The fashion stylist and consultant opens up about life in her Edwardian home with husband Ned, their three children, two house rabbits – and an ever-growing wardrobe
SARAH CORBETT-WINDER AT HOME WITH HER CHILDREN NANCY, LYON AND BABY CELESTE. IMAGE: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
Where do you live and why?
We live in north west London. We bought the house in 2019 as our family (and my wardrobe) grew, we needed more space. My husband, Ned, and I now have three children – Lyon (nearly four), Nancy (nearly three) and Celeste, who is four-months-old. We also have our house rabbits, Pip and Percy. We wanted a wide house with lateral living and this is where we found it. The minute we looked around it I knew and really hoped that this was our home. It had a very special feel to it, which is important to me. You can’t build or wallpaper that in.
How would you describe your home?
Eclectic. It’s very full! There are lots of objects and ‘stuff’ but it’s all organised and everything has it’s own home. It’s very classic but with a twist and it’s done in a way that we wont tire of in an earthy palette with lots of stripes. Some rooms are themed by colours or by an object, like our downstairs loo which is filled with mirrors. We spent a lot of time working out the layout and so it’s a very easy house to live in. We all love it. We wanted to create our own world that we could escape too, and I politely ask that you leave your baggage at the door!
What was the first thing you did to your home when you moved in?
We had friends for dinner and had a party.
THE RAW PLASTER WALLS OF SARAH’S KITCHEN DISPLAY THE COUPLE’S ART COLLECTION, INCLUDING PIECES BY NED’S MOTHER, THE ARTIST KATE CORBETT-WINDER. THE PIECE OF OAK USED TO MAKE THE DINING TABLE IS FROM THE AREA OF WALES WHERE NED GREW UP. THE PINK POLISHED CONCRETE FLOOR WAS INSPIRED BY HOLIDAYS IN MOROCCO. IMAGE: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
If the objects in your home could talk, which would have the best stories to tell?
Definitely our kitchen table, which is a lovely piece of oak form my husband’s parents house. It has seen many art classes, dinner parties, intimate suppers, newborn babies coming home, Lego constructions, house parties, dogs, my shopping bags, cups of tea, hours of work, rabbits, designing furniture, wonderful food, family, wine, jigsaws, lots of candles, fresh coffee, and friends. I am not sure what it hasn’t seen!
Which part of your home makes you happiest?
It has to be our dressing room, which required losing a bedroom, but gosh it was worth it. Clothes are my job, my passion, my everything, so to have a room filled with them really is the dream. Getting dressed often becomes the highlight of my day and I really love it when Nancy comes up wearing one of my bags and tries my shoes and jewellery on. Such special times.
What’s on your bedside table?
My bedside table is very much my own space. It has crystals (in tonal colours!) a variety of sleep oils, pillow sprays, books and my oversized glasses on. I have a picture which says ‘Always believe something magic is about to happen’ and there are always fresh flowers there too. In my top drawer I have a list of my goals for life and work, which I check in with daily. My bedside table is like my sanctuary, where I start and end my day.
THE FAMILY BATHROOM, DECORATED IN STRIPED WALLPAPER BY RALPH LAUREN. IMAGE: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
What was your childhood home like?
My parents have always lived in the same house since my sister and I were born, so we have always had the same home. The house is an old farmhouse in Wiltshire which is very much on its own. My mother is all about friends and family so the house was always filled with people. I always remember there being lots of dogs, the fires going, candles being lit, and it being very cosy. It was a very happy place, where I wanted to be.
Do you have a domestic guilty secret or pet hate?
Every six months I have to empty out every cupboard, drawer and shelf, go through it and cull it or organise it and put it back. This includes all of our wardrobes.
What are some of the most memorable things which have happened in your home?
We had Nancy’s christening here, and a big Christmas party last year – we love a party. And the ongoing memories of bringing up our children here.
What makes your house a home?
I think the memories that we are creating in our house is making it a home more and more each day. I used to go ‘argh’ when I saw a scratch or a chipped bit of paint but now I smile – we are making memories. We arrived here with one child and now we have three. I think we need a dog, my husband is yet to agree. Then it will really be a home!
(LEFT) A CLASSICALLY-INSPIRED DRESSED IN AUBERGINE PAINT MIRRORS ANOTHER OPPOSITE IN CREAM, AND HOUSES SARAH’S CROCKERY AND GLASSWARE COLLECTION. (RIGHT) CABINETRY BY PARLOUR FARM TOGETHER WITH ARTWORK AND RAW PLASTER WALLS CREATE A WARM AND WELCOMING KITCHEN. IMAGES: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
(LEFT) THE LIVING ROOM, WITH WALLS PAINED IN PAINT & PAPER LIBRARY’S ‘CADDIE’. (RIGHT) THE BESPOKE HIGH-BACKED PINK CHAIR AND BOTANICAL PRINTS CAME FROM THE COUPLE’S FORMER HOME. IMAGES: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
(LEFT) NANCY’S BEDROOM, FEATURING STRIPED WALLPAPER FROM FARROW & BALL AND CURTAINS IN ‘DAHLIA RED’ LINEN BY SARAH VANRENEN AT THE FABRIC COLLECTIVE. (RIGHT) THE PLAYROOM, FEATURING FERM LIVING’S ‘THICK LINES’ WALLPAPER. IMAGES: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
(LEFT) HOUSE RABBITS PIP AND PERCY. (RIGHT) THE STAIR GATE MADE FROM A B&Q WOODEN GATE PAINTED IN THE SAME BROWN AS THE WALL, WHICH SARAH AND NED INSTALLED TO KEEP THE RABBITS FROM GOING UPSTAIRS. IMAGES: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
(LEFT) THE CLOAKROOM FEATURES MORE OF SARAH’S BELOVED STRIPES, AS WELL AS HER COLLECTION OF MIRRORS. (RIGHT) HER ENSUITE BATHROOM WITH A BURLINGTON BATHTUB AND SLIM AARONS PRINT. IMAGES: SARAH CORBETT-WINDER
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