Situated in the heart of North Essex, this charming historic village farmhouse dating back to the 1600s required reconfiguring to bring it into the 20th century way of living whilst still facilitating a country way of life. Initial consultations established the need to create a fusion of function, style and historical sensitivity to ease the day to day stresses of busy family life. With 4 children and 2 dogs, the tiny 2x4m kitchen needed reconfiguring to achieve a larger family kitchen/diner and a hub for the home. In addition a cosy lounge area for the family to enjoy together and separate entertainment/study rooms for teenagers and parents.
Using a wealth of natural materials the house sympathetically utilises the traditional materials of stone and wood, brass and bronze ironmongery and soft toned fabrics. Open shelves and large storage jars add nostalgia to the traditional open format country kitchen whilst large storage cupboards ‘shut off’ the utility facilities, banishing unsightly clutter when not in use.
To the first floor bespoke upholstered headboards and window dressings sensitively embellish the bedrooms offering individual character to these personal spaces, whilst a muted tonal Farrow and Ball colour scheme reflects the historic age of the house and adds a calming continuity of style throughout.