January 13th, 2015
Lucy, Clea and Richard Turvill have been here now, in the house they built, for about 5 years. While they lived in London their countrified alter-egos had been well disguised. I thought they were truly metropolitan, but now I realise that they were sheep in wolves clothing, they are completely embedded here.
A corner of the Sitting Room. Print by David Hockney, cushion by Rose de Borman.
Bavent House sits on a derelict farmyard plot by the Suffolk coast, and its footprint is minimal. This is the facade that you see on first arrival, its interesting, jumbled silhouette is intentionally picturesque. Its architect is Anthony Hudson, who won an RIBA award for this design.
Its robust, box-like structure has an engineered timber frame and black zinc and Iroko timber cladding that has already weathered grey. Its design was inspired by local vernacular buildings, timber framed barns and the old black tarred fishing shacks on Southwold Beach.
The core of this house wraps around three sides of a shallow, sheltered south-facing courtyard. Light travels straight through the central living space with its huge opposing windows.
The house sits on the top of a slight rise; carefully positioned picture windows of different sizes frame the views. This is the north side, with long sights across open country towards the Hen Reedbeds. The old brick built stables that house their horses belonged to the earlier farmyard here.
Corner of the Sitting Room.
Xmas jigsaw in progress.
The more formal seating area around the fireplace, the Cornish landscape is by Barbara Hepworth’s daughter, Rachel Nicholson.
The maximum of glazing in the centre of this house allows the light and wide landscape to come inside. The sofas were commissioned by Lucy’s interior designer sister Virginia White, whose London House was featured on bibleofbritishtaste here. She also advised on the look and styling of these rooms.
White-ish walls and wide Douglas Fir floorboards emphasise interior geometry. Brown furniture from their last home, a Georgian terraced house in north London, looks even better here.
Decoy ducks under the window. The Georgian armchair is covered in a turquoise Ananas fabric pattern from Raoul.
Outside, live and shattered oaks in the middle ground, a December landscape by Graham Sutherland.
Looking through the centre of the house from the kitchen. Richard getting on with stuff.
Meissen serving dishes and Moomintroll cups, just before Sunday breakfast.
A corner of the small sitting room, equipped with wood burning stove, Labradors and TV.
Stone flagged Entrance Hall.
Staircase risers and two chairs designed by Lord Snowdon for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle in 1969. For another example, see here.
The Master Bedroom has long views over the reed beds. The blind and bolster fabric is Virginia White’s Forest Spring, designed by Rose de Borman.
Lucy very patiently and kindly waiting for me to get on with it.
Wood panelled bathroom leading off Master bedroom. The portrait of Lucy is by her sister Philippa Kunisch, a jewellery designer who features on bibleofbritishtaste here.
One of two guest bedrooms, this one has the best view of the marshes. the cushions on the bed are in Virginia White’s 2014 Whippets fabric.
Camp chair with more de Borman cushions. Table lamps converted from Scandinavian glass vases.
Corner of the best guest bedroom, with a very handsome wing chair. Lucy has a good eye for Georgian carcass furniture, spindly chairs and looking glasses.
The second guest bedroom, with junk shop Uccello lampshade bought by Virginia from Paul’s Emporium in northern Camden Town.
Clea’s bedroom and her bathroom papered with Marthe Armitage’s Chinoserie paper (one of my three favourites). Marthe was the first artist maker to be featured in the bibleofbritishtaste, you can read about her here.
The house’s core is double height, with an office in the angle of the bridge running between its upstairs guest and household wings. The interior spaces here feel large and exhilarating to be in.
Looking down from the bridge. Advent calendars in the course of manufacture, cat n’ dog.
Spotty cat cleaning its paw in the entrance hall..
Wind, birds and meadow grazing for their sheep and horses to the north.
Lucy and Birdie.
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