Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Stunning English Cottage Tour!!!

For aaaages I've separately obsessed over two of the rooms in this post: the kitchen and the bathroom....then, today, I realised that they were part of one very gorgeous English cottage renovation project! It's the house that won Period Living's Readers' Choice Award back in 2011. But, as with all great decorating, it's really stood the test of time. Time for a house tour? You betcha!!

This sweet cottage has undergone a complete renovation but you wouldn't know it....

...all the fixtures and fittings have been given such consideration that they look utterly in keeping with the fabric of the house.

Limed oak flooring and woodwork in Neptune's Honed Slate work together to create a striking kitchen.

white and wood kitchen with retro cooker

The owner had surviving original parts of the skirting boards and picture rails copied to keep the look authentic. I've found that choosing good quality replacements always pays off. 

I love how they've chosen apparently disjointed furnishings; nothing seems to match, yet they all work together beautifully. 

Stripping back old plasterwork to reveal stone or brick always creates a wow factor - and for very little money (just a lot of dust!!).

 Bare brick fireplace!

The whole house apparently only took £45k, which is an incredible achievement.

shower room in cottage bedroom

It was the kitchen and this bathroom (below) that originally captured my Modern Country Style heart! 

The bath is painted in Farrow and Ball's French Gray.

 Gorgeous roll top bath bath in Farrow and Ball French Gray

We have a bathroom up on our top floor that has a sloping ceiling like this gorgeous specimen.

And, in the interest of looking ahead to that renovation, I'm putting together a post featuring 50 of the very best attic bathrooms. Coming soon!

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Monday, 21 August 2017

How To Choose The Perfect Front Door Colour For Red Brick Houses

Right, enough with the glorious Cotswolds (for now!!). Let's take a look at a few other different types of houses, and some of the best front door paint colours to not only complement your home but also to absolutely look the biz!! 

A putty coloured Edwardian front door
Try Fired Earth's Oak Apple for a similar front door

And where better to kick off by looking at red brick homes.... 

Now, there are as many types of red bricks as you've had hot dinners, and each of these needs slightly different treatment. If you're blessed with old and mellow red bricks then you'll have a much freer rein...

Try Farrow and Ball Ammonite and Wevet for a similar front door combo!

However, the main issue with red brick homes is when you're dying to go for a particular shade but are just not sure whether your red brick is going to dominate too much. This is good thinking. There's red brick and then there's red brick. You're first step is to determine where your house sits on the spectrum.

Zoffany La Seine Double would look gorgeous on the front doors and windows of a cottage like this

I've divided this post up into the main three issues that you might be facing with more dominant red bricks. Red brick houses can be absolutely stunning in their own right and are in no way to be sniffed at....just look at the gorgeous detailing they can provide:

I love a matching front door and gate: try Farrow and Ball Card Room Green
I love a matching front door and gate: try Farrow and Ball Card Room Green

So please don't be tempted to paint over your brick home. Take a look at this image below and see how much character the painted house on the right is concealing when compared to the one on the left...

Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre front door
Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre front door

However, because bricks are a dominant colour themselves, they can at first glance appear to limit your front door paint choices.
However, there are several ways round this if you have your heart set on a colour palette that's super subtle. The first works really well if you have some kind of substantial surround to your front door. 

Victorian Terrace Front Door, Hereford
Try Dulux Stone Green for this earthy paint shade

Think of when you want to wear a certain colour top that you love but may not be one that naturally lights up your face. You might choose to wear it anyway but to soften its impact with a scarf so that there is a break between your own colouring and that of the top. 

In much the same way, you can paint your door surround in a very neutral shade, super pale shades work well, which will dampen the impact of the brick on your front door.

Light green door
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray is a winner every time for me!

This is also true for not-so-subtle front door paint colours that might otherwise clash with your red brick:

Pink door & roses

The  barrier technique, as I like to call it, can also be used with lush green planting that creates a barrier between your chosen front door paint colour and the red brickwork...

Front door painted in zoffany
It's another gorgeous Zoffany La Seine front door!

Choosing prominent planting that ties in with your chosen front door colour can also go a long way into distracting the eye away from any dominant brick colour, by bringing other colour to the fore...

Beautiful coloured door with gorgeous white flowered tree outside

And it's not just the actual brick that matters, the colour of the pointing material, whilst often overlooked, can take a home in a very different direction. Let's take a look at some examples....

Here a deep greige painted front door (try Farrow and Ball London Clay) helps to pick out the colour of the pointing.

And here the cement grey pointing has been echoed in the door...
Farrow and Ball Manor House Grey will look like this

Or what about this creamy clay pointing....

Little Greene Slaked Lime Dark would create a similar shutter colour

Another route to take is to introduce other materials that counteract the redness of the brick. Look at this lovely example. A mellow-toned stone path has been added so that the warm cream paint has something to hang against.

Afternoon tea

You may find, as in the dark grey feature bricks below, that there is another ornamental colour somewhere on your house that you can draw inspiration from...

lavender path and lollipop topiary - perfect French garden detailing

And, frankly, if it's good enough for an ex-Prime Minister then it's good enough for me!!! (I have to confess, my eyes were more taken by the beautiful paint colour on the front door than they were of David Cameron!)...

David Cameron's home!

What about you? Do you have a red brick home? What would be your top tip to share with lovers of Modern Country Style front doors?

Take care until next time,

Images via :Voysey And Jones, Modern Country Style, Heirloom Philosophy, Claire Richardson, liesbetgoetchaickx, adam van gelderen, Arianna Belle, Rightmove, London Door, Photos From Winchester, I Cut And Stick, LisaMark Robinson, Carmen Monica, insparicionline, unknown, fabrice barbette, Claire Coward Williams, housetohome, Fleaing France, unknown

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Inside The World's Only Modern Country Georgian Newbuild!!

Could you not resist coming back to see the inside of the wowsers Georgian home I showed you last time, which had been moved stone by laborious stone thirty miles away to the new owners- dream location.

Gorgeous Georgian newbuild!

Let's begin our tour in this magnificent hallway. The floors are an opilent mix of Cotswold and Portland stone. Isn't the design lovely? Fired Earth Bone White is a similar paint colour to this softest, palest grey.

Modern Country hallway

Grey is a key shade in this home, which brings a real sense of the contemporary, contrasting beautifully with the rural setting. 

As well as the five bedrooms, it also boasts four reception rooms, four bathrooms and is situated in five acres of land

Modern Country Style in its element, you might say! Is it any wonder that I love it so much!

Modern Country French style dining room

The kitchen diner is significantly more rustic than the other rooms, and has an interesting mix of French chic in the dining area and then ultra sleek in he kitchen.

Modern Country kitchen diner

I love all the open fires here! They're certainly not original and are the wrong era entirely but they somehow add to the period feel of the house.

Modern Country living room

The last of the reception rooms; shall we call this one the snug?... This room combines the greys used so effectively in the rest of the house. Little Greene's Lead would look beautiful in this setting.

Modern Country snug

And then on to the gardens! This Georgian house is set in five acres of stunning countryside so the garden has the most perfect backdrop. Can you imagine lounging in those chairs with a glass of something sparkly!?

Modern Country garden

Even the garden has its own Modern Country style, with its parterres and topiary, softened wth gently romantic planting.

Modern Country garden

Yes, I'd say all my Modern Country Style boxes have been ticked!

Take care until next time,
Sarah x

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Can You Believe This Georgian Home Was Moved From 30 Miles Away!?

Well, this is the one of the most bizarre home stories I've shared... At first glance, this gorgeous Georgian gem looks as though it's centuries old. Does it have you fooled?!

Modern Country Georgian Home set in the Cotwolds

Would you believe me if I said that it had been moved, stone by stone, from 30 miles away? This is how it was originally....see how the roof and porch are much simpler, the windows are less grand and there are no columns in sight:

Yup, You read that right! The owners dismantled this 18th century house from Wiltshire and their builder painstakingly rebuilt it in Gloucestershire to create the look you see it is, in a rather special way, a new build!

And the most bizarre thing of all, after all that hassle and planning permission quandaries, is that the home was put on the market for sale a couple of years after the mammoth project finished for a whopping £3.75 million, giving the owners very little time to enjoy the fruit of their labours. 

It all started when he owners couldn't find a home to their liking in their chosen location in the Cotswolds. And what a jaw-dropping location it is! The new house is set in five acres in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Modern Country Georgian house set in five acres of Cotswold countryside

The good news is that the original house was due to be taken down anyway. It was completely derelict and riddled with damp issues. So this was not architectural vandalism but, rather, a case of rescuing an old treasure.

The 'new' house has five bedrooms. four bathrooms and four stunning reception rooms, all with a firm nod to its proud Georgian history but fully embracing the 21st century.

Modern Country Georgian home

Shall we take a look around inside? 

It's, no real surprise, completely gorgeous!...but you'll have to come back next time to see!
{What a tease, I know!}


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