Commercial

Garden cabins, re-imagined

A beautiful garden office by Garden Affairs is made even more attractive and usable by Bear Interiors

A beautiful garden office by Garden Affairs is made even more attractive and usable by Bear Interiors

A timber garden building is a wonderful addition to your home. Not a dusty shed, you understand, but one of these solid pine, insulated cabins you can use all year round.

Make it an office, a hobby room, a treatment space, a guest suite, a summer house, you name it. Designed and installed by our friends at Garden Affairs in Trowbridge, it’s quicker and less expensive than an extension and will outlast most of us.

I was inspired by the many different styles available, from the most traditional copper-roofed period piece to flat-roofed uber-contemporary. Clever options like sliding doors, combined garden stores and roofed verandah areas make the very most of the space available.

So it was a treat to be asked to design and build furniture for one of these beauties, already in situ in a client’s garden – and even more of a treat to be asked by Garden Affairs to get creative in their office and show buildings.

With the solid construction of the garden rooms, we didn’t have to accommodate any special requirements for the furnishings: most are normal ceiling height, the floors are as solid as in your house, and with treated timber walls there’s no damp or condensation.

What we did need to do was think about how an average family might make use of a garden building. The cabins come in every style, big and small, and all feel surprisingly spacious inside, but thoughtful storage and display will make any size of room calm, multi-functional and pleasant to be in.

Organised storage and a foldaway desk in a garden office

Organised storage and a foldaway desk in a garden office

Built-in furniture designed to fit exactly makes best use of available space, and foldaway elements like the desk above make the room easy to adapt for other uses. Close off your work space and meet clients in a home office, or entertain guests in a room also used for a hobby or craft. (True in your house too, or course, as our custom-built furniture customers will tell you.)

With robust and hard-wearing materials and finishes, these units are built to last and withstand all the use your family can throw at them. I’m loving the exposed ply and clean white laminate in this treatment, but you can choose any style you like.

Our Forest Contracts manufacturing partner combines craftsman standards with CNC factory precision, to make your garden room furniture both bespoke and affordable.

I love imagining a happy garden cabin owner walking down the garden path to their inviting, orderly personal space, with everything ready for them to work, play or relax.

You can visit the Garden Affairs show site at Trowbridge Garden Centre, Wiltshire. If you can’t wait, take a virtual tour – and check out their Bear Interiors sales office furnishings too!

A kitchenette nestles in a built-in module, keeping things tidy and functional in the garden office

A kitchenette nestles in a built-in module, keeping things tidy and functional in the garden office

 

 

 

 

 

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Hotels, cottages and B&Bs

Hotel and B+B furnishing by Bear Interiors, Bath

Interior design and bespoke furniture for hotels and B&Bs

Hotels and B&Bs interior design has to deliver the same things our homes need to: welcoming, comfortable furnishings which say something good about us.

Of course, the hospitality industry also has an eye to ROI. Our hotel and B&B clients need more items, harder wearing finishes, excellent value and all delivered and installed with minimum disruption.

Many period buildings present particular issues, from oddly-shaped nooks to listed building constraints. And whatever the style, every hotelier wants to offer something a bit stand-out and memorable in terms of fixtures, accessories and fabrics.

Bear Interiors works in partnership with Forest Contracts, a high-quality contract furniture maker with a long hotel interiors  pedigree. Over countless hospitality projects we’ve learned how to help maximise your return on investment, cutting costs in the right places, not the wrong ones. It means we can offer a personal interior design service alongside computer design, 3D modelling, raw material selection and CNC factory production.

We also have dedicated project managers and installation team complete the picture, taking all the strain of delivery management and ensuring the build is efficient, considerate and on schedule. We’re happy to offer a no-obligation consultation if you’d like to contact us.

We work at every scale from hotel chains to individual properties. Here’s one favourite: a one-off interior designed and installed for a beautiful holiday apartment near Cartmel in the Lake District. A simple, warm interior mixed traditional with modern to create a welcoming feel, just the thing after a hard day’s fell walking. Bookings have gone up since!

Living room of Ducklings Retreat, Cartmel, designed by Bear Interiors

Living room of Ducklings Retreat, Cartmel, designed by Bear Interiors