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!
vincent van duysen
meg ryan's home in elle decor
My love of doors and windows made from iron continues..they are so beautiful that they look best left bare and unadorned – I love the way they bring that industrial element in and that they can be used equally as effectively in rustic French Provincial-style homes, in a classic ‘Hamptons’ context or in really modern spaces. Oh to have a kitchen with iron doors opening onto a leafy internal courtyard!
Hope you’ve had a great weekend x
I am captivated this week by this beautiful stone country house. What an amazing entry (above) – the arched stone doorway flanked by giant cast iron urns takes my breath away! I love the row of french doors opening onto an iron balcony above.
Look at these patched stone walls and flagstone floors (above and below)! All the timber lintels and ceiling beams have been painted a French grey, which ties in perfectly with the painted French and Swedish furniture. I adore the juxtaposition of the ornate antiques against the rustic building, and the amazing crystal chandelier hanging from antique beams.
It’s the little things that appeal to me here: I love the simple modern light fitting and iron curtain rails above, and the insertion of columns into the walls and corner below. And that window!! It’s what dreams are made of.
This last pic isn’t from the same house but to me it has a similar feel, pairing french antiques with rough stone walls and stripped timber floor. But my favourite thing is the staircase in the reflection – heavenly!!
Have a wonderful weekend, see you next week!