When approaching the interior design of a period building, taking into account the architecture and history that surrounds it, it takes a highly skilled and sympathetic designer to create elegant, comfortable, yet up-to-date spaces, befitting of their surroundings. As soon as Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen spotted their Sussex farmhouse they decided to purchase it without even seeing inside. Half-Tudor, half nineteenth-century, the farmhouse had everything they required including its location which is only an hour from London by train.
As owner of the International design company, Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Paolo has an undeniable flair for design so beautifully portrayed in the interior of his farmhouse. When Paolo Moschino took over Nicholas Haslam in 1995 it is said he injected an international style to the company and this clearly reflects in his work as a designer. Although Paolo and Philip re-configured the interior of their home, opening up the spaces, they retained the original architectural features such as the wonderful beamed ceilings and wide wooden floors. A mix of styles throughout the house evoke a European country feel. Collections of antiquities feature throughout the farmhouse such as the Catholic statuary on the chest of drawers and the collection of blue and white porcelain, inspired by the 18th century French screen that hangs on the adjacent wall. Throughout the home there is a perfect balance of furnishing and decorative pieces reflecting Paolo's true international style.
Above: In the kitchen, traditional styled joinery with an inset modern oven blend seamlessly into their surroundings. The bread boards blend wonderfully with the ancient beams above
Above: The renovated barn/guest house features period architecture with modern lighting and a mix of furnishing
Photography - Simon Brown
Images via Paolo Moschino
I have have viewed these images over and over, I find this home absolutely charming and it makes me want to add more collections to my own home. The wall sconces seen in the dining room are a great way to show off objet's d'arte especially in a hallway where there may be limited space for furniture. I just love everything about this home, including the barn which I could live happily in for the rest of my life, (dogs included).
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam have a wide collection of furniture, lighting, fabrics and accessories available in their London stores which can also be viewed on-line. If you are an interior designer with a special client or looking for something unique, I encourage you to visit their website.
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