Norfolk by design
PUBLISHED: 06:58 28 April 2014
It is always a very exciting time whenever a project is nearing completion, especially if it has been a full refurbishment, for as well as working on projects for clients I am now also designing the interior of my home. My partner and I are now 12 months into our 15-month schedule for the complete overhaul of our beamed farmhouse. The work has included revealing beams that had previously been covered, replacing those that were damaged or missing while reconfiguring the layout to suit our lifestyle. With all of the electrics and plumbing in place, the walls plastered, and oak floors going in upstairs as I type, we are now getting ready to add some colour.
With almost 600 pattern books containing fabrics and wallpapers, numerous paint colour charts and lighting brochures in my showroom I didn’t have to go far to find what I was looking for. But as with many of the projects that I work on, there is more than one person who has an input into the home and so my partner has been involved. Based upon what we both like (compromises sometimes have to be made!) schemes that inject a contemporary feel into a 16th century structure are taking shape.
For the house to flow, continuity in style and colour across each floor of a property it is best, I believe, to start with the most important room and work from there - our starting point being the master bedroom and en suite as this will be our sanctuary to relax and unwind. Our bedroom has lots of character with oak beams and studs with a newly exposed red brick chimney breast, whereas the en suite that is now accessed through double oak doors is in a modern extension with the main feature being a picture window overlooking the garden and lake. The flooring will be dark brown marble to contrast the white, contemporary, free-standing, double-ended bath positioned in the middle of the room which will allow us to bathe while enjoying the view.
A couple of little luxuries that we are installing in the en suite is a TV discreetly placed in the wall with speakers in the ceiling so we can catch up on the news or watch football during our relaxation time in the bath. Our other little treat is a starlight ceiling, this involves the electrician carefully drilling and threading fibre optic strands through the ceiling creating 250 tiny lights all fed from one master LED bulb- it is a tedious job but the results are well worth the time spent as it really does feel like being under a starlit sky with the added benefit in this case of a remote controlled colour change facility. During the coming months I will share with you the progress of my home together with other projects that I am involved in throughout Norfolk.