Fabulous statement chairs transform the parlour at TheEssexBarn.com

Following our work removing the mezzanine from The Barn last year, creating an arch to save our heads, replacing the front door and redesigning the boot room (more on these […]

Inspiration for our boot room makeover

I’ve always wanted a boot room. A cross between a utility room and a mud room, if you like, with lots of space to store away all the unattractive cleaning […]

Step-by-step bookcase makeover at TheEssexBarn.com

When we moved to The Barn one side of the fireplace was used as a TV alcove and fitted with black CD shelves. As we wanted to install a second […]

How to breathe new life into old oak

One of the things that drew me to love The Barn almost from the moment I walked through the door is the amazing oak that makes up so much of […]

12 ideas for an under stairs makeover

In the newest part of The Barn there is a staircase leading up to the childrens’ rooms. It’s perfectly and completely white and has a lovely airy feel but I’d […]

How to create the ultimate playroom

­When we came back from China with our two year old daughter we turned our tiny downstairs office into a playroom. But before long her toys, games, crafting materials and […]