Godalming – Country House

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This house is part of a mansion, built in the beginning of 20th century and surrounded by a century-old park. It’s a two-storey apartment, which required a total fit out of interiors mixing a 50s style with oriental inspirations, for a house with a strong personality.

The wood-block flooring in living room is the original boarding, restored and painted.

Mosaics were manually laid without the support of a net, to reproduce the effect of existing floors. There are 20.000 stone tiles.

Red and green mosaic original stones were in Egyptian cobbles, which is no more available on the market. Italian stones were used for restoration, made older through a dedicated treatment used also for the white Naxos marble.

Wallpaper used in master’s bedroom contains gold chips, while peacocks are painted by hand. Made by Misha it has been produced twice.

Project description

This house is part of an Edwardian building, surrounded by green lawns and situated a stone’s throw from London. The building’s façade is enriched by large windows, gables and chimneys. The renovation peeled back several years of modifications to reveal the true beauty of the building. The grand hall faces on the front, from the corridor one moves into the dining room and the kitchen. Upstairs there are a main bedroom and two guestrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

In the grand hall the original mahogany panelling had survived intact. During restoration works under the moquette emerged the original wood-block flooring, which was restored and painted. These operations gave to the room that warm and embracing nuance proper of woods.

In the new dining room the original mosaic floor depicts a flower motif, while several areas of the home had a black and white geometrical mosaic both restored manually lying about 20.000 tiles without a net, to re-create the missing areas with the same original style. It was a hard work finding the right stones for completing the dining room mosaic, since the Egyptian cobble is no more used in building. All new tiles had to undergo an ageing treatment, to soften differences with existing ones.

Private rooms of the house are decorated with wallpapers created by Misha. The most peculiar are the cloud one in the bathroom and the one in main bedroom with gold chips and hand-painted peacocks – a limited collection. The three fireplaces, ceiling stuccos and old cast iron radiators were preserved.

Category – Residential
Customer – Private
Designer – Alessia Garibaldi

Photos by – Helenio Barbetta

Details & Info

Un maniero dei primi del Novecento, immerso in un parco secolare, è il contesto in cui sorge questo appartamento su due livelli. Un lavoro di fit out che ha riscoperto gli spazi interni, coniugando uno stile anni ’50 ad ispirazioni orientali, per una casa dal carattere forte.