This contemporary-meets-country home has thrown out the rule book, fusing soft colour with natural textures and surprising juxtapositions
A 17th-century former mill in Gloucestershire, which has been extended over the years to include five bedrooms and four bathrooms upstairs. On the ground floor there is a living room, kitchen, snug, study, utility room and pantry, boot room and cloakroom.
In the hallway, part of the first floor was removed to create the dramatic double-height entrance, designed by architect Richard Parr. Vertical panelling enhances the sense of scale and reflects the mill’s rural heritage.
Designed to suit the needs of a large family who are all keen cooks, the kitchen includes a range cooker, deep larder and chalkboard for recipe essentials. The simple scaffolding shelving make it easy for to grab utensils when they’re needed.
Instead of neutral tones, the large room is punctuated with deep-black doors, which define the white space and lead to the new larder and utility area.
New windows were installed in the once-dark kitchen to bring views of the three-acre garden inside.
The space is defined by the length of the dining table.
In the sitting room, the original fireplace was restored. The old French windows were removed, replaced with smaller frames to enhance the cosy feel of the space.
On the ground floor, this set of bookshelves help create a study space and add definition to a once open set of rooms which lead to the kitchen.
The office is tucked in to a corner of the sitting room where a former UN translator’s desk was chosen for practicality and historical appeal.
A new log burning stove and partition wall has helped to create a more cosy space.
In the downstairs loo, gloss paint and rustic tiles evoke a Moroccan feel.
Upstairs, a once-cavernous master bedroom is re-defined with a half wall that screens a dressing room behind while opposite, new windows afford wide views of the quiet countryside. Tucked under the eaves of the house, Farrow & Ball’s Wevet white provides just the right hint of pinky undertone for the walls.
To offset the long, thin shape of the master bathroom, the layout is broken up with a bold mix of tiles and vertical joinery inspired by traditional tongue-and-groove.
Photography ⁄ Paul Massey