When it comes to house renovations, for many of us it’s simply a case of adding an extension or knocking down a few internal walls. But for the owners of this stunning Mill House property in the tranquil English countryside, their starting point was a working farm full of character and history. What was once a former pigsty, Mill House slowly but surely evolved into a warm, welcoming family home as the various outbuildings were joined together to create a sprawling U-shaped layout. It may have had unconventional beginnings but the property is now packed with heritage and natural beauty throughout, thanks to a sympathetic interior design by Sims Hilditch, which features stone tiling by Artisans of Devizes throughout.
The kitchen is the hub of any home and this scheme, with its bespoke in-frame Shaker-style cabinetry, is complemented throughout by Buscot Limestone flooring in a Seasoned Finish with an American Pattern layout. Warm and durable, the large format tiles create instant impact, which cleverly manages to remain understated at the same time. ‘Our flagship stone, this design adds subtle character to any space,’ explains Mark Thompson, project sales consultant at Artisans of Devizes, who worked with Sims Hilditch to select the perfect stone. ‘It’s ideal for rustic kitchens, as it oozes character and charm while being extremely hardwearing – perfect for high traffic areas.’
The same flooring is carried through to the entrance hall with its beautifully crafted timber panelled walls and a built-in storage niche that is used by the family for letters, paperwork and correspondence. A pair of console tables provides a handy spot for additional storage and some fresh foliage while a fisherman’s-style wall light enhances the vintage vibe. ‘Having the same stone flooring throughout a home lends a sense of flow and unity,’ adds project sales consultant Mark Thompson. ‘We laid it through to the utility area too, where it works wonderfully as a contrast to the pale mauve cabinetry. It’s a good design tool to use in any downstairs layout, especially where you want to create a feeling of space and a seamless finish.’
Upstairs, the master bathroom is the ultimate relaxing retreat and features a vanity top, upstands, bath surround and bath upstand in Artisans of Devizes’ Lanyon Limestone. Its neutral tones and subtle markings are ideal for enhancing a timeless, elegant interior and it’s the perfect partner for the classic in-frame panelled cabinetry.