The Boat House at Paxton is a small stone barn right next to the River Tweed, near Berwick in the Scottish Borders.
The brief was to transform it into a small space for entertaining, to show the possibilities for a small, creatively different celebration, with the possible addition of a marquee for larger guest numbers. The Boat House is in an enchanting setting, and Paxton’s own boats are available to bring people up the river.
WHAT WE DID
First of all, the team levelled the floor, and introduced a central trestle table as the main focus of the set-up. In keeping with the location, we opted for a rustic theme inside, and used moss, ivy, lichen and twigs on top of crisp white linen for a lovely woodland effect, matched with more contemporary glass apothecary jars and candle holders on the table. Around the table, we placed chic white chairs for a simple, stylish look.
We used fishing nets from the venue to create a wall hanging, and dressed it with ferns to frame a console, which was laden with chunky candlesticks.
Quirky milk churn lights from the Get Talked About workshop were placed around the outside of the room, and natural ceiling rings adorned with ivy and fairylights were hung from the ceiling, to create sparkle at a different height.
The final touches included overhead garlands of berried ivy and small wooden shelves attached to the walls.