Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses

One of the questions that I'm most frequently asked by local clients is for help choosing the best front door paint colours for their Cotswold stone houses. The classic, warm but muted honey tones of Cotswold Stone need careful consideration to bring out their very best. So, let's cut to the chase, and pick out the very best Top Ten Modern Country front door paint colours for Cotswold Stone houses, perfect for those of you who are all of a fluster with your sample pots...

1. Farrow And Ball Ball Green

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Farrow and Ball Ball Greeen

2. Farrow and Ball French Gray

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Farrow and Ball French Gray

3. Farrow and Ball Lichen

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Farrow and Ball Lichen

4. Farrow and Ball Bone

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Farrow and Ball Bone

5. Farrow and Ball Old White

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Farrow and Ball Old White

6. Dulux Lizard

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Dulux Lizard

7. Little Greene French Grey

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Little Greene French Grey
  
8 Little Greene Mid Lead

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Littlle Greene Mid Lead
  
9. Farrow and Ball Pigeon

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Farrow and Ball Pigeon

10. Dulux Heritage Stone Green

The Top Ten Front Door Paint Colours For Cotswold Stone Houses Dulux Stone Green

The paint colours listed here will all look absolutely fantastic on Cotswold Stone front doors: their perfect blend of muted tones, inspired by nature, perfectly call to mind the relaxed but sophisticated Country feel of the Cotswolds.....BUT please do take into account the direction that your home faces. What do I mean by that? Ah, well that would be spoiling the next post!!

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahx

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Friday, 30 August 2019

Swedish Country Style Dining Ideas...

On this lovely summer's day, can you imagine this being your al fresco-type dining space? Whiling away the hours, devouring delicious meals and being distracted by the driftwood grey of the ceiling; the sunlight streaming in makes it an easy journey in my imagination.


 In my mind, it's over-looking the most divine Modern Country garden, tumbling roses, and smartly clipped topiary. I'm having a moment for taupe-y grey gingham: small touches here and there make me smile.

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx

Image via Susanne Kings

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

A Budget Modern Country Makeover

Before I start on our gorgeous new building work reveal, I thought we'd step back in time and look at our last kitchen, where the basics where in place for a Modern Country Style shakeup...

I get endless questions about this, so why don't you come on over, sit down and let me make you a drink of something delicious, whilst we have a recap...


 Modern Country Style is all about taking the very best of 
Traditional Country's warmth and comfort, 
and combining with a muted, pared-back Modern look. 
Want to know what I mean?
Where better to demonstrate that than in the heart of the home: 
the kitchen?

Here's the hideous before from when we looked round. 
It was like being in a giant egg yolk. 
Harsh but fair.


When we first viewed our house, the kitchen was one of the rooms that I knew would be high on our priority list to change. I thought I hated everything about it until I realised that underneath the lurid colours and dated decor was actually quite a nice kitchen, waiting to be unearthed.


We decided to keep the beech wood worktops and the cream Shaker units but everything else HAD TO GO.

I was astonished how lovely the worktops looked once we'd finished. They changed dramatically from reflecting the walls in a very orange way to having a lovely mellow golden warmth.


We used Farrow and Ball Blue Gray 
and Farrow and Ball White Tie on the walls. 
Have you used Farrow and Ball paints? 
To. Die. For. 
Yes, they're more expensive but the 
Modern Country colours are worth every last penny. 



 I chose cherry red accents, to perk up the soft grays. 


I love simple blocks of muted colours, 
highlighted by the crisp, sharp contrast of white glossy woodwork. 



We had the boiler moved upstairs, which created a space that was just
perfect for a bit of open shelf action. 


The shelves let me display things that I love to have around me. 
{So I can do a spot of ogling any time I please.}


We don't have a table and chairs in our kitchen, so, in the dining room next door, I've used a paler version of the Blue Gray to bring unity to the two spaces. 


I can never get enough of the Modern Country look 
and its delicious yet delicate use of winter seascape colours. 


If Modern Country is a look you love too, 
then stick around and have a good snoop at the tabs at the top....


Take care until next time,
Sarahxx

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Friday, 21 June 2019

Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colours

One question that I am constantly asked by you lovely lot is which paint colours to use on your kitchen cabinets. And, more specifically, which Farrow and Ball paint colours.

I thought I'd show you first-hand, as it were, by taking 10 super-popular kitchens (for good reason, these really are design classics) and showing you the best possible matches from the Farrow and Ball range.

Here are my favourite 10 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colours....with links where possible to my Paint Colour Case Studies.


Farrow and Ball Blue Gray kitchen

I've spoken extensively about this gorgeous colour here on one of my Paint Colour Case Studies. Farrow and Ball Blue Gray is one of the most changeable colours I know. It can shift from this gently bleached grey to a really powerful sea green, depending on the light in the room. And it'll always be one of my favourites.



Farrow and Ball Pigeon kitchen

The picture above is actually painted in two shades: Farrow and Ball Shaded White (top cabinets) and Farrow and Ball Pigeon. This is more of a recent trend and one that I really love. Top cabinets can make a room look heavy and overbearing if they are too dark so painting them, for example, in the same colour as the walls can help them to recede into the background.



Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Old White

This gorgeous kitchen was recently shared by Mark Wilkinson, my all-time favourite kitchen designers. The island is Farrow and Ball London Clay, a gorgeous earthy brown with sultry bruised undertones. And the main units are Farrow and Ball Old White, which is a warm stony green.



Modern Country Kitchen with Aga Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball French Gray

I love the way Farrow and Ball French Gray can veer to the blue, the green or the grey. Slippy slidey colours, that's what I love. Different lighting? Different colour! Different time of day? Different colour! Just make sure that you love all the different variations before you commit.



Modern Country Kitchen with Aga painted in Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

You really can't go wrong with this gorgeous combination. Try Farrow and Ball Cornforth White on the upper cabinets and Farrow and Ball Plummet on the base cabinets. Perfect for all lovers of grey kitchens! Set it off with cream accessories and you have yourself a stunning Modern Country kitchen.


Farrow and Ball Railings

Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Railings

For those of you who like things a little darker, a little moodier, take a look at Farrow and Ball Railings. It's the deepest darkest charcoal grey you can imagine. But definitely not black. And it has the teensiest hint of the night sky.


Farrow and Ball Shaded White

Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Shaded White

Shaded White is another paint colour from Farrow and Ball that veers around hugely. In some lights, it'll be perceived as a beautiful sludgy cream, in others a gently greyed green and in others a rather disappointing beige. I feel another case study coming up!!



Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Hardwick White

Now this beauty is a serious contender for our new kitchen. We already have Farrow and Ball Hardwick White on the walls in our family room but I just LOVE it as a Modern Country kitchen cabinet colour. Perfectly understated but with enough character to stand out from a crowd of greys; Hardwick White is a keeper!



Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Downpipe

I'm not mad keen on going to the dark side but, if I were to venture forth, this is the way I'd want to take it. Moody and handsome, that's how I like it {insert hilarious men joke here}. Farrow and Ball Down Pipe is most certainly deep and dark but the clever way that it retains its uncertain teal undertones means that it's never overbearing or dull.


Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin


Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin

Let's finish with a classic cream - with a Farrow and Ball twist. Slipper Satin is a gorgeous soft ivory. Not too warm but certainly not cold. It's classic, timeless and perfectly Modern Country!

Kitchens, kitchens.....and paint colours to die for. Was there ever a more perfect combination!!!?

Have a wonderful day...the sun is shining here in the Cotswolds!

Sarahxx


Imaes via Farrow and Ball, ChesterMorris Kitchens, Mark Wilkinson, Plain English, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, De Vol, Farrow and Ball

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

AMAZING Georgian House Tour

This home that I'm sharing today is a completely amazing example of what we were talking about last time. I first saved this beautiful Georgian home maybe seven years ago and I've just stumbled across it again today.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

It still looks every bit as gorgeous as when I first excitedly discovered it all those years ago.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

And that's a sign worth listening to.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

With so many passing fads in an increasingly fast-changing world, how can you know which are the looks that will endure? 

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

Again, my answer is this: by looking back through your archive of hastily torn out pictures from magazines from years back, or your older Pinterest favourites, or wherever it is that you store away precious inspiration images, you'll find your sense of timeless style coming to the fore.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

You'll find that some aspect won't excite you any more (there have been some pretty crazy crazes!) but there will be plenty that will. And it's exactly those elements that you should always try to incorporate into any new project because its those same elements that will continue to excite you in ten, twenty years to come.

So, let's take this beautiful Georgian home as our example. What is it that still sings out to me today? I love the colour scheme. 

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

Muted naturals have always, always, ALWAYS made me heart stop in its tracks. I can first remember noticing a muted natural in our family tablecloth when I was a very, very little girl. And it's those same colours that I reach for now because I know that, for me, they stand the test of time.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

And please do note that  essential "for me" in itallics in the previous paragraph. Taste, lasting taste, is as deeply personal as current fads are ephemeral. You're looking for the loves of your life, not a dull one-night-stand. We want true and lasting romance, don't we!?

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

And, it'll come as no surprise when I say that I completely adore the carefully curated mix here of Modern and Country styles. 

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

For me, I'll never tire of Modern Country Style because the Modern aspect keeps shifting as time passes, and the Country aspect just pleases me through and through!

Yes. Modern Country Style runs deeply in my veins!

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahx

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