oak flooring laid throughout the ground floor,” says Sophie. “Fumed oak looks old and suits the style of the house; it’s in a chevron design in the extension and laid as planks in the hall and drawing room.”
Claire also designed the stained-glass lantern in the dining room based on one Sophie spotted in the famous Ivy restaurant in London. She recommended the crittal windows in here as well as designing the layout of the kitchen; she also sourced many cosmetic touches like the lighting and wall finishes.
The kitchen also has a roof lantern.
The stained oak cabinets with their brass mesh panels and handle-less doors were handmade by Simon Payne of Woodgrayne of Rugby with concrete worktops by Fluid Stone. But most spectacular is the island coated in liquid bronze. “I think it looks monolithic,” says Sophie. “Although the Moby Dick lights of fibrous plaster by Karman ‘flying’ above the island like seagulls are also pretty eye-catching.”
Claire also created and designed a pantry area with a glazed crittal door looking into it from the kitchen. All the shelving is in hot rolled steel with a recycled Heineken green glass worktop.
“I wanted a contemporary vibe inside a traditional house,” says Sophie. “And I think between us all we’ve achieved it.”
Sophie chose the Zoffany yellow wallpaper when they first moved in. The bed is from John Lewis, with a navy velvet headboard and surround
Sophie chose Farrow & Ball ‘Stiffkey Blue’ for the front door and flanked it with two bay trees in pots from Pithou Pots of Hampshire. A wisteria grows above, and the couple planted Annabel hydrangeas along the front