you had the space for it, this is a brilliant kitchen design. You would really feel at the hub of things wouldn’t you and yet there is masses of worktop, everything is within reach and yet you aren’t hemmed in by overhead cupboards and walls.

But why (oh why) is there so stuff hanging from the ceiling? The bottle lights are rather clever and I like that each one is different but what’s with the bunting? And I also like cardboard lights over the table, which look like Graypants, and are made from recycled card but again why the bunting. That sure is one busy ceiling.


Anyway, having taken down a few things from there, we come into the relative calm of this room which has a fabulou smix of concrete and wooden panelling although I long to ruffle up those cushions a bit don’t you?


This is the same room taken from the other end with a great view of the garden. It’s a great house, what do you think? It has, by the way, four bedrooms as well as a detached garden room/office as well as a garage with consent to create another office.


Next up let’s go to London, to this rather fabulous three bedroom apartment which is on the market with Domus Nova for (ahem) £3,750,000. Moving swiftly on, it’s a study in shades of grey which is why I wanted to show it to you.

This is clearly a kitchen that is used- look at all the books on the worktop – but the detail I wanted you to look at is the mirror splashback. It’s great for bouncing light around and increasing the sense of space. If money were no object I would say do this in foxed antique mirror which would give you the same effect but be softer than modern mirroring.

And yes I can see that that is quite pricey so then I found this tutorial on how to make your own. Basically vinegar, silver spray and black backing paint. Seemples. I quite fancy doing this in the bathroom where we need a full length mirror.

white kitchen with grey walls and retro bar stools

In fact, if it works, I can suddenly see it happening all over the house…I shall try and find time to give it a go and will report back. And if any of you try it out then let us know in the comments.

But, back to this house. I love the black which really brings the space alive. I think a new chandelier is in order – something brass and more modern which would be a bit warmer than this crystal.

black dining table and chairs with pale grey walls and monochrome prints

I’m completely in love with that leather armchair below and it works perfectly against the parquet floor, dark velvet sofa and pale grey walls.

dark grey velvet sofa, herringbone floor and pale grey walls

Finally this bedroom. I love how the owner has painted the wardrobes black. It’s an unusual choice – most people would have gone for a pale colour to match the walls but this really works.

The moral of the story is, as I have been telling you for ages, every rooms needs to have some black in it.

black fitted cupboards in bedroom

What do you think? Town or country this week? And who’s going to have a go at foxing some mirror?


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  • Maria 8th April 2016 at 10:34 am

    Love the first one without the bunting though, but really adore the final bedroom, the black is fantastic, minus the cot though as my youngest is nearly twelve!
    Kate, cn we have a peep at you bedroom walk-in dressing area sometime?
    Have a great WE!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 8th April 2016 at 10:35 am

      I am going to photograph it RIGHT NOW….. which means I will have to tidy it too…

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 8th April 2016 at 3:37 pm

      I have done it! You can read it next Thursday……

      • Maria 8th April 2016 at 9:44 pm

        Super, cannot wait thank you Kate!

  • Taste of France 8th April 2016 at 8:43 am

    A foxed mirror would be much more forgiving than a straight, modern one, which would show every fleck and drip and would need to be cleaned about three times a day.
    I have a kitchen similar to the first one, and it really is command central. In our old house, the kitchen was separate, with a door. Either I was alone while guests were in the living room/dining room (which I resented), or I wasn’t able to move because everybody was in there with me. Now, guests can have an aperitif outside the work space yet with me. Or they can help from the other side of the counter.

  • Gill Fowler 8th April 2016 at 7:31 am

    If I won the lottery I would move into the Sussex house tomorrow it’s so fab ( apart from the bunting) Beautifully designed open plan room with sun streaming in through those huge Windows. What’s not to love

  • Monica 8th April 2016 at 7:24 am

    I have fantasized about having an entire wall of my dining room done in antique mirrored glass squares with those small brass flowery thingys between each intersection, something seen typically in older homes. Sigh.

  • Kate 8th April 2016 at 7:10 am

    Love the thought of mirror foxing! Not sure my DIY skills are up to that but looking forward to seeing your efforts 🙂

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