I usually return to the piece my colleague Alexa wrote on New Zealand-born, London-based designer Cassandra Ellis. In it, Cassandra provides a poetic strategy to interiors and the areas by which we stay. Your house, she advised Alexa on the time, is “a visible and really private manifestation of who you might be… Your property must be your story teller—the weaver of the purple thread and a marker of you and yours.”
It’s a sentiment that’s all of the extra becoming now that so many people discover ourselves indoors, confined to areas which have change into very important havens (much more so than standard). Our personal areas are, principally, what we’ll see for the following whereas. And so it’s all of the extra becoming, too, that that is the week we’d deliberate to cowl Cassandra’s newest undertaking, her personal revitalized Seventeenth-century flint barn in East Sussex Downs.
The interiors are soothing and quiet, nonetheless with moments of brightness and cheerfulness. Once I emailed with Cassandra final week—she within the UK, me in New York Metropolis—she provided her characteristically considerate views on the undertaking, in addition to the right way to make no matter house you could end up in a spot of care and luxury.
“The East Sussex South Downs have at all times been our place of optimism,” Cassandra wrote to me. “The bodily magnificence is not like some other panorama, and it strikes you. The rolling hills are virtually human of their falls and curves, and typically I really feel like we’re driving or strolling by a sonnet. And it has the ocean—which, as a Kiwi, I would like. Creativity seeps into your way of life right here… And so we love the place and the lifestyle. I suppose we be happy.”
Right here’s a have a look at the brand new undertaking. Might you discover it—and Cassandra’s phrases—as calming as we do.
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Cassandra and her husband, Ed, liked the realm, then noticed the property. “Homes come up not often, and so we leapt,” she says. “For as soon as we purchased someplace that wasn’t close to derelict, filled with useless animals, and so on. It was ‘done-up,’ however the barn was very sad. Unhealthy colours, foolish loos and kitchens—and wall-to-wall greige carpet. It felt just like the ceilings have been urgent down on you. Curiously it felt extra miserable than the aforementioned near-derelict properties that we’ve purchased beforehand.