It’s so lovely to see our chandeliers hanging in customers’ homes and we were particularly thrilled to see these two hanging from distinctive brick ceilings in a light and spacious Portuguese villa.
Francesca Aykroyd and her husband wanted to buy a villa in the Algarve to be a holiday home for all their family to use - and they wanted this particular villa because it ‘needed a lot of work’. Francesca was keen to put her years’ of experience in interior renovations to good use.
Francesca says: “We looked at a lot of properties, but I have always been involved in house renovations, so we thought it would be good to make our own mark on a villa, hence buying this one which we totally gutted. It was a full renovation job which took ten months to complete.
“We opened it all up inside, taking out lots of smaller rooms to make it open plan, let in lots of light and create a feeling of space.”
Francesca was keen to introduce two brick Portuguese ceiling to the villa as they are a traditional feature found in many old houses in the country. They are built brick-by-brick, by hand to an individual design. The Brammall’s architect designed the layout for theirs, and a specialist craftsman, placed each individual piece in to the pattern.