I first met Sue Whimster when I was completing my KLC Interior Design Course in 2007. Since then Sue and I have worked on several projects together in both London and the Cotswolds.
Johnsons Farm in Oxfordshire was a total refurbishment and remains an ongoing project to this day. I have been involved in all aspects of the project from kitchen and bathroom plans, room layouts, sourcing builders and carpenters, purchasing all furniture and decorative items as well as choosing all the fabrics.
Sue has been responsible for producing all the textile furnishings throughout the house, from valences, cushions and bedspreads to all the blinds, curtains and pelmets. In addition, Sue sourced all the curtain poles, each one with a different finial and varying shades of the same colour!
This project was about creating an eclectic look, incorporating a mix of modern pieces which are then complimented by the antique pieces. Textiles and pattern are an important part of creating a warmth and cosiness in any country house and for me an absolute must particularly in larger rooms. So important are fabrics I will often start the design of a room by choosing a fabric first in order to then work out my colour palette. Johnsons Farm incorporates various fabrics from many different suppliers such as Romo, Fox Linton, Harlequin, GP & J Baker, Colefax and Fowler, Chase Erwin and Vaughan.
As with many older houses there are always bound to be awkward windows to dress. Sue managed to maximise the light within each room by implementing clever design solutions.