Think of an English country home, and images of rose-covered, beamed cottages usually spring to mind. Some of these might sport a thatched roof; others will have twisting chimneys dating back to Tudor times, and tease the visitor with the promise of secret rooms and a history waiting to be discovered. Dark interiors are filled with an eclectic mix of furnishings, while elements of the surrounding bloom-filled garden creep inside through the floral motifs on the curtain fabrics and cushions.
Alternatively, you might think of a Georgian manor or Downtown Abbey, with elegant proportions and large fireplaces to warm the substantial spaces. High-ceilinged, light-filled rooms in these properties are often punctuated with window seats that would please the cast of a Jane Austen novel.
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Boasting exposed beams and a minstrels’ gallery, this light-filled living room is a perfect blend of rustic charm and modern touches.
Originally a country cottage, the house has been revamped both inside and out for relaxed living, but without skimping on style. To achieve this interior, René and his award-winning team have used a soft palette of natural creams, punctuated with touches of cobalt blue in the accessories.
On one side of the room is a wall of glass doors leading up to the sun-filled summer room, and then onto the perfectly landscaped, tiered garden. Opposite, is a stunning focal point – the central fireplace.
With access to both this room as well its adjoining dining area, the chimney breast has been given a contemporary treatment by using slim bricks of cream, pale grey and amber stone. Warm in winter and cool in summer, this is the perfect choice, giving the space a sense of country roots, will keeping one foot firmly in the realms of contemporary design.
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