Griffin Lodge – Part 1

It’s been a long haul but our project, Griffin Lodge, has at last been completed. Unfortunately Nick’s ill health made for considerable delay but we got there.

This post features the open plan living room/dining/kitchen which takes up almost the whole of the ground floor of the extension.  Also the second living room, known as the Retreat, located in the 17th century part of the house.

Both living rooms have fireplaces, large smart televisions, DVD’s, music systems and Amazon Echo ‘Shows’.

Posts to follow will feature bedrooms and bathrooms.

The picture below shows  the spacious tiled  living room furnished with distressed  leather settees and huge contemporary wood burning stove. It opens onto a wide west-facing stone terrace and garden.

We constructed the fire surround from reclaimed materials including a concrete railway sleeper and sections of truck chassis left over from our Africa jaunts. Original painting by Sarah Cannell.

The coffee table is  supposed to be a section of reclaimed aeroplane wing

Unique ten foot hand-made dining table, utilsing long sections of chain-sawed Nigerian hardwood purchased in West Africa by the owners. You won’t come across another one like this.

Table set for supper with the Royal Doulton china.

View into granite-topped hand-made bespoke kitchen. There is also a large American fridge.

The cupboards incorporate strips of reclaimed metal cladding. The rust matches the floor tiles! 

A peep through double-opening doors into the gold painted Retreat. This cosy space takes inspiration from Africa, using items from our personal collections.

The space between the beams was painted by a friend based on designs on the gourd.

Cushions  are made from the famous kuba cloth of Congo

It’s not at all African and we have no idea where the glass ‘The Misty Moon’ sign originated – bue we liked it anyway so up it went!