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,
West Sussex

Total project cost: £94,700


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


Freestanding units sourced from a haberdashery shop that closed down provide plenty of kitchen storage, while open shelving is used for display. Pendant light, Ardingly Antiques Fair

open-plan-kitchen-diner-colourful-chairsWooden flooring from Karndean Designflooring is used throughout the kitchen-living-diner and provides a neutral base to add colour, such as with chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, bought at Tooveys Auction House. Dining table purchased from the previous owners, bookcase is antique


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


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


With links to the garden, new patio doors from Rehau are sited where a chimneybreast was once located. Sofa, Habitat, floor lamp, Ardingly Antiques Fair, rug, Ebay


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


New windows from Rehau are framed with woodwork painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings. Sofa, Ligne Roset, G Plan Blofeld armchair, Gumtree, G Plan coffee table, Oxfam, and carpet used throughout the house is from Crucial Trading

statement-monkey-wall-light‘If I like something, I buy it,’ says Serena. Wallpaper by Scion from Wallpaper Direct provides a backdrop to classic styles, including artwork sourced on Ebay and a monkey wall light, Seletti




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


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


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


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


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
Electrical work: £8,000
Plumbing: £10,800
Flooring: £9,000
Shower room construction and Velux windows: £3,500
Bathroom and shower room fittings: £2,500
Wallpaper and paint: £2,000
Replastering: £5,000
Log burner and fitting: £1,000
Kitchen, including appliances: £7,900
Total: £94,700

Purchase cost in 2013: £640,000
Estimated value: £975,000
Potential profit: £335,000

French doors and windows: Rehau
Flooring: Karndean Designflooring, Crucial Trading
Paint: Farrow & Ball
Wallpaper: Wallpaper Direct