Berkshire Show Home
Last year, Berkshire-based Interior Design Studio, Barclay Interiors Ltd, created a beautiful interior for a new 6 bedroom, multi-million pound Show House in Ascot, Berkshire for a local developer.
Transforming the luxury residential development from shell to aspirational family home, the brief was to create a light and spacious residence whilst using a carefully curated fusion of contemporary and classic design. As a result, the project was recently shortlisted for a SBID Award in the Show Flats and Developments category. Premier Hospitality spoke to Sarah Barclay, Creative Director at Barclay interiors, about the project:
“We had worked on similar projects in recent months so were thrilled to be asked to work on this project by our client. They really enjoyed our pitch and ideas from the outset, and we just knew it would be a successful union and a delightful project to work on. Sometimes, allocated budgets can prove challenging, but our client apportioned a realistic budget to this project and we managed to create some beautiful bespoke elements within the design.”
Moving away from solely neutral palettes and metallic finishes, the design for this home combined a variety of textures, layered colours and beautiful forms to create the stunning interior. To give a sense of vitality, blues and oranges were introduced to add shots of colour, making the house feel vibrant and fun, but, at the same time, keeping a refined aesthetic to the design with all areas being planned with style, space and functionality in mind.
“We wanted to create something a little different to the usual show home look. We added elegance using glass, mirror and brass, as well as colour, and a little less Swarowski crystal. We knew that large artworks can be expensive, so we decided to create a feature wall installation made from mirrors as you come in to the entrance hall. They had to be carefully curated, and it took some time to install, but it looks fantastic and creates a talking point.”
As well as including detailed, bespoke pieces, there needed to be a continuity in the design throughout the whole house. “With regards to the design, we worked initially from the working drawings, and had access to the building in the August, finishing the project in December. Although the installation took only a few weeks, we spent at least six months prior working on the project. We fully styled the larger rooms and the kept the smaller rooms more simply dressed apportioning a larger part of the budget to the more important rooms. Above all, I believe we have created a stylish, glamorous and luxurious living environment for our client’s potential buyers.”
As the icing on the cake, the project was recently shortlisted for a SBID Award in the Show Flats and Developments category. We asked Sarah how she felt about being nominated for this prestigious award. “It was such an honour to be nominated, and we feel thrilled. As this is the first competition we have entered we feel an amazing sense of achievement… so, back at our studio, we have been quietly basking in our nominated glory for the last few months!”
To find out more about the project and the designer visit http://barclay-interiors.com/.