Has trans­formed a derelict barn into a fam­ily home with en­ter­tain­ing space and plenty of guest ac­com­mo­da­tion

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design -

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)

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