Houzz Tour: A Converted Barn Gets a Cool Industrial Update
Mixing materials and embracing this home’s character gave the owners the rural retreat they longed for
“The house had so much potential that wasn’t being used,” Cathy says. “Everything looked tired. It felt a bit ‘holiday cottage’ and we wanted it to feel ‘boutique hotel’.”
Who lives here? A couple with grown-up children during weekends and holidays
Location Alnwick, Northumberland
Property A converted barn
Size Three bedrooms and one bathroom
Designer Cathy Dean of Studio Dean
As the owners were keen to keep costs down, they decided to give the original flooring a facelift rather than replacing it. Cathy suggested sanding it back.
“We decided to go for an industrial vibe as a nod to the house’s agricultural past,” she says.
Coffee table, Swoon. Rug, Benuta. Table lamp, Cox & Cox.
The stove and hearth were already in place and the art was specially commissioned for the space.
Going for a continuous wash instead of changing colour between the wall and ceiling also draws the eye up into the vault.
Sofa; chairs; footstool, all Sofa.com. Central pendant, Lighting Direct. Globe pendants; dining chairs, all Cult Furniture. Arch lamp, Wayfair. Dining table, Made in Design. Walls painted in Stone Hearth, Benjamin Moore.
“We didn’t want it to be a cliché, but we wanted to play with what was already there architecturally and make it cohesive,” she says.
The chevron-patterned panel conceals the TV, sliding across the log store and shelves when it’s in use.
Kitchen cabinets painted in Black Beauty, Benjamin Moore. Kitchen island pendant lights, Lampsy.
Central pendant, Amara.
To make the house flexible for weekend visitors, Cathy opted for trundle beds in the guest room. These can be pulled all the way out to reveal shelving in the middle…
“We wanted to do something that looked great but didn’t cost a fortune,” Cathy says. “The shelves above the headboard and the curtain pole it hangs on are both just shop-bought items we used to create the idea of a bespoke metal shelf and pole, and then hung the headboard from it. Having metalwork fabricated would have been significantly more cash.”
Textured wallpaper adds a touch of luxury, while the windows were painted black to give the space added depth and an industrial edge.
Shelves, La Redoute. Wall lights, Ikea.
Vanity unit and basin, Drench. Mirror, Made.
Zellige Aubergine brick tiles, Best Tile.
“They love staying at the house now,” she says. “Their favourite bit is the kitchen island – they’re forever having dinner parties and it’s made the house feel like home.”
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