This simple, chic and cosy bedroom was once an even smaller darker and uninspiring space. The property went through some huge renovation works and the outcome has been really successful.
Located in Somerset, this 18th century cottage underwent a huge transformation. Originally consisting of 4 small tiny bedrooms, all with very low ceilings and only space to shuffle around the beds, this dated and unloved property has been brought back into the 21st century.
Over a period of a year, the cottage was taken right back to the core, leaving little more than a pile of rubble and soil This huge undertaking was definitely a labour of love! Built on the side of a hill amongst the trees, overlooking the beautiful Somerset countryside, this quintessential English village property had the biggest access issues, as all the trades people would love to tell you their story about…
Firstly, the scaffolding had to be carried up the hill, it was then erected on the side of that hill, and then a huge canopy had to be somehow covered over the whole structure. The roof was taken off, all the timbers had to be disposed of, the existing ceiling height had to be built up around the perimeter of the house and the new roof was installed. Although the footprint of the property had not changed, the new use of space, completely transformed the cottage. By reconfiguring the layout, this now three bed cottage boasts one lovely master bedroom with en-suite, with two further bedrooms and a main bathroom. By leaving the roof timber exposed and painted white, the room became so much larger and provided a great sense of space.
Rather than the usual bedside lights, I created texture and mood by using these adorable zinc plated ceiling lights, which emit a beautiful but practical light. Texture and colour were very important as the theme of the stormy sea colour palette was echoed throughout the property. Chunky knitted wool throws, were combined with ethnic fabrics, dark inky blue woodwork ties in perfectly with the cushions, and the use of upcycled furniture such as the music sheet bedside chest is a great way to add a warm and a lived in feel. To add a quirky feel, old gig posters were framed and hung, as well as a collection of old black and white local Somerset landscapes. It had to tell a story of the client’s life, their loves and interests their passions and their history. What was once a plain narrow space became a great gallery of fun and interest.
What you cannot see in this picture is the view. To the right of the bed are tall French windows with a Juliet balcony, with long stretched-out views of the Somerset Levels. This interior really has captured the feel of the client and their home has been transformed into the unique but personal space. Modern materials, contemporary fabrics, luxury carpets, old furniture, antique pictures, and ambient lighting, really make this a wonderful home.