Renovating an old cottage is often looked at in two different perspectives; an opportunity to work with a slice of history or a confusing and outdated burden that challenges even the most well-versed designers. Fortunately for these homeowners, they enlisted the help of Walk Interior Design to aid them in their quest to transform a rundown and uninspiring cottage in The New Forest into something spectacular.
The brief was simple; the designers were given complete artistic freedom and creative licence to totally transform the existing house into something exciting and vibrant. And, that is exactly what they did. Take a look..
The beauty of renovating an existing shell is that you can live by that old saying 'Never judge a book by its cover'. You have the creative freedom to do whatever you please inside, and still retain the original facade of the cottage. Why not splash out and add a quirky touch of wallpaper? Still classic, yet exciting and updated.
This pioneer styled kitchen is so warm and inviting; you can just imagine a hearty pie or roast in the oven on a dreary Winters day. The island bench top is a modern and functional feature, but still ties in with the classic theme. We absolutely love the EAT letters in red—a pop of colour and the perfect command for a space like this!
This small but light-filled sunroom is the perfect space to read a book, have a cup of tea or simply enjoy the view of the beautiful surrounding landscape. The wicker chairs have a classic country feel, but still look updated. You can just imagine spending hours relaxing in this room.
This dining room is the ultimate eclectic style. Using country style wooden chairs, each a different shape, the designers have discreetly created a modern take on a classic room.
We absolutely love these vintage tables and mirror which have been so cleverly offset by a raised modern basin. The subtle floral wallpaper is also beautifully complimented by the pull down blinds which mimic the same colour way—simply polished.
This quasi-Queen Anne style bed is a wonderful additional to this cottage. The biscuit coloured wicker foot and headboard are in perfect harmony with the wallpaper. Ingeniously, the wallpaper finishes three-quarters up the wall, giving the illusion of height.
The red lampshades stand out against the colour scheme, a detail that we have seen repeated throughout the house.
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