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which I couldn't guess what it was. I haven't
even blown into it yet, I refuse until I learn
how to use it properly."
So for now, the shiny saxophone sits
proudly like a work of art in the living room
area and despite Murray refusing to touch it
for the moment, it isn't alone.
"We're not minimalist people," says Sue.
"We like layering and it's been a gradual
accumulation of things, each one of our
things has a story too."
e Chinese chair beside the dining table
once belonged to Sonny, an importer Sue and
Murray met when they first started Baileys.
"We were one of only three people here
doing Chinese antiques," says Sue. "Sonny
had this chair behind his desk and I just
According to Murray, 80 percent of the
furniture is from Baileys and 20 percent
has been collected over the years -- yet they
rarely update the home's look.
"People think because you have a shop,
you update all the time but once you get a
good piece, you have it for 15 years," says
Murray. "I regularly have customers asking
'which piece do you have in your house'
as they expect your home to be filled with
what's in the shop at that point in time."
However Sue's library is one area of the
home that is continually updated.
e third bedroom has a huge library
that extends the length of the wall, yet her
collection is so large there are still boxes full
with nowhere to put them.
A colourful range of travel and interior
design books interspersed with a mixture of
novels fill the shelves, displaying many of
both Sue and Murray's interests.
"I always love going into a house where
you can tell something about the people,"
" e expensive houses aren't necessarily
the best -- I think as long the house reflects
the people in it, it's a successful house."
Considering the Baileys' home is warm and
welcoming, full of character yet incredibly
stylish -- by Sue's definition, it's a winner. I
BOOKWORM: (right) The spare room is dominated by a wall-to-wall library,
yet it still couldn't fit all of Sue's collection. SONNY'S CHAIR: (below) Once
the Baileys' antique Chinese furniture supplier, Sonny gave Sue the chair in
his o ce which she loved so dearly. ALL THAT JAZZ: (below right) Murray's
wish list includes playing the saxophone, so Sue set him on his way with this
Christmas present that Murray refuses to use until he does the sax justice
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