Caroline Holdaway is an interior designer and project co-coordinator focussing on creating houses that people really can feel at home in. Her work as an interior designer has largely constituted creating homes for private clients with exacting standards, most of whom are from the world of the arts, all of whom have looked to her to bring to them a home that feels like theirs. In this article, we will talk about the harmonious interiors from Caroline Holdaway Design!

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Caroline Holdaway Design

Caroline Holdaway started her professional life as an actress and in the early days of her career, Caroline had the good fortune to meet a young theatre designer by the name of Bob Crowley. It is he who subsequently afforded Caroline her first opportunity to work as an interior designer and project coordinator. Caroline has since carried on that working relationship into three projects with Bob collaborating on his London home, his design studio in Clerkenwell and his West Cork retreat – heading the teams responsible for reinventing these challenging spaces.

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Caroline Holdaway Design

Caroline Holdaway is privileged to work in close association with an Architectural Technologist Mike Etchingham of Etchingham Morris Architecture Ltd. who brings all the technical skills to bear that each of her projects requires. The collaboration has proven itself over many and broad-ranging projects, large and small. Caroline has chosen to keep her practice small – it is the way she likes to work – concentrated and precise. She enjoys the intimate relationship with a client unravelling and interpreting how they wish to live. Caroline Holdaway views every job as a joint achievement of thought and ideas refined between clients, herself and the team who carry out the work. Her aim is a combination of careful restoration of what is original and good about a building supported by respectful alteration when called for.

Caroline Holdaway Design – Hunting Box Sherston

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This property originally formed part of a 16thC coaching inn. It is a flat-fronted stone village house with cross mullion windows on the edge of the Cotswolds. The sole purpose of this gloriously neat and perfectly proportioned house was to stand as a hunting box for Caroline Holdaway clients.

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Caroline Holdaway removed a dividing wall downstairs opening up an airy space for socializing yet retaining its cosy appeal for intimate fireside evenings. Reclaimed timber floors and show-stopping Raku fired floor tiles give charm in bucket loads to the kitchen and breakfast room.

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Caroline Holdaway purchased some perfectly figured reclaimed elm from which we crafted the kitchen and found some papier mache refracted glass cinema lights that illuminate the kitchen work surfaces. Carefully sourced antiques and client artwork made this property a delight to work on.

Inspired By The Look

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The Armchair ESSEX and the PANJI Wall Light are a set that will stay in everyone’s memory because they are two products full of elegance and charisma. The ESSEX Swivel Armchair is upholstered in velvet and has a base in brushed aged brass matte and was inspired by metamorphosis, the transformation process from caterpillar to butterfly. It will certainly add refined elegance to your room.

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Caroline Holdaway Design – Artist’s Studio Belsize Park

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This property is a former Victorian purpose-built artist’s studio brimming with north and south-facing light. The façade is filled with an over-scaled two storey window the generosity of which Caroline Holdaway matched by the addition of a double-height oak framed bay window at the back. This gave Caroline Holdaway the additional space she was looking for and the glorious play of light.

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The roof came off so Caroline Holdaway could remove dividing walls and put in a new staircase, two bathrooms and a delightful generous landing that had the ability to be used as a workspace should that be required in the future. The galleried double-height sitting room is a rare and coveted luxury in the heart of London two minutes walk from the tube, an urban paradise in the centre of leafy London.

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Caroline Holdaway Design – Mullions

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This property has reached something close to iconic status since it was featured in House and Garden some 5 years ago. The acclaim it has received has been nothing short of legendary. It is a quintessential Cotswold cottage set in an unspoilt rural hamlet. Part of the property dates back to 1710, the rest is a modern addition built sometime in the 1970s.

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The challenge was to marry the two parts together bringing a sense of harmony and history back to the property. Found materials were used for flooring, shelving and reclaimed local stone was used for cills to do this. The bedroom ceiling in the original part of the property was of modern construction and punishingly low. After a tussle with the local authorities removal was agreed, the apex was clad in old match boarding purchased from the demolition of a local village hall and some dignity was returned to the original building.

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The tradition of Scandinavian rural design is admired for its modesty, clarity and beauty. A thread of that runs through this Cotswold Cottage.

Inspired By The Look

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Located in Italy, Lake Como is known for its dramatic scenery and lovely water lilies. COMO Armchair is a tribute to this natural beauty. This velvet lounge chair is fully upholstered in cotton velvet, making it an excellent chair design to relax after a long day. Featuring a structure in matte black lacquered brass and shades in matte brass, this chandelier is perfect for creating a grand reveal over a fierce living room sofa.

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Caroline Holdaway Design – Eckensfield

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This property, originally two keepers cottages in West Sussex, is a cherished second home for Caroline Holdaway clients who wanted to enlarge to create space for entertaining, provision for guests and ancillary accommodation. Two extensions were added and a glass link to capitalise on the views of the glorious Sussex Downs.

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Reclaimed oak and elm timber was sourced and laid for flooring and reclaimed York stone slabs were selected for interface areas with the outside. The newly constructed rooms were all given character by the use of reclaimed timber wall muntin. Oak beams were found and mechanically hollowed out to conceal the necessary modern steel supports marrying new construction with the original part of the building. Lime plaster was used to soften edges and harmony of new and old sit peacefully together.

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