You might already know how much I love the Cotswolds, so when I heard there was an interior design workshop being held in a gorgeous Cotswold barn, you can imagine I jumped at the opportunity! I love interiors and we have a lot to do to our house. We have been here for 18months and what with the wedding we just haven’t had the time or the money to get going with it… BUT the wedding is now a 3 month memory so now it’s times to let loose on our little cottage!!
The workshop was run by Lauren Gilberthorpe, an interior designer based in Cheltenham. This was Lauren’s first workshop but no way could you tell! It was held at the gorgeous new venue Upcote Barn – I was in heaven, Cotswold stone, interiors, like minded people, just perfect! (Fab wedding venue if you’re looking!)
The day started with tea & coffee whilst everyone arrived and we got to have a chat with the others, it was lovely to have that time to get to know a little bit about the others, all who had a room in mind to design! I’ve got the whole house to sort! But I thought I would start with our living room, as to me, it’s quite an awkward space…
Lauren had asked us to take pictures of every angle of our room and measurements, including where windows and doors are. Once Lauren had given her first talk, I was already looking at the room in a different way!
I love neutrals for my home but often feel like I should go for colour. I soon realised that there is no right or wrong in what you like and to go with it! If I fancy a bit of colour, I can add it with cushions, etc.
The biggest thing I took away from the day was how to do a floor plan and do it to scale!! The thought of this horrified me and I honestly thought this was seriously beyond me, however with the nifty gift from Lauren in our goodie bags : a scale ruler, I was well away! I managed to draw the room with the windows, doors & stairs so I could work out where to place furniture and you can really see what balances in the room. We are in the process of having a log burner fitted so hoping to have the sofas placed centrally for cosy autumnal nights in!
The day was broken up with late morning tea & cake, lunch, and the best part – a cocktail to finish the day! The food was prepared by Siobhan Walton ( you should see her instagram!!) A local foodie & oh my is she bloody fantastic! The orange & almond cake was just divine, partnered perfectly with a warm cuppa on the cold autumnal day. Lunch was again unsurprisingly delicious and the star of the show: the cocktail to finish the day!!! DELISH!
I truly couldn’t believe that this was Laurens first workshop and luckily for you she’s running another one Saturday 14th January 2017.
I learnt a lot and planned my own floor plan, made a mood board, worked out how to light the room & had a go at styling the gorgeous sofas and bookshelf, ready to put it to practice once I got home!
Lauren had gorgeous sofas from Loaf Home and some amazing items from Rowen & Wren which I had actually never heard of until the workshop but they have some amazing things & I might have my eye on a few bits! The barn was smelling amazing with the help from The Cotswold Candle Company, again another company I hadn’t come across before but, they smell divine and are made in Cotswolds… What’s not to like? My favourite is White Mulberry! They do a tea light sample pack, so you can chose your favourite!
If you like interiors and like me just need that bit of confidence, this workshop is just perfect for you. It’s the perfect mix of beautiful surroundings, great content, delicious food & like minded people… What could be better?
Saturday 14th January 2017
Do you have any projects going on in your home at the moment? I love seeing transformations of rooms, it’s amazing what just a lick of paint and a furniture shuffle can do!
P.s. The goodie bags were pretty fantastic