The living space includes the original mezzanine from the 19th century barn extension, which is now an extra dining space and children's play area. Part of the attraction of the old building was that the posts and beams are bigger than in modern construction, the wood is untreated, and the pieces are slotted together. Victorian Woodworks can supply reclaimed oak floorboards. The vintage rocking chair is by Geoffrey Harcourt, covered in striped Donghia fabric; Rubelli has a similar selection.
1/7 Living area
2/7 Cosy corner
Sofas and soft furnishings are used to create 'little moments' throughout the house, defining areas within the large rooms. Set against the old beams, modern furniture, such as this console table, prevents the look becoming twee. See the Lacquered console table in Black at The Conran Shop. The Reversi sofa at Molteni&C is similar to this. Habitat's Peppa table lamp is in this style.
3/7 Log burner
A log fire surrounded by a Pennsylvanian bluestone fireplace gives a country feel, which contrasts with the modern low steel cabinet.
4/7 Dining area
The white Corian table makes a statement against a palette of natural colours and materials. The chairs are a mix of designer and vintage finds, one of them costing just $2. The Branching Bubble chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman. Get Konstantin Grcic's (web-like) Chair One from Magis at Aram Store. Contact Corian for a bespoke table.
5/7 Drinks cabinet
The suspended drinks cabinet opens onto the space in the barn where guests gather for parties, providing the perfect entertaining accessory. John Lewis sells drinks cabinets. Ikea's Lack shelf comes in an oak effect.
The bathroom is in a glazed link that connects the master bedroom with the original house. The windows open onto the deck outside, and the views beyond. This concrete bath is bespoke but the Spoon tub by Agape, available at 23 Degrees, is similar. The bath tap is by Boffi. For limestone floor tiles, try Fired Earth.
7/7 Master bedroom
The previous bedroom faced west and got little natural light, so the couple demolished it and rebuilt one a similar size, but facing south. Big windows and a built-in window seat create a cosy corner. The fireplace tiles are Kota green limestone - Surface does a good porcelain tile match.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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