Barn conversion

Before

an empty living room with magnolia walls, flagstone floor and down lights in the ceiling
another view of the empty living room with a dark pine door and woodwork
the living room showing the window with no curtains and no furniture
the large stone chimney breast doesn't have a fireplace, and is filled with cut logs
a view of the kitchen showing the magnolia walls, dark pine door and a the bathroom beyond
the kitchen units before they were painted
the master bedroom is empty and has badly fitting curtains over an arched window
another view of the master bedroom with the wardrobe doors in dark pine
the second bedroom is empty, with magnolia walls and a dark pine door
another view of the second bedroom with magnolia walls and two empty clothes rails
another view of the second bedroom with the dark pine door and blank magnolia walls

After

the room has two comfy sofas, a log burner, built in shelving, pale grey walls and a coffee table and rug
the room with grey painted walls, white painted door and woodwork, furniture, curtains and accessories
the grey curtains are up and there is a tan leather chair, oak console table and large lamp in the corner
the cut logs have been taken away and a log burner has been installed
the walls and kitchen units have been painted pale grey and a sideboard added
the kitchen now has a table, two chairs and a bench, along with three clocks on the wall in a group
the master bedroom now has an upholstered bed and ottoman, bedside tables with lamps, artwork and a textured rug. The curtains have been taken down.
the bed with throws and cushions, an oak chest of drawers and large hurricane lamps
the walls are now pale pink, the pine has been painted white and there are twin beds dressed with pink and grey bedding
the second bedroom with the twin beds, a rug, a chair with cushion in the corner and a grey painted chest of drawers
the second bedroom with the doors painted white, the walls pale pink, some white peg shelves on the wall and the grey chest of drawers with a small tripod lamp

Brief

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.

Outcome

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.