ST BENEDICTS- RECREATING SUMPTUOUS VICTORIANA

A serendipitous find beside the seaside, St Benedicts is nestled close to Burton St Leonards and is full to the brim with antiques, curios and objects. Every inch of the sprawling old house has been faithfully decorated with the kind of awe inspiring attention to detail that provokes closer inspection and invites the mind wander to other places and other times. 

THE DRAWING ROOM

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CHINESE ANCESTOR PAINTINGS

 1stDibs- £1334.20

1stDibs- £1334.20

"Pair of antique large and finely painted Chinese ancestral portraits in vibrant color and gilt on silk and presented in giltwood, of male chop mark signed/stamped lower right, circa 1890."

The Chinese have long had a profound connection to their ancestors and believe that death does not sever a person’s relationship with the living and that, if properly worshipped and honored in private family rituals, their ancestors' spirits can bring them health, long life, prosperity and children.

Chinese "ancestor paintings" are painted specifically for use in ancestor worship; the power of the living person is believed to reside in their portrait after death. Most of the ancestor portraits that have survived depict members of the Qing (pronounced “Ch’ing”) imperial families and military and civil elite who ruled China from 1644 until the revolution of 1911.

VICTORIAN MAHOGANY BUREAU 

 
 Regent Antiques- £3,250

Regent Antiques- £3,250

 

English Victorian mahogany and marquetry bureau bookcase, circa 1860 with satinwood crossbanding and decorative geometric scrolls, husks and flowerheads.

"The upper part has a decorative pierced swan neck broken pediment cornice with acanthus scroll carving centred by an urn finial, the frieze centred by a satinwood ground panel with paterae, the two astragal glazed doors enclose an interior fitted with adjustable shelves."

Simply delicious. 

RED ROLLED ARM READING CHAIR

 The Kairos Collective- £1,450

The Kairos Collective- £1,450

A circa 1820 armchair covered in a kilim. Kilims are flat tapestry woven carpets made from the Balkans through to Pakistan and bring a richness of texture and pattern to upholstery, as well as, being tough as old boots!  

THE COLONEL'S BEDROOM

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TRADITIONAL OLIVE VELVET SOFA

 Ensembliers- POA

Ensembliers- POA

"Hand crafted from start to finish using traditional upholstery methods and materials including using only the highest quality beech mortise and tenon frames."

The epitome of old school design values with a focus on natural, sustainable, British materials.

TRELLIS WALLPAPER

 
 Fabrics & Papers- £87 per roll

Fabrics & Papers- £87 per roll

 

"An iconic wallpaper featuring a garden trellis with climbing roses and birds in blue, coral and green on a cream ground. Designed by William Morris in 1864 and inspired by the courtyard garden at his home Red House."

Sadly the same periwinkle blue as hangs in the Colonel's room at St Benedict's is no longer available. 

TAPESTRY CUSHION

 
 Fine Cell Work- £115

Fine Cell Work- £115

 

"Based on an Indian miniature taken from the back of a hand-painted postcard. Small hints of metallic thread add an oriental touch."

Fine Cell Work trains prisoners to create beautiful pieces of needlework, their mission to foster hope, discipline and self esteem to allow individuals to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend.

 

St Benedicts

81 Pevensey Road
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0LR
Bookings: 01424 434973

 

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THE SIREN HOTEL- REACREATING INDUSTRIAL AMERICAN DECO

Influenced by the contrasting grit and charm of old world Detroit, the team at ASH NYC behind the refurbishment of the Wurlitzer building have created a hotel with flair inside an old skyscraper that was erected during the city's golden inter-war era when the town was awash with money from the automobile industry...Although, as the name suggests, this building was commissioned by a company who made their millions making music (organs to be precise) not cars. 

BATHROOM

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RED TERRAZZO

 Diespeker- POA

Diespeker- POA

MARQUINA MARBLE TRIPOD STOOL

 
 1st Dibs- £1,879.77

1st Dibs- £1,879.77

 

BEDROOM

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'OCTAGON' RUG

 
 1st Dibs- £1,014.14

1st Dibs- £1,014.14

 

STEEL CANTILEVERED CHAIR & STOOL

 
 Talisman- £6,500.00

Talisman- £6,500.00

 

KETTNER'S TOWNHOUSE- RECREATING FRENCH DECO BOUDOIR STYLE

Roll up, roll up, Kettner's Townhouse, favourite of Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie and Edward VII has had its upper floors tarted up making it the perfect spot for a sexy sleepover in town.

Auguste Kettner, a former chef of Napoleon III, opened his eponymous Soho restaurant in 1867. Allegedly a tunnel of networks to running from the nearby theatres allowed Edward VII's  stage actress lover Lillie Langtry to surruptitiously sneak off to meet him here for clandestine assignations. 

Read on for tips on how to create these idiosyncratically Soho House vibes in your own home...as well as channel your inner Lillie Langtry.

BOUDOIR 1

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COLOURED GLASS CHANDELIER

 Italian Lighting Centre- £852.69

Italian Lighting Centre- £852.69

QUEEN ANNE STYLE MIRROR

 1stDibs- £1,817.48

1stDibs- £1,817.48

BOUDOIR 2

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FRENCH LEATHER CLUB CHAIRS

 Pamono- £2,588

Pamono- £2,588

FOLIAGE WALLPAPER

 John Lewis- £150

John Lewis- £150

LILLIE LANGTRY LINGERIE

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 Coco de mer- Dita Von Teese Robe £200

Coco de mer- Dita Von Teese Robe £200

CASA LUNA BUNGA- RECREATING SPANISH COLONIAL CHIC

Who hasn't wanted to magic their bedroom into a sumptuous hotel room! Crisp pressed linen, an oversized headboard, luxurious, full length curtains...champagne on ice and a sea view. 

The summer holidays are nearly over but in the spirit of extending that holiday feeling I've creating a delicious look to inspire you based on the visual feat that is the Casa Luna Bungal hotel in California. 

CASA LUNA BUNGAL- LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Martyn Lawrence Bullard put a globally-inspired stamp on the revamp of Casa Laguna. The 23-room boutique hotel consists of several Spanish Colonial style buildings dating back to the 1900s in Laguna Beach California, overlooking the Pacific just a few blocks from the beach. Bullard brought in lots of blue to echo the sea while keeping the deep reds and terracotta tiles of the original buildings. The design is filled with Moroccan design details like Moorish tiles and ceramics as well as Bullard’s own line of fabrics inspired by the patterns of the region.

THE CONCEPT

GET THE LOOK

1. Blue leather tufted headboard

US online retailer Gilt now ships to the UK opening up a plethora of possibilities, including this lovely look-a-like in smart navy leather and nailhead trim.

2. Star Pendant

Hector Finch's striking star pendant features no less than 60 shiny clear glass facets making it a real statement piece. It's finished in an elegant polished unlacquered brass with fine capped corners making it perfect for a sophisticated, global bedroom.

3. Bed Panel

Recreate the stunning bed panel with Martyn Bullard's Shambala fabric which was inspired by his trip to Bali where he shopped the colourful stores of Ubud and found a timeworn fragment of batik cloth which he fused with a design rooted in homage to the Alhambra. Available through Derring Hall.

4. Metallic Bedside Lamp

Ok, so the gold's rosier but this lamp by Barker & Stonehouse is such a steal that it's sold out online and only available in store.