The deVOL Journal

Oak Farm

7th June 2017

By Charlie McEnery

At the end of April we had the opportunity to do a photo shoot in a beautifully converted farm house in the Leicestershire countryside, only 15 minutes away from our Cotes Mill offices and showroom.

We squeezed all the props, accessories and camera equipment we could into Sophie, our marketing manager’s little car (her 3 door hatchback is quite the tardis) and off we went. Once we had arrived at Oak Farm we were greeted by three happy dogs, two cats, the lovely homeowner and a cup of tea, what more could we ask for!?

The farmhouse was quite long but still very wide. The house had once been neglected farm buildings that have been lovingly converted to a stunning family home. I know that some farmhouses can be a little dark and gloomy but this was quite the opposite, it was very spacious with big windows and high ceilings making it very light and airy.

We felt quite overwhelmed at first as we had three rooms to photograph and we didn’t quite know where to start. We decided on the kitchen, it was the biggest room and most definitely the heart of the home, it was a huge open plan space, with the kitchen area on one side with a snug/living room leading off to the side, at the other end was the family dining area and leading off from that was a beautiful utility room and pantry.

This is their beautiful utility room.

They decided on our Aged Oak Wood Effect Porcelain throughout this whole space! It looks like real wood with the practicalities of porcelain, perfect for busy family life. You can spill pretty much anything on it without the worry of it staining. We also noticed that she had decided on underfloor heating, it was very cosy underfoot. The kitchen was a stunning deVOL Shaker Kitchen in deVOL’s Mushroom paint for the main part of the kitchen and the island was painted in deVOL’s Lead colour.

The whole house had been filled with lots of beautiful accessories and artwork, making the whole property feel very homely and welcoming. They have managed to achieve a very practical space without compromising on style.

This is Winnie the cutest little model in the form of a Cockapoo who seems very pleased with the owner’s decision to go with underfloor heating.

Winnie was understandably very excited about her new career in modelling and did have a little accident, thankfully it was on the Aged Oak Porcelain so it wiped straight up as if nothing had happened, pheww!

Moving onto the living room, this room definitely had more of a formal feel and was filled with lots of character and charm. They had decided on the Umbrian Limestone for this room, as it looks as though it’s been laid for years and years and really adds to the grandeur of the room.

They used the Umbrian Limestone as the fire hearth as well which looks amazing with the herringbone style bricks and the wood burning stove.

Last but not least our Dove House Handmade Ceramic Tiles have been laid in the customer’s downstairs cloakroom, as a sink splashback and it looks very pretty! The simplicity of the white speckled tiles really works well in this cute little space.

We know that it can be a tough decision when it comes to flooring and tiles, so we hope that this beautiful farmhouse has given you some inspiration. If you are interested in any of these tiles you can find them on our website at  or if you need some help with your current or up coming project then feel free to contact one of our flooring experts on 01509 234000 or email us at .

If you are interested in a deVOL kitchen then you can find our sister company at

One of the most rewarding parts of our job is seeing our customer’s finished projects once they have been completed, so if you have had any products from us and would like to share the results with us we would LOVE to see them. You can send them in and enter our ‘Show Us Your Floor’ competition by emailing us at and also have the chance of winning £100 if your finished project wins our monthly competition… good luck!