Be inspired by this beautiful Somerset barn

The owner of this converted barn is a co-founder of a cocktail bar, a consultant for Harvey Nichols and an interior designer. She lives in a 19th century Grade II-listed barn with three bedrooms that is part of the family farm.

The owner decided to convert the barn in 1989. It took two years and was a family home until her son went to boarding school and she moved to London because of work. She then continued to use it as a weekend retreat. ‘It was my little haven and I would come back as often as I could.’

In 2012, the owner decided to renovate. She was inspired by the rustic look of a spa she had worked on that had distressed panelling, exposed stonework and industrial lighting. ‘I wanted to introduce that warmth and homeliness into the barn,’ she says. In addition, she was spurred on because planning permission to extend the barn and an outbuilding was about to run out.

First, she extended the barn by adding a garden room at one end. ‘I decided to install bi-fold glass doors on two sides so I could sit and enjoy the beautiful views,’ she says. To continue the light and airy feel and make the most of the building’s vaulted ceilings, she removed beams and ceilings from other parts of the property. Many of the beams were made into panels for the walls and shutters for the windows.

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