Ambrice Miller and Her Husband Ben Buy a Georgian House in Suffolk

Ambrice Miller began as a high-flying banker before relocating to England where she has established an acclaimed art and antiques dealer under her own name. Ambrice and Ben wanted a home where Ambrice could indulge her passion for collecting while Ben could flex his DIY abilities; when they found this quaint 1700’s Georgian house in Suffolk they knew they had found the ideal spot.

Ambrice draws inspiration from history when selecting furniture and decor items for her home. She enjoys mixing old with new and adding elements of culture from both sides of her heritage: African-American for her and English/Welsh for him, making their home feel like an elegant celebration of traditional design.

At first sight, they were instantly charmed by its charming qualities; however, on paper Chap didn’t look great. It had been used as a series of rooms to rent out and was in disrepair; its garden, in particular, had become unusable due to tarmac and old stones covering every inch. Due to these factors they decided to build an extension for their kitchen as well as transform part of the ground floor into a studio, as explained by Ambrice.

This gave them plenty of room to expand their collection of antiquities while revitalizing elements of their property. They replaced mezzanine flooring with slate tiles from Westminster Stone, and created a table from an old carpenter’s workbench Ambrice had found on eBay. “We wanted something with character while being practical as we use this space often”, Ambrice says, explaining that her goal was’something overhanging for seating but low enough so as not to be uncomfortable”.

Since moving in, Ambrice and her partner have made considerable changes to the property, most notably renovating the barn into a bedroom and studio for her to create her signature steel-framed chairs. Furthermore, they plan on using wood from original buildings to build seating areas in their secret garden that Ambrice can use to display flower arrangements as well as sell some of her art work.

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