I love the mix of materials in this kitchen (above); marble sinks, thick masonry walls, smooth painted cupboards, touches of stainless steel, wire chair back, rough brick floors and well-used timber bread boards. It all makes for a texturally rich, really interesting rustic country kitchen.
I think it’s the junk and antique-shop hunter in me that is drawn to shelves crammed with glassware and vessels filled with wooden spoons and silverware. I also love, love, LOVE that big old-fashioned sink, and the industrial steel shelving.
Such a simple stained pine staircase, and yet it looks great paired with crisp white walls. The modern black and white-framed photos and the ornate French chest provide the contrast needed here so that the simple staircase looks intentional.
What fabulous windows! This kitchen must be such a beautiful space to spend time in. And that sink looks really interesting – do you think it’s moulded concrete?
I think everyone loves an old building that has been modernised but where a feature has been made of the beautiful original materials. Here the timber beams and the stone wall are the rustic counterpoints to a luxurious limestone floor, stunning staircase and retro-style chandelier. It’s a great mix.
I want to live here!
In my on-going quest for the perfect country house decor (though I don’t actually have the house – yet!), I am fairly obsessed with the play of natural texture on texture, and the beauty of materials from nature. Of course, this can work just as well in the city as in the country! Natural materials often come in shades of grey and neutrals, and I just think a room full of these colours and textures is so soothing and quietly beautiful. All of the rooms above contain those elements: timber, stone and marble, bone, wool, linen, sisal, coral, leather, animal hide and horn, even silver and metals. I really love the idea of framing pressed leaves and flowers. I used to have a flower press when I was growing up – I wish I’d kept it! Pressed flowers on aged and yellowed paper would look so beautiful framed.
This weekend I’m looking forward to spending some time outside with my lovely children, maybe tackling our front garden long-term project. And I’d love to get out of the city to see some countryside and to look at properties, though I say that every weekend it seems!
Have a great weekend All xx