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Best 5 tips for a weekend makeover on your holiday home

In an exciting new collaboration, Classic Cottages have joined forces with Caudwell & Co Interiors, based in the south west, to bring you fresh and practical design inspiration for your holiday property or home.

 

Catherine, founder of Caudwell & Co and Anna Hamlyn, Property Manager for Classic Cottages, have a shared passion for interior design and are thrilled to be working together to bring you a monthly blog, packed with tips, advice and the latest interior design trends.

In an exciting new collaboration, Classic Cottages have joined forces with Caudwell & Co Interiors, based in the south west, to bring you fresh and practical design inspiration for your holiday property or home.

Catherine, founder of Caudwell & Co and Anna Hamlyn, Property Manager for Classic Cottages, have a shared passion for interior design and are thrilled to be working together to bring you a monthly blog, packed with tips, advice and the latest interior design trends.

 

How to restyle a room in a weekend

 

 

Top 5 Tips weekend room makeover

 

We all know the feeling, there's a room in the house which needs a bit of TLC, but there's never enough time and the bookings are flooding in...

Never fear! Here are our Top 5 Tips to enable you to transform any room easily and cheaply, over just a weekend.

 

 

 Tip 1. Get moving that furniture

Interior top tips for a weekend makeover

 

Often a room can be transformed just by rearranging the furniture. Find a focal point and arrange around it. This may mean taking an item out, or perhaps bringing something in, but you'll be surprised at how quickly the space can change with just a few alterations.  

The Long Barn, near Wellington, (left) uses the bespoke moulded concrete fireplace as the focal point for the room.

Kitchells Studio, near Ilminster, (right) uses the table as the focal piece in the room. They have created an uncluttered feel with classic country chairs, industrial shelving and a sheepskin rug.

 

 

Tip 2. Its time to upcycle

Interiors top 5 tips for a weekend makeover

 

Upcycling just a single piece of furniture, or accessory in the room can add new interest. Be it a chair, a lamp or even fabrics, small changes can make a big difference. Re-purposing old items for a new use (see images), or re-painting old furniture (see video below), the key thing is just to get stuck in.

Riverview near Dulverton (top) uses soft checked blankets as curtains in this bedroom to create a calm and tranquil feel.

The Cow Shed near Honiton (bottom) uses vintage olive washing buckets as lighting above the table in this unique kitchen.

 

How to upcycle an old chair in a couple of hours

Upcycling an old chair

 

 

Tip 3. Cushions, throws and rugs

Interiors top 5 tips for a weekend makeover

 

The addition of a some new cushions for the sofa, a cosy throw for an armchair or a luxurious rug will give any room a completely new look and feel. Here are some on-trend items at the moment to give you some inspiration, all sourced from Westcountry based retailers.

Striped Throws www.devonbeachcompany.com
Longwool Sheepskin Cushion www.thedartmoorshepherd.co.uk
Red Deer hide rug www.caudwellandco.co.uk

 

Tip 4. Go big!

Interiors Top 5 tips weekend makeover

 

Sometimes all a room needs is a new focal point to create new interest.
Try your local antiques centre or charity shop for cheap art works. Either try one large piece or buy several smaller pictures and hang them all together to create an impact. Equally, a large mirror or a vase or bowl can make a real statement.

Driftwood Cottage, Porthleven, went all out on the mirror front to add wow to a whitewashed bedroom.

Woodend Farm, Somerset, uses the large piece of art work on the right, teamed with a statement lamp for impact in the room.

 

 

Tip 5. Go green

Interiors top 5

 

Using plants and greenery can provide instant impact in a room. If you don't have lots of space, use pot plants or macrame plant hangers to achieve the same effect.

If you really want low maintenance, then you can always go fake or dried, and there are some lovely options available from high street retailers. A vase of large white flowers create a lovely feature, dried lichens and mosses make beautiful decorations and The Long Barn, near Wellington uses a fake banana plant to add greenery in to the sitting room.

 

 

Photography by James Billet, Pia Schiele and Caudwell & Co
For more information on anything you've seen here, please contact design@caudwellandco.co.uk or nas@classic.co.uk 

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