Interior design secrets of the Grand Designs cemetery house
The interior designer of this stunning home describes how she created the luxurious interiors
Perfectly polished and fully furnished interiors are not always a given during the final reveal of a Grand Designs episode. But Justin Maxwell Stuart’s big budget cemetery warden’s lodge renovation was a notable exception. Gretchen Trusted of Shake the Sky, is responsible for the stunning scheme. She reveals the interior design secrets of the project.
When did you join the project?
‘I was lucky in that I came on board at the very beginning. Justin has just bought the property and hired the architect. He was looking for another pair of eyes to help ensure the house became a home. He wanted warmth and colour. Not for it to be solely architecturally beautiful, but a place that he would be really happy living in. I was fighting in that corner the whole time.’
How did you create the scheme?
I listened to Justin who told me how he loves the outdoors, being near the sea, and blue tones. So, to have the leaf motif and the blue greens running throughout the rooms creates a cohesive look throughout the house. There could be a conflict between the contemporary extension and the Victorian building but this distinctive look brings both elements together.
Which were the biggest design challenges?
Part of the challenge relates to the basement and new build part of the house. Justin and I spent some time discussing ways to inject warmth into these new spaces where. It seemed natural to think that because the design of these spaces is contemporary, the interior design should be very clean and modern. But we struck a good balance of creating flow between rooms and making sure they are warm and cosy. It was a luxury to design for a house with this level of heritage and space.