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This Georgian home mixes trad and modern farmhouse style

This Georgian home mixes trad and modern farmhouse style

Looking at this impressive kitchen with its exposed brick walls, high beamed ceiling and rustic wood tones, you’d be forgiven for thinking it belongs to a classic farmhouse. Sure, the kitchen has been created from a converted barn, but that barn is attached to a far older property, which itself has a later Georgian façade. 

One of the world’s best homes, this house spans three different architectural styles and merges contemporary and traditional design elements and furnishings to create a comfortable family home. There’s no shortage of inspiring features and we’ve picked out our favourite spaces below. 

Hallway

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Part of the home’s renovation involved widening the home’s Georgian entrance by removing a wall. Remodelling has opened up the space, producing a bright, welcoming reception for visitors. Hallway ideas include hanging dramatic artwork to one side of the repositioned living room entrance. Walls and woodwork in Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore keep the space light and airy. An iconic Ercol bench is a statement piece, but also a useful piece of furniture for the enlarged space. 

Living room snug

living room with green walls and beams pale gray sofa bright cushions and view to kitchen up steps

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This living room snug in the middle of the home dates back to the 16th century. It’s thought that the front of the house burned down and was rebuilt in the 1700s, hence the Georgian façade. Living room ideas for the cosy space include moody grey-green walls and warm oak flooring that links the snug and kitchen-diner. Piled with cushions, the L-shaped sofa creates a cosy, family-friendly corner. Because the snug is at a lower level than the kitchen, there’s a real sense that the cosy room is hunkered down at the heart of the house. 

Kitchen

kitchen with beams brick walls and green units old dark wood carved table

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The kitchen at the back was a single-storey brick barn that was added about 100 years ago. Kitchen ideas for this rustic space include deep grey-green for the cabinets with pale marble tops to emphasise the light. The bricks and rafters have been left exposed so that the beauty of the original space shines through. 

dark wood carved antique kitchen table with beams brick wall aga and big clocki

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An antique carved dining table has been paired with space-maximising bench seating. The pendant lighting was salvaged from a Cornish warehouse. 

kitchen sink with beams green cabinets and pale base cabinets

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The large butler’s sink and dishwashers are sited at the far end of the kitchen, up a couple of steps leaving the central area free for entertaining.

Primary bedroom

bedroom with fireplace cane bed frame

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Bedroom ideas for the primary bedroom are simple, a matching pair of antique wardrobes fit the bedroom alcoves and the original decorative fire insert was swapped at a reclamation yard for a simpler style. Walls painted in Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. The homeowner chose the rattan-style bed to match a treasured antique chair (below). 

bedroom with georgian window floral linen curtains and antique cane chair

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Bathroom

bathroom with tongue and groove panel on bath pale blue walls and tiles pale wood effect floor and stripped antique cabinet used as vanity unit

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The old bathroom was tired and in need of an update. New wood-effect flooring, tongue and groove paneling for the bath, lustre tiles and a chest of drawers adapted to make an elegant washstand are the key bathroom ideas that gave the space its new identity. 

Georgian façade

exterior of double fronted Georgian home with pale green painted window frames and door

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The symmetrical Georgian façade of the house gives nothing away about the 16th-century middle section and early-20th-century barn at the back of the house.