Breathtaking Cotswolds views are what drew the owners to this beautiful 17th-century farmhouse with later additions. Nestled in the rolling countryside, it consists of an entrance hall, living room, kitchen/dining area, cloakroom, boot room, study, five bedrooms, landing/library room and four bathrooms – one of which is en suite. The home features lots of recycled materials, architectural salvage-yard finds and vintage fabrics. Many of the blinds, for instance, are made from French linen sheets.
Pale blue Shaker-style units add subtle colour to this large country kitchen, while a large white Aga complements the light and airy tone. The open shelves on either side of the window were made from reclaimed elm floorboards and old oak beams and they hold the owners' collections of pottery and accessories. A central island is a practical addition.
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Key country pieces, such as a the butler sink and exposed beams, add authentic charm, while individual personality is introduced with antique pieces like these pigeon hole shelves filled with rustic crockery. The smart Roman blind is hand-made from an old Hungarian textile. Pretty flowers in a jug on the windowsill bring the beautiful outdoors in.
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A wall between the kitchen and dining area was knocked down to create one big space filled with light, offering a freeflow of movement between the two spaces. The cornflower blue of the kitchen is carried through to the painted dining chairs. It's a neat way to unite the space. Blackened beams were striped back to their natural state, creating a simpler, more pared down look.
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A cool Scandinavian palette offsets the mellow stone of the inglenook fireplace in this bright and breezy living room. The stone floor has been left uncovered, revealing its beauty and the house's rustic credentials. The antique Chesterfield sofa has been covered in vintage Hungarian grain sacks and the throw is also a vintage textile.
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The bare wood staircase has been transformed with a painted stair runner for a rustic touch. A smart painted panel and border draws the eye to the top of the stairs where a shabby chic chest sits under a matching mirror.
The mini library sits at the top of the stairs. Comfortable armchairs provide a handy spot to sit and read and the books can be reached with a whitewashed rolling ladder. The blind is made from a 19th-century French hemp sheet and the striped chair is covered in Hungarian vintage textiles.
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The main bedroom is soothing, relaxing space. Sought after for their intricate carving and plump upholstered headboards, French-style beds are the epitome of luxury. The one in this room is a prime example and it has been teamed with grey velvet curtains and a petite crystal chandelier. Although still rustic, the main bedroom evokes a more indulgent feel.
9/12 Guest bedroom
A mix of vintage-style floral fabrics and painted metal furniture makes the guest bedroom a delightfully romantic space. The upholstered headboard is perfectly placed in this scheme, creating the ultimate in French country chic. The dainty fabric heart on the bedpost is one of those little touches that makes all the difference to a decorating scheme.
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The country feel continues in the second guest bedroom. A soft cream backdrop, ornate metal bedstead and a collection of pretty accessories create a feminine feel. A reclaimed painted bedside cupboard and elegant scatter cushions introduce subtle blue/grey accents that make the room distinctive.
Feather & Black
A powder blue roll-top bath fits snuggly in this quaint bathroom. Plumbing is cleverly concealed behind white-washed panelling that also functions as a display shelf for colour co-ordinated, vintage glass bottles. A grey painted mirror and decorative wooden star continue the Scandinavian feel from downstairs.
12/12 Back garden
Extensive work also took place in the garden. The owners created a beautiful terrace on the site of the original farmyard and the foundations of the old farm outbuildings.
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Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.
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