'It's a labour of love, but it's so worth it'

'It's a labour of love, but it's so worth it'


Posted 11th August

With a background in illustration and a beach hut crying out for a revamp, Emily Dupen used her vintage-tinged designs to spruce up her seaside space

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Emily Dupen, and this is my lovely 1940s beach hut that I share with my mum and brother. It’s on Hove Promenade and we bought it in 2006.

My problem beach hut

For a long time the beach hut had a plain blue door and we kept her white inside. She didn’t have much character and over the years we seemed to be filling her more and more with junk. The beach huts take a real beating from the weather, being on the seafront, especially in the winter, so every few summers I have to sand and/or strip her down and re-paint inside and out.

How I made it work

Last summer I decided the hut was in need of a complete revamp and came up with the idea to ‘Dupenny-fy’ her. My illustration/wallpaper business is called Dupenny and I thought the beach hut would be a fab way to showcase some of my designs.

My favourite part

I’m obsessed with the 1950s larder dresser. We bought it from eBay and spruced it up using yellow paint and my ‘50s Housewives’ wallpaper. It makes me smile every time I open the doors to the beach hut.

Find out more about Emily's beach hut revamp by purchasing our August 2016 issue, available as a digital download for only £0.99, here!





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