Behind the look: Romance, Restored
When OKA co-founder Sue Jones styled a Grade II-listed manor house in Portishead, she had one thing in mind: to allow the features of the property to sing. Court House Farm has a certain magic about it. Dating back to the medieval period, its buildings have been carefully restored over the years, but its character remains quite the same. Stepping inside is like stepping into a moment frozen in time. There are so many fascinating historical elements: the raw plaster walls, old brick fireplaces, weathered wooden floors and huge beams. Rather than play to the traditional to showcase these details, Sue chose to create a setting full of contrast. Modern, clean-lined furniture, plenty of patterned textiles, and an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary accessories look, surprisingly, right at home here amid all the history and authentic paintings. It’s a seamless look that is simultaneously smart and welcoming, without overstatement.
This unique, airy scheme has an open layout. The soft cream and dusty pink-hued walls, in tandem with the beautiful architectural details – such as the poetic archway separating the sitting and dining room – can’t help but lend a sense of romance. Sue chose pieces she loves that fit together with ease, but this is by no means a matchy-matchy look. Instead, assorted side tables feature alongside seating with natural-toned upholstery, which allows your eye to be drawn to the rich greens and oranges in full bloom.
In light of the 13th-century setting, a dining room that veers towards the historical felt like a wise choice. The bare wooden Conisbrough Table and Gullion Bench call to mind great halls and medieval banquets. If you peek to your left, you’ll see a large cabinet full of china that’s perfect for present-day feasts.
Isphahan Porcelain Crockery
Antrim Dining Table - Ebonised Oak
Comfort was particularly important to Sue, so here you’ll find all the ingredients for the dreamiest of nooks: a side table for a mug of your favorite drink, a floor lamp to allow reading late into the night and a picture-perfect view (ideal, if deep down you’re a morning person). A patterned sofa may seem too far outside of your comfort zone at first but our Tarma proves that stripes can be both soothing and versatile.
Tarma 2-Seater Sofa - Soft Charcoal
Chantal French-Style Linen Armchair -Natural