Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Blue Gray (Updated!)

Well, bonjour, my bonbons,

Isn't it wonderful having all this Spring in the air? Are you feeling the love? Let me introduce you to a particularly longstanding love of my life: Farrow and Ball Blue Gray, inspired by the gorgeous Georgian I shared with you..

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style

I'm thinking it's time for an updated Paint Colour Case StudyToday, it's the turn of Farrow and Ball Blue Gray, which is one of the colours we chose for our old kitchen makeover.

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

I have a question for you, Mr Farrow and Mr Ball....You're the epitome of an British company so why do you insist on spelling 'grey' the American way? Yup: Blue Gray. That's how they spell it. English company, American spelling? Not sure what's going on with that....

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style

When I put together a case study for you, I source as many pictures as I can of the paint colour, from our home, here in the Cotswolds, and from a variety of different sources, in lots of different situations and lots of different lights so that you don't just have to rely on a teensy little square of colour on the tester card before you splash out on yet another sample pot.

Bankruptcy by sample pots?
You know its coming....!

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study

Basically, I hope these Farrow and Ball Case Study posts can do all the legwork for you so you can see at a glance whether the colour is going to work for you in *your* house with *your* lighting conditions. Here's a list of other Colour Case Studies for you to peruse...


Let's begin by taking a careful look at the variations you can expect when you use Farrow an Ball Blue Gray as a gorgeous front door colour. In full sunlight, you'll see a warm medium teal but in the shade Farrow and Ball Blue Gray can take on quite a steely grey appearance. 

Farrow and Blue Gray front door

Farrow and Blue Gray front door

Farrow and Blue Gray front door on Modern Country Style

Farrow and Blue Gray front door on Modern Country Style

I've only selected pictures that I think are accurate reflections of what the colour really looks like, discarding those where the image has been tweaked beyond recognition or the flash has distorted the appearance of the colours.

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style

And as a painted kitchen colour, I still think Farrow and Ball Blue Gray is one of the best shades out there. Classic, warm and timeless....
 

Farrow and Blue Gray painted kitchen on Modern Country Style

Farrow and Blue Gray kitchen on Modern Country Style

Farrow and Blue Gray painted kitchen on Modern Country Style

The main thing that I need to tell you about Blue Grey is its intensity accumulates more than any other colour I've worked with. Particularly around internal corners and with a lack of natural light.Look at the shadowy internal corner of the picture below. See how much darker and more intense the colour is than on the chimney breast?

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray in warm daylight

 And the second thing is that it's surprisingly green for a colour called Blue Gray. 

farrow and ball blue gray woodwork
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray on Woodwork

Really surprisingly green. 

Farrow and Blue Gray in the sunshine: Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray in the sunshine....aah.

Farrow and Blue Gray in the rain: Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style
...and Farrow and Ball Blue Gray in the rain.

It's the strongest, warmest colour that we chose for our old house and that's because it's in the room that gets least natural light. Anything cooler would have made the room look washed out and cold.

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray with light streaming in through the large windows

The more natural light you have in your room, the more of this gorgeous colour you can use.

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

It's such a lovely colour. Warm and welcoming.

Here you can see the same part of our old kitchen, with my lovely China Jack Mosaic, at three different times of day: morning, noon and evening, with the weather ranging from overcast to sunny.
It's astonishing how much Farrow and Ball Blue Gray changes in the light!

Farrow and Ball White Tie Blue Gray overcast
Farrow and Ball White Tie in overcast skies

Farrow and Ball White Tie Blue Gray in sunshine
Farrow and Ball White Tie In Sunshine


Farrow and Ball White Tie Blue Gray evening light: Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style
Farrow and Ball White Tie and Blue Gray in the evening

And if you're looking for a cheery place to lie in the sun, how's this...

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style

This caravan is painted in Farrow and Ball Blue Gray and Strong White. Doesn't it look gorgeous? 

Now, anyone for another cuppa?

Farrow and Blue Gray Colour Case Study on Modern Country Style
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray and Emma Bridgewater!


Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahx

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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?

Get The Look by Modern Country Style Gorgeous Georgian Kitchen!

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!!!....

Get The Look by Modern Country Style Gorgeous Georgian Kitchen!

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.

Get The Look by Modern Country Style Gorgeous Georgian Kitchen!

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


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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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