Monday, September 2, 2013

How To Decorate :: The Modern Country Style

image via Blakes London
This decoration style reminds me of the my first property in England. Our first purchase was a 114 year old, Victorian semi-detached house, with two floors, small garden at the front and courtyard, herb garden, shed and grassed area at the rear.

Buying an old character house would be quite normal as a large number of English houses would be Victorian, Georgian or Farmhouses in style and would be of at least a 100 years old! 

These lovely old homes would be full of architectural character; timber sash windows, old fireplaces, cast iron radiators, roll top baths, traditional kitchens, high ceilings, parquet timber flooring, hand plastered walls, ornate cornices, ceiling roses and timber beam ceilings.

By introducing a mix of modern and vintage furniture into these character buildings you are able to mix the charm, history and the traditional quality of the past with modern day living in a relaxed modern country style.

How To Decorate The Modern Country Style
This Modern Country style combines antique finds and reclaimed furniture, with new modern and handmade furniture pieces, set against a backdrop of rustic timber, coir and stone floors, brick, plaster or old tiled walls and white washed or milk painted timber walls or furniture. 
I love those old leather rustic seats and aged timber flooring...
To this day I still prefer timber as my main floor finish rather than that of carpet or floor tile!

Use throws over seating to give you that country look with a mix of neutral and floral cushions for decoration.
Keep everything white but use storage, furniture and lighting as accents. 

Ahhh... I miss these old baths.
images above via Foster House 
Kitchens would have ‘Belfast’ styled ceramic sinks set into a timber or recon stone counter top, recycled timber dining table or chopping table, old style pantry cupboards and lots of open shelving for storage jars, best china, boxes and baskets. 

images above via Foster House 

For more on country style kitchen design ideas click here.

For decoration accents think natural fabrics, fine embroidered linens, checked, striped or soft floral vintage fabrics, cottons, flax and wool, fresh flowers, old and new handmade china pieces, covers for seats and patchwork throws. 
image via Foster House 
images via Pale & Interesting
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Have fun...

1 comment:

  1. Hello Lisa: I like your post on Modern Country style and those photos - beautiful!! I've got this linked to my post on Modern Country style too today, for inspiration!


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