Converting an old barn is enough of a challenge in itself, before the task of completing the interiors. Do you follow the style evidenced on the exterior, retaining snippets of the past? Or do you opt for something totally different, employing a palette of white-on-white, in conjunction with a sleek modern layout?
In the barn we're privileged to tour today, we see a culmination of contemporary and vintage coming together to create a unified and balanced home design scheme. The theme is sensitive to the history of the barn, retaining a style that is coveted and often recreated. On the other hand, the designers have put practical and modern solutions in place, such as 21st century light-fittings and kitchen appliances.
Scroll down and take a look at how Design by Deborah has managed to fuse the past and the present together, much to the delight of the retired owners.
Just as you would begin the tour of a home at the entrance, we are commencing this tour at the front.
As you can see, there really isn't too much going on, but what we can tell you is that you will be wowed when you start to see the interior design and layout of this barn take shape.
Here, the walls have been freshly plastered and the new windows fitted.
It's as they say, first impressions count! Therefore, it's important that the entrance space of a house is warm and inviting. As you can see, the new entrance hall embodies those adjectives, and makes us feel right at home.
The contrast between different timber tones is unique, yet works together to great effect. The simple additions of a chair and table, as well as the quaint patterned curtains, creates a room that is welcoming and a pleasure to be inside.
Views are one of the most coveted and hard to come by features in a home, especially in this housing climate.
In this image, we see what the view would look like from inside out, and realise that it was a pivotal design decision to take this wonderful landscape into consideration, and allow it to infiltrate the interior of the home.
As you can imagine, the process of updating the internal layout of a old barn is complicated and, as they say, many hands make light work!
The brief was to introduce warm colours to complement the rich oak flooring, and to create a flexible yet intimate living space for both relaxing and entertaining. The owners were tired after the renovation of the barn, and so they let Design by Deborah take over the decision-making process for the interiors.
The finished living room is charming and elegant, with the existing collection of antique furniture belonging to the owners on show. The newly painted white walls and installation of modern recessed downlights act as a wonderful blank canvas for this space, allowing the decorative elements and pieces of furniture to take centre stage.
Just as important is the luscious green view outside, which has been framed ever so nicely by the floor-to-ceiling timber glass doors. A contemporary touch indeed yet, despite this, does not detract from the integrity of the barn style in the slightest.
Here, you can see the kitchen area in progress. The shaker-style cabinetry and electrical appliances are being installed, with the walls being awarded a fresh lick of white paint. The countertops are yet to be installed, as is the electrical work.
You can definitely see a kitchen space that is starting to take shape, yet it is still far from the finished result you will find below. The question that we found ourselves asking: what treasures hide beneath the sheet?
Wow, what a change! The big reveal under the sheet was in fact a wonderful granite topped kitchen island. The pale timber cabinetry complements the antique door and rafter that runs over the ceiling, and thus, creates a dialogue between the old and new elements.
The new, modern appliances do not look out of place at all. In fact, the dark toned splashback and countertops help to form a link. The pale blue colour helps to make the space feel cosy, bringing in a touch of that definitive country style that we know and love.
We finish our tour inside this charming country style barn with a view of the spacious open plan kitchen and dining area. The character of the barn has well and truly been retained, despite the mix of modern and classic style decorations and fittings.
The low-hung lamps and dark granite benchtop bring the space into the 21st century, as does the open plan layout. The relationship between the two different areas can be seen and felt. Gone are the days of compartmentalised kitchen and dining areas that deleted the wonderful sensations provided when we smelt food being cooked. Part of the pleasure of eating is the lead up and anticipation of a meal, so it's only fair that both guests and family members are privy to this experience.
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