Colourful Edwardian house renovation

By tackling the project herself, Serena Hunt has applied her unique style to a once-run-down Edwardian property

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When Serena Hunt first took on this Edwardian property, it hadn’t been touched for more than 50 years, so had no central heating, crumbling walls, leaking ceilings, damp and many other problems inside and out. However, with past experiences of renovating and a clear plan in place of how the house could be transformed, she soon got to work on redesigning its layout to create the perfect home for her family.

The remodel was completed without any unexpected problems within six months. ‘The beauty of taking on an Edwardian house is that it has amazing features and offers so much potential for making a space your own,’ Serena says, ‘Next on the list is to re-render the exterior. People ask me if I would do it again, and I would in a heartbeat.’

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Project notes

The owners: Serena Hunt, a stay-at-home mum, lives here with partner Gareth Ballard, a sales director, and their two sons Teddy, nine, and Herbie, four, and their retired racing greyhound, Percy

The property: A six-bedroom, detached Edwardian property built in 1908, in Steyning,

Total project cost: £94,700

salvaged freestanding kitchen

Taking the property back to a shell has allowed Serena’s design flair to shine. Describing her style as ‘eclectic and kitsch’, she is proud that every piece in her home tells a story, including a kitchen bench that was once used in a slaughterhouse

exposed brick wall kitchen

dated kitchen

knocking through

The Edwardian property was in a state of disrepair, with a poor layout and many separate rooms with a lack of flow between each of the spaces

reclaimed kitchen furniture

Utilising a corner of the kitchen, Serena has created a dining area for the children, plus room for storage. The desk is an old butcher’s table once used in a slaughterhouse, the chairs are Frank Guile design for Paragon sourced on Ebay, and the wall-hung rack is from Ikea

light filled snug patio doors

Edwardian living room original fireplace

Sideboards and film posters from Ebay sit either side of an original mantle which houses a new woodburning stove from Ebay

designer furniture living room

vintage finds display

eclectic collectibles

Serena is constantly updating the accessories and adding new vintage and antique finds, including artwork, ornaments and statement lighting

Edwardian hallway

Featuring original Edwardian doors painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball, the hallway is wallpapered in a Cole & Son design from Wallpaper Direct and contrasted with red framed prints by Eelus. The ceiling light was bought on Ebay and the radiator from Wickes. The space is used as both an entranceway and playroom

dark master bedroom

Walls painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball, which is used throughout  are coordinated with grey carpet from Crucial Trading, a bed from Harveys which has been reupholstered in Alexander Henry fabric sourced on Ebay. Pendant light, antlers, mirror and artwork, all vintage, rug, Achica

home office with exposed brick wall

A first-floor bedroom is used as a home office complete with a reclaimed Mid-Century desk and vintage chair brought from Serena’s previous home. Filing cabinet, Lewes Flea Market, bench, Ardingly Antiques Fair

exposed brick wall bathroom

By knocking a separate WC and bathroom into one master suite, there’s room for a bath and shower. Bath, Victoria Plum, mirror, Lewes Flea Market

The costs and contacts

Structural work: £45,000

Purchase cost in 2013: £640,000

French doors and windows: Rehau