Sarah Beeny's Bespoke Oak Library
Sarah Beeny's Bespoke Oak Library
Bespoke, solid oak bookcasing in the Library
Turned oak balustrade with swept handrail
View from the gallery landing
Bespoke oak staircase for Sarah Beeny
Bespoke oak staircase and dado panelling
Detail of the bespoke home library created for Sarah Beeny
Bespoke home library for Sarah & Graham
Three-storey bespoke oak Gothic Staircase
Twisted iron rods are a perfect compliment to the solid oak balustrade
Faceted finials in solid oak
Hand carved mythical dragon staircase finial, in solid oak
Gothic style, arched gallery landing
Fine Gothic tracery, decorates the gallery landing
Detail of the hand carved acanthus wall bracket, in solid oak
The silhouette of the strong, faceted finials is a striking design feature
View from the gallery landing, through the gothic arches
Arched oak double entrance doors with hand forged ironwork and portcullis
Bespoke oak staircase, with Gothic detailing
Bespoke oak ceiling panels with tracery decoration
Bespoke oak coffered ceiling with tracery panels
Hand carved bespoke oak wine cellar storage
Bespoke oak linenfold panelling for the Master Bedroom
Hand carved oak linenfold panelling
Hand carved oak linenfold Sliding Door
Hand carved bespoke oak ceiling boss
Hand carved bespoke oak ceiling boss
Hand carved bespoke oak ceiling boss
Hand carved bespoke oak Entrance Doors
C17th style bespoke oak overmantel, linenfold panelling and coffered ceiling
Bespoke oak panelling, ceiling and main entrance doors
Bespoke, oak panelled Tudor arched entrance Doors
Re-presentation of King Edward I's Medieval Bedchamber
King Edward I's Tester Bed
The original medieval chair from Hereford Cathedral
Hand carved detail - lion's head finial
Specially commissioned replica medieval tile floor in the oratory
Specially designed and woven textiles - 'Lion Diaper'
Specially designed and woven textiles - 'Heraldic Quatrefoil'
Oak panelling doors and staircase
Georgian style oak library
Georgian style oak library
Oak panelled board room
Soild oak overmantle
Georgian style oak panelling
Georgian style conference room
C17th style Tudor arched opening
Tudor style oak panelling for the piano hall
Early C17th style solid oak panelling
Early C17th style oak panelled Library for an Oxfordshire Manor House
Oak panelled Drawing Room, inspired by the early C17th Perne Library, Cambridge
Solid oak panelling and doors in the early C17th style
Medieval style Master Bedroom
Parchemin panelled wardrobes and furniture for the Master Bedroom
C16th style bespoke oak panelling by Stuart Interiors
Gothic blind tracery over solid oak panels
Bespoke medieval style oak furniture by Stuart Interiors
Hand carved, bespoke oak cabinet by Stuart Interiors
Hand carved bespoke oak overmantel by Stuart Interiors
Bespoke oak overmantel with hand carved personalised decoration
C16th style hand carved strapwork decoration in solid oak
Inspiration came from carved motifs at the local church
Stained glass from the local church
Knole Settees supplied for the Drawing Room
Soild oak, inner frame panelled door for the Stair Hall
Solid oak, inner frame panelled door
Soild oak, inner frame panelled, Front Door
Detail of the soild oak front door
Interior face of the sold oak Main Entrance Door
Soild oak, planked internal door
Restoration of the original late C16th staircase
Restoration of the original late C16th oak staircase
Carved oak lion finial
Unicorn Finial, hand carved in oak
Hand carved oak Wyvern Finial to replace the original
Charles I Oak Tester Bed for the Master Bedroom
Bedspread in 'English Needlework', inspired by original designs from the 18th century
Hand carved bespoke oak wardrobes for the Master Bedroom
'Heraldic Beasts' fabric for the Master Bedroom
Restoration of original late C16th oak joinery
Replacement carved statues in the late C16th Job Room
Restoration and replacement carvings in the late C16th Job Room
Restoration of the magnificent original late C16th oak joinery
Charles I Oak Dining Table and Backstools in 'Pomegranate' for the Dining Room
Drawing Room at the Manor
Georgian Wing Chair in leather
Furniture and furnishings in the Drawing Room
Georgian Drawing Room
Silk curtaining, specially designed for the Drawing Room
Classical style oak Library
Bespoke oak library in the classical style
Georgian Lounge
Restoration of the original Georgian staircase
Pineapple Chandelier for the Winter Garden
The Winter Garden
Detail of 'Fiore' curtains in the Entrance Hall
The extraordinary 'Monkey Room' at the Manor
Queen Anne Wing Chair
C16th style hand carved oak staircase
Solid oak planked door
The Great Hall - with gallery above
Medieval Cruciform Table
C16th style oak panelled Dining Room
Tudor style oak panelled library
Oak staircase featuring pierced splat balusters
C17th style oak staircase
Cellar staircase
Oak panelled cloak room
Oak panelled thunder box
Child's bedroom
Medieval Master Bedroom
Medieval Tester Bed
Solid oak staircase for an Arts & Crafts Manor in Somerset
The house had been severely damaged by fire
The three-storey oak staircase
The oak staircase, restored after fire damage
Detail of the oak newel cap
Entrance Hall with arched opening
The Entrance Hall after restoration
Oak panelling in the Entrance Hall
Arts & Crafts style oak overmantel
The Dining Room, partially destroyed by fire
The Dining Room, after restoration
Oak panelled Library
Hand carved detail in the oak Library
Oak overmantel for the Library
Restored fireplace in the Dining Room
Oak panelled Drawing Room, with a grey painted-wash and polished finish
Contemporary oak panelled Drawing Room
Oak panelled Drawing Room
Oak bookcases in the Drawing Room
Fireplace elevation
Oak panelling in the Drawing Room
Solid oak arched main entrance door
View down the oak spiral staircase to Kitchen
Medieval inspired Kitchen
Solid oak kitchen, inspired by a medieval cupboard from Aubazine, France
Oak cupboard doors with hand forged ironwork
Oak joinery in the Kitchen
Oak spiral staircase and large replica cupboard
Hand forged ironwork, specially designed for the project
Plank & muntin style oak panelling and oak furniture for the Medieval style Dining Hall
Solid oak panelling and furniture for the Great Hall
Solid oak planked doors and hooded stone fireplace
Knole Settee in 'Pomegranate' for the Great Hall
Elizabethan Arm Chair, upholstered in 'Rose & Pansy'
Medieval Cruciform Table in the Dining Room
Charles I Dining Table in the Great Hall
Detail of our Charles I Dining Table
'Tree of Life' curtaining
Knole Settee and upholstered Tudor Throne
Bespoke oak gallery and staircase
Bespoke solid oak staircase and panelling
Hand carved balusters and newel post in oak
Detail of hand carved dragon finial in solid oak
Gallery landing with oak balustrade
Solid oak gallery with hand carved balusters
Hand carved oak balusters
Hand carved oak ballustrade for the gallery
The Queen's Inner Chamber
The Queen's Inner Chamber
Solid oak shutters, specially designed and made
Solid oak shutters in the Renaissance Palace
Soild oak shutters with hand forged ironwork
The Queen's Bedchamber
Richly upholstered furniture and fabrics in the Queen's Bedchamber
Detail of the Queen's tester bed canopy
Hand knotted table carpet, specially designed and made to order

Sarah beeny’s bespoke oak staircase & Library, somerset

Property expert Sarah Beeny and her husband, artist Graham Swift have recently swapped London life for a new start in the Somerset countryside. With ambitious plans to build a modern stately home, they called upon Stuart Interiors to commission the design, manufacture and installation of an authentic Georgian style bespoke oak staircase. Installed in 2021 and filmed for the television series, ‘Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country’, the majestic oak staircase has been designed to create a grand impression in the Palladian style Entrance Hall.

Attention to detail and authenticity were important to Sarah & Graham. Research and discussion led to using an original turned baluster design which perfectly compliments the style of the house. The quality of the finish was also fundamental to the success of the project. Using traditional methods and techniques, the oak has been finished by hand to build a patina which gives the impression the joinery has far more age than it actually does.

Sarah Beeny comments, “What has been most important to us is creating a sense of history and permanence in a new build. Stuart Interiors have created an oak staircase that looks and feels as if it’s been here for centuries, which is exactly what we wanted, and we are thrilled to think that it will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Such a success is the staircase, Sarah & Graham also commissioned a classical style traditional oak library for the same project.

The episode was broadcast on C4, Tuesday 7th December 2021, at 8pm. Click here to watch – Series 2, Episode 2.

Bespoke, Gothic Oak Staircase for a Somerset Manor

Installed in 2021 as part of significant modifications to a traditional Somerset Manor House, the brief was to create a spectacular bespoke Gothic oak staircase in our clients’ new Entrance Hall.

Inspired by the beautiful geometry used in Gothic architecture, the arched tracery designed for the oak balustrade and gallery landings is breath-taking.

A hand-carved, oak dragon finial guards over the Entrance Hall and the beauty of the timber is accentuated by the fine patina achieved by hand finishing each piece of the oak staircase.

bespoke interior joinery for a family home in bucks.

An extensive bespoke interior joinery project, working alongside our client and their architectural and building teams. Stuart Interiors are designers and makers of two oak coffered ceilings, the first in the main reception room and the second crowning the pool room.

Each ceiling featuring hand carved oak bosses, with every boss a different C16th design.

Solid oak panelling has been installed throughout the house, with a linenfold design running through the ground and first floors.

Large, Tudor arched Entrance Doors feature three door leaves and a hand-carved solid oak curtain pelmet, with a leaf and vine design.

Further oak doors, including two sets of bespoke sliding doors and an impressive curved oak door, the designs for which are based on a C16th original from a Devon manor house.

Please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss how we could be of help with your project.

King Edward I’s Medieval Bedchamber, Tower of London

Working closely with the research teams at Historic Royal Palaces, Stuart Interiors were commissioned to re-create King Edward I’s Medieval Bed Chamber in St Thomas’ Tower at the Tower of London, as it might have appeared during his reign in the 13th century.

With little evidence of any furniture this early we conducted detailed research to create an appropriate design for King Edward’s bed. Looking at early historic documents, the design emerged from arcade detailing on the early medieval chair at Hereford Cathedral. We also supplied specially woven carpets, bed furnishings, wall hangings, ironwork, ceramic jugs and X-frame chairs.

These rooms are among the most decadent at the Tower and give a fabulous insight into royal medieval life.


Oak Joinery for a Commercial Property, City of London

Stuart Interiors were commissioned by a leading merchant banker in St James’ Square, London, to create an impressive suite of oak panelled rooms, including Entrance Hall, Library, Conference Room and Board Rooms. We also produced a small Georgian style staircase with monkey tail handrail, and various pieces of bespoke furniture.

This project took eighteen months to complete, from initial concept designs to final installation, with a total spend of around £400,000.

If you would like further information on how we can help with your project, please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss your project.

Manor House, Oxfordshire

Stuart Interiors were commissioned to design and manufacture several areas for this beautiful 17th century Manor House in Oxfordshire. Working directly with the client, we used existing period joinery references as a starting point and developed ideas creatively with the client.

The original Perne Library at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, provided inspiration for the oak joinery in the Drawing Room, featuring oak double doors, early C17th style oak panelling and overmantel.

The Knole settees, Elizabethan style oak desk and pewter wall lights for the Drawing Room are also designed and supplied by Stuart Interiors.

An impressive Tudor arch has been installed between the Entrance Hall and Piano Hall, with full height oak panelling throughout, connecting these two reception rooms.

Solid oak planked and panelled doors have been installed across the ground floor and first floor.

The Master Bedroom is inspired by late medieval designs and includes parchemin panelled oak wardrobes, a medieval style oak tester bed, gothic low table and bespoke television cabinet.

If you would like further information on how we can help with your project please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss your project.

Bespoke Joinery for an historic Devonshire Manor

A house of some form has existed on the site of this Manor in Devon probably since the Norman Conquest in the 11th century.

Stuart Interiors was commissioned to create Tudor style solid oak panelling for the Great Hall and a personalised overmantel for the East Hall, along with bespoke pieces of oak furniture and hand forged ironwork.

The overmantel is late C16th in style with the carved details inspired by historic panels found in the local church.  Enhanced with polychrome decoration, the owner’s family’s coats of arms are proudly displayed.

The oak panelling was inspired by original joinery at Muchelney Abbey in Somerset, currently in the care of English Heritage and well worth a visit if you are in the area. Details and photographs can be found here.

Many of the oak panel feature hand carved parchemin decoration, a stylised design, which became popular across Europe in the C16th century.

Great care and attention has been given to the finishing of the oak, creating a patina which successfully merges the new joinery into its ancient surroundings.

If you have a similar project you wish to discuss, please contact us.

oak joinery, furniture and furnishings for a devonshire manor

Tucked away in a beautiful part of Devon lies this jewel of an English Manor house. Stuart Interiors have a long-standing relationship with this special building and over the years have undertaken numerous commissions from both current and previous owners.

Most rewarding has been the restoration of the magnificent original Elizabethan staircase which was in need of general care and also required the replacement of the impressive carved animal finials which had been unfortunately removed and lost in years past.

Careful research led us to illustrations of what should have adorned the newel posts and our master carvers recreated the beasts on display today.

Commissions have also included the solid oak front door, with inner-framed panelled design; oak tester bed, wardrobes and curtaining for the Master Bedroom and other furniture and furnishings throughout the house.

Interiors for a georgian manor in west sussex

This interesting Georgian Manor in West Sussex required restoring to its former glory. Visited by the public and used for events, such as weddings and conferences, Stuart Interiors were tasked with designing and specifying everything in this forty-plus room property.

Including joinery, furniture, floor coverings, textiles and lighting, highlights include a bespoke oak library with library ladder to house a vast collection of the owner’s published books; dining furniture for the extraordinary Monkey Room, hand-painted in 1945 by artist John Spencer-Churchill, the nephew of Sir Winston Churchill; Georgian style office furniture, display cabinets and partner’s desks; extravagant C18th style curtaining and decorative items such as candle sconces, mirrors, antique items and globes.

Working directly with the client and their design team, this project took three years to complete, from initial concept design to final installation, with a budget of over £1,000,000.

Oak Joinery for a new build Tudor style House, Connecticut

Stuart Interiors were commissioned to design and manufacture all the principle interiors for this new build timber framed house in Connecticut, USA. With a strong emphasis on late medieval and early Tudor designs, our work included four bespoke oak staircases, the main staircase featuring hand carved lion and unicorn finals. The master bedroom suite includes a canopied four poster bed and Renaissance style cabinet with hidden television. The intimate Dining Room includes Tudor style oak panelling throughout with hand carved overmantel and the Medieval Great Hall also features an 18’ dining table. Tudor arched, glazed doors are a feature in the oak library along with a beautiful hand carved Renaissance style overmantel. Solid oak doors, bespoke furniture, soft furnishings & lighting were designed and supplied throughout the house.

This project took around two years to complete, from initial concept designs to final installation, with a budget of around £800,000.

If you would like further information on how we can help with your project please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss your options.

Restoration of a Somerset Manor House

After a beautiful Arts & Crafts Manor House in the Quantock Hills suffered extensive fire and water damage, Stuart Interiors were commissioned to restore it to its former glory.

The challenge was to seamlessly blend what remained of the original oak joinery with the new. Sections of the grand three-storey staircase needed replacement balusters, treads, risers and hand rail. As much of the original oak panelling as possible was conserved and restored in the Entrance Hall, Dining Room and Drawing Room.

New joinery was specially designed and installed to match where required. We also undertook the re-colouring and polishing of decoratively carved overmantles and designed and installed a partially glazed oak Library featuring a hand-carved frieze.

This project took one year to complete, from initial consultation to final installation, with a total spend of around £250,000.

Oak Panelled Drawing Room, Henley-upon-Thames

Stuart Interiors were commissioned to design and make a contemporary style oak panelled Drawing Room for a private home in Henley-upon-Thames. The design was very much based on classical Georgian style with bolection mouldings, high ceilings, and large oak panels. It also has a contemporary feel with a light painted-wash and polished finish. Integrated within the joinery scheme are bookcases, cabinets, hidden TV and audio-visual units, room doors and architraves.

A solid oak arched front door was also commissioned for the main entrance.

Westcountry Barn Conversion

A medieval theme was the design brief for the conversion of this C18th threshing barn in the Wescountry. Stuart Interiors worked directly with the client to design and manufacture bespoke joinery and furniture for several areas including the Great Hall, Dining Hall, Kitchen and Mezzanine.

Inspiration for the solid oak plank & muntin panelling in the Great Hall came from a photograph of original period joinery in Wales, featuring an ogee arched opening. Also specially designed and made for the Great Hall was a medieval style hooded fireplace in stone.

An original medieval cupboard from Aubazine, France, provided design inspiration throughout the Kitchen. A replica of this cupboard is used as a store cupboard and the arched doors continue as a theme throughout the kitchen joinery. Hand forged ironwork is a strong feature and this was specially designed and made for the project.

The oak and steel spiral staircase rises to a Mezzanine above, the shaped slats inspired by an original spiral staircase from Spain.

Furniture & Furnishings for Cothay Manor

Cothay Manor is one of Somerset’s finest historic houses and the Robb family have commissioned several items of furniture and fabrics from Stuart Interiors over the years.

The Manor dates back to the 14th century and is one of the finest examples of a small medieval manor in England.

More information about Cothay Manor can be found at the Cothay Manor website.

bespoke tudor style oak staircase, greater london

Taking inspiration from original carved oak balusters from the 17th century, we worked directly with our client to design and install this bespoke Tudor style oak staircase for their Entrance Hall. The project is a new-build, timber framed house influenced by the Tudor period and the brief to create an impressive architectural feature in the hall.

More than 60 balusters are turned in oak and each carved by hand to create the staircase and gallery landing is finished by hand with a natural beeswax polish, to blend with the traditional timber construction of the building.

The Renaissance palace, stirling castle

An outstanding project, the re-presentation of the Renaissance Palace at Stirling Castle has been the culmination of years of detailed research by an exceptional team of academics and expert craftsmen. Stuart Interiors were involved from the early stages, due to our unrivalled knowledge of historic joinery, furniture and interiors.

Working alongside an expert team, we are proud to have been a part of this exceptional project which sees the interiors re-presented as they may have appeared in the 1540’s.

Each element of the project was researched and studied in detail, including the solid oak shutters with hand forged ironwork, the rich and opulent textiles used for both wall hangings and upholstery, the phenomenal painted decoration to walls and ceilings and the remarkable pieces of solid oak furniture.

The resulting interiors are a feast for the senses, please go and visit next time you are in Stirling. Further information can be found at the Historic Scotland Website.

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