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Mulberry Court – Freemantle Trust


IMG_7254smallMulberry Court is a 24-bedroom Care home, in the beautiful village of Chalfont St Peter.  The Care home was in need of a refurbishment and with its lovely large bedrooms the client wanted to create a Boutique Country Style Care Home, so Fremantle Trust commissioned Diana Celella, of Drawing Room Interiors, as Interior Designer.  Diana is an International award-winning designer who specializes in designing for the Care and Retirement sector.

 The original reception area was a very compromised area with a wall facing people as they entered the building and only space to accommodate two chairs.  Diana reconfigured the space, by pulling back the wall as far as possible, moving the Managers office to face the doors which then opening up the area were the Managers office had previously been to create a welcoming Coffee bar and seating area.  Designing a Bespoke Coffee bar to fit the area and the style of the project.

 All areas have been redecorated, teamed with bespoke fabrics, designed especially for the project.  In the coffee area a fabric withIMG_7285small Mulberry’s was created to work with the name of the project.  Diana selected gentle natural country colours teamed with a modern version of Arts and Crafts style throughout, thereby creating a warm, light and inviting interior.

 Two completely different colour schemes were put together for each area, thus allowing the residents, staff and relatives to have a choice.  There was a vote on the preferred schemes, it was a lovely way to engage with the residents and staff to ensure they felt part of the project.

 The doorways into the GF Lounge/Dining room were reduced, thus creating move usable space.  The fabric in this room is based on Lemons so adds a sunshine feel to the room, with a bespoke TV unit to give a focal point to the room.

 A former Bedroom was converted into a quiet lounge, which gave residents alternative places to sit, especially if they did not wish toIMG_7307small have a TV in the room.

 The GF corridor had a wide section with a large column, a bespoke room divider with banquette seating was designed to incorporate the column and create a cozy reading area.

 Diana completely redesigned the Hair and Nail Salon with beautiful bespoke furniture and relaxing colour scheme.

 For this project Drawing Room Interiors needed to select not only a company with a quality product, to help create the Boutique feel, but also with Bespoke cabinetry capabilities.  For this reason, Shackleton’s Furniture was selected, Diana said “the experience of working with them from start to finish was excellent. we were kept informed at all times, which was especially important as this refurbishment took place over the Covid 19 Lock down.  The fit out when very well, the furniture is of excellent quality and we are thrilled with the bespoke cabinetry”.

 Sara Livadeas CEO of The Fremantle Trust said:

 The space at Mulberry Court has been transformed from a dark and cramped to place a light, modern and welcoming environment. All the changes have been designed with residents in mind. A stylish place has been created where anyone would want to spend their time. Diana’s warm and engaging style is second to none and she has a way of explaining her ideas so that everyone, including people living with dementia, can participate in making choices. Her no nonsense approach ensures that she delivers on her designs. We are proud to include Mulberry Court in our portfolio.


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