Take a stylish sneak peek at Gins Barn, a holiday home made by designer Julian Chichester
Julian Chichester, owner of the barn, has, with his wife Holly, created a home from home for guests who bring their interest in good taste and style here on holiday. Just watch the diva hens who live here! This is style, with personality, delivered with a goodly slice of 'watch that hen'.
Located right beside the confluence of the Beaulieu River and the Solent, the house and barn have sweeping views out over the water and next door bird reserves.
But inside, the views are just as lovely. Julian is known in the interiors industry as a tastemaker rather than a dedicated follower of fashion (he prefers to chase trout). His pieces are a lovely mix of classic and innovative, most have an unusual finish and the brand has long been the darling of glossy magazines, style journalists and top hoteliers.
You'll find mexican blankets, oatmeal, cerise and orange, hung over a pale grey velvet chair, giant hand-made mirrors reflecting turquoise walls, cushions on one sofa ranged from giant yellow ochre velvets, piled up with crewel-work pads of bright red, softest sage greens, deep green and pale blue.
Re-reading this sentence tells me that without a photo, no one in their right mind would believe that colours like this would work together, but they really do. Colour here is brave. Perhaps it's the remarkable settings that help. Perhaps it's the details and consideration that's been put into it all. Certainly, this house brings style to life.
And whilst I'm very aware that quite often, writing about style can read as super cheesy, I can't say that about Gins. Mid meeting there about a week ago, this extremely bossy hen broke into the kitchen and set about clearing up the toast crumbs and set about attacking our toes if we got too close to her chicks.
Down to earth? Definitely!