Renew & Recover

Whitecross Farm in England, originally dating back to 1764, breathes new life to the word ‘sustainability’. Both a shop and a private residence, the farm is a testimony to the owner’s design ethos of “re-use, repair, rescue and rethink”. Imaginative design is generated from unwanted scrap and the result reflects the personality and charm of the farmhouse. Owner’s Sally and Mark Bailey firmly believe that discarded gadgets and furniture have real possibility to be revived in an interesting way.


The round mirror in the photo above is made from a cogwheel; and the table, originally a bed from Rajasthan, was cleverly cut in half down the middle.


Don’t these old wooden fruit crates, artfully attached to the wall, give a sense of authenticity to this room? Love the faded worn ‘to let’ sign casually propped in the corner!


Katten Lily är på jakt efter bästa platsen för en tupplur i sängen som Mark och Sally själva tillverkat av vattenledningsrör. Afrikanska mattor och plädar hänger runt om och fungerar även som överkast.

The bed is made from water pipes, welded together in a simple construction, and decorated with geometric African throws and bedspreads.

The original walls, rich with expression, are stripped of old paint and wallpaper, revealing a glorious patina and a sense of ‘undecoration’.

Från trappan ser man ut i både köket och mot entrén, med det vackra gamla stengolvet som en röd tråd. Över dörrarna till bägge rummen har paret Bailey satt in glas, för att ljuset bättre ska släppas in i huset.

all images from Skona Hem.

x Megan

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