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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Monday, 15 October 2018

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball De Nimes - The New Farrow and Ball Colour For 2018

As I hope you've registered by now, Farrow and Ball have introduced nine exclusive new paint colours for 2018! There are some fantastic tones in there and we've been looking at the low-down on the Modern Country Style favourite new Farrow and Ball paint colours. 

We've seen:
Sulking Room Pink: a soft Robin's Egg,
Treron: an uncertain creamy, stony grey.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes
Farrow and Ball De Nimes press shot

Today's offering is...
De Nimes

Farrow & Ball De Nimes
Farrow and Ball De Nimes Press Shot

Farrow and Ball say:
This quietly elegant blue feels wonderfully down to earth, so could be used on anything from a kitchen island to an airy drawing room. The exact shade is rooted in a regency palette but is inspired by the cloth of everyday workwear made in the French city Nîmes. Like denim, its blue hue is ultimately fashionable and yet always feels grounded.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes press shot
Farrow and Ball De Nimes press shot

And here is Farrow and Ball's promotional video...



Modern Country Style says...
Farrow and Ball De Nimes is reasonably true to its press shots. However, be aware that, in cooler lights, or North-facing rooms, it will read as a dark cool grey. I love its Air Force Blue feel, which contrasts wonderfully with white. This one's an absolute winner. A contemporary, more coloured take on Down Pipe but with less green.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes Sample

So let's take a look at what you should expect in your home. This fabulous trio of images from The Pool demonstrate how subtly Farrow and Ball De Nimes shifts in the light. 

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hallway

From deepest darkness in the top corners of this hallway....

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hallway

...through to a fairly mid-blue when drenched with warm, bleaching sunlight.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hall

So do bear in mind that what will most definitely make a dramatic difference to your perception of this beautiful deepest-night-sky shade is your light levels. The brighter the light, whether sun or artificial light, the more coloured and paler Farrow and Ball De Nimes becomes. 

Farrow & Ball De Nimes
Paint and Paper Farrow and Ball De Nimes vignette 

Farrow and Ball De Nimes needs enough warm light to let its gorgeous blue notes be allowed to glow...

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hallway in sunlight
Give Farrow and Ball De Nimes the right space, as in this wall from The Constant Renovator, and watch it come alive...

And when I say coloured, I see this as a deep, deep blue. Yes, a very muted, dark blue but don't mistake this new paint colour for an off black. I think it would look stunning on wainscot panelling. Farrow and Ball's De Nimes is set to be another Modern Country classic, to be sure!

Farrow & Ball De Nimes in warm light
Warmth and depth emanate from De Nimes here in this shot from the workroommke

For more gorgeous Colour Studies, click below....!


Farrow and Ball Hardwick White, Plummet, Mole's Breath
Farrow and Ball Hardwick White, Plummet, Mole's Breath an De Nimes from Driftwood Homes

Which have been your favourites so far?

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx


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