Monday, 14 July 2014

Contemporary Country House And Garden Tour

After what I hope was a giddily enjoyable weekend, are you ready to take a tour of this Contemporary Country Home and Garden dramatic transformation, which caused VERY divided opinion over on Modern Country Style's Faceobook page? Have you joined us there for lots of Modern Country love?

Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior
Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior

Draw closer to the entrance (try Farrow and Ball in French Gray for this palest grey-green exterior paint).

Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior
Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior

In we come, to the hallway. Little Greene French Grey and French Grey (Mid) paints above and below the panelling will give this soft grey effect. (Not to be confused with the Farrow and Ball version!)

Contemporary Country Hallway
Contemporary Country Hallway

The chalky greys continue into the kitchen...

Contemporary Country Kitchen
Contemporary Country Kitchen

Contemporary Country Kitchen
Contemporary Country Kitchen

...and living areas...

Contemporary Country Living Room
Contemporary Country Living Room

...which perfectly set off the natural elements in the house...

Contemporary Country Dining Room
Contemporary Country Dining Room

...and lead the eye to the lovely Contemporary Country Garden.

Contemporary Country Exterior
Contemporary Country Exterior

{It's the combination of the country-style table and chairs and soft planting, set against the stark slate grey and white exterior, and modern lighting that give this Contemporary Country Garden feel).

Contemporary Country Garden
Contemporary Country Garden

Back up the stairs, with its seagrass runner...

Contemporary Country Hall
Contemporary Country Hall

...and into a very modern bathroom, softened slightly with the bare wood of the rustic shelves.

Contemporary Country Bathroom
Contemporary Country Bathroom

Finishing with the Master bedroom. The Contemporary Country interiors carries on even up here, with the monochrome colour scheme (don't you love those grey bedside tables?), and hanging hearts.

Contemporary Country Master Bedroom
Contemporary Country Bedroom

NOT what I would have expected from the old exterior but exactly what I would hope for the new! 

Is a Contemporary Country home or garden for you?


Images via Back To Front

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Exterior Transformation: Shockingly Lovely!

WARNING: You are in for the shock of your lives! 
This is the same house....Before and After....

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

Welcome to the most incredible exterior transformation from a company called Back To Front who, frankly, I want as my Fairy Godmother!

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

This beautiful home was once rather more of an ugly duckling....



Can you believe it? Here's the 'After' view from the back of the house...

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

And the Before from the same angle...


Is your jaw scraping the ground? Are your eyes popping out on stalks? I make no apologies!

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

Rear Before

This is a proper, full-on extensive (and, yes, expensive!) transformation but just goes to show the differences you can accomplish in any home if you set your mind to it.

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

Rear Elevation Before

The little details add to the feel of substance, and create that nonchalant impression of the house having been this beautiful swan forever....not even a hint of that ugly duckling is left.

Weatherboarding Detail After

Guttering Detail

I hope this leaves you feeling the wheels of your mind turning with creative thoughts ablaze for your own home.

Porch Detail After

Who fancies a peek inside?


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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Rookery House: Stunning Modern Country Garden

These are the kind of ingredients that I was imagining when I talked about overlooking a Modern Country garden: a blend of romantic roses with neat rows of catmint, combined with formal topiary. These low buxus' (box) are newly planted but will end up as neatly clipped parterre hedges.

Modern Country garden: Roses and catmint
Modern Country garden: Roses and catmint

The client wanted tranquillity and calm...

Circular pool and catmint
Modern Country Garden: Circular pool and catmint

...which is provided by both the symmetry and the softly-softly colour palette....gentle pinks and mauves.

Roses and low parterre
Modern Country Garden: Roses and boxwood parterre

The balance between the two produces a very Modern Country garden.


Images via Taylor Tripp

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Is this your veranda?!


Can you imagine this being your veranda? The driftwood grey of the ceiling, and the sunlight streaming in makes it an easy journey in my imagination.


 In my head, 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. mall touches here and there give me a big Cheshire cat kind of smile. 

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

House Tour: Georgian Home..With Pops Of Colour!

If you've been looking for a house tour with pops of colour then THIS one is for you! Welcome to the Georgian home of BBC's Gabrielle Blackman; a cool neutral and grey palette provides the backdrop to accent colours of deep turquoise and splashes of yellow.

Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray and Cornforth White kitchen

For similar kitchen colours, try units in Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray and walls in Strong White 

The living room is a case in point...look at those colours!

Fired Earth Granite


I love the deep tones of the cabinet. Try Farrow and Ball Off-Black for a similar smoky softness.

Farrow and Ball Off-Black

Is this as messy as their storage gets, I wonder?!


And now upstairs to the bedrooms...

Master bedroom “Grey is a lovely neutral – it adds depth and works very well with our painted floor,”...


And here, in their daughter Cece's bedroom, is where all colour breaks loose!


And outside...just look at that beautiful wisteria!


The calming tones of the grey bring those brighter hues alive.

And, now, a question for the weekend:
{How do you use colour in your home?}



Images via Living Inside

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