In October we began converting three old barns on our 17th century farm into a forever home for our little family. The former cattle sheds will be an open plan living space, snug and laundry room (!), and what was once a hay loft will be a long, narrow bedroom for all of us, plus a family bathroom. We’ve added three sliding glass doors to let in the beautiful light, we’ve painted old oak beams white, and rendered the thick stone walls. We want the space to feel clean and modern and easy to look after and we’ve tried to bring in as many natural elements as possible, with grey slate tiles and light fittings made from glass, bamboo and cork. We’ve bought discounted kitchen appliances, built cheap pine cladding units, and laid floorboards made from oak planks bought at our local wood yard. My parents bought us a wonderful roll-top bath that I’m planning to paint, that we’ve positioned in front of a window, looking out at open fields and our ancient oak woods, and we managed to find some inexpensive porcelain sinks for the kitchen and laundry room. Most of our furniture will be staying in our current home, which we plan to let as a gîte this summer.
Here are some recent pics of our new home, if you’d like to see. My OH would like us to move in by my birthday next month. There’s a lot to do but he’s working hard, and if anyone can do it I know he can.
building our forever home

this will be our main living space, with the kitchen at the back. the oven and hob are built into the kitchen island and the sliding glass doors look out over our potager and open fields

building our forever home

this used to be the farm’s hay loft and will be a large bedroom for the four of us (we’ll likely divide the space as the boys grow)

 

building our forever home

the snug. the sunrises and sunsets are going to amazing from the glass doors, and we’re building a terrace just outside for balmy summer evenings (the boys will be sleeping right upstairs)

the family bathroom. i’m thinking of painting the bath dark grey or blue (thoughts?) and we’ve positioned it to make the most of the lovely views

 

I’m looking forward to finally decorating, and imagine we’ll be making an inevitable trip to IKEA as well as scouring local brocantes and vide greniers. Right now we’re thinking of a clean (but cosy), mid-century modern style, with pops of colour and bold prints. If you have any recommendations for brands to check out, I’d love to hear!
Emma xx

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