The Porch House | Designed by Brakspear’s Stephanie Dennett

The Porch House was an extensive renovation project that honoured the building’s history (reportedly the oldest Inn in England) and its setting in the Cotswold town of Stow on the Wold. The building now provides the right atmosphere for each discerning guest. I had a rare moment before guests arrived to have a look upstairs at the bedrooms and absorb all the details.

Brakspear Pub Company’s lead Interior designer shares some insights from the project and professional tips.

WHAT WAS YOUR FOCUS BEHIND THE RENOVATION?

“The building has so much history, being the oldest Inn in England, and stunning period features. The inspiration was to create an interior that showcased all the building’s features whilst having a warm, cosy, laid-back traditional Cotswold feel”.

WHAT INSIDER TIPS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO ACHIEVE a PROFESSIONAL ATMOSPHERE AT HOME?

“The main tip I would give to create a professional looking scheme at home is to create a sample board for your project before making any decisions. Pull together images of furniture and lighting that you’re considering, along with samples of carpets, hard floorings, worktops, fabrics and paint colours. When you put them all together on a board it becomes very easy to see any parts any items that don’t work together. Once you’re happy with your choices, take a photo of the board, and refer to it whenever you’re shopping for items. You’ll find that this helps to keep your purchases in line with your original vision, and stops you getting overwhelmed by the huge range of choice there is”

        

HAVE YOU ALWAYS KNOWN YOU WERE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER, LONG BEFORE YOU BECAME ONE?

“Yes although I’ve never thought about it like that before! I have loved interiors since I was tiny and as a child I used to beg my mum to take me round the show houses whenever new homes were built near us. My mother is an artist so I was encouraged to be creative. I actually told my grandmother that I wanted to be an interior designer when I was 9 years old

      

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The Porch House can be found in Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire,

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