When the Rees family swapped their busy London life for the seaside town of Hastings, they also traded in a finished family home for a huge renovation project that tested their design know-how and DIY skills. Fortunately, owner Emily owns a homeware label, and already had an eye for design.
The couple spotted this large Victorian house for sale, which had been converted into two separate flats in the 1970s. They used the money they made from the sale of their previous property to renovate their new family home from top to bottom, filling it with personality, bold colours and eclectic furniture.
The owners: Emily Rees (pictured above), owner of homeware label Edge of Home, lives here with husband Gareth, a copywriter and author, and their two children, Isis, seven, and Venus, six, and Hendrix, the cocker spaniel