Heart of the Country

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February 26, 2009

Driving through the leafy country lanes on the outer edges of London’s commuter belt, it’s hard to imagine the city is just an hour away by train. But the Sussex fields around the village of Peasmarsh set the scene for John Carver and Anna Carloss’s modern renovation of a mid-century bungalow, bringing the city—–or at least its design sensibility—–that much closer.

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  The living room's floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light in and offer a clear view of the woods to the rear of the property. Carver is a fan of taxidermy and his stuffed vixen has attracted a number of real-life suitors. The fox (behind the Eames Lounge chair) was previously the mascot of Carver and Carloss's creative agency, Cunning.  Photo by: Nigel Shafran
    The living room's floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light in and offer a clear view of the woods to the rear of the property. Carver is a fan of taxidermy and his stuffed vixen has attracted a number of real-life suitors. The fox (behind the Eames Lounge chair) was previously the mascot of Carver and Carloss's creative agency, Cunning.

    Photo by: Nigel Shafran

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  The bedroom is minimally furnished with a Skipper bed from Habitat, and occasionally, a pile of unironed laundry.  Photo by: Nigel Shafran
    The bedroom is minimally furnished with a Skipper bed from Habitat, and occasionally, a pile of unironed laundry.

    Photo by: Nigel Shafran

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  The architects kept the low-beamed ceiling, retaining the house's English countryside charm. The kitchen features custom cabinetry designed by artist Neil Jolliffe. The couple purchased their Banksy prints from the artist's London gallery, Tom Tom.  Photo by: Nigel Shafran
    The architects kept the low-beamed ceiling, retaining the house's English countryside charm. The kitchen features custom cabinetry designed by artist Neil Jolliffe. The couple purchased their Banksy prints from the artist's London gallery, Tom Tom.

    Photo by: Nigel Shafran

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  Carver and Carloss's choice of kitchen design by artist friend Neil Jolliffe reflects the couple's eclecticism and playfulness. The kitchen cabinetry draws from the soft pastel shades often seen in English coastal towns. The lighting fixtures are Giant Pendants from Original BTC.  Photo by: Nigel Shafran
    Carver and Carloss's choice of kitchen design by artist friend Neil Jolliffe reflects the couple's eclecticism and playfulness. The kitchen cabinetry draws from the soft pastel shades often seen in English coastal towns. The lighting fixtures are Giant Pendants from Original BTC.

    Photo by: Nigel Shafran

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  The dining area opens to the expansive grounds, and is furnished with Eames fiberglass shell chairs.  Photo by: Nigel Shafran
    The dining area opens to the expansive grounds, and is furnished with Eames fiberglass shell chairs.

    Photo by: Nigel Shafran

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  An expansive skylight gives a feeling of spaciousness to the kitchen/dining area.  Photo by: Nigel Shafran
    An expansive skylight gives a feeling of spaciousness to the kitchen/dining area.

    Photo by: Nigel Shafran

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  All of the outside play means that the interior flooring must be durable. Carver and Carloss chose polished concrete, which can be easily swept and swabbed.  Photo by: Nigel Shafran
    All of the outside play means that the interior flooring must be durable. Carver and Carloss chose polished concrete, which can be easily swept and swabbed.

    Photo by: Nigel Shafran

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