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Sukie founders' quirky vintage home

Darrell and Julia Gibbs, founders of design company Sukie, embrace vintage style at their cosy family home by the sea

Posted: 6 September 2011
by Helen McKay-Ferguson

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The passion for making things runs in the family. “Kitty sees us at work and wants to join in, too,” says Julia. “She’s very prolific and she wants me to sell the books she makes, or pass them on to the library so other children can borrow them. At the moment she’s got a thing for dinosaurs and is making a pop-up book.”

The large wooden table in the family kitchen, with its Tripp Trapp chairs by Stokke, provides the ideal workspace for Kitty’s industrious pursuits. “The twins like to copy her and will often come and join in,” says Julia. The kitchen retains its Thirties’ vibe, with modern kitchen units sitting alongside original white, pantry-style cupboards. A colourful print inspired by the Finnish folklore tale of The Nine Maidens by friend and artist Sanna Annukka adds a splash of colour. Over the sink is a quirky print of tumbling fives in different typefaces. Above the door is a disconnected bell-board and there’s a serving hatch through to the sitting room – ideal for keeping an eye on the children.

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