Because summer has popped in again (maybe only for a quick cup of tea, maybe she’s staying for the weekend) so let’s make the most of it with this fabulous two bedroom apartment arranged over two floors with a balcony overlooking the sea. That will do me nicely. In my imagination, for that is where ownership of this property lies, I will be out here every day come rain or shine. I will document the colour of the sea and the size of the waves and I will have fresh air and coffee for breakfast.
It’s on the market with Inigo for £850,000 and it probably won’t surprise you to know that it’s owned by an interior designer who has created a lovely light-filled space of dreams. Played in the film, perhaps, by Jodie Turner-Smith, because when she’s not being Anne Boleyn she’s a captain on The Last Ship, which is an American tv series about a global pandemic with the crew being the last people left who must find the cure, stop the virus and save humanity. And after that, with the world saved, she retrains as an interior designer because she feels strongly that as well as global kindness and good health, the world needs good cushions as mood improving device.
Also she can sit on this balcony and either, a la French Lieutenant’s Woman keep an eye out for her lover to come sailing back into view, or another virus, while drinking coffee and having a rest.
The apartment is part of a terrace designed in the 1840s by Thomas Cubitt, who as well as creating much of Brighton also designed Eton Square in London as well as the East front of Buckingham Palace. His son later turned out to be the great great grandfather of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
So plotwise where are we going with this. Will our heroine discover she is also a long lost descendent and find she owns the whole terrace or will she save the world from another pandemic? Because, as with all good thrillers, she must come out of retirement for one last job. Which is a common plot device but one we haven’t yet tangled with here. So the cushions will be cast aside as she returns to her ship and her secondary job as a virologist.
Leaving us, in the meantime, to admire these fabulous windows and high ceilings. The antique furniture which brings so much character and the vintage rugs.
I have spoken before about the current fashion for the unkitcheny kitchen and this is a great example. Rather than force a cooker into the fireplace, it has remained as a fireplace with units each side. This means you can use one alcove for breakfast, for example, and another for food prep. If you can work with original features you will create something much more individual and characterful than if you fill a room with units and storage. That said, this is a big room so there’s a lot of kitchen space.
This apartment also shows that if you have a few well chosen pieces – art and furniture – you can keep it all really simple and create interest and personality. Note how the two lamps at either end of the sofa are different shades of the same colour, and the tables are of similar design but not a matching pair. This looks either like a decision was taken with this look or that the owner didn’t have matching pairs and decided that it would look more personal to work with what they had rather than dump them for a matching pair. The point being that you should make a decision and own it.
Upstairs there are two more square rooms as on the floor below but one has been divided to create a bathroom which may be long but it’s not that narrow and it still has room for a bath and, as my builder would say, for a dance in the middle when you get out of the bath.
It’s also all about the floor tiles here. Yes it could have had painted walls and a plain floor but sometimes it’s fun to have fun. These tiles will go with lots of colours so you could always paint the walls if you get bored which will ring the changes for the cost of a tin of paint. Or, you could paint the ceiling to match the blue of the tiles – it’s high enough to get away with using a strong colour in here.
So back to our film – who’s sailing the ship over the horizon to our interior designing virologist? Are we looking at Sigourney Weaver – as, let’s be honest, with a film of this nature I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if the virus was brought by aliens? Or Clooney, who has not only been to the moon but also ran into some zombies in From Dawn to Dusk.
As always it’s over to you lovely lot for the details of this film. And we better have some series ideas as I feel she could be coming out of retirement for one last job about eight times – they often do.