THE HANGING SEAT
I always have a renovation project on-the-go in one of our houses. I am sure it drives my husband slightly mad! Luckily for us, or for my husband, we have a large barn where I can try and contain the mess. It is now full of antiques and curiosities that I collect. I can’t go anywhere without discovering something. Either on our travels, or in antique shops, or at auctions. I tend to buy things simply because I love them and hope, one day, that they will fit perfectly into one of my projects. And so it was with the hanging chair in Corderie. It is an earlier love story. I saw it and just thought how much I would love to use it one day. When we bought Corderie I knew I had to use it there. Now I can’t imagine the lounge space without it. We all love it and use it often. In fact when our children were little I would often find both of them in there together!
THE COPPER BATHTUB
I had a William Holland copper bath in our old farmhouse in Sussex. I absolutely loved it. So when we purchased Corderie I decided I would also like one there. I had tried to stick to natural materials as much as possible in the restoration so the copper bath seemed to also fit perfectly with this ethos. William makes baths with such fabulous poportions and that also worked well in the spacious Corderie bathrooms. In fact it's all the bathrooms and bathtubs that have required us to install two very large hot water tanks at Corderie! How else could we fill all our lovely baths!
Candles are definitely my thing! I nearly always have a candle burning in my house and I like to change them with the seasons. I think all the senses need to be aroused in order to truly enjoy a space. The visuals of Corderie are important, but the smell of a place, the feel, the warmth, the peace, the light - these are all important elements of the same package. Smell is especially important to me. Which I think is why candles have become such a pivotal part of every room I design.
I really enjoy sourcing candles. Personal favourites for Corderie include Baies in the summer from Diptyque and their winter limited editions. A very talented friend of mine is about to launch her own candle range which I can’t wait to use, she bought her samples over for me to ‘sniff’ the other day and there is a particular favourite that I want to use in the chalet, so watch this space. I also love Cire Trudon candles and they are always on my Christmas present list.
THE DINING TABLE
The very talented James Ransley of Whetstone Oak made this for me. This is one piece of wood, which came from an old oak tree.
I gave James the dimensions and off he went to find a tree big enough! I got an excited call from him one morning saying he had located a tree, and it had been sliced. So I raced over to his yard in Ashford where he had several slices for me to choose from. Once I had the slice we then had to start drying it. This was a process that took many many months.
The table is a very clever piece of engineering. If you look underneath you will see what I mean. Every now and then we have to tighten the mechanism under there as the table dries a little bit more over the years.