Parley Manor

Parley Manor

We were approached by the owners of Parley Manor in the Autumn of 2019 to refurbish their bedrooms and bathrooms. The house is still very much a family home and the grounds have been used as a successful wedding venue for many years. They hadn’t offered guest accommodation previously, but decided they wanted to be able to open up the house to wedding parties for exclusive use.

To facilitate this, we were asked to refurbish 7 bedrooms and bathrooms to a high standard. As it was still used by the family and now for commercial purposes, it was required that everything was decorated to comply with official hospitality standards. We ensured fabrics were flamed proofed and all fixtures and fittings were suitable for contract use.

Each room was fully redecorated with its own unique design making the best use of the room’s aspect. New hotel quality beds, new floor and wall coverings, light fittings, bespoke curtains and cushions brought a luxurious finish to the rooms, and by creating unique designs we could add in some humorous and quirky touches!

We were able to reuse much of the client’s existing furniture and antiques, reupholstering chairs and sofas where possible, thus ensuring a sustainable note to the project.

The completion of the project was undoubtedly hampered by the pandemic but we were able to complete the installation early in the summer of 2020. While many weddings had to be postponed last year, the venue is fully booked for 2021 (and beyond) and the rooms have already received wonderful reviews which we are very proud of.


Cottage Project

Cottage Project

This Grade II Listed Cottage was once part of the National Trust Kingston Lacey Estate in Dorset before it was sold to private owners in the mid 1980’s. The current custodians asked me to help with the design of their Master Bedroom and En-suite.

In the Bedroom we softened the look of the chimney by knocking back the harsh breeze blocks and rendering it in a more rustic lime plaster. The fireplace was restored by a local salvage company and we built a new wardrobe for additional storage. Bespoke curtains, cushions and lampshades were made using fabrics from Peony & Sage and Ian Sanderson and a much-loved old piano stool was reupholstered with a smart wool fabric from Linwood. The bedside tables, chest of drawers, paint and wool blanket were all from Neptune. The lamps were from Jim Lawrence. In the En-suite the brief was to include a free-standing bath and walk-in shower so much consideration was given to the best layout allowing for the cob walls and slope of the thatched roof. The washstand was from Neptune and the brassware was from Burlington.


Monmouth Road

Monmouth Road

This project in North End, Portsmouth was the first of two 7-Bed HMOs (House of Multiple Occupancy) which I designed for a local Property Developer. This mid-Victorian terrace house was extended at the back and into the roof space to provide a large communal Living/Kitchen/Dining Room and 7 Bedrooms all with their own private En-suites. The Developer was keen to have a high-end finish so as to command a slightly higher rent and attract young professionals working in the Portsmouth area who desired quality accommodation and a long-term tenancy. The property was fully let by the time we had finished providing a fast return on investment for the client.


Powerscourt Road

Powerscourt Road

This mid-Victorian terrace house was the second HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) which I designed for the same Developer as the Monmouth Road project. Just a couple of streets away, the brief was exactly the same, to provide high quality accommodation. Again, the property was extended at the back and up into the loft and all 7 Bedrooms had their own private bathrooms. As with Monmouth Road, the property was fully let on completion, initially to a group of Navy contractors who were commissioned to work at the Docks thus ensuring a secure rental income and quick return on investment.


Maidenhead Church

Maidenhead Church

This Church in the centre of Maidenhead underwent a large extension to cater for the many events it hosts and community groups which use its facilities. My brief was to design the Main Hall and provide a clean, bright space with an adaptable lighting scheme for the various services it holds. Old wall panelling was removed and the damp behind it was treated to prevent it reoccurring and new, elegant panelling installed around the room. A practical 100% polypropylene carpet was laid to withstand heavy use and compliment the colour of the existing chairs. We installed a new lighting system with large pendants for overall lighting, and LED strips fitted on the top side of the beams to provide gentle

up-lighting for when a more intimate or contemplative atmosphere was required. A local carpenter was commissioned to build the new Oak doors which echoed the Gothic shape of the windows. The pendant in the Porch was from Cox & Cox.


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