TRADITIONAL COTTAGE MEETS MODERN EXTENSION CHINNOR, OXFORDSHIRE
ABOUT THE PROJECT
During the planning stage of Helen and John’s modern extension to their traditional Oxfordshire cottage, they knew that a strong connection between the two areas was essential, but they knew they needed help to accomplish this- getting this wrong would result in a disjointed-looking house.
My transitional decor scheme made the most of their extensive collection of art and antique furniture throughout the house, from the original inglenook fireplace at one end through to the modern open plan kitchen/dining extension at the other. From bespoke rug design to selecting complementary modern pieces, we worked closely together throughout the process, to create their perfect home.
With a mix of 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.
"We really enjoyed working with Kate and found the whole process very collaborative from start to finish. We love her eye for colour and the way she interpreted our not entirely mainstream ideas!"
— HELEN & JOHN- CHINNOR