Unlocking potential: a new build home gets a stylish and clever makeover

Moving into a new home goes beyond just the look – it's about functionality too. Yet, many new builds lack essential elements such as storage and stand out features. When the owners of this new build in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, shared their vision, and storage issues with us, we were eager to infuse their home with clever and stylish storage solutions.

Services provided: 
- Full room designs: open plan kitchen diner, living room & cloakroom
- Bespoke carpentry
- Worktops and splashback supply and installation
- Hand made curtains
- Product sourcing & supply: lighting, sofas, soft furnishings
- Full project management including schedule of works & budget

Contemporary built-in library wall storage solution for a new built house in Stoke Bishop | Ivywell Interiors | Bristol
Bespoke carpentry Creative Storage & Kitchens, Rug West Elm, Sofa Loaf

The Living Room

The living room faced a common issue: limited storage and an oversized corner sofa dominating the space. The owners sought an inviting and multifunctional space for music practice, TV watching with plenty of concealed storage to tidy their children's toys.

Before Photo | New Build Home Lacking Storage in the living room | Ivywell Interiors BristolBefore: the living room lacked storage and the colour scheme was on the cool side, not ideal to create a relaxing environment. 

The existing chimney breast was too shallow to create alcoves so we decided to flip the room and introduce a wall to wall library unit instead. A piano also needed to be factored in the space which influenced the size of the sofa.

Built in library wall with concealed storage for a new build home | Ivywell Interiors | Stoke Bishop | Bristol

The large library wall now boasts LED lighting, infusing warmth into the room. We replaced the dark blue corner sofa with a soft linen sofa chaise from Loaf, complementing the inviting atmosphere with a statement chandelier, bespoke wave curtains and a coordinating rug from West Elm.

Bespoke library built in wall for new build home | Ivywell Interiors Stoke Bishop, Bristol

Our efforts didn't stop at the living room, we also remodelled the open plan kitchen diner to make it more user-friendly. 

Open Plan Kitchen Diner 

The open plan kitchen was the sociable space where most of the owners spend their time. Storage was lacking here again with a large radiator occupying the back wall, pushing the table almost in the centre of the room creating a broken walk flow.

 Kitchen Diner Scandi Neutral Interior | Ivywell Interiors | Bristol

Before: open plan kitchen diner TV SnugBefore: the kitchen lacked that cosy feeling with a cold grey colour scheme. 

The kitchen was fitted as part of the development. The modern shaker style and U-shape was practical enough but we suggested upgrading the peninsula and splashback from a grey laminate to a warm veined engineered quartz. 

Ivywell Interiors Open plan kitchen design for new build house in Stoke Bishop BristolLight pendants, West Elm. Table Ethnicraft, Olson & Baker

The light pendants were also upgraded to provide a softer more diffused light and we added recessed LED lighting in the banquette seating shelves too - ideal to create a cosy atmosphere. Nestled by the sliding door is a TV snug corner for which we source a love seat from Loaf to replace the dark blue armchair.   Open Plan Kitchen Diner with snug area and built in banquette seating | Ivywell Interiors, Stoke Bishop, Bristol

The kitchen diner hides another cool and in our view indipensable feature, a stylish home bar. Tucked in an unused alcove, we proposed to build an open shelf bar unit, idea that the owners loved. It would serve to declutter the kitchen worktop as well as light up a dark corner in the room. We opted for a mirrored back with recessed LEDs to really bounce the light and create a lovely feature. We retain closed storage on the lower part to hide the 'unsightlies' and the detail we love - an invisible touch activated control switch for the lights.

Open plan kitchen diner featuring a built in bar unit with mirrored backs | Ivywell Interiors | Stoke Bishop, Bristol


With the majority of the budget allocated to the kitchen and living room, we focused on creating a fun space in the cloakroom but kept the existing fixtures. A fresh colour scheme and textured wallpaper injected the vibrancy and personality we needed into the space without breaking the bank.

Cloakroom Makeover for New Build Home | Ivywell Interiors | Stoke Bishop, Bristol

The owners asked us to fully manage the project which took just under six months to go from design to completion. It was a real team effort with our local network of trades people, from decorators, electrician to joiner, the house was given a good injection of TLC for the owners to enjoy and love in the years to come. 

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