Antonia's Notebook: Bedroom at Sea

PUBLISHED: 10:47 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 17:55 20 February 2013

Antonia’s Notebook: Bedroom at Sea

Antonia’s Notebook: Bedroom at Sea

All the latest interiors news and trends from Sussex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards. Check out Antonia's design blog

Beach at bedtime

My 6-year-old son loves the seaside so Im looking for nautical style furnishings for his bedroom. What would you suggest?

Susie Watsondesigns do a charming nautical range for childrens rooms. This includes embroidered appliqud fabrics (126 and 127) which have a bird and boat design in stripy duck egg or true blue. Matching bunting, quilts and bed linen are also available as well as a lovely cotton wall hanging called The Beach which would instantly brighten up any kids bedroom. Susie Watson fabrics are available at Jenny Hook Curtains (Hellingly 01323 846439).

Jenny also recommends Sailboats fabric by Emily Burningham which comes in four colourways and Clarke and Clarkes Beach Huts fabric.

Another great place to look online is Nautical Living. Products for kids bedrooms include a boat bookcase and a boat funnel stool which comes in red or blue and has space inside to store toys. There are also some lovely decorative anchors which can be personalised with any name. For more info go to or contact 0845 6031966.

Light up within the law

I'd really love to have a real wood burning fire but I live in a Smoke Control Area, who should I go to for advice on suitable products?

The Clean Air Acts were first set up to reduce smog and air pollution from the burning of coal by industry and domestic heating in the 1950s and 1960s. It meant local authorities could declare Smoke Control Areas.

Stovax multifuel stoves can be installed in a Smoke Control Area providing you only burn authorised smokeless fuels (available at W & H Supplies, Arundel 01903 885566). A list of these fuels can be found at

Logs may only be burnt on selected clean burning stoves or cassette fires that have been granted exemption by DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs). See

The Cove 1 and 2 wood burning and multifuel stoves by Charnwood (below) is also available as a separate DEFRA exempt smoke reduction model (available at The Stove Shop Chichester 01243 790084).

Hot and handsome

Weve moved into a period property and would like to find a traditional style cast iron radiator. Where can I find a good reproduction?

Radiator styles shouldnt be an afterthought when planning the interior design for a room. A traditional style radiator can make a striking feature and really enhance the authentic feel of a period home.

The Radiator Company do two styles of interest. The Bianco is a cast iron model described as a school house design and would be perfectly suited to Victorian or older properties. The Vecchia pictured below is an ornate and beautifully designed cast iron radiator available in three sizes, a good option where a modern alternative wouldnt be in keeping.

Another range worth looking at would be Bisques Classic floor standing radiators. These draw inspiration from a traditional style but as they come in an array of interesting colours, would add a subtle modern twist.

The Radiator Company and Bisque are both available at Leaneys of Lancing 01903 752475.

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