The breakfast room can be reached from the kitchen through the glass doors with bronze panelling, something envisioned by the interior designers Marcus Crane and Francesca Rowan Plowden. The panes were made to match those of the Georgian sash windows, a modernisation that pays homage to original features. A large, spacious modern room, there is a wooden oval table custom made by the project’s building company BW May in accordance with the plans delineated by Marcus and Francesca. This table provides seating for 16, perfect for a relaxed and informal breakfast.
Alongside the oval table, at the foot of the full length windows are several colourful leather armchairs, cushions and a wooden coffee table, the former two in vibrant reds with dashes of other vivid tones. This room is furnished in natural wooden, neutral and light colours, the hints of colour in the furniture and patterned blinds conveying a bright modernity that bursts with originality. The original fireplace feature has been revitalised with a bespoke stone surround based on one of the fireplaces in the cellar, onto which the FitzWalter family coat of arms has been engraved. In the fireplace, there is a wood burner for use of the house’s inhabitants. Original pieces of furniture are utilised in the wooden chest of drawers upon which rests a television and in the beautifully ornate antique grandfather clock.
The framed leaf and plant pressings creating a collection of herbarium decorations are all family originals, a hidden treasure discovered in the attic during the house’s most recent renovation. These are complimented by the colourful artwork of Luke Hannam which finds its place over the fireplace, an eclectic piece from McCully & Crane Art in Rye. A light, modern space, the breakfast room truly captures a sense of novelty whilst retaining and embracing elements of the past.
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