Behind closed doors. Gins Barn, a holiday home by designer, Julian Chichester.

Julian Chichester, well regarded furniture designer and owner of Gins barn, has, with his wife Holly, created a holiday home that stylists and interior designers will love. Here’s a quick tour of our favourite textiles and views…

The Julian Chichester brand has expanded over the last few years with a second shop, in London’s trendy Chelsea Harbour area and an increasingly large presence in the USA.

A Julian Chichester table in Living etc magazine.

Their home in the New Forest at the end of the Beaulieu River is a treat. The old cart horse stables have been converted into holiday accommodation of the highest and most lovely order.

Located right beside the confluence of the Beaulieu River and the Solent, the house and barn have sweeping views out over the water and next door bird reserves.

But inside, the views are just as lovely. Julian is known in the interiors industry as a tastemaker rather than a dedicated follower of fashion (he prefers to chase trout). His pieces are a lovely mix of classic and innovative, most have an unusual finish and the brand has long been the darling of glossy magazines, style journalists and top hoteliers. Visit his website here. 

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You’ll find mexican blankets, oatmeal, cerise and orange, hung over a pale grey velvet chair, giant hand-made mirrors reflecting turquoise walls, cushions on one sofa ranged from giant yellow ochre velvets, piled up with crewel-work pads of bright red, softest sage greens, deep green and pale blue.

Re-reading this sentence tells me that without a photo, no one in their right mind would believe that colours like this would work together, but they really do. Colour here is brave. Perhaps it’s the remarkable settings that help. Perhaps it’s the details and consideration that’s been put into it all. Certainly, this house brings style to life.

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For other houses which are similarly eccentric, chic and riverside, please look at Beaulieu Brickworks – a neighbour to Gins upriver….