Quirky family home designed for entertaining

Homeware label owner Emily Rees has transformed two separate London flats into into a quirky family home

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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.


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Project Notes

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

Total project costs: £65,950

rees home dining table

 rees-home-dining-tableA wall was removed between the kitchen, scullery and the bathroom to make this long galley shape.  Bespoke brick slips flooring, Cathedral Stone & Brick.  Marble work surface, Marble 2 Marvel. Wine boxes, Crates4You. Sheepskin, Hide Rugs

rees home hallway

Emily started her company, Edge of Home, after designing things for her own house. Wallpaper, Edge of Home. Mirror, Red Candy. Floor painted in Off Black, Farrow & Ball

rees home kitchen diner

Emily’s work space and design studio is where she gets to experiment with decoration. ‘This is how I would have my whole house look if I could get away with it,’ she says. Wall paint, Nancy’s Blushes matt emulsion; floor paint, Off Black matt emulsion, both Farrow & Ball. Desk, Edge of Home

rees house black and white tiled bathroom

Emily tiled the bathroom herself after seeing the design in a magazine. Johnson’s Prismatics tiles, Tile Mountain. Serenity bath, Holloways of Ludlow. Hudson Reed thermostatic shower bar, Victorian Plumbing

rees house decorated bedroom

The paint effect was an idea of Emily’s as she had run out of money but had lots of tins of paint left over from the other rooms. Wall paints, Valspar at B&Q. Stencils, wardrobe and floor painted in Off Black and Nancy’s Blushes matt emulsion, Farrow and Ball. Bed and Spot rug, Next

rees house master bedroom

The couple painted over red walls but kept some of the gold gilt cornicing, which they have worked into their pink and lavender room scheme. The original fireplace has been cleaned up. Chair and Allsorts pom-pom blanket, both Edge of Home. Black and white rug, Next. Ripple cushion, Edge of Home

rees home record wall

Displaying Gareth’s vinyl records allows the cover art-work to be on show and creates a moveable gallery. Ribba picture ledge, Ikea. Wall paint, Off Black matt emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Logan coffee table; black and white rug, both Next. Sideboard, Ebay

reese home sofa

resse home exterior