Mainhouse Farmhouse - Kelso
Scottish Oak, yellow felt, matt black ceramic and stainless steel bar room; Scottish Ash Bookshelves; Bespoke kitchen with concrete countertop and bleached Birch plywood cabinetry; mitred Scottish Oak bathroom vanity unit; Douglas Fir from Dinesen sideboard and wall hung shelving unit; Pippy oak bench and coat rails. Designed and handmade in Scotland.
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Locally sourced Scottish Oak, vibrant yellow felt, matt black ceramic and stainless steel make up the various elements of the bar room at Mainhouse Farmhouse near Kelso. A glazed two-door cabinet with brass hinges and clasps are home to an assortment of fine crystal glasses. The undulating curves of the bottle rack are lined with 5mm industrial felt snugly holding wine bottles in place. A stainless steel sink and tap is backed by matt black ceramic tiles. While a 40mm thick oak countertop floats above a birch fronted storage cupboard and fridge, and a glass fronted wine chiller.
Colossal bookshelves constructed entirely from Scottish Ash from Fife. The pale character of the lightly oiled wood is exquisite. Less is more describes this impression of extreme simplicity; every element and detail serves both a visual and a functional purpose.
The kitchen was designed with two island units each with a solid cast and polished concrete countertop and bleached Birch plywood cabinetry. The larger incorporates a ceramic sink with drainage grooves to one side, organic waste bin, undercounter waste sorter and dishwasher while the second was seen as serving and preparation area that subtly divided the open plan kitchen from the dining room with its projecting Oak shelf.
Pippy Oak from St Abbs in Berwickshire adds character to this minimal bench and coat rails. The bench has five individual storage boxes each with an individual lid that essentially serves each of the five family members. Each pigeonhole opposite is lined with removable natural coir matting.
Douglas Fir from Dinesen was used in the making of this sideboard and wall hung shelving unit. The framework in both pieces was dovetailed for strength and the drawers at either end run on durable birch runners. Traditional Scandinavian lye was used to finish the timber, bleaching the soft fibrous part of the timber and allowing the grain to stand out in contrast.
The bathroom vanity unit is a simple cabinet featuring a mitred Scottish Oak countertop and surround. A discreet finger pull groove runs down each door.