The reinvention of an English home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Located in the historic town of Arundel in West Sussex, we find this contemporary yet cosy home. Set in the picturesque surroundings of the downland village, was a run-down property from the 1970s that was in need of salvation. Undergoing a complete refurbishment, many of the original features of the home were retained, yet refurbished in such a way that the house is now in line with all the modern creature comforts we've come to enjoy. Encompassing a neutral colour palette and respect for nature, you can see how the internal and external spaces interact fluidly with one another. Completed by Gail Race Interiors, you will soon see a home that balances elements of tradition and 21st century style together. Take a look…

Old meets new

Updated 1970's residence: modern Houses by Gail Race Interiors
Gail Race Interiors

Updated 1970's residence

Gail Race Interiors

The extruded forms and mix of materials creates an interesting effect on the outside of the property; showing where old and new meet. You can see that the brown brick is representative of the 70s era, and that the horizontal panels are indicative of the 21st century. The new, contemporary exterior with its extruded forms and large windows is really something to marvel at…

The new exterior

Updated 1970's residence: modern Houses by Gail Race Interiors
Gail Race Interiors

Updated 1970's residence

Gail Race Interiors

In this picture, we have a close up view of the extension, and as you can see, it has a wonderful relationship with the garden. It doesn't matter how good or bad the weather is outside, the occupants can enjoy the feeling of being closer to nature from indoors.

The living room

Updated 1970's residence: modern Living room by Gail Race Interiors
Gail Race Interiors

Updated 1970's residence

Gail Race Interiors

The living room is a wonderful mix of contemporary and modern features; evidenced by the ultra sleek fireplace and classic furniture. Though there are many decades between these two elements, they work together to great effect. This living room is cosy and charming, and is definitely the place you'd want to retreat to after a busy day.

The dining area

Updated 1970's property: modern Kitchen by Gail Race Interiors
Gail Race Interiors

Updated 1970's property

Gail Race Interiors

The dining area has a Nordic feel about it, evidenced through the pale timber furniture, resolved layout and stark white walls. The gentle pops of colour provided by the immaculately laid out paintings shows off the personality of the occupants.

A view from the bathroom

Updated 1970's residence: modern Bathroom by Gail Race Interiors
Gail Race Interiors

Updated 1970's residence

Gail Race Interiors

From the bathroom, the picture window frames a stunning view of the luscious greenery that surrounds the property outside. The striking monochromatic combination of black tiles and white sink and walls adds drama to a space that is usually dominated by shades of cream and white. The only issue is you might get lost in thought as you stare out the window…

The deck

Updated 1970's property: modern Kitchen by Gail Race Interiors
Gail Race Interiors

Updated 1970's property

Gail Race Interiors

Before we say goodbye to this beautiful property is Sussex, we are treated to a view of the sunny timber deck area. Located next to the kitchen, the glass sliding doors open up enough to create a stunning juxtaposition between outdoor and indoor spaces. As you can see, the line between the two spaces has been blurred, giving the occupants a new-found way to enjoy the outdoors of their home.

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