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Ob­jects and fur­nish­ings from far-flung places come to­gether in Claire Ren­dall and Peter Ste­wart’s char­ac­ter­ful coun­try home

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - Fea­ture RACHEL LEED­HAM | Pho­tog­ra­phy RACHAEL SMITH

Trea­sures from around the world give this house in Bath a so­phis­ti­cated in­ter­na­tional look

Sit­ting on an acre of land, Claire Ren­dall’s home en­joys un­in­ter­rupted views across the Box Val­ley in Wilt­shire, an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty. The house, which is built of mel­low Bath stone, was ex­ten­sively al­tered 25 years ago. ‘You could tell the owner had done it with pas­sion,’ says Claire, an in­te­rior de­signer. ‘I loved the scale of the rooms, as well as the stone mul­lion win­dows and flag­stone floors.’

By the time Claire and her part­ner Peter Ste­wart moved in, the prop­erty was in need of up­dat­ing. The house was dec­o­rated in rather op­pres­sive shades of mus­tard, cold blue and dark pink, while the gar­den was a tan­gle of bram­bles and ground elder. For Claire, it was a case of adapt­ing the rooms to suit her sen­si­bil­ity. ‘My busi­ness means that I’m of­ten trav­el­ling over­seas, so I’m grad­u­ally work­ing my way through the rooms. There’s no great rush,’ she ex­plains.

The cou­ple started with the kitchen, as it was ‘par­tic­u­larly mis­er­able’, with its stripped pine cup­boards, chipped tile work­tops and dingy yel­low walls. The room has been trans­formed with units in a pale pal­ette of soft grey topped with lux­u­ri­ous Car­rara mar­ble that max­imise the light.

With its che­quered grey-and-white painted floor­boards and Swedish-style fur­ni­ture, the el­e­gant din­ing room has a Gus­ta­vian aes­thetic. In the sit­ting room, the mood is dif­fer­ent again, with fine wal­nut an­tiques and clas­sic, buttoned so­fas rub­bing shoul­ders with Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal art and In­dian stat­u­ary. ‘I love so many dif­fer­ent styles that I didn’t feel that I had to stick to just one,’ ex­plains Claire. ‘I wanted the rooms to be in­di­vid­ual and dis­tinc­tive from each other.’

What comes across every­where is Claire’s pas­sion for col­lect­ing art and in­trigu­ing ob­jects. Two re­cent ac­qui­si­tions, bought at auc­tion, are a strik­ing Marco Zanini fruit bowl and a vase by Et­tore Sottsass, both of which be­longed to the late David Bowie. Other favourite ad­di­tions in­clude the tiles in the din­ing room fire­place, which Claire has painted in Delft style. Closer in­spec­tion re­veals that each one has a pic­ture that is mean­ing­ful to the cou­ple. ‘I’m en­joy­ing adding my own per­sonal touches,’ says Claire. ‘That’s a lovely priv­i­lege be­cause I’m used to con­sid­er­ing a client’s needs. This time, I get to think about my own.’

DIN­ING ROOM The tin tile ceil­ing lends a mod­ern edge to this Gus­ta­vian-style scheme. In­te­rior de­sign by Claire Ren­dall. Brook­lyn Tin Tiles wall­pa­per, £219 per roll, Rock­ett St Ge­orge. Raf­faella ta­ble, £1,048; sim­i­lar oval-back chairs, £305 each, both...

2& 3 MAS­TER EN SUITE A mono­chrome pal­ette beau­ti­fully com­ple­ments the Et­tore Sottsass vase and bronze sculp­ture. Brink sculp­ture, cathy lewis at spike is­land. try Wall­pa­per store for a Bi­tossi cal­ice vase, £657. orla bath, £ 400, Bet­ter Bath­rooms....

1 CLOAK­ROOM A moody wall­pa­per in­jects a sense of drama into this com­pact space. Nu­v­o­lette wall­pa­per from the for­nasetti ii col­lec­tion, £255 per roll, cole & son

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