Animal magic in Hove

A party-loving artist draws upon fantasy and African wildlife in her exuberant home on the south coast

Walking into artist and designer Sarah Arnett’s home, you could be forgiven for thinking you had entered an exotic wonderland. Sarah, who lives here with partner Matthew, is influenced by a cornucopia of references, from the iconic boutique Biba to the flora and fauna of Zimbabwe where she spent much of her childhood. Her artwork and illustrations can be seen on fine art prints, homewares, wallpapers and textiles, as well as on custom murals in hotels and private homes.

Although Sarah bought the spacious garden flat in Hove 25 years ago, when it felt “so far away from Brighton and really grown up”, the main transformation has taken place over the past 18 months. When her son Samson, now at university, was younger, he had free rein to paint on the walls, but now most of those walls have been removed to create a luxurious, fantasy home, perfect for entertaining.

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