Within the nucleus of the kitchen and dining zone, one wall is covered with a wooden wine-rack designed in the pigeon-hole system, so that it serves as a focal feature as well as practical storage for wine. Beneath it, there is a low table, lots of intricately-designed floor cushions and a couple of hookahs. The overall influence feels a little bit Moroccan, but the designer didn’t go directly for the Moroccan look, that it is more a case of generalised North African influence combined with a contemporary European feel. All farmhouses seem to end up looking the same, with lots of pine, bare walls and brown wood. We wanted to go for something completely different: a retreat with the feel
of a spa.