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A Forest House in East Sussex

I was happy to see this beautiful home we shot for Decorate Workshop, which belongs to a friend of a friend of mine (how I found out about it in the first place), pop up as a location for hire today over at Light Locations. I loved working in this home. In fact, you can take your copy of Decorate Workshop and compare the photos we took with those on this page and then you can clearly see what a little before and after styling fun – you can see what I did to bring in a little Holly style to the mix.

Today on decor8

Today on decor8

Today on decor8

Today on decor8

Some homes require little styling, some way more, but this one kept me busy as it was very spare so I needed to really collect from other rooms and rearrange things, including furniture, in order to make it feel more lived in since it was only a summer house. Working in this home for a day was a dream come true, I wanted to move right in, I never connected to a home as much as I did this one. It was in the middle of nowhere – in a forest about an hour or two outside of London and we got SO lost getting there but once we arrived, I didn’t want to leave. In fact, I barely missed my flight home that night. I remember the two buckets of flowers we loaded into the car that I bought earlier that morning in Chiswick before we ventured out and how excited I was when I arrived on location – I hadn’t seen the home previously – only a few rooms and vignettes, so I wasn’t sure what was in store for me but wow, it was a pristine gem of a place. It made me so happy “playing house” for the day – and the best part was that the home owner wasn’t around so the photographer, Debi Treloar, and I could really relax and go at our own pace.

I love when homeowner’s are around to, don’t get me wrong, but I find it less tense when they’re not – I always worry about moving things and rearranging stuff in front of the person who lives there and they can easily get offended or worried you will drop something or they can also spend a lot of time explaining where this or that object came from and while those bits of history are wonderful, it takes so long to shoot a home like this one. This house was massive on two levels so it took some time to work through. Also, when the homeowner is there, you usually are asked to stop and break for lunch and Debi and I like to work straight through so we can get everything done and leave before the light is gone. We were shooting late winter, so we had to wrap up by 3:00 – and it takes about an hour to clean the house after, put everything back into place, back up the photos and pack the car, so you get a lot more shots when no one is home. This was such an enjoyable shoot… I remember the fresh country air, the singing birds and that feeling like this home would look extra gorgeous in my book and well, it did. Here is one shot from my book below – to see more, I guess you have to get the book (wink). :)

Today on decor8

To the lovely lady, Emma, who owns this home, thank you. I loved working there for the day and pretending it was my own!

(images: light locations)

Posted by decor8 in Books + Magazines on May 02, 2013

Your comments...

  1. Rustic White commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:42pm

    Some lovely styling Holly. I could take lots of inspiration from these rooms, a lovely rustic feel.

  2. decor8 commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:42pm

    @Rustic White – Thank you!

  3. Samantha Schofield commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:50pm

    Such a clean, fresh colour scheme Holly. Love the touch of old mustard in the bedroom scheme adds a modern feel. Inspired!
    Samantha Schofield´s last blog post ..#MondayMoods Crystal & Pearls

  4. Mnêmosunê commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 2:11pm

    Oh I wish I had a house like this one ! So beautiful !
    Mnêmosunê´s last blog post ..De toute beauté – Spring édition

  5. Mapi commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:12pm

    It’s a pretty home! Love the yellow lamps, a perfect touch to add a bit modern style in the bedroom. In love!!

  6. Mina Brinkey commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 4:08pm

    Beautiful space. So peaceful. Very inspirational to do some spring de-cluttering!
    Mina Brinkey´s last blog post ..DIY Thursday – Interior Styling – Part IV – A Bookshelf – 05.02.2013

  7. atelier decor commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 4:38pm

    Preciosa decoración! besos
    Atelier Decor team
    atelier decor´s last blog post ..eclectic decor ^^

  8. laura redburn // cardboardcities commented
    May 2nd, 2013 at 8:57pm

    fantastic photos. what a lovely looking home!
    laura redburn // cardboardcities´s last blog post ..lilac & flowers

  9. Catherine @ Vintage Home Ideas commented
    May 11th, 2013 at 11:37am

    An amazing home! The “tripod” lampshade in the bedroom looks very cool – I need to find one of those :)
    Catherine @ Vintage Home Ideas´s last blog post ..Vintage cake stands

  10. Tim Sondrup commented
    June 12th, 2013 at 5:21pm

    Any way to find out what that wall paint color is? My wife and I just purchased our first home and all the walls need to be painted. This color is perfect!

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