Earlier this year we were thrilled to team up with award-winning property developer Story Homes and interior stylist Suzanne Webster, to furnish Story Homes’ beautiful show home at Cairns Chase in Cumbria.

Story Homes has a long and successful reputation of building high quality, high specification homes and, like Barker and Stonehouse, it’s still a family affair with owner and founder Fred Story at the helm as Chairman.

The elegant detached ‘Warwick’ house type was chosen by Story Homes to feature as the Cairns Chase development’s show home. With four bedrooms, a large lounge / dining room with French windows, large kitchen / diner and spacious exterior landscaping, it’s the perfect family home.

Stylist Suzanne created a tranquil and welcoming space that’s contemporary and unfussy, yet full of charm and character. Warm-toned neutrals form the foundation of the space, while strong geometric patterns and statement furniture add drama and style.

The Pallas furniture collection from Barker and Storehouse features in the hallway, lounge and dining area. Its striking contrasts of solid natural fossil marble and brushed metal base provide a contemporary feel that’s key to Suzanne’s look.

The lounge features the classic Parker Knoll Celestine Grand sofa in sumptuous charcoal grey, which comes complete with a range of scatter cushions. The Parker Knoll Cecil Accent chair with its bold pattern and the Geometric Rug give a high-style, contemporary edge, and the Large Round Lamps with Single Stems fit beautifully into the scheme.

Above the Pallas dining table – which comes complete with six chairs – Suzanne chose the Langan Chandelier to create a warm pool of light for intimate dining.

For the kitchen /diner Suzanne told us; “I like my kitchens to be uncluttered and sophisticated, and chose the Javier glass-topped table both for its round glass top and chrome legs, which complement the high tech kitchen appliances and gloss grey of the kitchen cupboards.” The Jonte chairs in Charcoal grey make the perfect partner to the Javier, and come in a range of colours including Fuscia pink.

In the bedrooms, subtle colour palettes create a calm and restful atmosphere – soft pinks, gentle greys and duck-egg blues.

The master bedroom features the plush Jerome Bed which has been dressed with dusky pink and cream bedding and the beautiful Theon Gilt Sequined Cushions for a sumptuous feel. The Theon Gilt lamps continue the theme and the light reflects beautifully off the gold leafing of the Blush wallpaper from the Eglomise collection by Harlequin.

The nursery features the French-inspired Ornans furniture range – each piece is hand finished with a distressed look for a truly rustic and romantic feel. These were teamed with the Rar Rocking Chair and accessories such as the Owl Cushion to add that element of fun so vital in a nursery.


These interiors would suit many different homeowners with their clean, strong lines and easy-to-live-with palette. They’re up-to-the-minute yet classic, bringing a timeless appeal that will last for years and can be refreshed regularly with new accessories. Deliciously practical, pretty and elegant – just what every dream home needs.

For more information on Story Homes and the Cairns Chase show home visit http://www.storyhomes.co.uk/developments/cairns-chase-stainburn/