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Flooring: Brushed prime grade engineered oak in smoked washy grey

When faced with the beginning of a new chapter in her life, Heather Kiernan had a simple choice: renovation or relocation. Perhaps swayed by the memories invested throughout several decades spent living in the Scottish Border town of Stow, she made the decision to update and redefine her existing living space within her well-loved Victorian villa.

Maximising Light and Space

Sally Ruel Architect initially collaborated with Heather in redesigning the interior, removing walls and introducing glass doors in order to maximise the light and space inherent in the building. Heather then set about project managing the intricacies of the transformation, hiring trusted and experienced local craftsmen to work to a high specification in creating her ideal interior.

Heathers love of natural materials is apparent in both the fabric and palette of her home, all chosen with a commonality of purpose; focusing on maximising light and presenting a neutral, understated background to showcase her vintage graphic art collection.

Simply Perfect

Imaginatively sourced, hand-crafted glass fittings provide sparkle and interest, whilst bespoke items of furniture (created by artisan woodworker Simon Fowler) blend with treasured pieces so perfectly they appear to have co-existed for centuries. A pale timber floor flows through the house on both levels in most rooms, adding to the unity of the spaces. Heather tells us: "Helen Lucas recommended you, and after the 'WOW!' your products elicited from me when I first saw them, how could I resist? I love the quality of your timber, the grain, how tactile the brushed oak boards are... plus the smoked grey finish perfectly complements the range of recommended hues by my Farrow & Ball colour consultant - simply perfect."

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