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Oxfordshire

LIVING ROOM

The walls give this room a warm, cosy feeling, painted to resemble stitched squares of sage green leather. I made both the 'Brothers' chimneypiece in painted plaster and the convex mirror above it, a playful version of the elegant Regency ones with gilded eagles; on mine, a trio of cheeky monkeys play with architect's tools on the frame of bleached sticks.

LIBRARY

I made my earlier octagonal addition to this house into a library, hanging my David Hicks Axum Stripe fabric on walls and curtains. I designed the bookcases to be as big as possible without blocking the light from the diamond windows, and painted friezes of snakes and stones in egg tempera, topped by figures that I sculpted, bearing coral. In the centre, my Gueridon table under a Tom Dixon pendant light.

DINING ROOM

To add visual height to the long, low dining room, I devised a grisaille painted scheme of stylised Frangipani trees arching up over the ceiling, growing among boulders. The floor is in my Hicksonian cement tiles, with my Atlas dining table and Beads chairs covered in John Boyd horsehair. Fabric screens support serving tables while helping acoustically. 

BEDROOM

The bedside tables are my Crescent design with gilded legs. The headboard is in my David Hicks Topkapi Tulip velvet, its colours very like those of the 1750 chair in the photograph, above it, that I took at Stupinigi, the beautiful Baroque hunting-lodge near Turin.

LIBRARY DRAWER

Each chocolate-brown bookcase has a central, breakfront unit deep enough to hold big albums, with a tan leather top, tooled in gold with a design of diagonals echoing the diamond windows and the painted trompe l'oeil sticks in my egg tempera painted drawer-front. The drawers provide valuable space for rummaging through old treasures.

FRONT DOOR

This house needed a new front door and hall, which I formed between two of the old buildings of chalk and brick, making the new work distinct by cladding it in the black-stained boards used on the old barns around the house. A single, primitive Doric column in flint marks the entrance, supporting an extension of the old roof to make a porch.

BATHROOM

This bathroom has my Hicksonian tiles in blue and chocolate brown, echoing the Victorian chair, covered in a Hicksonian custom print from my David Hicks collection. The washbasin - with Starck's Axor tap - sits on a unit using my Little Man leg. The cream-painted walls are smartly edged and divided into panels with simple herringbone upholsterer's webbing.

LIBRARY CUPBOARD DETAIL

Below bookshelves in the link passage into the library, I made some extra storage behind doors painted with a random geometrical pattern and diamond-shaped cut-outs as handles, echoing the windows.

BATHROOM

The bath sits against a glass-covered wall with a print of Giambattista Nolli's 1748 map of Rome; the date appears in raised Roman numerals on the bath panel. A narrow shelf in the same tiles gives room for a drink, book and telephone for long soaks in this small, but comfortable, bathroom.

HALL

For the floor I made Britwell handmade cement tiles, in black and two country greens to suit the boots and coats. My Fret chest of drawers in chocolate-stained oak and white lacquer with my bronze Leaf handles holds gloves, keys, dog-drying towels, and other country necessities, with space for boots beneath. On top, an early work by a local artist.

GARDEN

Outside the dining room, here on a frosty morning, is this small courtyard garden in which I formed raised beds surrounded by wicker hurdles, mediæval-style, around a simple fountain with a flint obelisk, down the sides of which water runs into a steel tray edged in coral, to drip into the square basin below - when it's not frozen.

KITCHEN

The kitchen acts as a passage from the guest rooms in this small house, the passage screened from the main cooking area by these clear perspex shelves which hold flower vases of every kind. Catching them is a figure carved in oak, designed as the central focus of the view from the dining room, sitting on the worktop of chocolate-coloured polished concrete.

MASK CABINET

My Mask Cabinet, inspired by African masks, has two faceted doors with 'eyelid' handles, the whole thing hand-painted as if scoured by rough, incised lines. This one holds a TV that pulls out on a pivoting arm. Above it is a painting by sculptors Langlands and Bell.

KITCHEN DETAIL

On the chocolate-stained oak cabinets are my Coral handles in a gloss white enamel finish which gives them the sophisticated look of porcelain, while matching the basic, white plastic fridges and dishwashers that were used.

DINING ROOM DOOR DETAIL

The doors have my Oval Coral handles set within circles of scattered upholstery nails.

PETRIFIED TABLE

A small occasional table that I designed: a thin slice of petrified wood with a base of black enamelled steel rods in a random cluster.

HALL

By the front door is my Mask console, inspired by an African mask. In patinated steel, with a gritstone top, on it sit children's drawings and an orange pottery Ganesh from a Jaipur market. Natural oak benches from Habitat give space for boots beneath and coats above.

GUEST BEDROOM

The guest bedroom in the same house has walls of chocolate-brown gloss lacquer, which makes the small space seem large with its mysterious reflections. On them hangs a 1969 portrait by Bryan Organ. Bedside tables of smoked perspex float on the off-white carpet. The two cushions are in Fiorentina from my David Hicks by Ashley Hicks collection.

GUEST BATHROOM

In a corner of the house I formed a small guest loo with an elliptical window and my Hicks Moghul wallpaper, in silver, one of two David Hicks by Ashley Hicks designs from Cole & Son. On the floor are my Bertie tiles in grey, teal and cream. The washbasin, a simple cylinder, is casually placed off-centre in the alcove, leaving room for towels to one side.

LIBRARY DESK

I designed this desk for the room, with a natural oak top and feet, like the floor, and drawer units in chocolate matching the bookcases. The drawer-pulls are triangular recesses echoing the diamond window above. The room has a medley of blues in the wall stripes, Barber Osgerby Tab desk lamps, Wedgwood pieces and the Herman Miller Embody chair.

BEDROOM MIRROR

One of the antique gilt gesso mirrors is made a little more relaxed and low-key by having Indian temple beads hung from its carved eagle, together with an old Coptic cross on a red ribbon.

KITCHEN

The kitchen floor has my small-repeat Bertie cement tiles in terracotta and olive on the same pistachio as the walls. The table's random angles respond to its position, easing movement in the cooking area. On my block-like window seat and the 60's Italian chairs, printed Hessian Ambrosia Rose from my David Hicks by Ashley Hicks range.

LONELY GUY SOFA

I designed the one-armed Lonely Guy sofa in a chocolate-brown weave to double as a daybed for watching TV alone. Beside it, my Sabre table with a special top in straw marquetry, that wonderful material rediscovered by Jean-Michel Frank in the 1920's. In front is a prototype for my new Zed table; hanging above, a stitched picture by James Brown.

BEDROOM

The master bedroom has walls painted in a random blockwork design in madder reds. The bathroom door has a Ribbon Stripe design in brass upholstery nails; the maroon bedspread, a random pattern in gold grosgrain ribbon. The Roman blinds are of Indian Khadi silk mounted on red felt. Flanking the antique mirror are perspex display cabinets.