A Beautiful Home | The Brighton Town House

We went down to Brighton on the weekend to visit a university friend of mine, Caroline, and her lovely family.

It’s always a nice change for us to visit the coast. Living in the middle of the country we couldn’t possibly be any further away, so it’s always a real treat to breathe in a bit of sea air and soak up the sights and sounds of a seaside town.

Plus it was lovely to hang out with our friends and their littles — and to see the beautiful home that they’ve created for themselves.

Their house has seen a lot over the decades but no more so that the last couple of years since they bought it and totally transformed it into the stunner that it is today.

The previous owner had lived there for 50 years or more and there had never been any major changes made, since it was first built.

That all changed when Caroline and Toby took ownership; the house has been totally brought into the 21st century and is such a beautiful example of contemporary living, in a period property.

Poky dark rooms have been knocked into huge, bright spaces and the higgledy-piggledy layout has been totally reworked — and extended — to suit the needs of a large, growing family.

You know me, I’m never happier than when I’m mooning over beautiful home interiors, so spending the weekend in such lovely surroundings (with some of my favourite people) was my idea of heaven.

Caroline has generously let me share their lovely home, here on my blog. Have a look — I promise, a little bit of house envy is natural ;)

Downstairs Style

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Love sign | A Brighton Town House

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Relaxed Living | A Brighton Town House

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An eclectic mix | A Brighton Town House

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Lovely finds | A Brighton Town House

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Pretty accessories | A Brighton Town House

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An oriental influence | A Brighton Town House

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Quirky nick-nacks | A Brighton Town House

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Beautiful patterns and prints | A Brighton Town House

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Family rules | A Brighton Town House

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The Beautiful Home | A Brighton Town House

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Gorgeous light | A Brighton Town House

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The hallway | A Brighton Town House

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Lovely touches in the hallway | A Brighton Town House

There is such a lovely eclectic combination of old and new.

Our own home has quite a similar mix and weirdly we’ve also got a bit of an oriental influence too, with our huge Chinese cabinet. It is synonymous with home  for me — maybe that’s why I felt so at ease ;)

The beautiful home furnishings didn’t just stop downstairs though. Caroline’s carefully planned design touches carry on throughout the house; my very favourite room was the bathroom on the first floor.

An absolutely HUGE space with my dream bath — I wrote a bathroom makeover wish-list a couple of months ago and featured something almost identical!

Upstairs Style

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My favourite room in the house | A Brighton Town House

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A splash of pink | A Brighton Town House

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Freestanding bath | A Brighton Town House


Wall decal in the bathroom | A Brighton Town House

It was so lovely to hang out at the seaside for a couple of days with our friends — especially as we hadn’t all seen each other for quite a few years. It was the first time they’d all met the twins and as they had also had a new baby, since we last met, it was a happy and joyful reunion.

Plus being able to bring this bright and beautiful home to my blog is an added bonus!

Thanks so much to Caroline and Toby for sharing your lovely home on The Twinkle Diaries. Can’t wait til the next time we see you xx

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 9th June 2015 / 12:53 pm

    What a fabulous and beautiful home! I love their style and how homely, yet very lived in. Stunning – and gorgeous photographs too. That bathroom!!!!!!! *swoons over the decor* xx

    • 9th June 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Gorgeous isn’t it? I was in house heaven!! Poor Caroline thought I was joking when I said I wanted to do a feature on her home!! I’ve been telling my friends to watch out — I’m going to be featuring them all !! ;) xxx

  2. 9th June 2015 / 2:25 pm

    I love the hallway, what a cool dresser and the bathroom is beautiful. Total house envy!! X

    • 9th June 2015 / 3:20 pm

      Honestly — the hallway is as big as our whole dining room!! :) It’s absolutely beautiful. Our cottage is so little and wonky in comparison!! Loved it :)

  3. Krista
    9th June 2015 / 9:47 pm

    This home is gorgeous and I love the bathroom! I always love when someone can take an older home and bring it up to date :)

    • 10th June 2015 / 4:17 pm

      I totally agree Krista — modern living in a period property is my favourite kind of home style :)

  4. 10th June 2015 / 6:10 am

    That hall is stunning! Is this the friend with the baby you were looking for nursery ideas for? If it is I’m sure your plans will go really well with their current style.

    • 10th June 2015 / 4:57 pm

      Beautiful isn’t it — such a lovely welcome when you open the front door! And — no — that’s another friend! I think I’m going to be asking her if I can take pics of her house too!!! ;)

  5. 10th June 2015 / 7:25 am

    Such a beautiful house! What a dream to have that much space. I love the Chinese cabinet, beautiful xx

    • 10th June 2015 / 5:03 pm

      Aaah Lisa — I dream of having a hallway like that!!! We don’t have a hallway in our cottage so that’s on my wish list ;)

  6. 10th June 2015 / 7:55 am

    That bathroom is gorgeous! The whole house looks lovely but that is my idea of a perfect bathroom. Xxx

    • 10th June 2015 / 5:21 pm

      Mine too Catherine :) If that was in my house you’d never see me!!! ;) I’d always be in the bath!

  7. 10th June 2015 / 9:25 am

    Absolutely stunning. I love the parquet flooring too. This is what my dream home looks like. I love free standing baths too. The drawer in the hall is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your friends home and I’m so glad you had a fab time. I love Brighton. I miss that part of the country. Thanks for hosting a fabulous linky. #HomeETC :-) xxx

    • 10th June 2015 / 4:41 pm

      It’s a lovely space isn’t it Kat? Filled with lovely things too — we could fit our whole dining room in their hallway!! LOL! ;)

  8. 10th June 2015 / 9:34 am

    This is so lovely. The sideboards and chest of drawers are gorgeous – love the vintage look of them #HomeEtc

    • 10th June 2015 / 5:17 pm

      I love a mix of vintage and contemporary finds — such a lovely mix :)

  9. 10th June 2015 / 11:18 am

    Oh, what a stunning home! I would love to do something like this in my house x #HomeEtc

    • 10th June 2015 / 4:53 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it — they’ve done a lovely job x

  10. 10th June 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Those LOVE letters!! Absolutely gorgeous.
    My number one thing is have a little peak at other people’s homes, it’s so inspirational – so glad your friend let you share! x

    • 10th June 2015 / 4:49 pm

      I was so happy she agreed!! It’s lovely to be able to share such a beautiful home on my blog! :)

  11. 10th June 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Caro so beautiful, what great style your friend has and beautiful photos x

    • 11th June 2015 / 9:29 pm

      She’s a stylish girl, that’s for sure!! Bless her for letting me take pics of her house too! I think she thought I was joking at first! :)

  12. 11th June 2015 / 8:39 am

    Wow is all I can say! I too absolutely love the bathroom and what a fabulous quote. Thanks for hosting and sharing your friends gorgeous house xx

    • 11th June 2015 / 9:31 pm

      Beautiful isn’t it Beth! The bathroom was a real show-stopper — such a beautiful and big room. I had major bath envy!! x

  13. 11th June 2015 / 2:41 pm

    It looks beautiful, I love having a nosy around people’s homes and this one is stunning, so different and eclectic. xx

    • 11th June 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Aaah it really is gorgeous. Their last home was too, but this is in another league entirely. The hallway alone was enough to have been reaching for my camera!! ;) Good job she knows me so well!!! x

  14. 11th June 2015 / 5:21 pm

    What a lovely house, suits Brighton very much, all the art and stuff in that area! I really love the LOVE sign. #HomeEtc
    Sabrina xx

    • 11th June 2015 / 9:41 pm

      It’s a beauty isn’t it?! I’d have loved to have seen it before they started the work though — to get a comparison of what it used to look like! x

  15. 12th June 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Beautiful! I think the drawers in the hallway are my favourite part it’s absolutely stunning! I have real house envy right now,

    Stevie xx #HomeEtc

    • 13th June 2015 / 1:27 pm

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it? I have some similar furniture but our little cottage is tiny in comparison!

  16. Ashley
    13th June 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Wow, there are such amazing pieces in your friends home! Would love to see more. Love all the wall signs. Definitely my favourite reads are house inspiration ideas like this! #HomeEtc

    • 13th June 2015 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks so much Ashley — my fave reads are always the home posts too. I absolutely LOVE them. Hopefully, I’ll be persuading quite a few more friends to let me share their houses over the coming months ;) x

  17. 13th June 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Wow I love it, the bathroom is amazing, I would love a freestanding bath. x

    • 13th June 2015 / 9:32 pm

      Beautiful isn’t it Caroline? I have a freestanding bath in my ensuite but it’s an old roll top… it’s not nearly half as impressive as that beauty! :)

  18. Antonia Ludden
    15th June 2015 / 10:06 am

    Lovely characterful home! It must be great to live near the sea *sigh* :) xx

    • 15th June 2015 / 7:39 pm

      Beautiful eh? Particularly as the sea is literally a couple of minutes walk away. One day maybe? I need a lottery win!

  19. 16th June 2015 / 12:06 am

    Oh I love the LOVE! And how do you get the keys out of that little pear? haha. What an awesome house! One day when I get a big house I am going to fill it with lovely things… One day… sigh. #HomeEtc

    • 16th June 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Aaah I feel like that too! I’ve got some lovely things but we live in a very little house in comparison to my friends big mansion! Maybe when I grow up?! ;)

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