Thursday, 6 June 2019

AMAZING Georgian House Tour

This home that I'm sharing today is a completely amazing example of what we were talking about last time. I first saved this beautiful Georgian home maybe seven years ago and I've just stumbled across it again today.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

It still looks every bit as gorgeous as when I first excitedly discovered it all those years ago.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

And that's a sign worth listening to.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

With so many passing fads in an increasingly fast-changing world, how can you know which are the looks that will endure? 

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

Again, my answer is this: by looking back through your archive of hastily torn out pictures from magazines from years back, or your older Pinterest favourites, or wherever it is that you store away precious inspiration images, you'll find your sense of timeless style coming to the fore.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

You'll find that some aspect won't excite you any more (there have been some pretty crazy crazes!) but there will be plenty that will. And it's exactly those elements that you should always try to incorporate into any new project because its those same elements that will continue to excite you in ten, twenty years to come.

So, let's take this beautiful Georgian home as our example. What is it that still sings out to me today? I love the colour scheme. 

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

Muted naturals have always, always, ALWAYS made me heart stop in its tracks. I can first remember noticing a muted natural in our family tablecloth when I was a very, very little girl. And it's those same colours that I reach for now because I know that, for me, they stand the test of time.

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

And please do note that  essential "for me" in itallics in the previous paragraph. Taste, lasting taste, is as deeply personal as current fads are ephemeral. You're looking for the loves of your life, not a dull one-night-stand. We want true and lasting romance, don't we!?

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

And, it'll come as no surprise when I say that I completely adore the carefully curated mix here of Modern and Country styles. 

Amazing Georgian House Tour on Modern Country Style

For me, I'll never tire of Modern Country Style because the Modern aspect keeps shifting as time passes, and the Country aspect just pleases me through and through!

Yes. Modern Country Style runs deeply in my veins!

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahx

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Monday, 3 June 2019

My Number One Tip For Choosing Your Dream Kitchen

So, my sweets, we've begun The Big Build!!! 

Yes, we've been saving our pennies since moving to our Georgian home and the time has come!!! It's an amazing, rambling house and I feel very lucky to live here but it has needed a lot of work to turn it into the family home of my dreams.

Modern Country Kitchen by Plain English

I'll be sharing every step of the way with you... the ups and downs, the trials and the tribulations. How do you choose an amazing builder? How do you pick the perfect scheme? How do you afford your dream kitchen? How do you need to treat an old house?

Modern Country Kitchen by Chalon

Are you wanting answers to all these questions and more? You're in the right place, my poppets. If there's one thing I know how to do, it's research the be-jingles out of anything interiors-related!!

Let's take a lovely gentle route in and feast our eyes on some kitchen beauties, shall we?

Modern Country Kitchen Flagstones

I've saved these kitchen images over the years and here begins my first lesson for you.... If you know you've got a big project ahead then start filing away those precious inspiration pictures a looooong time before you need them. Why? Because it'll help you to see what dates over time.
Modern Country Kitchen with flagstones

You see, it's so easy to be wept along by the latest fancy trends but when it comes to kitchen designs in particular, you want to be choosing something pretty classic.

ON trend today most definitely equals OFF trend in five or so years time and a good kitchen should last sooooo much longer than that.

Grey Modern Country Kitchen

By all means bring in your current favourite looks with accessories - I'm most definitely not sniffing at passing fashions - and love them to bits while they make you happy but know, with smug satisfaction, that while those accessories may need to be packed away, your gorgeous, timeless kitchen will never look old and tired, if you choose with one eye on the long game.

French Kitchen

Most of the kitchen twinkliness I share here on Modern Country Style falls into exactly that category. Gorgeous flagstones, Shaker style units, softly muted shades: these things NEVER get old.

And that's the kind of home I want to run home to. 
Each day. Every day.

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarah xx

Images via: so old I honestly can't remember. Please contact me if you'd like to be credited!

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Friday, 31 May 2019

The Holiday's Rose Cottage Is Up For Sale!!!

The little home that inspired Rose Cottage from the amazing film The Holiday came up for sale recently!!!

Cameron Diaz in bath in Rose Cottage from The Holiday

Don't tell me you don't recognise this.....

Rose Cottage from The Holiday

Rose Cottage in The Holiday is actually....gasp....a fake set.
But didn't they do a great job at creating the perfect quintessential English country cottage?

Rose Cottage from The Holiday

Shall we take a look at the real thing?

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday

Welcome to Honeysuckle Cottage, which nestles in the village of Holmbury St Mary in the beautiful Surrey hills.

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday

It's got the same perfect porch. The same symmetry: four gorgeous windows surrounding the front door. The same beautiful stone walls.

Shall we take a look inside?
Let's begin with this sweet kitchen....

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday: KITCHEN

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday:KITCHEN DINER

The kitchens in the two cottages have the same cosy gorgeousness, don't they? And look at those mouth-watering beams?

Rose Cottage from The Holiday: KITCHEN

The living room in Honeysuckle Cottage is far more airy and spacious....

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday: LIVING ROOM

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday: LIVING ROOM

...but keeps the same softness, with lots of soft fabrics, an upholstered ottoman and plenty of seating.

Rose Cottage from The Holiday: LIVING ROOM

Moving upstairs to the bedrooms, it's here that the architecture of the house really takes centre-stage.... 

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday: BEDROOM

The REAL Rose Cottage from The Holiday: BEDROOM

....vaulted ceilings and exposed beams and stonework provide the wow-factor in spades, just as it did in Rose Cottage...

Rose Cottage from The Holiday: BEDROOM

Imagine owning this beautiful cottage!? Rose Cottage has truly stood the test of time. Can you believe The Holiday is 13 years old? So it's no surprise that the colour palette in Honeysuckle cottage is a little different.

But the underlying feeling hasn't changed a bit! I love it!

 Rose Cottage from The Holiday


Would you buy it?!!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx

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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Top Ten Agas In STUNNING Kitchens

To Aga or not to Aga? That is the real question!
And, to be honest, I'm still not sure what the answer is....

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga painted in Lichen by Farrow & Ball
Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Lichen 

Let me lay out my quandary for you, while you feast your eyes on the Top Ten Modern Country Kitchens With Agas...

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball French Gray
Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball French Gray

The main point is the look of the almighty Aga. Yes, there is not much that beats the Aga in terms of cosy, country kitchen looks. Agas have become a quintessential part of any imagined rustic idyll. 

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga
Try Farrow and Ball Hardwick White for this look

They deliciously dominate the room, with their warmth, their size, their amazing design: chunky, curvy, timeless.

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga Kitcen in Farrow and Ball Shaded White and Pigeon
Top kitchen units painted in Farrow and Ball Shaded White. Base units in Farrow and Ball Pigeon

But, but, but....through extensive research, I've come to realise that the look seems to be the only true advantage.

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga

You might say, what about the heat? Many people find them unpleasantly hot. You're basically paying for a massive radiator to be on whether you like it or not. Not really eco-friendly.

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga Kitchen painted in Dulux Dusted Moss 1
Walls and kitchen units painted in Dulux Dusted Moss 1

And then there's the fact that when Agas get unbearably hot, you have to turn them off for half the year, so you need another oven anyway. That seems crazy-thinking to me.

 Modern Country Kitchen with Aga
Try Little Greene Normandy Grey for this kitchen style

And who could forget the cost. Not only the initial outlay but the ongoing an,d frankly, hefty running and maintenance costs. This can easily run into tens of thousands of pounds...

 Modern Country Neptune Kitchen with Aga

The temperatures are unpredictable too. I love baking and I don't want 'warmish', I want exact temperatures. I want to know where I am when I'm cooking...

 Country Kitchen with Aga

Now there are certainly ways around some of these issues: reconditioned Agas are widely available for a fraction of the price.

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga

And it's possible to get Agas with add-on attachments to provide year-round usage. Granted, these attachments make the final product gargantuan, but they'll prevent the look of an oven here, an oven there, an oven over there......

Modern Country Kitchen with Aga

So you see my predicament? I'm in a Modern Country Style pickle! I just cant get away from those stunning, stunning LOOKS.

I'm completely torn. Can you tell?

Take Care
Until Next Time,
Sarahx

Images via: Christopher Peters, Plain English, unknown, Chester and Morris kitchens, unknown, Country Homes and Interiors, Davonport, Neptune, unknown, inknown, Ideal Home


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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

How To Create A Modern Country Farmhouse Kitchen

Who doesn't love a beautiful 

Modern Country Farmhouse Kitchen? 

Cosy, warm and inviting...


Image result for painted kitchen cabinets farmhouse

Yes, the trendies might all be crying out for paleness and hard lines but farmhouse kitchens will still be looking as good as ever, white or otherwise, long after the last of the steely grey paint has been scrubbed away....

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

So what are the top ways for getting the Modern Country Farmhouse Kitchen look?

1) Consider your colour palette carefully to bring this look right up to date. Muted shades reign supreme here.... muted neutrals and soft stones and sages pull this look into the 21st century.

2) Look around for inspiration from companies such as Mark Wilkinson, Moore and Bradfield, Martin Moore and Chalon for styles that won't ever date. Farmhouse kitchens work best if they appear as though they have been gently pulled together over years and years, rather than being victim to the latest fads, which come and go faster than you can imagine. 

Get The Look by Modern Country Style Gorgeous Georgian Kitchen!

3) Kitchen units, which need to last for many years, are not the place to try out fancy impulses. You need to live with those hot pink units and lime green floors for the next twenty years! Far better to stick with a look tested by time. Choose Shaker style units for the Modern Country Farmouse Kitchen and, instead, play around with accessories. 

4) You most definitely need shelves in any self-respecting Farmhouse kitchen. Open shelving is a fantastic way to display your most prized possessions: your Emma Bridgewater mugs, that Le Creuset casserole dish, your mum's hand-me-down teapot. Pick items that get use, and used a lot, to ensure that each treasure is cleaned regularly. This will stop the inevitable grease and grime build-up that tends to accumulate on shelved items.

Amazing Modern Country Kitchen

5) Really go to town on your lighting. This is the place to splurge in a Modern Country Farmhouse Kitchen. We're talking rise and fall lights...

We're talking opulent chandeliers.....

And there's plenty of space here to go contemporary. I love throwing in a bit of nickel loveliness...

6) When it comes to fabrics, choose with care. The Farmhouse Kitchen doesn't have to be top to toe in chintz, although a bold print can look fantastic. Think about bringing a bit of French chic here. Try mixing old sacks, faded mattress ticking and tumbled linens for an updated version of this classic look.

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

7) Include lots of older items. Maybe a confit pot for holding your wooden spoons. Or an old jug for serving the gravy. This will add an extra layer of authenticity, even if your 'farmhouse' is on a new estate! Mix in weathered wood and you have the beginnings of the wow factor. In fact, as many materials as possible should be genuinely reclaimed or repurposed to add a sense of history and depth.

8) I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's hard to beat a good flagstone for a Farmhouse Style Kitchen. Just take a look at some of the beauties I'm sharing today.

Modern Country kitchen

Yes, the Modern Country Farmhouse kitchen will be a much-loved favourite for life. Simple colours and time-worn accessories will allow warm, rustic beauty to shine through.

Add a dash of vintage and a touch of history and you'll have yourself a gorgeous farmhouse kitchen, whether or not you have actual cows mooing in at the window!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx 

Images via: Pepperbox Interiors, Daily Mail, unknown, Chesterfield Kitchens, unknown, Davenport Kitchens

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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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