The Old School House

When our interior designer, Sara Lee met with the owners of a three-bedroom cottage in North Yorkshire she couldn’t wait to get started on bringing their vision and ideas to life. The home needed a complete refit and refurbishment and the owners were keen to create a home with a boutique edge in a beautiful country side setting.

The owners planned to use the home as a holiday cottage so Sara had to ensure that the design for the interior was practical and fit for purpose whilst maintaining anelegant and glamourous feel. Sara visited the cottage to get a feel for how the space would be pulled together to create that boutique feel and was excited to find a blank canvas, bursting with potential!

When meeting with the owners, they agreed on a contemporary, boutique design and a finish that was both elegant and chic. Although they were only living in the property on occasion, it was important that it felt like home.

Sara worked with RG’s interior architect Andrew to create and install bespoke cabinetry and each of the rooms were expertly designed to ensure a consistent theme and style throughout.

At first glance, the master bedroom room is bright and beams with light coming through the three beautiful, original, stone wall windows that look onto beautiful views and they are mirrored on the other side of the room looking down onto the hallway downstairs. The room has an elegant, yet cosy feel created by the long, striking curtains that frame the beautiful windows. The room is filled with a large cosy bed, finishedwith a beautiful bedspread and of course lots of pillows and cushions to add texture and warmth. 

The other two bedrooms consist of grey, fullwall padded headboards which create a cosy feeland again add interest and texture to the room. The large beds with lots of pillows and cushions offer a splash of colour and vibrancy to the elegant and neutral colour scheme whilst mirrors and pictures add a simple but effective statement.

The porch was previously a very empty space, where the clients were looking to create a country style boot room with space for coats, jackets and boots, hidden away with plenty of storage. For the soft furnishings, wools and tweeds were used to create a traditional and cosy feel. The interior roof space was painted a light colour which made the smaller space look larger and all cabinets had an internal walnut finish.

The clients wanted a country space that reflected its locationbut didn’t feel dated. A new ceiling was built to incorporate spotlights and abespoke wooden floor in engineered oak was fitted, which created a warm looking space. The colour schemeincorporated a lot of jewel fabrics with greens, coppers and teals providing texture to create the ultimate country feel.

If you are moving to a new property or want to refresh your home with a new, contemporary feel, get in touch with our designers or visit our Harrogate or Ilkley showroom to chat through how we could help.

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