THE FARMERS BAR, GOODWOOD

The Farmer's Bar - formerly The Richmond Arms - has been completely transformed in feel and style, giving it a very much lighter and brighter atmosphere.

There is a warm mix of antique furniture, fur throws and lots of lovely red and blue oushak Turkey rugs covering the floor.

The addition of a new entrance hall and loss of unsightly fire doors makes all the difference; on one side is the bar and on the other, a very cosy room with an enormous fireplace with an equally enormous club fender. The room is full of comfortable places to sit with a table in the window flanked by lovely antique wing chairs.  A great place to read the newspapers.

 

HOUND LODGE GOODWOOD, WEST SUSSEX

Hound Lodge, once the kennels for the Charlton Hunt, has undergone a complete transformation over the last two years, opening in January 2016.

Cindy Leveson and her team worked closely with Ptolemy Dean Architects to achieve the newest addition to the Goodwood Estate.  Two new wings were added, making a large drawing room and a large dining room. All the original kennels have been converted into bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs, with newly restored dog enclosures outside.  There are a further three new bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs.

It was a wonderful project to work on as, bar half a dozen pieces of furniture and twenty or so pictures, Leveson Design was responsible for buying every single item in the entire house down to the last piece of china.

There is no built in joinery anywhere apart from the tongue and groove in the corridor leading from the drawing room to the dining room, which houses all the china and glass.  It is all about antique furniture, scores of pictures, hundreds of accessories and even more books, all of which are about the Richmond family, hunting or dogs. Real collections of all that is relevant to country life and to Goodwood. Beds have eiderdowns, cashmere covered hot water bottles, sheets and blankets. Even the mattresses are stuffed with wool from the Goodwood sheep.

It was a very enjoyable challenge to create a house with a lived in and understated atmosphere.  It is a house in which all dogs and people are welcome.

THE DORSET ARMS, EAST SUSSEX

When, in 2014,  Leveson Design was asked to re-decorate The Dorset Arms in East Sussex, it was clear that there was a challenge ahead. It would have been all too easy to create another gastropub but, so much nicer to bring what was there back to life. 

With this in mind, Leveson Design took great care to retain the atmosphere and charm of this pretty pub.
Dark beams were made lighter, the bar extended and an addition to the dining room created.
All the pictures are family and village related, the furniture mostly antique and fabrics were chosen to compliment both.
Leveson Design is proud to say that no locals were lost in the process of change and those who never knew it before might easily think that this is how it's always been.

PRIVATE HOUSE, LONDON

A private house in Kensington, London was re-decorated by Leveson Design in 2012 and completed that December.

It is a light filled family home that has been remodeled and redecorated throughout.  The client wanted a house that worked not only aesthetically but on a practical level too.  No space was to be off limits to children.  For example, the drawing room, a slightly more formal space, is still practical and child friendly without becoming the everyday place to sit.

Modern pieces in amongst antiques give it a good mix with pretty pieces of painted furniture, which maximize the feeling of light in the building; a keen request from the client.  The colour palette throughout is varying shades of greys and blues; there are no jumpy colours to jar the eye but instead a sense of movement and flow.

Georgian Barn, Hampshire

Leveson Design was asked to design the interior of a beautiful Georgian barn in Hampshire, which was to include the hanging of the most incredible collection of taxidermy.

The brief was to create an informal space for entertaining friends after a morning out in the field, and, they needed to sit 50 people!  Cindy commissioned four oak refectory tables with a length of 15 metres, along with matching benches made using oak from the estate.

At the heart of Cindy’s scheme is the remarkable collection of more than 200 trophies gathered by the owners during their many shooting expeditions at home and abroad.  For Cindy, the composition was a labour of love.  ‘The architects drew each trophy to scale and we set them out on elevations.  It’s not a scientific arrangement: we put them where they looked best.’ 

PRIVATE HOUSE, LONDON

Leveson Design began works on a private family house in South West London in 2010 and finished in 2012.

The house was originally two houses that became one in the 1970s, which made it into a fantastic, large family home with an equally large garden.  The staircase, which is now one of the house’s main features, almost entirely inspired the design for the house.  The client bravely agreed to take out the small original staircase, take down two walls and the result is a very large hall and fabulous staircase with an oval well.

The brief from the client was to create a comfortable, light and practical family home with all the mod cons.  They did not want it to look overly decorated and they liked the idea of it feeling like a country house but in London.

GOODWOOD HOTEL, WEST SUSSEX

Leveson Design has recently redecorated the Goodwood Hotel, located on the Goodwood Estate.  It has been a three-year project, during which time all 91 bedrooms have seen a full redesign. 

The original part of the hotel, including The Richmond Arms bar and restaurant, is Georgian.  The five rooms above The Richmond Arms were designed to be an extension of the House in terms of comfort and style with the attention to detail being paramount, creating the feeling of a boutique hotel.  The remaining bedrooms comprise of six different schemes, which are simplified versions of The Richmond Arms bedrooms.  All are modern in style with hints of a traditional feel coming from key pieces of antique furniture and artwork from the Goodwood collection.  Inspiration was taken from the other projects completed by Leveson Design on The Estate, with a similar colour palette to The Kennels (link ‘The Kennels’ to The Kennels project page), which has become the inspiration for the new Goodwood ‘look’.

THE QUEEN'S CLUB, LONDON

Leveson Design has completed two projects at The Queen's Club.  The first being The President's Room which was completed in 2009 and the second The Terrace Room which was completed in 2012.

The President's Room received not only a total re-furbishment in style and colour but, portraits of former president's were sourced and copied by Leveson Design to give it the grandeur and history it deserved. 

A coherent look is important, so The Terrace Room which is adjacent to The President’s Room needed to bear a relation in terms of design.  In it’s past life it was a series of little offices but now serves as a drawing room, in which members read, work or attend drink parties.  French windows line the outside wall and open out onto the terrace containing Lloyd Loom chairs and tables.  A light, airy and slightly more feminine feel is present throughout the two areas.

THE KENNELS GOODWOOD, WEST SUSSEX

Located on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, The Kennels is a historic building that was built to house the Duke of Richmond’s hounds.

In 2005, Leveson Design was appointed to decorate The Kennels after a complete redesign and renovation of the building.  The brief was to create a Sporting Members Club with the feeling of a house that Lord March would love to have, but doesn’t!  Completed in May 2006, The Kennels has a classical interior with a contemporary feel.  The building was a great inspiration but with no original features remaining, everything had to be created from scratch.  Antiques are mixed with a selection of very modern pieces and an array of pictures which all relate to Goodwood and the Gordon-Lennox family.

FARMER BUTCHER CHEF, GOODWOOD

In 2016, Goodwood asked Leveson Design to re-decorate both the old pub and the restaurant next door.  Both are Georgian and the latter was the orginal coaching house.  It was to be quite a challenge.

Cindy was keen to make the restaurant interesting, fun and cosy and put back some history but, most importantly, give it atmosphere.   Now called The Farmer Butcher Chef, it houses a vast collection of that all relates to their farm, to their butcher and to their chef.  It's all about Goodwood, Sussex and England.  There is a museum like feel about the room but not all the content is necessarily what you might expect to find in your average museum!   It was wonderful for Cindy to commission, as well as collect, some of the artwork and design some of the tables, which were then made in various metals.  In particular, she loved designing the steel and brass butlers tray and stand with the help of a brilliant local blacksmith.   All the chairs are antique (as are some of the tables) and all are either upholstered or loose covered in varying fabrics with a mix of trims and studs, however there are six chairs that were commissioned from Howe and upholstered in specially made Goodwood flags.

The floor has changed to boards, the walls are now tongue and groove and there is a very smart life size cow to greet you at the entrance!  

It is very gratifying to see both the restaurant and the bar being used as they were originally intended - open to the world and full of life.