Monday, 20 August 2012

Stubton Hall: Design Inspired

I ventured up to North Lincolnshire this weekend for a wedding that was held at the beautiful Stubton Hall.

The venue was once a school for troubled students, but has since had a complete restoration and overhaul which was documented for TV show Country House Rescue.

The property, which sits on 24 acres (complete with 300ft water feature), now boasts of 15 bedrooms, a music room, and an orangery that seats more than 200, and has subsequently been named "one of the hundred best wedding venues in the world" by Brides Magazine.

At Stubton Hall, the carefully considered interiors seamlessly blend traditional, quirky, and contemporary to create a very eclectic, but chic and tailored look.

The so called "Chocolate Bar" lives up to the name, with slick brown walls and plush armchairs and sofas - the kind of seating that envelopes you completely so that moving is no longer an option.

via Stubton Hall

Our classic, yet bold bedroom featured a bright red wallpaper with a whimsical print of photo frames. The focal point of the room was the canopy bed, covered in folds of cream and red luxurious fabric, which took complete advantage of the cavernous ceiling height.

Yet for me, the showstopper of the entire venue was the grand sweeping staircase which led up to a hallway adorned with empty frames, and the bedrooms.

Painted a rich charcoal hue, the staircase walls were covered in gilt framed oil paintings with picture lights attached, which created a gallery effect. The pièce de résistance: the large ballroom chandelier hanging in the centre.

 To recreate this look:

+ Don't be afraid of colour - the richer the hue, the better. You can always balance it out with a white wainscot or neutral furniture.

+ Clever lighting creates an ambience. In addition to a statement chandelier, also use table and wall lamps, and spotlights.

+ Collect various frames from flea markets and second hand shops to create a gallery wall with a vintage feel.

+ If ever in doubt, you can never go wrong with a chesterfield sofa.

 Afghan Rug - Woven Ground, Chest of Drawers - One Kings Lane, Floor Lamp - Occa Home, Chesterfield Sofa - Massivum, Coffee Table - Made, Table Lamp - Restoration Hardware, Side Table - Bernhardt, Orson Armchair - Made, Bamboo Flooring - UK Flooring Direct

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  1. Love the chocolate room but how do people sleep in that bright red bedroom....Don't get me wrong i love it BUT it is quite bright! Beautiful place....

  2. Love it. You must have been in 'designers heaven'.


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