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The clients are keen golfers, so their goal was to build an interior driving range in a newly formed underground basement, and our role was to integrate this with a brand-new orangery that would be built over the golf studio and adjoin to the existing ground-floor reception room. We would also need to design a staircase to lead from the orangery down to the golf studio. The existing reception room that would lead on to the orangery had not been well utilised previously, so the clients wanted us to reimagine this space, so that it would not just be used as a corridor, and all the living areas should flow seamlessly together. The interior design brief was then extended to include a refreshed look and feel to the main entrance hallway and staircase to the upper floors.
The newly configured living areas would need a full interior design service and it was imperative to the client that the interiors worked harmoniously with the existing style of the rest of the country house. The brief was to ensure all the areas should be warm and inviting with an immaculate finish, where the family would be encouraged to spend time together whether it be hitting a golf ball, reading a book, or socialising with a glass of wine in the evening. It was also crucial that the newly designed reception room and light-filled orangery work throughout the day and into the evening, and throughout the year.
Our favourite aspect of the project is the considered lighting layout which we carefully designed to provide optimum lighting and intended ambience for each area of the living space. The directional down-lighters were perfectly positioned in the ceiling to wash down over the Andrew Martin panelled wallpaper, so that the eye is drawn to the key parts of the passage of the Pride & Prejudice wallcovering. Uplighters in the steps down to the orangery and in the fireplace hearth pick out architectural details, whilst the Porta Romana ceiling and table lamps add layering, drama and a hint of quirk!
The underused reception room has now become a beautiful and elegant dining room which allows the clients to entertain at ease, and offers ample space for all the family. The stunning herringbone flooring, with border - further defined by a brass trim detail - leads from the dining area seamlessly through to the orangery, to join the two areas together beautifully. The orangery is flooded with natural light making it a wonderful place to relax on a summer's afternoon, but on cooler days it emulates a feeling of warmth and comfort when the pinoleum blinds are closed and the bioethanol fire is lit.
The newly built orangery leads effortlessly out on to the beautifully landscaped garden, meaning that the entire ground floor can be opened up to become an outside/inside living space in summer. The warmth of the oak flooring of the new staircase leads down to the golf room in the basement and ensures the interior design is continuous, and consistently maintains the same high standard of finish throughout.
We engaged a number of highly-skilled specialists to ensure that the exacting expectations of our clients were met, and our designs would be brought to life to the highest standards. Specialist floor contractors were used to lay the herringbone flooring which was critical in creating the flow through all these new living areas. Our highly skilled curtain makers were essential to ensure the Tatiana Tafur pinoleum blinds were perfectly made to measure and the automatic motors for the blinds were carefully hidden behind the dentil cornice. The large L-shaped sofa and ottoman have been designed by us so that the exact size works perfectly within the orangery and our furniture makers did a great job in manufacturing each bespoke piece to the highest finish.
Our cabinet-makers worked up our drawings to ensure that the bespoke units either side of the fireplace and the window benches fitted exactly, and the details of the brass trims and recessed lighting work perfectly to highlight the cabinetry finishes. Attention to detail can be seen across all areas of the design, particularly on the finishing of the soft furnishings, with trims and braids on the curtains, cushions and furniture.
Photography and videography by Mark Sims Photography
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