At Home with

SARAH
CORBETT-WINDER

Words by LUCY SIDDALL

A grand yet playful and eye-catching home where classic and
comforting hues are a red thread connecting the entire house.

The palette of the house is rooted in earthy, neutral tones but splashes of unexpected colour feature throughout. The paint colour 'Dead Salmon' by Farrow & Ball lifts the hallway and balances the darker shade on the bottom of the wall.

Two words one could use to describe Sarah Corbett-Winder are fun and unexpected, and the same applies to her home. Alongside her husband Ned, the duo, whose creative skills perfectly complement one another, have created a unique and intriguing home that is a wonderfully marvellous blend of traditional and quirky. Initially, the three-storey semi-detached house seems bold and maximalist, but upon closer inspection, the details, finishes, and corners allude to a more timeless and refined aesthetic. Colour is integral to the interior decor, yet its use is sophisticated, seamlessly linking one space to the next via a considered tonal palette rooted in earthy, umber hues. From the dusty pink kitchen floor and neutral plaster walls to the rich brown hallway and Ralph Lauren red stripe main bathroom, the effect is an elegant house, artistic and, according to Corbett-Winder, “grown-up”.

Lucy Siddall: What does the word ‘home’ mean to you?

Sarah Corbett-Winder: When my husband and I bought our house, we wanted to create a space that felt like a break from the outside world. A place where you could leave everything at the door, somewhere to feel safe and happy and that’s what it is. Home is my place. It’s my world, where all my memories are collated and saved. It also makes me think of family because we’ve created our home together. It makes me feel cosy and is where I always want to be.

LS: Tell me the story of your home.

SCW: I was pregnant with our second child when we realised we needed more space and started looking for something new. However, it took about a year to find because we wanted the downstairs to be on one floor and for it to go out into a garden so we could be together rather than one in one room and the other in the kitchen, for example. When we found this place, we were thrilled. We knew we’d have to redo everything as it was an absolute state, but that’s what we wanted. The planning took quite a long time, so the build was only six months in the end, as we’d managed to prepare a lot beforehand. My main aim was to make sure we renovated a house that we would use in its entirety. I didn’t want to save any area for “best”, so we changed quite a lot to make that happen.

BOLD AND PLAYFUL

Sarah Corbett-Winder's home is a meaningful and eclectic take on the traditional and grand.

The eclectic yet traditional lounge features Corbett-Winder's collection of ceramic Staffordshire Dogs and the creative use of a tray. "I love a tray, whether used in a hallway for keys or on a coffee table with trinkets."

LS: What structural changes did you make?

SCW: We changed almost everything! We pushed the kitchen out by 3 metres on the ground floor and added a steel support. We redesigned and decorated the sitting room, adding cornices. The top floor originally had multiple bedrooms and a bathroom, but we wanted to have our own space that was separate and away from the children, so we reconfigured the layout, making a big open-plan bedroom and bathroom and, of course, dressing room for my excessive amount of clothes. We needed to have somewhere we could go without them charging up and down. On the floor below our room, I have my Kipper office/ my summer wardrobe! I’ve just recently put some wardrobes down the middle. Plus, the children have a bit of a playroom, so it is multipurpose and split down the middle. Then their rooms and bathroom are also on the second floor, and downstairs are the open-plan dining room and sitting room.

LS: What feeling did you hope to evoke when designing your home?

SCW: Our last home in Shepherds Bush dated quickly, so I wanted a slightly more traditional feel, something we wouldn't get bored of. We wanted to create something we’d love forever without having to repaint it all the time. Simultaneously, we also wanted to make it a bit different.

LS: How did you approach colour and print in the renovations?

SCW: As we’d gone off our previous decor so quickly, we approached this home with longevity in mind. We didn’t want to grow tired of the house or get fed up with seeing similar styles everywhere, so I asked myself, “Will I get bored of this? Will I still love this in ten years?” We decided on quite earthy tones as the core palette and layered elements of fun and unexpectedness, but it all comes from the same family and tonally sits together. I’m not a massive print person regarding interiors, but we did use a lot of stripes. My daughter has some floral in her room, but generally, I love a stripe. They are playful yet classic, and you never tire of them. Using stripes in multiple areas (the kitchen bench has a striped cushion, the main bathroom, and recently, we added an orange stripe to our bedroom) creates a sense of continuity and unity between the rooms. The children’s bathroom has a red stripe palette. It’s striped red, with red striped plates, pictures, and blinds. However, my son's room is mainly green with a mustard stripe. Stripes are a commonality in our home!

'Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc' by Slim Aarons adorns the wall in the study, adding a sense of glamorous nostalgia to the space. Blue checked rug (similar here) and Wishbone Armchair by Hans Wegner. Walls Mortlake Yellow by Little Greene.

Each room in the house is themed. The main house bathroom, adorned in vibrant red stripes, marries a classic and playful aesthetic. Ceramic Stool by Oka, Splatterplate by Nicola Fasano (similar here), Striped Blind by Ian Mankin, Wallpaper by Ralph Lauren and Radio by Roberts.

Stripes, a timeless and versatile choice, feature heavily in Corbett-Winder's home. "I love a stripe. They are playful yet classic, and you never tire of them."

LS: What inspired your traditional yet fun and playful interior choices?

SCW: Intuition mainly, but also, we wanted our home to be unique to us. The base is primarily brown and earthy shades, but we added splashes of unexpected colour throughout, whether in the art or the upholstery. Our hallway is brown, but soft pink runs alongside it, and I have filled the walls with lots of colourful pictures. Creating contrast is crucial and contributes to our style. Once we decided on the foundational colours, we layered each room with its own theme and tonally linked everything to the overall scheme. It makes it easier to decorate this way. We also tried to make unexpected decisions and think outside of the box. The floor in the kitchen is pale dusty concrete because we’d seen so much polished concrete already that we knew we’d get bored of it quickly. Also, the Crittal doors are in a deep Bordeaux rather than black in the kitchen.

LS: It sounds like you both actively participated in the renovations.

SCW: We worked very well together, which was quite fun. I focused more on colour and fabrics, and Ned was responsible for structural decisions. He’s very good at planning a space. We made each other think and questioned each other, which worked well. This was a good part of the process as it led to better decisions. It was a big, expensive and personal project, and we knew we needed to live in it, so it needed to be suitable for both of us.

LS: What is your favourite part of the house and why?

SCW: It has to be our dressing room. It has so much space, and I love getting ready there. I’d like to say we have half each, but I’ve probably got two-thirds. We both have our areas in there, though, and it feels lovely.

Intuitive Choices

"We tried to make unexpected decisions and think outside of the box."

Corbett-Winder's daughter's pretty and floral bedroom features one of the few prints in the house. Curtains are 'Dahlia' by Sarah Vanrenen at The Fabric Collective and Wallpaper by Farrow & Ball.

Little Greene's 'Mortlake Yellow' adds a bright warmth to the ground floor.

LS: What are your most cherished pieces in your homes?

SCW: Our kitchen table has to be one of my favourites. It’s where the kids do their homework, and we have long family breakfasts, lunches, and dinner parties. It feels very communal, and I have many happy memories around that table. It’s also sentimental, as the wood came from near my husband’s childhood home, so it feels special. Besides the table, we have a William Yeoward bench that we got as a wedding present from my uncle, and it’s just the loveliest thing. It’s such a happy and pleasing piece. Lastly, we have a big, pink, high-back chair that my husband designed, and I love it. Sitting in it feels homely and safe.

LS: Where did you shop for/ collect/ find your favourite pieces?

SCW: I’m constantly on the lookout for things for the house. My attitude is if you like it, you’ll find space for it. I love collecting things, and if we go anywhere, I always try to bring something back, a memory, whether a rock from the beach or a little painting from an antique shop. I also collect Staffordshire Dogs and ceramic fruit, so I try to bring one home from wherever I go. Mementoes like these make a house a home, and you can’t fake it. It’s real, and you can feel it in a space. I also love Vinterior. Lastly, I have to say that I love getting something made bespoke. It’s often not too expensive, and then you get a unique and completely tailored to you piece.

LS: What’s the last thing you bought for your home?

SCW: The last thing I added to the house was a gift from my husband: a Hugo Guinness piece, a picture of some thick, dark-framed glasses that I love.

The sprawling open-plan kitchen leads straight into the garden through distinctive, deep red Crittall doors.

Decadent finishes and touches in Corbett-Winder's hallway. "Bobbin details are a forever, timeless classic and always look good whether on a chair, a mirror or a picture frame."

Each corner of this grand and beautiful home is a window into the Corbett-Winder family life, with mementoes and lovingly collected tokens filling the space.

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