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Mary Barber Fray Mary Barber Fray Interior Design

Contemporary Victorian for art lovers

This late Victorian detached country home had been unsympathetically modernised in the past.  Our clients tasked us with updating their home to provide a more sympathetic backdrop for their extensive artwork collection, while retaining and restoring the bones the property, and introducing contemporary furnishings.  We reconfigured the first floor to create an open, more natural flow, with the main entrance given a welcoming and contemporary feel leading naturally to the various adjoining rooms.  Carefully chosen flooring, furnishings and colour schemes give a cohesive feel to the whole home  

A light and spacious drawing room provides a comfortable, calm, elegant but contemporary backdrop allowing the artwork to become the focus

A light and spacious drawing room provides a comfortable, calm, elegant but contemporary backdrop allowing the artwork to become the focus

Travertine floors and underfloor heating continue into adjacent rooms, with lighting & understated colours creating an open, welcoming feel

Travertine floors and underfloor heating continue into adjacent rooms, with lighting & understated colours creating an open, welcoming feel

Removing stud walls opens up a badly lit, narrow landing, allowing light to flood in to the house, & creates an open, relaxing seating space

Removing stud walls opens up a badly lit, narrow landing, allowing light to flood in to the house, & creates an open, relaxing seating space

A glamorous master bedroom with plentiful but discreet bespoke walnut storage in the dressing area and en-suite leading off the room

A glamorous master bedroom with plentiful but discreet bespoke walnut storage in the dressing area and en-suite leading off the room

A fun, vibrant and very comfortable simple guest room and en-suite, with contemporary four poster and side-by-side bathing

A fun, vibrant and very comfortable simple guest room and en-suite, with contemporary four poster and side-by-side bathing

One corner of the sleek but informal TV/games/socialising room.  An inset modern fire at the other end helps bring the large room together

One corner of the sleek but informal TV/games/socialising room. An inset modern fire at the other end helps bring the large room together