Art his­tory

In­te­rior designer Linda Morey-Bur­rows and her hus­band have trans­formed this Ge­or­gian rec­tory on the out­skirts of Bath into their per­sonal gallery

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words CHAR­LOTTE BROOK Pho­tog­ra­phy JOAKIM BLOCKSTRÖM

In­te­rior designer Linda Morey-bur­rows and her hus­band have trans­formed this charm­ing Ge­or­gian rec­tory on the out­skirts of Bath into their per­sonal gallery

When they first set eyes on this his­toric rec­tory near Bath, Linda Morey-bur­rows, founder of ar­chi­tec­tural design prac­tice Morey­smith, and her art con­sul­tant hus­band Patrick Bur­rows knew it was the per­fect pro­ject for them. ‘The house had been ren­o­vated and di­vided into three sep­a­rate dwellings, there were very few bath­rooms and it was cer­tainly not to our taste,’ Linda says. They fell in­stead for the listed yel­low Cotswold stone bones of the build­ing – luck­ily left un­scathed dur­ing all the work on the house – and its glo­ri­ous views over Lim­p­ley Stoke in the Avon val­ley.

Af­ter re­mod­elling the prop­erty into a spa­cious six-bed­room fam­ily house with en-suites, a home workspace, a dress­ing room, a ded­i­cated guest wing and an al­most self-con­tained apart­ment on the top floor, Linda and Patrick started im­print­ing their per­sonal taste on this home. ‘ We wanted it to feel like the most unique, com­fort­able and ex­clu­sive pri­vate villa in a ho­tel,’ Linda says. The idea was to mix old trea­sures with new finds: classic 20th-cen­tury de­signs by Charles and Ray Eames, con­tem­po­rary B&B Italia so­fas and, what Linda calls, ‘ hand-me-down pieces – a Singer sewing ma­chine in­her­ited from Patrick’s fam­ily and an old gate­leg ta­ble from mine’.

The walls are painted warm, neu­tral colours to pro­vide a quiet back­drop for the jewel in the crown: the cou­ple’s modern art col­lec­tion. Pieces range from the sub­tly dec­o­ra­tive, such as the off-white ceram­ics that make up Ed­mund de Waal’s A Light in the West, to the ceil­ing-height Prin­ci­ples of In­fin­ity sculp­ture by Nika Neelova and a ‘slightly shock­ing’ por­trait named White Pop by provoca­tive Bri­tish artist Gavin Turk. ‘The sym­me­try of classic Ge­or­gian ar­chi­tec­ture en­cases our art beau­ti­fully,’ Linda says. But her love of this house is not purely due to its artis­tic merit. ‘Al­though it feels like we are a mil­lion miles from any­where, hid­den in the coun­try­side, you can get to a cof­fee shop, a good restau­rant and the train sta­tion in ten min­utes. That’s a real high­light.’ morey­smith.com

PICK COL­LAB­O­RA­TIVELY ‘Art is a big part of our life and pro­fes­sions,’ Linda says, ‘ but Patrick and I don’t have ex­actly the same taste (that would be bor­ing). We go to art fairs to­gether and show each other pieces we each like. Even­tu­ally, we find some­thing that we both fall for.’ EM­BRACE THE OLD If an art­work isn’t to your taste, but has sen­ti­men­tal value, don’t get rid of it. ‘ We have a cou­ple of tra­di­tional pieces that Patrick got from his fam­ily, not pieces we’d have cho­sen, but you have to find a place for them be­cause they’re about the me­mory of the per­son who gave them to you.’ Try re-fram­ing a tra­di­tional paint­ing in a sleeker frame to mod­ernise it. BUY WHAT YOU LIKE Don’t just pick some­thing you be­lieve might in­crease in value. That way, if it doesn’t, you’ll still al­ways en­joy it in your home and not re­gret buying it. Then, if it does ex­plode in value, that’s a bonus.

DON’T HANG PIC­TURES BY YOUR­SELF ‘ We al­ways go around the house to­gether, lean­ing pieces against the walls to see what works and what doesn’t,’ says Linda. ‘Keep your house evolv­ing: I like to move, re-hang and swap things around fairly reg­u­larly.’

Liv­ing room York­shire-born artist Har­land Miller’s Plan B, My Story is lit by the Swarovski chan­de­lier. The ‘Febo’ sofa and ‘Frank’ side ta­ble are both by An­to­nio Cit­te­rio for Max­alto at B&B Italia Hall­way Oak floor­boards pro­vide a con­trast to the luxe fur­ni­ture, which in­cludes An­to­nio Cit­te­rio’s ‘Acanto’ bench for Max­alto at B&B Italia, a ‘Brim­stone’ con­sole from Holly Hunt and an ‘Arc­tic Pear’ chan­de­lier from Ochre. The sculp­ture is Prin­ci­ples of In­fin­ity by Nika Neelova Stock­ist de­tails on p213 ➤

Bed­room The ‘Al­cova’ canopy bed by An­to­nio Cit­te­rio for Max­alto at B&B Italia is presided over by an orig­i­nal fire­place, above which hangs Au­rora Ly­ing Down, a can­vas by Bri­tish artist James Lloyd

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