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Commercial Property, Pub

Design concepts to support renovation of a listed pub to bring them up to date whilst retaining the character of the property and appealing to the target market.

The property was originally built c1821 as a coaching inn. It was sadly demolished c1900 but was rebuilt in the traditional Victorian style and reopened in 1901 as The Black Horse Commercial House. The property is spread across a number of floors incorporating a large bar and seating areas with stunning period detailing, a ballroom and a number of bedrooms with en suites. The top floor rooms are by far the most special and deserve to be decorated in a different style to the other bedrooms to reflect the premium status these rooms will be given. 

The client brief is to create two premium suites on the top floor of pub. The rooms must have their own identity whilst working within the wider context of the property. 

There must be the following components incorporated into the design; ensuite, bedroom furniture, lighting, wall, floor and window treatments and accessories to make the space feel special and accommodate the needs of overnight guests e.g. tea and coffee making facilities. 


Designs were created to help the client to determine the design direction they wanted to go in whilst working with existing furniture and fabrics. It was important for the client to have a clear sense of what the spaces could look like so that they could then drill down into the work that needed to be undertaken, have a better understanding of the budget and timescales required along with a strong identify for the rooms. 


This is a great project to demonstrate how an interior designer can support a project even if they are not tasked with creating detailed design concepts and an FF&E. We can also help shape the designs which then allow the client to have the confidence to complete the work themselves. 

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