Our next designer spotlight is one of London’s own: Katharine Pooley. The award winning designer runs an impressive design studio in Knightsbridge. Having lived all over the world (Vietnam, Singapore, and Bahrain to name a few), Katharine’s style is sophisticated, elegant, and reflects her worldly background.
Today we are highlighting her stunning renovation and design of Forter Castle. Surrounded by Glenisla’s stunning scenery, Forter Castle was originally built in 1560 and enjoys a history as rich as the countryside in which it sits. Destroyed by the Duke of Argyll in 1640, it has been completely restored using traditional materials. Designer Katharine Pooley has transformed the interior into one of luxury and comfort.
A magnificent hall, which spans the entire width of the castle, is furnished with traditional Scottish furniture offers comfort and colour. An inlet log fireplace dominates one side of the Great Hall, whilst mahogany shelving displaying antique books borders the north side. The dining area is offset offering a unique dining experience of luxury and tradition. One of the main features is the elaborate-painted ceiling, this along with the various painting and tapestries make a truly traditional Scottish hall.
The bedrooms are equally enviable with four poster beds and traditional portraits arranged within rooms with exposed wooden beams and fire hearths.
Katharine’s work at Forter Castle is a testament to her ability to bring out the history of an interior and re-interpret it for contemporary living. To see more of Katharine’s impressive portfolio of designs, have a look at her website or see her new book Journey by Design published in collaboration with Assouline.