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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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018

STOP PRESS!! Farrow and Ball have released nine new paint colours for 2018! There are some fantastic Modern Country tones in there and, over the coming weeks, we'll be taking a closer look together at the new colours and, more importantly, looking behind the hype and marketing to see how you might make each of the new Farrow and Ball paint shades work for you in your Modern Country Style home! 

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
Gorgeous chest of drawers painted in Farrow and Ball Treron by Visions of a super cute life

The new Farrow and Ball paint we're looking at today is...

Treron

Farrow and Ball Treron
So much depth and richness in Farrow and Ball's Treron paint , shown here by Seschaou

{And for or more of my Paint Colour Case Studies, take a look here:


Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
Press image from Farrow and Ball of Treron in full sun

Farrow and Ball say...
This enduring colour is a dark version of a Farrow & Ball classic Pigeon, hence being named after the green variety of the same species. Although traditional in feel, Treron is perfect for modern homes where lots of natural materials are used or as an accent for both French Gray and our Traditional Neutrals.

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
I love this press shot from Farrow and Ball, pairing Treron with lots of white.

And Farrow and Ball's little video...



Modern Country Style says....
Farrow and Ball have really come up trumps with Treron; it's another one of their cusp colours - that is, you're never sure whether you've been gazing at a grey, a stony greige, a green or a khaki. This one's a winner as an exterior paint because its stronger tones will retaliate against the bleaching qualities of the sun. And for furniture too, toning beautifully with Hardwick White walls, for those who find the green of Treron a little strong. 

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
I'm loving this first shot of Treron from thestudiojq

But let's forget about the gloriously luring temptation of the perfectly styled press shots for a moment. This is how Farrow and Ball Treron really looks...

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron
The very same chest of drawers painted in Farrow and Ball Treron by Visions of a super cute life in artificial lighting

It's important to note that under artificial light, Treron takes on a distinctly darker, olive hue. This is not a colour that will fade into the background but, rather, a statement, a centrepiece in itself.

Bedroom painted in Farrow and Ball Treron
Take a look at how Treron becomes a feature wall in a bedroom by crapadventurer and see what I mean. 

But, with lots of light, and judicious use, I think Farrow and Ball Treron fits perfectly into Modern Country Style homes.

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
Look how gorgeously Forge Interiors have styled Treron with Sulking Room Pink...

...particularly those of you who have a love for the natural, earthy look. A piece or two painted in Farrow and Ball Treron will just sparkle and shine. Though not literally. Unless you're using gloss. But I digress...

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
This lovely vignette by Paintpaperltd shows exactly what I mean. 

Next up, under my beady Modern Country Style eye, is another of Farrow and Ball's new colours for 2018: De nimes...

{Brace yourself. It's a corker!}

But, until then, 
take good care of yourself, my lovely,

Sarahxx

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink - The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018

STOP PRESS!! Farrow and Ball have released nine new paint colours for 2018! There are some fantastic Modern Country tones in there and, over the coming weeks, we'll be taking a closer look together at the new colours and, more importantly, looking behind the hype and marketing to see how you might make each of the new Farrow and Ball paint shades work for you in your Modern Country Style home! 

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Zio and Sons' fabulous installation using Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

The new Farrow and Ball paint for 2018 that we're looking at today is...
Sulking Room Pink

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Farrow and Ball's Press Shot for Sulking Room Pink paint

Sulking Room Pink has stratospherically zoomed into orbit around the planet of my best EVAH paint names. Sulking Room Pink!!! If there was ever a colour I'd want a room to be painted in at that certain lady-time of the month then Sulking Room Pink would be it....

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Laura Sawyer helped style this beautiful image


Farrow and Ball say...
Sulking Room Pink is a romantic and muted rose; its powdery feel makes it incredibly soft. Not to be seen as overtly pink, but rather a muted rose with enormous warmth: its powdery feel makes it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones. Sulking Room Pink is evocative of the colours so often used in boudoirs, a room named after the French "bouder" - to sulk.

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Farrow and Ball's Press Shot for Sulking Room Pink paint

And their little video...



Modern Country Style says....
Farrow and Ball have really launched a game-changer pink here. Please note that Sulking Room Pink is not a soft, chalky pink. See how it picks up intensity in the corners, showing its browner and bluer roots? This is NOT the blush pink you've been looking for....BUT it does work magnificently if you think of it as Blush's older sister! Or a deeper, more mysterious cousin perhaps? And definitely cooler too. With tonnes of white and a smattering of an accent colour, this could be a fantastic Modern Country pink paint!

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

But what does Farrow and Ball's Sulking Room Pink really look like?

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Kelly Swallow using Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

Granted, the above image is only after one coat, but you can see its deeper brown hues shine through clearly.

On furniture, Sulking Room Pink comes up beautifully:

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
I love this arrangement showcasing Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink by Paint Paper Ltd

In terms of colour schemes, you can go very contemporary with Farrow and Ball's Sulking Room Pink paint, as showcased here:

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

Or you can go full country gorgeous, like this suggestion from the beautiful Forge Interiors:

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

But my favourite suggestion is this, a perfect blend of Modern and Country....

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
How gorgeous is this starting point for a  beautiful Modern Country colour scheme by Rooms With A View?

Yes, sireeee, Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink is slotting right into my portfolio as A Colour To Use.... but what about the other new paints for 2018?

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
I love this image of all of Farrow and Ball's new colours by Voninnen 

Coming soon: Colour Case Study for the new 2018 Farrow and Ball paint, Treron.... (the top paint in the image below), a gorgeous deep grey green.

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Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahxx


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