An Office Space Restoration

Last year Laura from Stark & Goodwin was behind the decor and project management for a Grade II Listed Georgian Town House conversion in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Although the majority of the building was converted into residential units, the front ground floor room has stayed commercial. It’s a pretty special space with full-height paneling on the walls, original fireplace and marble mantle so we thought we’d share a few before and after photos.

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The form, materials, internal and external details all indicate origins in the 1720s. The lattice panelled lathe and plaster ceiling has moulded beams and cornice and floor to ceiling cast iron columns.



The corridor was removed and painting the wood paneling made it less imposing meaning the room became a lighter, brighter work space with enhanced period features.

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Changes like these to a listed building have to be approved by your local conservation and planning department.



This is a perfect example of how Stark & Goodwin work with property developers to create unique characterful spaces in conversions projects. Our website is still under construction but in the meantime check out our Flickr or contact Laura to discover how we can get involved with your future projects.


Hello There! We are Stark & Goodwin.
Interior Advisors | Project Managers | Makers based in Cambridgeshire.
Experts in all aspects of redecorating or remodelling your home, we are the new kids on the block and  super excited about launching our fledgling business and sharing our projects, experience and adventures along the way!
At Stark & Goodwin we have a passion for detail and craftmanship that is rarely found in an age of mass production. In fact, we are makers ourselves. Megan is a talented illustrator and both are rather nifty with a sewing machine and enjoy breathing new life into pre-loved furniture.
With a degree in Design Management for the Creative Industries and time studying at London College of Fashion, specialising in Textiles, Laura’s career to date has been in Administration and Project Management in the art, design and cultural sector. In November 2013 Laura left her full-time salaried job behind to take part in an opportunity to renovate an 18th century town house into 5 apartments and an office space. This venture developed her project management skills and allowed the return back to Laura’s first love of interiors, colour and textiles.
Laura met Megan while working for a premium interior brand…
As well as being a mighty fine illustrator, Megan’s day job for the last three years has been working for a premium interiors brand in their Cambridge Showroom (with Laura every now and then!) Enormously valuable training-ground for any budding Interior Designer, this role is client facing and creative and involves working with customers to create cohesive and interesting Interior Design solutions whilst having unparalleled technical and installation knowledge.
Previously Megan went to Art School in Colchester and specialised in Photography, Fine Art and Graphic Design.
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