Three 17th-century Cotswold cottages become a cohesive, colourful house

Some eye-catching interior design alchemy by Nadine Finnegan has transformed a charming old Oxfordshire property into a colourful and characterful family home

The headboard in Rapture & Wright’s ‘Moorish Maze’ in madder pink is offset by a Tate & Darby rug.

Paul Massey

The main bedroom has a boudoir-like air. The initial inspiration was a Trove By Studio Duggan chest that is painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Green Smoke’. ‘Sophie wanted the room to be colourful and romantic,’ Nadine recalls. The real find was the Brunschwig & Fils fabric sourced on Ebay, which was used to make a bolster for the bed and the blind, and also to reupholster an occasional chair. This floral theme is continued in the dressing room corridor, which is papered entirely in Colefax and Fowler’s ‘Jardine’.

The biggest design challenge was Sophie’s mother’s room. ‘It felt like a contemporary studio and I wanted to bring back a feeling of warmth,’ Nadine explains. She achieved this by adding dado-height tongue-and-groove panelling painted in a soft sage green and papering the ceiling in Beata Heuman’s ‘Florentine Flowers’. Sophie wanted her mother to feel as though she was ‘staying in a nice hotel’ – and an inviting king-size bed upholstered in Schumacher’s ‘La Menagerie’ and a large freestanding bath in a corner of the bedroom create exactly the desired effect. Nadine says with satisfaction, ‘I love how happy the house makes them feel’.

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