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The deVOL Journal


15th September 2017

By Sophie McKay

A few weeks ago, Charlie and I went to visit one of our lovely customers, Adrian, who had just undertaken the most amazing transformation on this dilapidated old barn.

The house was on the edge of the Peak District and had the most glorious views out across a reservoir. Even though the weather was awful the day we visited, it was still a stunning area, and with the number of ramblers we saw trundling by it is obviously a great place for walking too!

Inside, the barn was completely unrecognisable from what it once was. A gorgeous kitchen had been installed, with our Silver Tumbled Travertine on the floor, leading through to the most amazing open plan dining/living area. A mezzanine housed a study area at one end, and at the other end were the bedrooms and bathroom, which had the most incredible views over the countryside.

The house had an industrial kind of feel to it, which was softened by the rustic flooring used throughout and the warm wood furniture. The house had only just been completed, with a few areas just needing the final touches, so they hadn’t moved in yet, but the barn already felt like home. We were made to feel very welcome, and we could have stayed chatting all day about the project, but we had to drag ourselves away, do our job and take some photos, which we hope you love as much as we do.

While the sun gods were looking down on us, we managed to take some great pics of the kitchen, a soft green/grey colour which went beautifully with our Silver Tumbled Travertine that had been laid on the floor. As well as the silvery grey tones, the travertine has shades of pale beige and fawn throughout, which work perfectly at bringing some warmth to the room. The areas of dark quartz in the stone were picked out by the black granite worktops and the Smeg cooker, tying everything together perfectly.

Steps (which had been cleverly created from our Umbrian Limestone) lead down to the open plan, industrial-inspired dining/living room. This spectacular area was also laid with our Umbrian Limestone, and the light streaming in through the large windows on either side of the room really highlighted the textures and colours in the stone.

The Umbrian has grey undertones, with earthy umber, sand and moss green colours throughout, as well as the occasional flash of deep mauve. The hand dressed edges give the stone an aged appearance, which is ideal for this setting and could almost pass as the original barn floor. The earthy greens and red/browns throughout also provided a link with the outside, nestled amongst the trees and the reservoir, this home is a real haven in the countryside.

I couldn’t write this blog without mentioning our new little friend – Biscuit the dog! She was completely adorable, ‘helped’ us the entire day and even became the perfect model. We think she’s definitely mastered the moody, gazing-out-into-the-distance look!

We hope you’ve been inspired by these pictures, and if you do want to send us photos of your own project, we’d love to see them. You never know, we could be paying a trip to your home next!


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