The owners, an interior designer and a cardiologist, bought this three-bedroom semi-detached converted 19th-century barn in Cornwall in 2008. It was dark and drab with unappealing interiors and rotting windows when the couple viewed it five years ago. ‘We knew we could completely change the look and feel of the rooms. And its Cornish location was ideal,’ says the owner.
The couple and their three children had always enjoyed annual holidays in Cornwall, so finding a spacious, reverse-level property with sea views in such a great location seemed like an ideal opportunity.
Most of the homes wed seen were tiny cottages, but the barn had been arranged with a large open-plan living room and kitchen upstairs and bedrooms downstairs – which makes sense, because we spend most of our time up in the living area, which has the best views.
Structurally the roof and walls of the stone building were in good condition, but the seaside location meant that the existing timber windows had deteriorated beyond repair so needed replacing. The family didnt make any other changes to the property until 2012, when they added a balcony off the kitchen. The sun sets on this side of the house and we knew that a sheltered balcony would be lovely in the evenings.
Two years later the interior of the house was given a complete makeover, which involved replacing the kitchen, gutting the bathroom, laying new flooring and redecorating throughout.
‘We didnt want the interior to look too contrived but everything needed to tie together, which is where the blue and white colour scheme came in. Its amazing how different the barn feels now – so much more light and welcoming – and having the balcony has really changed the way we use the space.
The freshly painted entrance hallway is now bright and welcoming with its muted colour palette of pale blue, soft grey and off-white.
Light Blue at Farrow & Ball