Upon discovering a neglected barn in an enchanting corner of Cotswold countryside, British actress and media personality Donna Air knew she had struck gold. A long-time fan of OKA, she called on our Interior Design team to bring her “old meets new” vision for the space to life.
It's been so fun working with the OKA team; it’s been a real lovely collaboration and a great team effort.
To start, our UK-based designers met with Air to get an idea of her requirements for the singular building, which was a tractor showroom before being left derelict for over 50 years.
My interiors style is very eclectic; I love color, I love warmth. I like a lot of different textures. I like it to be relaxed and organic and really feel comfortable.
They then worked together to select OKA pieces, quickly coming to an understanding of which combination would respect the space’s integral features, such as exposed brick walls, plenty of warm Cotswold stone and a staircase brought in from an old Spitfire factory, while also delivering the color, comfort and texture Air was so keen on. Once these details were finalized, delivery and installation were arranged.
The blend is harmonious; our furniture and décor provide a gateway between older elements and touches of contemporary design, such as the dazzling floating fireplace.
I fell in love with this space because it’s so unusual; the integrity’s been brought back to a very old building. Every little piece in this house has a story.
The result of the collaboration is an inviting and peaceful place for Air to unwind, one that feels unique to her, where she can enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Working with a designer, there are always things you haven’t thought of. You learn so much… you learn new ways of doing things, and you can keep those tricks up your sleeve for the next one.