MAKING A MARK
Homes & Gardens|January 2022
Henriette von Stockhausen was brought in to infuse this 18th-century former rectory with a look that is both classic and charmingly carefree
RACHEL LEEDHAM
RECEPTION HALL

A Verdure tapestry and antique kilim enhance the character of this space. Try Guinevere Antiques for a Verdure tapestry. Melon vase lamp in Sang de Boeuf, Vaughan. Antique silk lampshade, Robert Kime

DINING ROOM

‘This room was always going to be dark so I suggested we use this scenic wallpaper to make it atmospheric,’ says Henriette. Verdure with Birds in Fennel Seed wallpaper, Watts of Westminster. Chair backs and tablecloth in Rigoletto in Green Slate, Kerry Joyce at Justin Van Breda. Mirrored tabletop, Saligo Design

When an entrepreneurial couple swapped their large, open-plan home in Dulwich, south London, for an 18th-century former rectory in Oxfordshire, it quickly became apparent that their sleek Italian furniture wasn’t going to make the cut. ‘We could see that this place was crying out for a country house aesthetic but I also knew that I was incapable of putting that look together,’ says the owner.

It was a striking image of a decorative bathroom created by Henriette von Stockhausen that first alerted the client to the interior designer. ‘I contacted Henriette and asked her if she felt she could create a similar bathroom in this house and we went from there,’ she says, adding, ‘During our first year here, we had converted one of the outbuildings so that we could live on site with our teenage son during the renovations. I also have four grown-up children and a big part of the brief was to future-proof the house so that we could accommodate regular visits from them, their partners and possible grandchildren.’

Key to creating an expansive, welcoming home was a convivial kitchen and this was created in a handsome extension that was added to the Grade II-listed building. ‘It’s not too huge, so it still feels very liveable, but it means that we can now all gather around the table,’ notes the owner, who as a keen gardener also used this opportunity to improve the house’s connection to the outdoor spaces, which have been skilfully landscaped by Bunny Guinness.

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