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Residential – Before & After

East Sussex Entrance Hall and Stairs

The client had moved from a modern house and wanted a contemporary country interior for their new 5 bedroom/3 reception room home but they were also keen to include some more traditional features.  In terms of colour scheme the brief was that it had to be calm and restful and flow from room to room. A selection of putty shades formed the base palette with varying accent colours in each room.

The structure of the building was relatively unchanged though we replaced the existing and rather clumsy oak staircase with beautiful bespoke walnut stairs. The house demanded a much more elegant staircase than the existing rustic oak and importantly one which would set the tone for the rest of the house. The oak floor was also overpowering and not in line with what the client wanted to achieve. The large format floor tiles used in the hall were taken through into the kitchen and family room. Everywhere else was the same neutral and luxurious deep pile carpet.

Lindfield Master Bedroom


Lindfield Sitting Room

Having lived in the US for a while and worked at the Cranbrook Art museum in Michigan, our client was keen to bring some of the Saarinen colours into their sitting room scheme. These earthy tones work perfectly with the brick tones of the fireplace. Art Deco touches were added with the dark wooden trim on the tub chairs and the black band contrast leading edge on the curtains.


Lindfield Kitchen

Our brief was to transform a galley kitchen, dining room and conservatory into an open plan kitchen diner and in doing so make the most of the gorgeous Sussex views at the rear of the property. Our clients love entertaining and are very family focused.

What we did – we took out the internal walls, devoted the hitherto kitchen and the dining room to the new kitchen and rebuilt the conservatory with large bi-fold doors as the dedicated dining area.


Lindfield Bathroom

This listed property was fitted with a bathroom including WC and an adjacent WC. The client was keen to knock these through to create a family bathroom. The ceiling was also incredibly low so we needed to explore if there was scope for raising it. Planning permission and listed building consent were sought for the replacement of the two single windows with one larger one and yes, we had a small but much needed void above which enabled us to raise the ceiling height. Our client was thrilled with the result.



The thought of hiring an interior designer is one that had never occurred to us, despite more house moves than we care to count. When we were looking for a home where we could settle for a good few years we fell in love with the spacious open plan design of the main living areas of our new home. After over a year of trying different layouts and playing with colours we were still unable to make the most of what is a great space but that had issues. It was about this time that I met Jacqui through a networking event. We immediately hit it off and, having heard what she did, I expressed my many concerns about the space to her. This was the start of an amazing journey for us.

Jacqui and David make a great team and between them they have led us on a journey to arrive at a fabulous suite of rooms. David’s eye for design has made practical storage solutions also be stunningly well designed and beautiful. The other pieces of furniture blend perfectly and we know we would not have got close to the same result if we had embarked on this by ourselves. The fabrics, colours and textures tend to be Jacqui’s domain and she has challenged our own favoured schemes to produce something that is stylish, practical and stunning to look at. We were relieved of the chore of hours of trawling through catalogues in search of inspiration and were presented with just a few options carefully tailored by our brief for us to make a selection. It made the whole process far more pleasurable than I anticipated. And now? We have a beautiful, elegant space that is also practical enough to stand up to two young boys and a menagerie of pets.

We are thrilled and would definitely recommend the designer touch especially from HomeSmiths.

Tim and Kate, Brighton
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