Mary Gannon was approached by the design-conscious residents at Woodchester Valley Village in the Cotswolds to transform the retirement community’s communal areas into comfortable spaces that would not look out of place in an elegant boutique hotel. The resulting interior design is a blend of natural materials, rich textures and earthy colours, with particular emphasis on products made by manufacturers and craftsmen working in the local area. Woodchester Valley Village hit the headlines in January 2014 following the impressive efforts of its residents, who spent three years fighting to rescue their village after the collapse of its commercial owner. The spirit of Woodchester’s residents, coupled with their refusal to sacrifice style for function, is what ultimately defined Mary’s design.