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EAST SUSSEX BARN

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avinga separatehometospendthesummerin
usuallyinvolvesa holidayletorowninga second
propertyabroad.ForsallyBourne,it means
travellingjusta fewstepsacrosshergardentothe

greenoakbarnadjacenttohermainhome.‘I movedtoeast


sussexfromLondonin2009,buyinganArts& Crafts-style


thirtieshousewiththisoldbarnontheone-acresite,’she says


(wefeaturedthishouseinournovember 2018 issue).


By2012,shehadalreadybeguntothinkaboutconvertingthe

barnintoa workspace.‘Ithadn’tpreviouslybeena dwelling–


I thinkit wasusedasstablesortostorehay,’sheexplains.‘the


supportingframeworkhaddeterioratedandtheonlyoptionwas


torebuildit.I commissioneda newframe,prettymuchreplacing


likewithlike.It wasaneco-build;alltheinsulationis woodpulp


andwallsarelimerenderedinsideandoakcladoutside. I was


determinedtousenatural,sustainablematerials.’


therebuildingtook 18 monthsandoncewideoakboards

werelaidontheflooranda deepverandaaddedalongtheside,


sallybegantoconsiderhowbesttoarrangethespacetosuither


workinglife.Atthatmoment,shedecidedagainstdividingthe


barnintodifferentrooms,insteadkeepingit asanopen-plan


space.shecalledina localjoinertobuildoakcabinetsfora


kitchenatoneendandsetuphersewingstationattheopposite


sideoftheroom.It suitedthepatternofherworkingdayvery


well.Asshebegantospendmoretimeinthebarnthan in the


mainhouse,sheevenbroughtina tableandsofas.


Duringthatfirstsummerspentworkinginthebarn,it began

tofeelmorelikea homethana workshop,andsallyrealised


it couldpossiblyfunctionasboth.shehadtheoutbuilding


attachedtothebarnconvertedtoprovidetwobedroomsand


a bathroom,andsuddenly,shehada secondplacetocallhome.


‘theopen-planarrangementinthebarnmademerealisehow


muchI loveundividedspaces,’shesays.‘theyinspirea


wonderfulsenseoffreedom.I cooka lotandfriendscome


round– thereasonI addedbarstoolsatthekitchenislandis so


theycantalktomewhileI cook.one-roomlivingis sociableand


thespaceandheightofthebarnwithitsmezzaninelevelabove


meansit neverfeelscrowded.’thebarnis particularlysuited


tothewarmermonths,sosallydecidedtolethermainhouse


outtoholidaymakersandguestsallthroughthesummerand


thencomebacktoit inwinter,whenitssmallerrooms provide


acosycontrasttothebarn’sloftyproportions.


Wellbeforethebarnwascompleted,sallyhadbeguncreating

itsgarden.‘I lovebeingabletogrowwhatI eat– kale,leeks,


spinachandsaladsaremystaples.I plannedthegardenasa


containedroomaroundthebarn,enclosedandprivate,anoasis


whereI cansitundisturbed.I enjoywildelementsmeetingformal


designina garden.Whenthegrassesareblowinginthebreeze,


revealingwildflowersinbetween,that’stheconnectionwith


nature that I love. It’s like being on holiday every day.’


At home with...

OwnerSallyBourneis a trained
potteranddesignstextilesfor
herinteriorsshopinLondon,
SallyBourneInteriors.Her
children,Elliott,25,and
Tilly,21,arestudents.
HouseAtwo-bedroom
Sussex barn, rebuilt in 2012.

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