We all get by with a little help from our friends. When Willow and Charlie Crossley designed the bedrooms at The Swan Inn they pooled together the creative talent of an eclectic mix of interior designers. The idea was to make the pub stand out by making each bedroom its own unique space. Meet our contributing designers below.
Room One | Sarah Vanrenen
Sarah Vanrenen is an interior designer who has worked in the industry for 15 years. Her sturdy and practical style is architecturally modern and simple with clean lines. She combines this with a love of colour and all things eclectic.
The wallpaper that Sarah chose to use in her room 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 four very modern colourways. For this small room, Sarah used the pink to warm it up. She has then mixed the wallpaper with another of her fabrics. In theory, the two patterns shouldn’t match, but of course, they do, making for a very cosy bedroom. Come and restore and rejuvenate in this beautiful space.
Room Two | Annabel Astor of OKA
Annabel Astor is the CEO and co-founder of OKA. A leading furniture and interiors lifestyle brand which sells handcrafted products.
From an early age, Annabel was encouraged to explore her creative side. She grew up surrounded by family members who were accomplished artists, designers and writers. Greatly inspired by this heady mix of creativity and a strong work ethic Annabel has excelled in business. She used her creative flair to establish the hugely successful online boutique, OKA.
On her room for the Swan, Annabel tells us: “I fell in love with this room for its lack of symmetry. The walls are painted pink with Edward Bulmer’s saucily named “Cuisse de Nymphe Emu”. An undressed “Tuvalu” four poster bed adds structure. Pops of red give a sparkle and it’s all held together with our Chinoiserie cabinet and mirror in black.”
Room Three | 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. These include Mulberry, Jo Malone, and Liz Earle. With a flair for mixing colour and pattern, Willow uses brave combinations to create a relaxed yet elegant feel.
She was so taken with one of William Yeowards fabrics that she decided to make this her room’s inspiration. Carefully mixing a collection of different patterns, the room is brought together with an incredible dark blue wall. The room is simultaneously bold and calm.
Room Four | Molly Mahon
Molly is a British printmaker whose applies her designs by wooden block to fabrics, wallpapers, and a growing range of homewares. For Molly, block printing holds a special magic; using pattern and colour to bring textiles to life. She is deeply inspired by nature and her travels to India. Her 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 is a London based interior designer with thirty years experience. Branching out nine years ago she began developing her own range of fabrics. All of Penny’s linen is woven in Scotland and hand-printed in London. This led to the opening of Redloh House Fabrics five years ago, showcasing 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. It is set up to be a “one-stop shop” with antiques and top of the range upholstery.
Room Six | Christina Strutt of Cabbages and Roses
Christina Strutt is creative director of Cabbages and Roses. Cabbages and Roses is known for its delicate floral prints and willowy style. The design of room six is, therefore, 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.
This room is light and bright, using vivid designs with neutral colours to create a calming space.
Room Eight | Barneby Gates
Established in 2009 by Vanessa Barneby and Alice Gates, Barneby Gates is a Wiltshire based wallpaper and fabric studio. It is renowned for its beautiful, often playful prints.
Alice and Vanessa were given the family apartment at The Swan Inn to design. They have carried their flair 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.