Monday, 13 July 2015

Designer, Paolo Moschino's Sussex Farmhouse

When approaching the interior design of a period building, taking into account the architecture and history that surrounds it, it takes a highly skilled and sympathetic designer to create elegant, comfortable, yet up-to-date spaces, befitting of their surroundings. As soon as Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen spotted their Sussex farmhouse they decided to purchase it without even seeing inside. Half-Tudor, half nineteenth-century, the farmhouse had everything they required including its location which is only an hour from London by train. 

As owner of the International design company, Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Paolo has an undeniable flair for design so beautifully portrayed in the interior of his farmhouse. When Paolo Moschino took over Nicholas Haslam in 1995 it is said he injected an international style to the company and this clearly reflects in his work as a designer. Although Paolo and Philip re-configured the interior of their home, opening up the spaces, they retained the original architectural features such as the wonderful beamed ceilings and wide wooden floors. A mix of styles throughout the house evoke a European country feel. Collections of antiquities feature throughout the farmhouse such as the Catholic statuary on the chest of drawers and the collection of blue and white porcelain, inspired by the 18th century French screen that hangs on the adjacent wall. Throughout the home there is a perfect balance of furnishing and decorative pieces reflecting Paolo's true international style.

Above: In the kitchen, traditional styled joinery with an inset modern oven blend seamlessly into their surroundings. The bread boards blend wonderfully with the ancient beams above
Above: An Eighteenth Century French screen inspires the display of blue and white porcelain
Above and below: A collection of Catholic statuary

Above: The renovated barn - The large cabinet, 'Hollywick Vitrine' is from Nicholas Haslam
Above: The renovated barn/guest house features period architecture with modern lighting and a mix of furnishing

Photography - Simon Brown
Images via Paolo Moschino

I have have viewed these images over and over, I find this home absolutely charming and it makes me want to add more collections to my own home. The wall sconces seen in the dining room are a great way to show off objet's d'arte especially in a hallway where there may be limited space for furniture. I just love everything about this home, including the barn which I could live happily in for the rest of my life, (dogs included).

Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam have a wide collection of furniture, lighting, fabrics and accessories available in their London stores which can also be viewed on-line. If you are an interior designer with a special client or looking for something unique, I encourage you to visit their website.

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  1. Hi Lee, i was really quite captured by this home, and i think what i noticed the most was the use of plants. Also the use of plants and lamps together in vignettes. I especially loved the first picture and am going to try that on a piece I have here.


  2. Oh, I am so thrilled that you have been insipired, it truly is a special home. I actually didn't personally notice all the plants, looking back I see them now. Vases of flowers, terracotta pots with plants and even an old bucket. Some look like outdoor plants, I think I spot a Foxglove in the living room so maybe they move them in and out.

    The first picture would be a lovely entrance to your home, you could find an old tapestry or even a small antique Persian rug to hang on the wall. You may get similar lamps at the French Country seconds place in Grey Lynn. The teracotta bust is Madame du Barry, any bust or large ornate piece could work. Love to see your finished vignette :)

  3. Oh, I love absolutely everything about this house!


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