When Willow and Charlie Crossley set about to design the bedrooms at The Swan Inn they thought it would be great to pool the creative talent of an eclectic mix of designers. The idea being that they could add interest to the overall design of the pub by making each bedroom its own unique space. We would love for you to meet our contributing designers below.
Room One, Sarah Vanrenen
Sarah Vanrenen is an interior designer, who has been working in the industry for 15 years. Her style is architecturally modern and simple with clean lines, sturdy and practical. However, she combines this with a love of colour and all things eclectic.
The wallpaper that Sarah has chosen to use in the pub is the first design she did. It was taken from an antique French botanical textile that she found in a market. She decided to do it in 4 very modern colour ways, and for this small room used the pink to warm it up. She has also mixed with it another of her fabrics, which in theory doesn’t match, but goes very well in a non matchy way, and makes for a very cosy bedroom. Sarah has created a delightful space to come and restore and rejuvenate in.
Room Two, by Annabel Astor of OKA
Annabel Astor is the CEO and co-founder of OKA, the leading furniture and interiors lifestyle brand, which sells hand crafted products.
From an early age, Annabel was encouraged to explore her creative side, surrounded by family members who were accomplished artists, designers and writers. Greatly inspired by the heady mix of creativity and a strong work ethic Annabel has excelled in business, using her creative flare to establish the hugely successful online boutique, OKA.
On her room for the Bull Annabel tells us, “I fell in love with this room for its lack of symmetry and painted the walls pink with Edward Bulmer’s saucily named “Cuisse de Nymphe Emu”. The undressed “Tuvalu” four poster bed adds structure, the pops of red give a sparkle and it’s all held together with our Chinoiserie cabinet and Mirror in Black.”
Room Three, by Willow Crossley
Willow Crossley is an immensely creative floral stylist and interior designer. She has written three books on floral design and has worked on creative collaborations with a wide range of brands, including, Mulberry, Jo Malone and Liz Earle. Willow has a flare for mixing colour and pattern using brave combinations to create a relaxed yet elegant feel.
Willow was so taken with one of William Yeowards fabrics that she decided to make this the inspiration for the design of her room. Willow has carefully mixed a collection of different patterns, bringing it all together with an incredible dark blue wall, making for a bold but calm room.
Room Four, by Molly Mahon
Molly Mahon took on room four. Molly is a British printmaker whose designs are applied by wooden block to fabric, wallpaper, and a growing range of homewares. For Molly block printing holds a special magic; bringing textiles to life with pattern and colour. Molly is deeply inspired by nature and her travels to India. This love of pattern, textile and colour is truly felt in the design of her room. She has created an uplifting space, bringing some of her joy and warmth to The Swan Inn.
Room Five, Penny Morrison
Penny Morrison has been a London based interior designer for thirty years, branching out 9 years ago into the developing of her own range of fabrics – all linen woven in Scotland and hand printed in London. This led to the opening of Redloh House Fabrics fire years ago to showcase fabric lines by ten small artisanal fabric designers. Penny has since joined Toby Lorford to open a new London showroom in Langton Street, London SW10 which is set up to be a “one stop shop” with antiques and top of the range upholstery.
Room Six, by Christina Strutt of Cabbages and Roses
The greatly esteemed Christina Strutt, creative director of Cabbages and Roses, took on room five. Cabbages and Roses is known for its delicate floral prints and willowy style, all in keeping with The Swan Inn’s natural surroundings and the gentle Cotswold lifestyle.
Christina’s room takes on a contemporary feel, using the classic Hartley print wallpaper in charcoal. Balanced with natural linens this room is incredibly inviting and a truly restorative space.
Rooms Seven CLJ Home
CLJ Home was founded by Charlotte Lawson Johnston. Charlotte was born in South Africa and then went on to live and travel around the world. This nomadic lifestyle has contributed to her vivid design inspiration. Charlotte is a natural at using color and prints in a classic context.
Room Eight by, Barneby Gates
Rooms Eight was designed by Barneby Gates. Barneby Gates was established in 2009 by Vanessa Barneby and Alice Gates. Barneby Gates is a Wiltshire based wallpaper and fabric studio, renowned for its beautiful, often playful prints.
Alice and Vanessa were given the family apartment at The Swan Inn to design. They have carried through their flare for colour and fun throughout the apartment. Downstairs you will find their ink blue Chevron wallpaper with midnight blue Marrakech Palm curtains, and their teal Palm Trellis sofa – part of a collaboration they did with Sofa.com. Upstairs, the Seahorse wallpaper in charcoal makes for a sophisticated master bedroom, offset with a pretty tea-rose pink linen. For the twin room the same Seahorse design, this time in soft eau de nil, creates a calming sleeping space for children or adults. The result is a playful yet restful space that will be enjoyed by all who stay there. Why not take a peek at the Barneby Gates website or contact them for more information.