This Cotswold stone-built home features a hall, living room, drawing room, kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The tenant, who is a florist, fell in love with the picturesque garden first, but his classic country-house taste was ideally suited to the property, which he quickly turned into his very own haven. He has furnished the entire house from scratch and painted and papered every room in a quintessentially English style, mixing botanical prints with vintage finds.
Rather than filling this bright living room with large sofas, it has been kept simple for a welcoming but unfussy feel. A pair of classic armchairs have been teamed with dark oriental-style storage and occasional pieces. An impressive full room-sized rug brings a lovely textural feel to the space.
The kitchen units have been freshened up with a coat of paint. An oversized pendant light echoes the shape of the beautiful dining table below, marking it out as the star feature of the room. Lovely mirrored splashback tiles are a glamorous touch, creating the illusion of a further space beyond. The darkwood floor brings the scheme together, providing a contrast to the white units and complementing the dining suite.
Stairs lead up from the kitchen to the bedrooms and bathroom via a small but perfectly formed landing. ‘Joining’ areas, such as hallways and landings, can be forgotten when it comes to well planned decorating schemes, but not here. This landing has been decorated with as much care and attention as every other area of the property. Crisp white walls form the perfect backdrop to gold-framed portraits and landscapes, while a row of pretty pots brightens up the windowsill.
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King & McGaw
A subdued palette of yellows and greens is the key to this gentle, relaxed bedroom. The delicate knocked-back floral of the wallpaper is a subtle echo of the garden. The framed artwork is inspired by birds and botanical illustrations. Use a throw to introduce a shot of colour – it can be as toning or as contrasting as you like.
The floral fabrics in the guest bedroom are work because they have been teamed with a smart yellow striped wallpaper. This is a wonderfully cosy guest bedroom, with a feature headboard upholstered to match the bed throw. It’s a room designed with comfort in mind and it lends itself to many a convivial house-party weekend.
GP & J Baker
Bold antique furnishings bring a personal touch to the guest bedroom. A tall set of drawers like this one is an ideal choice for a smaller space because it provides maximum storage capacity while taking up minimal floor space. Fabulous decorative plates and ornamental pieces bring a touch of the exotic to the room. A comfortable armchair and adjacent floor lamp provide a reading corner that’s ideal in a guest room.
Colefax & Fowler
Potted plants bring colour and life to the neutral bathroom scheme. Placing them either side of a central mirror and basin has maximised their impact against a white backdrop. By night they are illuminated by a pair of smart wall lights fitted directly above. A pretty gingham and striped blind adds a charming touch at the window.