Trinity HallTraditional Living Room, Oxfordshire
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‘We made a lot of structural alterations to the old part of the house,’ says Kieron. ‘It’s a Victorian building and was designed for a different era. Back then, people wanted smaller, independent living spaces. We had to knock down a number of walls to create the wide, open-plan areas we have now.’ The client wanted to respect the traditional features in the original house without them overpowering the space. ‘She had a lot of ideas about what she wanted to achieve and we worked closely together to create this formal, but comfortable entertaining area,’ says Kieron. The client was particularly passionate about lighting, and statement chandeliers and pendants add visual interest throughout the home. Here, good lighting is essential. ‘This is naturally quite a dark space,’ says Kieron. ‘There is a large tree in front of the window, but the house is in a conservation area, so we had to respect it and leave it there.’