Fabrics, bold colours and surface pattern feature heavily in Julia Grant’s charming Victorian house in Chichester. Her fascination with textiles and design began in her mother’s sewing shop, but today, she’s still to be found elbow-deep in fabric samples or else behind the sewing machine, making up cushions for her online homeware store, Winter’s Moon.
Julia’s home, which she shares with her husband of 21 years, art teacher Peter, and teenage daughters Gracie and Tess, is a quirky mix of periods and styles. The simple Victorian property was likely built in 1893 for the workers tending the orchards that once stood nearby.
Today, the only surviving evidence of this agricultural past, close to the centre of Chichester, are the names of the surrounding streets and the occasional fruit tree. Over the years, successive owners have made their mark on the house, including exposing the brickwork in the living room and fitting downlights in the ground-floor spaces.
The couple’s patient approach to the renovation is partly due to budget, and partly a respect for the evolution of a home, rather than a rip-it-out-and-start-again attitude to design and décor.
- Strip back unwelcome additions including the ground floor carpet
- Installing a new bathroom and boiler
- Renovating the kitchen
- Installing a woodburner in the living room
- Building a decked terrace in the garden
Featured image: The living room scheme was inspired by the Lucienne Day fabric cushions on the sofa, with walls painted in Calamine by Farrow & Ball. A cream Picasso armchair and Jack sofa, both from Sofa Workshop, rest on rich engineered oak flooring by D Forrestal Flooring