The client came to me having just bought a property in the beautiful Brecon area. This four bedroom house had been a family home, but the plan was to turn it in to a stylish holiday rental. The brief was for the house to be bright and fresh, with a modern style, but above all it had to be comfortable and welcoming. The house was structurally sound, so didn't need a lot of work doing to it, but the client emphasised the need for an up dated look which would stand the test of time, and with finishes which were hard wearing enough to cope with the demands of the rental market. Seating for 4 people was a minimum, with some flexibility needed. Certain requirements had to be met for the house to be graded by the Wales Tourist Board, and everything had to be low maintenance for ease of changeover during the rental season.
I began by thinking about an overall style statement for the property - one which was practical but unique enough to make the property stand out in the rental market. I wanted each room to have its own distinctive style, and to create a sense of flow from room to room with colour. I chose 'retro' style fabrics for the curtains, which were the starting point for the overall design. The fabrics are inspired by those of the 1950s, a look that is clean and unfussy, allowing the house to look 'dressed' without needing lots of additional pieces. This meant that there were fewer things to clean, and less likelihood of breakages. The bedding is of high quality and able to withstand regular washing, and the seating in the lounge has fabric which can be wiped clean with just water. I also added a footstool in the bay window to provide additional seating. The look is fairly paired back, so although welcoming, it allows guests the space to make themselves feel at home.