Sharon Hornsby's Renovation project to create a Stunning Home @hornsbystyle
We have another sassy home owner's tour today on the blog. Its Sharon Hornsby @hornsby_style who you can find on Instagramhere.Sharon is co-founder of #sassyhomestyle which you can peruse for loads of home inspirations here,Stylish, funny and a firm interiors favourite, go and hear just how much renovation Sharon's home has taken to get it to the beauty it is today.
Go enjoy the tour!
Hi, I'm Sharon, married to Jim who’s a Pilot and we have 3 kids aged 17, 13 & 11. We live in Cuckfield in Sussex in what I was led to believe was a former coach house built in 1912, but have recently found out was actually built as a garage to house the Manor House owners Rolls Royce- That explains the huge window in the sitting room then- the chauffer and mechanic lived in the one room upstairs - My son obviously thinks this is very cool!
As well as working part time selling houses in the village estate agency, I run my own business carrying out, mostly e-styling interior design. I have a passion for photography and after doing some styling and photographs for a couple of interior websites I am hoping to expand this and the interior photography side and submit fabulous homes for print, this is making the children very happy as my camera is now pointed at interiors rather than at them. I am also currently in the process of bringing together my own print collection, although there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day at the moment.
I started out as a visual merchandiser and through chance six years later started working as Cabin Crew, becoming a Crew Trainer after a few years which I loved. After having my third child in 2006 we moved and started on our first home renovation, because let’s face it, 3 kids under six wasn’t enough work……. and here my passion for interiors which had been simmering away for years really began.
This is our third and largest project to date, we have turned the original 2 bed property into a 5-bed family home. As soon as I walked into the gloomy, dated house I had a vision of what it could become, although my husband was far from impressed with the thought of us living through yet another renovation, I won him round in the end. As it was such a huge renovation I decided to project manage the build full time, we extended the house adding a kitchen diner and ensuite bedroom downstairs and on the first floor added 2 further bedrooms and reconfigured the whole house layout, only the downstairs bathroom remains untouched.
We tackled the downstairs extension and reconfiguration first which meant all 5 of us sleeping in the one bedroom upstairs for 3 months and using a two-ring camping stove and a combi microwave for cooking for almost a year. The highlight of this time was waking up Christmas morning all together in one room, the low points are obviously too many to list!
When we had finished the building work and re floored the downstairs we all moved downstairs to sleep and the upstairs extensions started, the building work was finished in just under a year, the interiors are still ongoing 2 years on from that…..
When we bought the house, it was very dark and this was something I was very aware of; light really does change your mood. We have added skylights in 4 areas of the house and bifold doors across the back of the kitchen extension to let the light flood in.
When we built the kitchen extension I sourced local reclaimed bricks for the internal wall which was something I had always wanted. We replaced all the flooring in the house with limed oak boards downstairs, pale grey carpet in the bedrooms and painted all the walls in the living areas F&B Manor house grey. This has then progressed over time to some darker and lighter greys in some areas of the house and a deep blue in the sitting room. The family bathroom, our ensuite and hallway have all been tiled, it took me between a year and 2 to decide on them all! All the character was previously stripped out of the house and it felt very stark, we have added a wood burner and 2 feature fireplaces along with reclaimed oak beams and stripped some plaster to reveal brickwork.
I guess my style could be described as modern rustic I love industrial style and also love scandi style, though I wouldn’t want an all-white home! I guess I'd describe the house as a mix of Scandinavian, rustic, hygge with a bit of industrial chic thrown in for good measure! I use greys and blues on the walls, both dark and light and they are paired with warmth and texture from natural materials such as brick and wood, and of course, lots of plants. I love tactile fabrics and like lots of texture from natural materials, I love my cowboykate sheepskin collection and the cowhide in the kitchen.
I also like to buy things from small businesses here in the UK, Instagram has been a great source of small UK homeware businesses for me and they are my first port of call when buying things for the house now.
We still have lots to do in the house and the painting seems never ending at times but we’re getting there, of course once it’s done it’ll be time to start again!
The Girl with The Green Sofa