Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Getting The Chimney Breast Ready....

Before I get on with the reveal of the finished family room, I thought I'd show you a little bit behind the scenes, in the spirit of keeping it real!! There was a lot of dust and grime to get through before we got to the stage where we could think about putting our own stamp on this room. My plans of a Modern Country Style interior had to be put on hold... 

I think we left the family room right about here:


We'd been busy removing the old kitchen, the laminate flooring, some dampness that needed addressing and a few oddities too (a booby-trap window seat made out of the thinnest ply-board imaginable!), plus taking out the old ugly sixties fireplace and were at last ready for the loveliness to begin.

First stop: gorgeous fireplace installation...


Enter camera-shy fireplace fitter...!
{A brief side note on the historians amongst us...
Can you see how the chimney below has had its sides filled in with an additional layer of stonework?
This is very common in older, wider fireplaces as the realisation dawned that thinner openings cause far better air movement and hence a better fire!


First of all our gorgeous cast iron arch was fitted...


And then....


What could this be?!...


Ah, but you'll have to wait for Friday's reveal!!


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Friday, 24 June 2016

The Future Of The UK And An AWESOME House Exterior Makeover!!


Today has been a day of extraordinary transformations in the UK, which has left many feeling uncertain in the light of unexpected changes, so I thought I'd write this post as a message of hope. This is not meant as an economic breakdown; just my personal thoughts on choosing to take a bright view, together, of the future. So, here goes...

Sometimes you've got a house (or, ahem, a country) that looks alright...


Some good period features. A well-painted facade. Pretty good condition....

BUT, BUT, BUT...
I think we all agree that so much more could be done.

And so it is with the UK.

I adore our fantastic 'Get On With It' attitude but I am certain that with a good deal of hard work, a labour of love on behalf of our beautiful country, its inhabitants and visitors, together we can press on for a much better state of affairs.

Take a look at what's possible when you set your mind to it...


This Victorian terrace had fallen prey to many 'modern' ideas, that I'm sure seemed appropriate at the time but had left it looking dated and out of sorts. We're talking plastic double-glazing, removal of a bay window and a rendered frontage...


The house owners have looked at their neighbours (yes, I'm back on the EU allegory again) and seen what works for them, and made the very best of all the potential they had.


This process meant a lot of stripping back, an investment of money, and I bet there were times when they were sick of the sight of it... But just look at the house now!!! 

BEFORE:
AFTER:

All the pain was worth it in the end to get to a better place.
It's gorgeous!
{And so are we!!}



Images via Hackett Holland

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

House Tour Of Modern Country Interior With Gorgeous Front Door!

How's this for a gorgeous entrance to a really lovely Modern Country Cottage?
{Try Farrow and Ball French Gray for that beautiful grey-green front door!}

Modern Country Front Door

The two box balls (faux, I think!) flanking the front door set the stage for the Modern Country Interior...

Modern Country Interior

Modern Country Interior

I love that framed Piccadilly Bus Blind. I've got the most perfect Bus Blind for us that I keep meaning to get framed. It's going to look brilliant and the names on it are just so completely relevant for our family.

Modern Country Interior

Modern Country Interior

I love it when I find pieces like that. Pieces that I love but also reflect who we are as a family. I think that's what I love about this home...

Modern Country Interior

Modern Country Interior

It's got bags of style, yes. ...but you really feel the personality of the owners shine through.

Modern Country Interior

Modern Country Interior

And that's what Modern Country Style should be all about.
You. In Your home. Looking beautiful.
{I meant the home looking beautiful...but you can too!!}

Images via 25 Beautiful Homes

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Friday, 17 June 2016

The Best Grey Paint Colours For Interiors

Let's continue yesterdays Best Grey Paint post (where I shared my current favourite grey paints for front doors, click the link to reveal all!) with...
The Best Grey Paints For Interiors

There's s so many good 'uns to choose from here that it was trucky to narrow down my all time favourites. I've spent ages umming and aahing but here are my current top 5 favourite grey paints.

For those of you who want a mid grey paint that has a gently warm feel, without veering at all to red, choose Manor House Gray from Farrow and Ball. 

Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey and Manor House Grey
Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey and Manor House Grey

Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray
Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray

Hallway in Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray:
Hallway in Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray: 

Farrow and Ball Drop Cloth is a current favourite of mine. A grey with a whole heap of putty undertones, which at times reads as slightly greenish.

Farrow and Ball Shadow White walls and Drop Cloth woodwork
Farrow and Ball Shadow White walls and Drop Cloth woodwork

Farrow and Ball Drop Cloth
Farrow and Ball Drop Cloth 

Farrow and Ball Drop Cloth and Railings
Farrow and Ball Drop Cloth and Railings

Farrow and Ball Drop Cloth
Farrow and Ball Drop Cloth 

For a gentler take on grey paint, try Farrow and Ball Cornforth White (click through for my full case study): neutral and soft, this is a grey that let's a rooms' bones speak for themselves. 

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White kitchen
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

Little Greene French Grey is a fantastic choice for a grey painted kitchen that will truly stand the test of time. Don't compare it to Farrow and Ball's French Gray, which is far greener. They are completely different beasts! Little Greene's French Gray is a fairly clear and classic grey with the slightest hint of a blue undertone.

Little Greene French Grey
Little Greene French Grey

Little Greene French Grey
Little Greene French Grey

Little Greene French Grey
Little Greene French Grey

Little Greene French Grey and Dark Lead
Little Greene French Grey and Dark Lead

Earthborn Gregory's Den is another huge favourite of mine. It's the colour we chose to paint our dining room in our old house and I never tired of gazing at it! A warm creamy greenish grey. Very Modern Country!

Earthborn Gregory's Den
Earthborn Gregory's Den

Earthborn Gregory's Den
Earthborn Gregory's Den

Earthborn Gregory's Den
Earthborn Gregory's Den

And it partners superbly well with Farrow and Ball Blue Gray...

Earthborn Gregory's Den and Farrow and Ball Blue Gray
Earthborn Gregory's Den and Farrow and Ball Blue Gray

Earthborn Tom's Bakery is a warm neutral grey, with a slightly putty feel...

Earthborn Tom's Bakery
Earthborn Tom's Bakery

Earthborn Tom's Bakery

Dulux Dusted Moss 1 is gorgeously sultry deeper grey, with a definite hint of green.

Dulux Dusted Moss 1
Dulux Dusted Moss 1

Dulux Dusted Moss 1

Dulux Dusted Moss

Dulux Dusted Moss:

Dulux Heritage Stone Green is a stunner! A very greyed green.... We chose this for the shower room in our last home...


Dulux Stone Green
Dulux Stone Green

Dulux Stone Green
Dulux Stone Green

Dulux Stone Green
Dulux Stone Green

These choices of best grey paints are very subject to change, as I come across and use new paint colours. But don't worry when and as that happens, you'll be the first to know!


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