The client works abroad and needed a welcoming base when visiting home, so bought this lovely converted barn. As the client had been living abroad for some time, she didn't have any furniture and needed everything to furnish the property, including art, bed linen, kitchenware and accessories. She wanted to be able to just walk in to a fully kitted out and furnished property, and enjoy being there with her family. As the property is in a beautiful coastal location, and a former stables, we decided that a country cottage style was appropriate, but it also needed to be modern and not too traditional to suit the age of the client. The colour scheme needed to be light and fairly neutral to make the most of the available natural light, but the client also wanted the house to feel cosy and welcoming.
We refreshed the kitchen by painting the cupboards in a contemporary grey and changed some of the handles on the units to 'cup' style ones, which are more in keeping with a country kitchen. I chose a bench in the kitchen for additional seating which doesn't take up too much room and can be stowed under the table. I suggested painting the internal doors and woodwork, which lightened the whole space, and added rugs to create softness on the flagstone floors. We removed the curtains in the main bedroom as the pole was creating an awkward shape over the arched window, and the existing curtains didn't fit properly. As the room isn't overlooked and the client wanted the morning light to come in, this was the perfect solution. I suggested a new curtain pole in the lounge which we hung outside the window recess to allow space for the new curtains to be drawn back and let in more light. A log burner was installed to make use of the stone fireplace and to create a cosy place to sit in the winter. Handmade rustic wooden shelving created a log store and additional storage, and the cosy feel was achieved by adding texture in the rugs, cushions and throws.