You may not know his name, but Joa Studholme is the person responsible for many colors in chic living rooms and kitchens across Britain.
Ms. Studholme is the color curator for Farrow & Ball, a job title that sparks curiosity about what her own salon looks like and what type of property she lives in.
His home is a converted 19th century schoolhouse overlooking the hills of Somerset, which inspired some popular Farrow & Ball colours, including one named School House White.
Pictured: Joa Studholme is color curator for Farrow & Ball and used her School House White color in the drawing room of her converted 19th century school in Somerset
The woodwork and beams in the living room of her home are painted in a color called Drop Cloth, which is another of her Farrow & Ball designs
She moved into the property four years ago with her husband Andrew and their two children. Since then, the children have grown up and left home.
The unique property proved to be a perfect blank canvas for the Farrow & Ball color chart, particularly the spacious living room.
The room has double-height vaulted ceilings and was once the main classroom at the old school. It is painted in Farrow & Ball’s School House White – a color Mrs Studholme created especially for this particular property.
The woodwork and beams are painted in a color called Drop Cloth, which is another Farrow & Ball design.
Ms Studholme told MailOnline Property: ‘When choosing to live in an old school it’s the size and the light that is so compelling, so as a general rule I think those oversized rooms should be kept out of a soft white – these special buildings deserve to be left in their iconic simple state.
‘When I moved to my old school I mixed a color to soften the crisp white interior walls – now Farrow & Ball’s School House White – and painted the exterior windows Archive Color Black Blue to match the cows in the surrounding fields.
“Although it seems like a strange concept to me to live in a white room, I find it extremely relaxing.” And of course, the smaller rooms have all been filled with gorgeous colors.
We are looking at four former schools for sale online, in different areas of the county, which have been converted into large family homes.
Daniel Copley of Zoopla said: “If you’re looking for an original property steeped in history, it might be worth considering a converted school.”
“Many of these types of properties are packed with character features and have the potential to be truly spectacular homes.”
1. Five-Bed House, Oxfordshire, £850,000
This former school is in the Oxfordshire village of East Challow and is being sold for £850,000 through Connells estate agents.
The Grade II listed property is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture and now has four bedrooms, plus a self contained annex
This former Grade II listed school was built in 1865 and converted into a family home in the 1960s.
It blends old and new, with a new bespoke oak staircase and oak doors working in harmony with the original fireplace and exposed beams.
The property is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture and now comprises four bedrooms, plus a self contained annex.
It is in the village of East Callow, Oxfordshire, and less than five minutes’ drive from Wantage High Street. It has a price tag of £850,000 and is being sold by Connells Estate Agents.
2. Five Bed House, Cornwall, £795,000
This five-bedroom detached house in the Cornish hamlet of Tresmeer is on the market for £795,000 and is being sold by estate agents Open House
The original school hall is 40 feet long and is now a living room with a wood-burning stove and a dining room with exposed beams
The property was originally built in the mid-1870s and served as a school for around 100 years before closing around 1966 and being converted into a family home.
This five bedroom detached house in the Cornish hamlet of Tresmeer, near the city of Launceston.
The original school hall is 40 feet long and is now a living room with a wood burning stove and a dining room with exposed beams.
The property was originally built in the mid 1870s and was Tresmeer’s primary school for around 100 years before closing around 1966. It has since been converted into a family home.
It is on the market for £795,000 and is being sold by Open House estate agents.
3. Eight bed house, Shropshire, £650,000
The Old School House in Telford, Shropshire, is being sold by Purplebricks estate agents for an asking price of £650,000
The living room features wooden beams and a large solid stone fireplace with exposed brickwork
The Old School House in Telford, Shropshire was renovated in 2001 and then updated by its current owners between 2011 and 2019.
The living room has wooden beams and a large solid stone fireplace with exposed brickwork.
The property includes an annex with large folding doors leading out to the garden. It is being sold by Purplebricks estate agents for an asking price of £650,000.
4. Five Bed House, Berwickshire, £595,000
This five-bedroom house in the Scottish village of Ladykirk, Berkwickshire, is on the market for £595,000 and the sale is being handled by estate agents George F White
The property sits on just under half an acre of land and the building was completely renovated by the current owners in 2004
This five-bedroom house in the Scottish village of Ladykirk, Berkwickshire, dates from 1859.
The property sits on just under half an acre of land and the building was completely renovated by the current owners in 2004.
It is on the market for £595,000 and the sale is being handled by George F White Estate Agents.