Category Archives: Portfolio

Farmhouse Lounge

This client of mine lives in a lovely old farmhouse in Devon, and only needed a hand with the lounge, in particular the lighting and fabric selection.

I kept as much as possible of the original furniture and accessories such as paintings, only re-arranging items to positions I thought were more favourable. I am particularly pleased with the floating shelves: they were made from reclaimed timber and beautifully pick up the existing wood in the room. I also really like the contrast between the rustic heavy shelves and the ‘floating’ effect of how they have been fixed to the wall, i.e. without any visible brackets. The shelves were also meant to pull the room together visually, as the room felt very much like two separate areas before.

With regards to colours, I picked up the purple and green from existing furniture and used it for the fabrics in which we covered the existing cushions. The beautiful tartan pattern always works well in a farmhouse, and the tactile velvet material together with the silver faux fur invite you to curl up on the sofa with a good book on a stormy winter’s evening! The CD and LP collection looked cluttered before, but by covering it with a hand-embroidered fabric this corner now feels more cosy and calm. We also painted the fireplace wall in a more subtle purple – this small change made a massive difference!

The silver mirror, glass lighting and silver faux-fur throw as well as the high quality materials give this room a luxurious feel. This farmhouse lounge will be most welcoming on a dark winter’s evening when the fire is lit and the wind is blowing outside, so I was very pleased that we managed to finish this project just in time before Christmas!

 

Modern Farmhouse

This project is actually our own house; we decided to build a modern eco-friendly farmhouse on our farm and it has been a very exciting project which I enjoyed from start to finish. I project managed the build and was involved in the design process from the very beginning (read more about the the initial design stage in my blog) and it was amazing to see how once we had moved in everything looked and worked just as we had imagined it – or even better! I did not find designing and building this house stressful at all; it was hard work and very time consuming – for over a year we spent most nights discussing some aspect of the house or researching on the internet – but we were also very lucky with the people and firms that worked on our house. They seemed to be proud of what they were doing and wanted to make sure it was done well.

 

This house has a very friendly atmosphere; it is flooded with natural light throughout most of the day thanks to the many windows. The main living area is open plan, and the feeling of openness and space is emphasised by the amazing views from the dining and living area. The house is very minimalistic and modern, but the fireplace, which has been constructed from local stone collected from the farm, adds some roughness to it which you would expect in a typical farmhouse.

 

The kitchen was designed keeping in mind 2 main requirements: to be able to have a view of the driveway as well as the garden, and to be small enough to be able to reach all worktops and units by just standing in one central position. The addition of a larder right next to the kitchen meant that we were able to keep the walls free of any units, thus not obstructing the view throughout the house and the feeling of openness.

This modern farmhouse is extremely minimalistic with its straight lines and white walls. Therefore, to ensure the house would nevertheless feel friendly and welcoming, we added lots of quirky details to the interior design, such as a rustic and unusual dining table. Last but not least, all of these features cost very little money!

Would I do it again? Absolutely! And if you would like me to help you with your house – be it before you have even started drawing up the plans, to add some final touches to your existing property or anything in between – please give me a call!

Home Redecoration

Below are some photos of a recent home redecoration project I worked on. It was a private home near Bude in Cornwall and the owner wanted to redecorate all of the upstairs bedrooms as well as the entrance area. This is an excellent example of how a room or series of rooms can be ‘made over’ by an interior designer to transform them into something completely different.

Refurbished Furniture

Most of the furniture, as well as the doors and blinds, were bought new, however, we refurbished some of the pieces of furniture that my client owned and that had been neglected before. It felt good to give those beautiful pieces a new breath of life.

Interior Design Led Home Redecoration

Luckily my client was ‘brave’ enough to go along with my suggestion of a dark brown carpet, as – contrary to popular belief – this does not make the space dark and depressing but rather elegant, in my opinion. Both the client and I are very pleased with the result of this redecoration!

Click the images below to start a slideshow.

From these pictures you can see that so often it is the little touches that bring an interior design together and this is what helps to make a home restoration project successful.