Thursday, 24 January 2019

Get The Look: Gorgeous Georgian Kitchen!

Wasn't that GORGEOUS Georgian Kitchen utterly scrumptious? Now it's time to weave that Modern Country magic I promised you...let's break the interior right down, so that you can see how easy it is to Get GORGEOUS Georgian Kitchen Look in any house.

Here's a reminder of just how heavenly it is...

Georgian kitchen in Farrow and Ball Blue Gray on Modern Country Style

Feast your eyes on an example of a similar kitchen but this time in a new-build. See how the flagstones are there, the wooden beam has been given a place above the AGA and the units on the right of the image have been given the look of a dresser?

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BUT it's all been taken down a notch. The flagstones are smoother, lighter, softer. The paint choices are subtler, more muted (try Farrow and Ball Hardwick White and Dulux Dusted Moss for the island).There's no pretense here of trying to BE Georgian. Instead, there are careful nods to this look throughout: bringing character wherever possible.

So enough unpicking, on with the specifics!!!....

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Clockwise from top: The GORGEOUS Georgian Kitchen look suits newer Modern Country Style properties too. Paint a dresser in toning paint to that of your kitchen cabinets for a timeless, free-standing kitchen feel; try Farrow and Ball Railings, Farrow and French Gray, Zoffany Architect's White and Benjamin Moore Pewter for a contemporary take on these paint colours to enhance the Modern Country glow; simple rustic touches make all the difference here....the right flooring, carefully chosen simplicity, all add up to create a beautiful whole.

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And another shot of this newer kitchen. I love how they've included lots f rustic materials: glass, metal, wood, stone. How can these gorgeous flagstones, laid in softly random rows, fail to add character to any property?

Now, here's a good rule of thumb. The newer your home is, the more restful and calm it needs to be in order to pull off this look. Of course, there are exceptions and, if you want a riot of colour then please riot away...

Get The Look by Modern Country Style Gorgeous Georgian Kitchen!

Clockwise from top: Even if you own a new-build, white walls and French grey cabinets is a scheme that suits any period of house...perfectly Modern Country; if you live in a more contemporary home, stick to simple, clean lines in your kitchenware; I love this palette of Little Greene Shirting, Benjamin Moore Doily, Little Greene French Grey, Earthborn Gregory's Den; Classic Country pieces in an unfussy, modern white bring this scheme to life.

You see? *sigh of relief* The GORGEOUS Georgian Kitchen look can be yours whether you have a derelict barn on waiting in the wings to be decorated or in the tiniest of cottages, or the grandest of modern homes.

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahx

Images via: Daily Mail, Fine and Country, Modern Country Style moodboard 1 (Border Oak, Pinterest, Garden Trading), Fine and Country, Modern Country Moodboads 2 (Sims Hilditch, The New General Store, Le Creuset)

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Monday, 14 January 2019

GORGEOUS Georgian Kitchen

We've got a complete kitchen renovation coming up this year.
{I know!! *Squeal!!*}
And so, of course, I have been obsessing over the end details when I have far more important mountains to climb. We've got a long build before us before we actually get to the pretty bits.....but a girl can dream, right?

And this feels more than dreaming. This feels as though the dream is starting to become a tangible reality. Plans have been drawn and builders are in place....it's time to get excited!

Georgian kitchen in Farrow and Ball Blue Gray on Modern Country Style

So, with dreams and visions given a firm thumbs up, let's turn our attention to this delicious offering. This is the kitchen of Cesar Perin Georgian home in Spitalfields, the super-trendy area in London's East End.

I absolutely love the original stone flags, the timber structural pillars and the mix of old and newBut most of all I am smitten with the mix of Modern and Country.

This kitchen positively exudes Modern Country Style.

How can you miss the Country elements in this kitchen, with its dresser, cooking area tucked into a chimney breast, butler's sink and beautiful original features - and don't get me started about those stunning original flagstones?

But look closer and you'll see there's plenty of Modern here too. The colour scheme - muted grey green (Farrow and Ball's Blue Gray) and cream and white is scrumptious. Little touches of stainless steel - the fridge, those gorgeous little pendant lights above the large sink - complete the picture.

Georgian kitchen in Farrow and Ball Blue Gray on Modern Country Style


But, take heart!! You don't need a five storey home like this one to get a kitchen feel like this. Let's take a look at how you might draw inspiration for your own home.....


Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx


Images via: Daily Mail

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Monday, 26 November 2018

Winter Fashion 2018 with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

If ever there's a celebrity who knows how to dress well for Winter 2018 it's the lovely Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley. 

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon Whiteley                                                                                                                        Mais

Isn't it frustrating when winter fashion ideas show scantily clad models who have seemingly zero idea of what it's like to do the school run in icy winds and driving rain?

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

We need coats. We need warmth. But, my Modern Country lovelies, we need to feel good.

Rosie Huntingdon-Whitley? Lead the way....

Winter Fashion 2018 with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

Key Looks For Winter 2018 can be summed up in two words: neutrals and naturals.

Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

And Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley combines these two winter 2018 fashion must-haves to perfection.

Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

Her love of good quality statement pieces in leather, wool and cotton beautifully fulfills the natural feel necessary.....

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

And the caramels, taupes, blacks and greys create a soft silhouette.

Winter Fashion 2018

For those of you who prefer a little more colour in the grey winter months, accessories are your best friend. A brighter scarf or hat can take a neutral investment piece easily in a different direction from one season to the next.

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

{I'm not sure I could walk for long in those towering heels though...}

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

So then.....fabulous coat?
Check!

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

Gorgeous bag?
Check!

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

All in those key neutral natural fabrics?
Check!

Winter Fashion 2018 on Modern Country Style with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

Something tells me you are looking gorgeous and ready to go....

Take it away!!

Till next time,
Sarahx


Images via Cris Tamer, Daily Mail, Daily Mail, Rex, Rex, Rex, Harpers Bazaar, Who What Wear, Daily Mail, Shutterstock, Elle, Rex

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

How To Create An Amazing Modern Country Front Garden With Zero Space

Okay, so you've seen the look you love and adore: a long winding path lined with lavender, leading up to a perfect, muted front door....but you have the smallest front garden in the world?

consider a country-inspired feminine palette of Farrow and Ball Pelt, Dulux Linnet, Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone, Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose. Full details on Modern Country Style blog: Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Consider a country-inspired feminine palette of Farrow and Ball Pelt, Dulux Linnet, Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone, Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose; lavenders look gorgeous on paintwork alongside plenty of green planting, a circular pond wrapped with low box hedging is set off with a ribbon of lavender plants; topiary balls in old pots

Now, front doors I can help you with but I can't, even using my most special Modern Country powers, magic up long winding paths if you have a tiny front garden or no front garden at all....

But, but, BUT what I can do is give you fantastic alternatives that will help give the impression of your dream look in a variety of guises. Let's take a leafy stroll through the Top Ten Ways To Get A Modern Country Front Garden With Zero Space....

How To Create A Modern Country Front Garden With Zero Space over on Modern Country Style

1) The humble window box. You only have to walk down a trendy London street to see how far window boxes have come on the Modern Country front. Gone are the twee fussy arrangements and in are crisp topiary, contemporary finishes and gorgeous symmetrical style. On the other end of the spectrum, it's perfectly possible to bring in a gentle touch of lavender here as demonstrated in exquisite style in the image above. 

The contrast of the aged terracotta pots, with the gently swaying lavender flowers alongside the smart black, geometric frame of the window box and the shaped topiary-like planting combines to create a perfect Modern Country exterior.

2) Wreaths aren't only for Christmas, you know. They can look completely scrummy, and introduce that perfect shot of lavender, all year round...

Lavender and Heather Wreath, Front Door Wreath

3) Be flexible with the actual planting. Here eryngium (sea holly) and eucalyptus is used in a beautiful wreath to give the same hint of lavender... (and I'm LOVING the Jim Lawrence door knocker!)

Amazing front door ideas over on Modern Country Style

4) Many houses have scope for pots by the walls and planting scaling their walls, even if they don't actually have official ownership of the space in front of their front door. Take a walk around many gorgeous streets in the Cotswolds to see this beautifully in action...

Simply pop in a couple of lavender-esque plants into pretty pots and place either side of your gorgeous front door for a quick and cheap way to get the look...

 How To Create A Modern Country Front Garden With Zero Space over on Modern Country Style

5) Now, the joy of lavender is that it can belong to all different kind of homes so when thinking about your pots, take care...as you can see from these images, the pots themselves creates a very definite feel, whether that's uber contemporary, super rustic or perfectly Modern Country: none of these looks are right or wrong but it's worth spending a little bit of time considering the overall direction that you want the front of your home to have and making sure all design touches are aiming the same way...

Tiny Front Garden? Look at these ideas on Modern Country Style

6) How's this for a beautiful idea: a little galvanised vase with a simple bouquet of lavender attached to your front door....just be careful if you're a door-slammer. ;-)

Gorgeous gardening ideas for no front garden on Modern Country Style

7) Of  course, many of you will be blessed with some outside space. Please don't be shy of making the very most of every square foot....

Small spaces, as has been said a million times here on Modern Country Style, can be absolutely the most satisfying to design. It's possible to pack a real punch, even with only a little plot so pick up your pencil and get planning!!

How To Create A Modern Country Front Garden With Zero Space over on Modern Country Style

8) Lavender is a fantastic companion plant, one of the very best for Modern Country gardens. Have a play! Don't be afraid of combining lavender with super-sleek topiary...

Ten Ideas To Create A Modern Country Front Garden With Zero Space over on Modern Country Style

9) ...or with country-loving roses:

Lavender and Roses round a front door: How To Create A Modern Country Front Garden With Zero Space over on Modern Country Style

10) And, last but not least, if green-fingered projects really aren't your thing, pick up your paintbrush and go lavender!

Image result for lavender front door

I hope, for those of you yearning for long paths lined with lavender, but without the square footage to match, that these ten ideas will fill you with enthusiasm and excitement for your space...and all its glorious potential!

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahx

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Front Doors And Lavender Paths = YUMMY!

If there's one Modern Country look that never seems to date, never seems tired, never gets old, it's this: banks of lavender leading up to a gorgeously muted front door.

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary over on Modern Country Style blog!

Try Little Greene Juniper Ash, Zoffany Sung Mauve, Fired Earth Sea Lavender, Fired Earth Gentian Violet; a beautiful Modern Country planting scheme with four clipped box hedges enclosing swathes of lavender with box balls nestled within; you can never go wrong with lavender leading up to a front door; two standard topiary trees standing as sentinels either side of a door looks da bomb

Lavender lined front door

Lavender lined front door

Lavender-lined paths are seen the world over but especially here in the rolling Cotswolds; stopping to sweep my hand past swathes of lavender is one of life's great pleasures.

Lavender lined front door at Soho farmhouse

Lavender front door garden

The scene is set to perfection when combined with other greenery, whether that's a climber such as hydrangea petiolaris scaling the stone walls...

Lavender lined front door and garden

I want my walkway to be a path lined by herbs- lavender, sage, thyme, etc.

...or simply a front door flanked by two lollipop sentinels...

lavender path and lollipop topiary - perfect French garden detailing from How To Choose The Perfect Front Door Colour For Red Brick Houses over on Modern Country Style

Lavender front garden

...or even, if you have the space, lavender plants interspersed with other topiary...

Lavender and topiary front garden

Lavender and topiary front garden

Yes, whether you have an old country pile...

Front Path Lined With Clipped Lavender Garden

...a lovely new-build...

Lavender path newbuild front garden

...a gorgeous Georgian home like me....

Lavender path front door

...this is one look that most definitely isn't going anywhere.

BUT, ever the realist, what if you don't have oodles of front garden space to trace out yards of lavender loveliness?? What's a girl to do if she really, really, reeeeaaalllly wants this look?

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary over on Modern Country Style blog!
Clockwise from top: this aged brick house is set off beautifully by dusky grey paint on the doors and frames, allowing the drainpipe and rendered base to fade into the overall scheme; box topiary in a zinc planter, box balls sit perfectly alongside a whole range of different architectural styles; Colours to try alongside this look include Dulux White, Farrow and Ball Cabbage White, Farrow and Ball Calluna, Little Greene French Grey, well thought-out details inside tie your interior and exterior together with aplomb..... 

Come back next time, my sweets, and I'll let you into a few of my secrets...

Until then, take extra care of yourselves,
Sarahxx

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