Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Modern Country Style Part 3: Texture

Hey peeps,

I don't know about you 
but this gradual flip-flop from summer to autumn 
has to take one of the top spots 
in my book of weather-pattern-favourites.

{Not that I have a book of weather-pattern favourites.}

I love the days of balmy warmth 
that September in England does so well. 
And I love the cooler evenings 
that call out loud and clear 
for snuggling on the sofa.

Speaking of snuggling, 
it appears that we all speak as one mind when we say: 
Mr Photographer, you are missing out. 
Stop grumbling and get cuddling. 

All this talk of hugging and snuggling 
leads me on rather nicely 
to the cosy warmth of the next part of this 
Modern Country Style series, 
which is.......

Step 3 Texture 

{If you missed Part 1: Colour and Part 2: Robust Elegance, 
you can find them here and here}

Modern Country differs from Traditional Country in its limited use of pattern. But that doesn't mean a lack of visual appeal. Instead, interest comes from building up layers of texture. Simplicity is key.

Let's take a look at our Master Bedroom. 
I wanted to create a 'Princess and the Pea' feel to the bed. 
Remember that fairytale? 
So I bought an incredibly plumptious 
chocolate-grey velvet throw with a silk border. 
One of my favourite things in the whole world.
Modern Country Style at its languorous best.

Natural materials work so well: 
wood, velvet, cotton and linen 
bring the warmth of the Country 
to prevent the look from ever feeling stark. 

At the end of the bed, 
I've placed an old suitcase of my mother's, 
which is perfect for storing seasonal bedding.

 The battered leather contrasts with the sheen of 
our mahogany sleigh bed. 

Colour-wise, our Master Bedroom is very simple:
blocks of muted colour,with very little pattern...
but bring in so many layers of gorgeous texture 
and it becomes my favourite place to be.

Now...I feel a bit of a pause coming on. 
My children have gone back to school, 
and I think it's high time for a bit of crafting action, 
don't you?

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Alison Agnew said...

'plumtious' is a delectable word...and it describes your cozy bedroom perfectly!


Melissa said...

i love layering...
and crafting (as you know )...
and my kiddos are all back...
and i love a little nigel slater next to the bed ;)

sounds like summer to autumn is a good space to be!

melissa- miss sew & so

Amy Chalmers said...

Your room looks cozy~I am partial to the color of your bedding!

Luciane at said...

Oh, now you got me excited! You know how much I love your crafts!!!

It's the same here... silent mornings. I'm not totally used to it yet.

I'll wait to see what you come up with. :-)

Your bedroom is stunning!!!

Have a great day, my friend!


Luciane at

Deborah said...

My sweet Sarah..your bedroom and sanctuary is just so lovely and soothing.
I love the colours and the way the wood looks so warm and restful.
You have such a beautiful way of creating such an inviting atmosphere my friend, as you do in friendships as well :)
So blessed to have you for my friend xo
Love to you this morning darlin'

Deborah xoxo

Cindy said...

Your bedroom is so cozy and the color is just lovely.
Texture is really important isn't it.
I've just recently been learning that.
Hugs, Cindy

Almost Precious said...

It is a "beauticious" bedroom retreat and one that speaks with murmurs of peace and whispers of tranquility. How could one not relax and unburden the weight of the world in such a calming sanctuary ?

I would bet that it is also overflowing with positive creative energies

Deborah said...

Wow, this bedroom is just so cosy and beautiful, I adore your velvet throw :) can't wait to see your crafty makes as well.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Judy said...

Yes, crafting!!! I am restructuring some jeans to become a skirt; making my Christmas bunting (never too early as we all know); and fixing a bag which I've been meaning to do for yonks. Craft ahoy! :)

ANNE said...

Beautiful! What is the colour of the paint on the walls? I love it!

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Sarah
Thank you so much for your sweet comments - they mean a lot to me.

Any princess would find your bedroom hard to resist: the calmness, crispness and softness and so stylish.

Good night

Unknown said...

MUST get going on the primping of our master bed. More than a bit meh right now.

Stitchfork said...

Layers of luxury!
xo Cathy

Kelley said...

Hi Sarah....your bed is scrumptious!

xo kelley

Comeca Jones said...

What a cozy place that pillow is the sweetest!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

What a beautiful, cozy and comfortable room! I love it.

On the subject of hugs, I have been with my husband for 17 years, married for 7, we still cuddle, and hug. Something would be wrong if you did not hug your mate!

loveandlilac said...

What a beautiful and calming room. Oh and I love Toast by Nigel Slater!

On Crooked Creek said...

September temps here on the Prairie have us snuggling under the covers late at night and in the wee hours of the morning!!!Your bedspread is gorgeous! I adore your mother's suitcase used for storing linens!!! Thanks for this stunning post!

Ricki Treleaven said...

You have some great texture going on there, Sarah! I like your room. It is very pretty! What kinds of crafts will you be making while the kids are @ school???? ;P

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh Sarah, you're showing off your lovely suitcase again - you know how I love it. Our equivalent is still festering in the loft - I've got to rescue it.

Ooooh looking forward to major craft activity. xx

camp and cottage living said...

Your home is so serene looking. Not to mention tidy!!
I thought I was doing quite well with my de-cluttering process until I visited your post and realize I have a long ways to go.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love the color of that bedding. Really cozy. I believe texture play a huge part in decorating. Without it, it's seems rather flat and cold.

Travel With Lulu said...

Your bedroom is so cozy, I don't know how you get out of bed each day :) said...

Oh I love your bedroom retreat. It looks so cozy and soothing. Like a country inn I'd love to stay at someday.


Such a lovely master bedroom. (Maybe the photographer could take a lesson from you.) Who wouldn't want to cuddle in all that texture.

I love fall, too. Even Chicago has cooled down. We went from 95 degrees in the day to one day later being 55 degrees at night. Delicious coolness.

What are you crafting . . . can't wait to see it.

Blessing on your kiddos at school.


refresh reStyle said...

I love your style, what a cozy bedroom!

Lizzy Bradbury said...

A really lovely bedroom with such a unique selection of colours. They give a real outdoors feel while still remaining light and airy - well done!

Plus, I couldn't help seeing the Timothy Keller book on the side table - I've heard he's really good and seeing that photo is making me want to listen to him!

abeachcottage said...

Your bedroom is lovely, very cozy and love the texture you have there. Thanks so much for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love your bedroom- so soothing and peaceful and relaxing!! Thanks for sharing it at my party!! :)

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