PROJECT 01
THE LITTLE DORSET COTTAGE


collaborators
Nicholas Walton Designs, John Rose Landscape Design, Bryanston Design, La Maison Pierre Frey Fabrics, French Antiques Bristol, Little Green Paint Company


SCOPE
Complete renovation to house and garden to create sensitively designed modern interior with character.




Creative narrative

One of the most exciting projects on which I have worked. This long forgotten dilapidated Georgian house situated in a rural town, was bought at auction and has been transformed into a wonderful unique cottage full of colour and surprises.

This project was a true journey of discovery and there was a buzz about the transformation among the Atelier team right from the get go. The house had been left in a time warp and each day we discovered more and more about its enchanting history; from the postal sacking (Shaftesbury to Basingstoke) swathing the understairs to the cast iron range found behind chipboard hiding cotton reels, old medicine bottles and keys.

The house’s transformation needed to feel authentic. I am deeply inspired by honest, natural materials combined with a dash of the decorative. It was very important to me that we didn’t over modernise and negate all vestiges of the past and it’s inherent character. More so, we sought to enhance and reveal those very details. For example, I reinstated the fireplace in the kitchen for lighting during cosy winter suppers or Christmas Eve and we kept all exposed beams and uneven floors to the first floor to retain character and authenticity.

We lime plastered all walls and have left most unpainted. This wonderfully soft putty colour gives the house a very calm, serene atmosphere, pops of colour being applied to joinery and accessories.

After a begging letter to the authorities (the house is Grade II Listed) we were allowed to repurpose the wood panelling that separated the awkward kitchen from the small dining room to divide the en-suite shower room from the master bedroom and landing.

Having stripped layers of paint and wallpaper we were overjoyed to be bestowed a wonderfully eye catching palimpsest of panelling. Layers of pretty pinks and greens now decorate the master bedroom which is beautifully balanced by simple lime plastered walls. These pinks served as inspiration for the fire surround in the master bedroom.

Many heirloom pieces are present in the house and it was important to be able to use these aside more modern pieces.

Throughout the build and decoration the house started to reveal it’s original true colours. We have matched many of these to ensure the building’s character and authenticity are retained for another 250 years.