The owners of this Hampshire home wanted ‘Nothing too dark or formal’ and went instead for a gentle palette of creams and taupes. Where once the words ‘rural idyll’ evoked a vision of low beams, flagstones and a dresser festooned with painted mugs, tastes have moved on and these days, well-heeled urbanites crave pastoral peace alongside unfussy furnishings, open-plan spaces and iPod docks.
Hagga Stripe rug
Kasthall at Sinclair Till
By Donald Sultan, sourced by Sima Familant
Working with Natalia Miyar, head designer at Helen Green Design, the owners have created a non-rustic hideaway that looks well pulled together and calm. In the living room, dark colours and challenging contrasts have been replaced with a mix of textured walls and calming shades, which offset the bespoke furniture and fittings.
For all their home's urban comforts, the owners relish the fact that the countryside is just a step outside the back door. 'It's the sense of space and freedom that we value most. At weekends, we're all outside, whatever the weather, walking the dog or fishing in the chalk stream.'
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