TRADITIONAL COTTAGE MEETS MODERN EXTENSION CHINNOR, OXFORDSHIRE
ABOUT THE PROJECT
When we began to tackle this traditional cottage meets modern extension, we knew that the primary goal would be to connect the two contrasting areas. As John and Helen began designing a show stopping addition to their Oxfordshire cottage, they knew that the key to its success would be making the two areas feel connected, but they didn’t know how to do this practically.
Getting this wrong would result in a disjointed looking house, and they weren’t very confident about their abilities.
From the Inglenook fireplace at one end of the house through to the huge open plan kitchen/dining extension, we created a transitional decor scheme. Throughout the process, we worked closely with John and Helen, who appreciated feeling involved and guided.
With cosy fireside corners and light, bright spaces for entertaining their friends, they have a home that offers all the comforts they need. And the house itself has an individuality that will last for decades to come.
In keeping with the clients’ love of arts and culture, we commissioned three bespoke rugs for this project. For these, inspiration was drawn from a Greek bath mosaic and Egon Schiele’s work.
To personalise the designs as much as possible, the owner’s art and antique furniture naturally became a crucial part of the design process. This helped to blend the traditional cottage with the modern extension.
Owls can often be heard in the trees surrounding the house. In the cloakroom, we created a fun yet classy colour scheme based on this.
"Kate has a great address book of suppliers covering not only bespoke rugs but also sofa makers, curtain and blind makers, decorators, upholsterers and carpenters. She is good to work with – efficient, punctual and keeping us updated on progress"
— KAREN AND COLIN, MARLOW