Coherent design & the importance of theme


Under the spell of Amanda and Tony Timmer, a historic malt house overlooking the endless  Evenlode valley has been nurtured and reimagined into an incredible comfortable country inn.

Honouring the English pub but with undertones of sophistication and finesse,  country authenticity is mixed with relaxed elegance. Each space feels special, and had me scratching my head and consequently digging beneath the surface to understand how this space came to be.

I had the pleasure of sharing some time with co-owner Amanda Timmer, as we sat under the shade of a tree discussing all things design. In this first part, I’ve looked at coherent design & the importance of ‘theme’.

Renovation projects present endless decisions, and the options are overwhelming, but I sensed a cool calm head on the shoulders of the restaurateurs at the helm. Amanda shared with me that the presence of a consistent theme helps spaces feel balanced, comfortable and coherent.

The 2 main focuses at the centre of their decision making  are  (1) Food and Wine and (2) Countryside, Nature and Animals which ultimately form the identity at The Feathered Nest.

Inside this lounge area, antler horns adorn beams, stoneware jugs sit above the fireplace alongside textured logs.

When table covers were increased beyond the original dining room, the building was extended slightly out into the lower terrace level, creating a high wall either side. Amanda commissioned a local Cotswold artist to produce a painting inspired from the local countryside.

Additional art sourced at auction shows livestock, wildlife and country sporting pursuits. Collections relating to wine and food are displayed tastefully, such as traditional corkscrews, diagrams of edible mushrooms and antique food related items such as glass penny licks.

A nod to the equestrian vibe, leather saddles have been turned into fun and comfortable stools at the bar.

The building features are enhanced by a well thought out lighting plan, including a niche decorated with painted tiles depicting many different birds. 

Next to the main dining room, a drinks ‘service area’ was created, fashioned from wooden wine boxes. Above this is found a statement pendant made from antler horns.

Tony is a wine specialist, and a climate-controlled cellar was designed to be accessible and visible next to the snug which flows off the dining room. This atmospheric feature was previously a dead space for storing highchairs.


 Part two | Layout Flow function…. (to follow)


The Feathered Nest can be found in the little Cotswold village of Nether Westcote.




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