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PROPERTY TYPE Old barn set in three acres
SPACE Open-plan kitchen-diner, living area, work space, three bedrooms and three bathrooms
LOCATION Gard region, France
This living room sums up all the elements of the house: its big and open yet also intimate. The painting above the sofa, by New Zealand artist John Crawford, inspired the colours of the house.
An internal wall was removed on the ground floor to create a large, family-friendly kitchen and dining room. Light catches the concrete kitchen units, making the space look warm and tactile. The worktops are a striking statement next to the rustic, stone walls and sandblasted beams, and means the space is far-removed from a twee country kitchen-diner.
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The owners designed the kitchen themselves. The high-gloss units blend seamlessly with the black, waxed-concrete worktops and breakfast bar. Simple drum shades used in an unexpected way add real impact. Hang one low in place of a standard lamp, or line up three or four in a row over a kitchen island for a stylish recurring theme.
Although the house is in France, the owners wanted their home to echo contemporary New Zealand architecture mixing old and new, rough and smooth textures. In the hallway, the beams and rough plaster form a striking contrast to the delicate crystal light fitting.
This glass internal door is a pleasing contrast to the rustic materials elsewhere. It means light is the only thing that flows through the space warmth, noise and cooking odours are all contained. The owners designed the cantilevered staircase specially.
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