Monday, 28 November 2011

The Holiday Houses: Get The Look

If you follow Modern Country Style on Facebook, 
then you'll know how excited I am about Christmas. 
Over at the Relics of Witney blog 
(remember the other blog I write?), we're starting a 

Have you always wanted to add a little bit extra to your Christmas decorating? 
Then this series is for YOU! 
{Come over and say hi!}

So then, how to Get The Look of both 
The Holiday Cottage AND American house?

Although they look very different, 
there's actually plenty that these to homes have in common....

Let me first of all get these heart-breaking pictures out of the way....

Yes, the dream English cottage is all a fake. 
Shocked? I was!!
From that to this...

Don't be sad: every cloud has a silver lining...and the lining of this particular cloud is so thick that it pretty much makes it a silver cloud through and through.

If The Holiday cottage can look so characterful 
and yet be a complete sham
 then just think what you can do with your house.

It means that ANY house can be given character with a few tweaks here and there. Lots of books, carefully chosen fabrics and bare wood, and you'll be well on your way....

Once again, just as in the Something's Gotta Give house, both houses have a consistent palette all the way thorough.

Amanda's home has a backdrop of white, 
with brown and black accents, plus lots of greenery. 
It's hard to spot any other colours. Can you?

Iris' Rosehill Cottage gives the impression of being charmingly flung together but take another look. The palette is just as tight as Amanda's. Cream and Blue-grey with the odd touch of raspberry.

You all know what a fan I am of restricting the colour's in your home for a gorgeous, cohesive whole. These houses perfectly demonstrate how well the concept works.

Secondly, in both houses, Nancy Meyer has chosen a theme and stuck to it. Consistency is her middle name. There's nothing in either house that stick out. Nothing Country in the Modern house and nothing Modern in the Country house.

You want more specifics about creating a very English look?
That'll be coming in the New Year....

But for now....
it's Christmas time.....
{and my crafting fingers are getting very itchy....}

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Unknown said...

Fake! No! I'd love a Christmas in the Rose Cottage-fake and all


I got my Christmas decorations up this weekend and am now enjoying the reds and greens - so pretty against the yellow walls of this apartment.

Looking forward to your Christmas posts.


Deborah said...

Great post, the cottage is so lovely :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Cassie Bustamante said...

i had heard about it being a fake and was shocked, but most movies are.... it's just a shame! :)
and i saw this movie on sale at target yesteday for $5 and you had me in the mood so i bought it. after i put the kids in bed last night, i curled up and watched it and had myself a grand time... tears were shed of course. ah i love that movie.

Bluebells and Lavender said...

I feel positively sick...although I knew it was a film set...ones loves to dream...oh well...take care, skipping over to your other blog..for a look at the how to do..!

Robynne's Nest said...

Hi Sarah, I've been catching up on your posts and have really enjoyed this story as like everybody else, I really adore this little cottage...and yes it is heartbreaking to think that it doesn't actually exist somewhere here in the English countryside. Seriously, if they had actually built it to last, they would have had buyers falling over themselves to purchase it after the movie!! Have a great week. Robx

flwrjane said...

Hi, New to you though I see you at Janet's and Steve's.

Kind of shocking news for my first visit. next you'll be telling me there isn't a Santa Claus.

xo Jane

Dawna said...

REALLY! The house is a film set!! Sure had me fooled, here I thought it was the perfect little country cottage somewhere in the English countryside! Oh well,,,,we can still dream about it! Have a great week!

Nat at Made in Home said...

I actually researched where the cottage was and found out that it has been a fake...Noooo. Such a shame. I really love that film! Will look you up and check out your begginers guide to gilding... Christmas here we come!!

Le said...

nothing like a little bit of gold :) le xox

Anne said...

Loving this series, Sarah. The last photo is one of the rooms in my 'dream house' collection... don't you love that open gallery!!

Arabella said...

I was so sad the first time I heard that the Rosehill Cottage was fake but the interior design is so perfectly wonderful that I'll forgive them! I totally agree with you about keeping color schemes cohesive for a pulled together look.

Hope you're having a lovely week and thanks for the continued design inspiration - love it! ;o)

Cindy said...

Very fun, I love the English Country home. I have always had a cohesive color scheme through, it just made more sense than a different color in every room.
Hugs, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah, I also loved that little cottage and am shocked to read here that it was a fake!! Oh can that be?? It was my dream English cottage where in another life I would love to live...Kind regards with great disappointment ~ lol, Ann

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Looking at that reading corner picture for the humph-humphth times (insert a big number here) I suddenly realised why I always come back to it rather that the other book case pictures I have in my inspiration file. It looks real! I mean books have all kind of colours and they have all kind of sizes. They are not in perfect order. It doesn't look staged, even though I know it is!
If I may to a French eye, what makes Rosehill so English are also the touches of floral fabric used in the living-room for example.
Last thing in that way too long comment, is the bay window that we see on the right of the door on the outside picture supposed to be in the kitchen? I can't remember it...

Meera @ firstsense said...

That's a heck of a fake job on the cottage, it looks so darn cute with the stone walls (I'm ignoring the fake part), climbing ivy and the pale turquoise exterior woodwork.

Meera @ firstsense said...

That's a heck of a fake job on the cottage, it looks so darn cute with the stone walls (I'm ignoring the fake part), climbing ivy and the pale turquoise exterior woodwork.

Unknown said...

i bought this movie just because i love both of their houses so much! i would live in Amanda's and vacation in Iris's. Plus I love Amanda's outfit when she goes to Jude Law's house.

Anonymous said...

I think a tear just rolled down my cheek. Noooo, I can't believe the Rosehill Cottage is a movie set. Drats!!! Nonetheless a sweet dream house in the country.

We have lots of snow today. Off to do a little shoveling and maybe a little playing :)

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