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Unique New Build Frome

We asked Annie to help us re design a tricky open plan dining living space. We had recently moved to the property and were struggling to make sense of the space. Annie was brilliant, listened to what we liked, how we planned to use the space etc. She came up with a terrific design which we both love and we are excited to make that plan a reality. She ‘got’ us and our likes and dislikes. We would never have come up with such a cohesive scheme on our own. Thanks so much!

Louise Cooper


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Architecture, space and light

On making a decision as to where to retire to after returning to the UK after working abroad, Louise and Brian chose Frome.  Practically the first house they saw on their house search was this unique design.  The house is sited just off a busy road, but once inside, the sense of space, peace and light make it feel very private and secluded. When I asked Louise at what point during the house viewing did she make the decision about buying, she answered "In about 5 seconds coming through the entrance seeing the skylights and double height ceiling in an open sight line through to the garden".


The couple had contacted us as the open plan design needed a bit of thought with regard to zoning and space planning to ensure the three different functions worked and together.


Brian and Louise also wanted an interior that worked with their love of colourful, unique art and pottery souvenirs and collections which they were keen to display. 

 The couple loved the hallway green peacock wallpaper serving as a spendid backdrop to a vintage wardrobe that Brian had refurbished beautifully.  We used the wallpaper and the couple's art collection as inspiration for a new colour palette of vibrant teal and  burnt orange paint for accent walls and contrasting brick facing in the new dining area.

The most challenging area was the far corner allocated for the dining table.  We decided the best approach was to create a space saving corner banquette and the couple are now deciding about a bespoke a design or to buy a ready made unit. 

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Another challenge was where to site the TV as the current layout with a sofa horizontally in the middle cut the room in half.  Louise also wanted to keep an existing wing chair and was keen to find a place for it.  We zoned the room into thirds placing a wood slat TV panel centrally on the back wall leaving one third either side for furniture and using two of Louise's large artworks for balance and symmetry.   Finally, Louise's wing chair was recovered in a contemporary vibrant fabric and we added a low green velvet chair and a low profile sofa placed at the back of the breakfast bar.  This layout gives ta much better use of space as well as providing additional seating for guests and visitors.


Other furniture and accessories was a rattan coffee table, industrial style open bookcase, an ethnic boho rug, Ikat cushions, and more lush green plants to echo the garden vibe.