It’s always a pleasure when we get to feature creative families. In December, we got a peek inside Sandy Suffield’s home, and today we’re visiting her sister. Victoria Suffield is the shopkeeper behind in Winchester, South England. She describes it as a department store where they only sell the things they love. Her family — husband, Phil, and kids, Hal, Theo and Mercy — has been in this home for three years now. Because it was built in the 1930s, it was a departure from the Victorian-style homes the family previously lived in, but Victoria’s style has always been super simple, with a love of white and gray, books, paintings and a few nice objects. Thanks, Victoria! —
Image above: This is the kitchen with the original dresser. The lights are Caravaggios, the chairs are by Robin Day (Phil used to run a furniture business!) and my parents gave us the old pine table.
Image above: Although it’s a ’30s house, the previous owners put in this Victorian marble fire surround (which I love). The woodburner is fantastically cozy; it’s a Cove 2 from Charnwood in gunmetal. made the decorated twig thing for a party, and I can’t bear to take it down.
See more of Victoria and Phil’s home after the jump . . .
Image above: This is the dining room. The pictures are a collection of things we’ve gathered over the years. (I used to work as an art dealer). Phil gave me the vintage Cherner chair for my 40th birthday, and the antique blanket chest was a wedding present from my parents. The walls are painted in Marston’s Pearl Grey.
Image above: I bought the rug on a trip to Marrakesh. The collage by the French doors is from a weekend trip to Norfolk, and I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember the name of the artist. The knitted blanket is a car-boot find.
Image above: I’m never quite sure what to call this room. It’s part study/part library/large part FIFA games room for the kids. The whole thing (walls and shelves) are painted in Marston’s Granite. I wanted it to be dark and cozy. The desk light is a Tolomeo.
Image above: When we moved in, this was a horrible scullery. We knocked a wall down to make a proper living/dining/kitchen. We matched the existing parquet floors with reclaimed [wood] so that the join was seamless. The units are from Ikea, and the steel worktop is from GEC Anderson.
Image above: The paneling is new but was a way of making the window position make sense (they’re really low down on the wall!). The items on the shelf are a random collection of vintage things from the shop and car-boot finds. The Ball mason jars are from the shop.
Image above: I made the papercut picture for Phil. It’s a quote from a Wilco song (they are the best band in the world). The heart cross-stitch is very rude and done by Lucy, whom I work with. The collaged balls were just a little thrown together thing by one of my very talented sisters!