Softening the heavy industrial interior was a priority for the owners when they picked up the keys. “We really wanted an industrial space, and the previous owner did a fabulous job showing off the original fabric. But we felt it needed a respectful softening around the edges for some extra home comfort,” comments Mike.
Finding things to fill the space
“We started contemporising the space with some wonderful pieces from Rye Not Retro, a fantastic vintage shop that’s very handily a couple of doors down. We found nice garden furniture and the metal BAR letters in there, plus bits and pieces of crockery.”
The three bedrooms lead off the hall at various corners, and they’ve all been treated to plenty of salvage to enhance The Hat Factory’s industrial roots.<
Shall we go upstairs?
Miss T: “The entire upper floor is all the room we ever wanted.”
Immaculate exposed brickwork surrounds this uncompromising, broad space with delicious distressed floorboards. Look up, and you’ll see a vast, vaulted ceiling with warm timber beams.
Mike: “Maybe I’d have put a door from the main bedroom through to the ground floor terrace. Other than that, no, because life at The Hat Factory has been fantastic.”