Has transformed a derelict barn into a family home with entertaining space and plenty of guest accommodation
As a keen traveller who has crossed the sahara on horseback and driven a team of dogs to the North Pole, it was perhaps inevitable that Katharine Pooley’s interiordesign practice would be employed on projects around the world. In the decade or so since she set up her business, her London-based team has worked on projects in a variety of locations, from far-flung palaces to beach houses in the Tropics.
This commission, however, was closer to home in rural Oxfordshire. The Grade Ii-listed barn is part of a complex of buildings that was transformed from a derelict shell into a flexible space. The client’s brief was to create a house that was big enough for large gatherings and guest accommodation for an extended family.
The heart of the property is the central living area, where the designer retained the honey-coloured stone that is complemented with heavy oak trusses— a combination that’s lent a crisp contemporary feel thanks to the steel mezzanine that runs the length of the room.
Flooded with light from doors on both levels, the scheme is given a softer domestic look with a limestone fireplace and upholstery in linen from de Le Cuona (020–7584 7677; www.delecuona.com). The wide oak boards have been treated with a lime finish that creates a foil for the warmer tones of the unrendered walls and oak beams. Katharine Pooley (020–7584 3223; www.katharinepooley.com)