One of our favorite remodeling projects of the last few years is London art director Sandy Suffield’s Engine House: see A Romantic Rescue in the English Countryside (Available for Getaways). When we toured it back in 2019, Sandy mentioned that her mother and sisters are shopkeepers with their own inventive quarters.
At the start of the pandemic, when London was going into lockdown, Sandy went to stay with her elder sister, Victoria, and family in Winchester. And for a period there was unexpected time for cooking together, gardening, evening walks in water meadows—and photo sessions. Sandy, with some help from her niece Mercy, captured these images of Victoria and her husband Phil Webb’s much-loved 1930’s brick house known at Barton Edge, and shared them with us. Victoria, like her mother and sisters, has an eye for display and for objects that gladden the heart: “junk shopping is my retail therapy.” Cue the Masterpiece Theatre music and join us for a look around.
Photography by Sandy Suffield, unless noted.
As mentioned, retail runs in the family—for 52 years Victoria’s mother, Wendy, ran the original Hambledon Gallery, a lifestyle shop in Dorset that sells “everything but fruit and veg,” now managed by the youngest Suffield sister.
The modernist Swedish lamp is by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, “a great eBay spot by Sandy.”
The vintage Cherner chair was a 40th birthday present from Phil to Victoria.
Here are three more projects artfully furnished with a mix of modern classics and vintage finds: