Putting the boot in

Bruce Hodg­son of Ar­ti­choke has cre­ated this boot room in a Queen Anne house in the Cotswolds for a sport­ing fam­ily

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Ara­bella Youens re­veals how to have a bril­liant boot­room

Known for its kitchens and do­mes­tic rooms, the Som­er­set-based firm of Ar­ti­choke was founded 26 years ago with the aim of bridg­ing the void be­tween architects, in­te­rior de­sign­ers and spe­cial­ist join­ers.

The mem­bers of the 25-strong team have deep, spe­cial­ist knowl­edge of au­then­tic pe­riod join­ery and ar­chi­tec­ture de­tail­ing. Ev­ery­thing is de­signed in-house and the com­pany works on projects all over the UK as well as over­seas.

As they have three chil­dren—and their as­so­ci­ated para­pher­na­lia, rang­ing from sports kit and winter and wet-weather gear—the clients’ brief de­tailed that each child should have a spec­i­fied space in which to put away their things. Apothe­cary-style draw­ers are de­lib­er­ately long and deep and the glazed cab­i­nets open up and fold back into them­selves to en­sure pas­sage through the room is clear.

To add yet more stor­age space, Mr Hodg­son, Ar­ti­choke’s founder and Cre­ative Di­rec­tor, came up with the penin­su­lar as a so­lu­tion: it of­fers some­where to sit down—an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion in any boot room —as well as be­ing a spa­cious shoe and boot store. The cen­tral stick box has a re­mov­able zinc tray at the bot­tom to catch ex­cess wa­ter.

A se­cure gun cup­board is lo­cated be­hind the tall painted doors be­yond the stair­case and the run­ners on the bot­tom draw­ers are heavy duty so as to ac­com­mo­date the weight of shot­gun car­tridges. Ara­bella Youens Ar­ti­choke (01934 745270; www. ar­ti­choke-ltd.com)

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