Interior Designer Transforms Piperdam Lodgessteven
Antonia Burnett has made her mark on eight of Piperdam’s existing four-star self-catering lodges, including four properties dedicated to those seeking a romantic retreat, just eight months after David Copley of Sheffield-based Coppergreen Developments took over the Angus resort. The properties are now open and welcoming clients from 1 July onwards.
Initially approached by David back in December 2016, Antonia, who re-located to Dundee from Aberdeen last year, was tasked with the brief of giving the one and two bedroom properties a design facelift, with a subtle Scottish twist. Creating concept boards to reflect Piperdam’s woodland setting, Antonia then began the process of sourcing natural materials, beautiful fabrics and furnishings to create the desired look and feel of the stunning new lodges.
Antonia, who studied interior design at Chelsea School of Art and worked in the design industry in London for over 18 years, commented, “David was looking to create a high-end feel for the lodges which would better reflect Piperdam’s beautiful surroundings. We chose a natural palette of colours and textures to create a subtle and relaxing environment. I wanted Piperdam’s clients to feel that they’re in a special place, where they can unwind and indulge. In particular, I hope that romantic couples will be blown away by the ‘Byron’ lodges which take the Piperdam experience to a whole new level.”
David Copley, who bought the 650-acre resort in November 2016, added, “Our acquisition of Piperdam represents Coppergreen Developments’ break into Scotland but, although we fell in love with Piperdam instantly, we felt that the lodges lacked a sense of location. After all, not only are we in Scotland but nestled amongst some of the most stunning rural scenery in the country and we were keen to maximise that. We therefore challenged Antonia to reflect that environment inside the lodges, but in a subtle way. We are absolutely thrilled by the end result and are now looking to continue working with Saving Graces as we progress with our plans.”
Indeed, Antonia will soon be working on the next phase of Piperdam’s re-development, with a re-design of the restaurant and reception, while working on the interior of the six new lochside lodges and six tree-houses (the design of which are strictly under-wraps but which promise to be completely unique!)
David continued, “We are extremely passionate about ensuring the very best experience for our clients and are investing significantly in the estate. With a rise in the number of ‘staycations’, this is absolutely the time to be investing in and upgrading our offer. We are also committed to using local consultants and businesses to take Piperdam to the next level, and have been very impressed by the service and care provided by Antonia from day one. We would highly recommend her to any private individuals or businesses looking to put a new stamp on their interiors.”
In addition to the Piperdam work, Antonia has recently completed the renovation of the Carnoustie Golf Club members’ dining and coffee area, giving the club a fresh, luxury feel through new flooring, curtains, paint and new furniture. Antonia is also working on a number of private, domestic commissions, transforming everything from small family homes to coastal retreats throughout Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife.
Antonia added, “Beautiful spaces can have such a positive effect on our wellbeing. This is why I have tried to create something really special for Piperdam’s clients, a space for them to enjoy with family and loved ones.”