Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

A completely perfect example of a Cotswold stone house that has been gorgeously restored by Neptune's Emma Sims-Hilditch is this:  The White Hart. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

I'm completely besotted by the way the soft honeyed tones of the Cotswold stone exterior harmonise so stunningly with the scheme chosen for the amazing interior. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Take a look and see what I mean...

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Parts of the building, which functions as a business centre, feel like a real home!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And could there be anything more inviting than the workroom?!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Emma Sims-Hilditch cleverly combines her interior design work with her strong input into the Neptune range so that both synthesise with the other.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

This is not only true for the stunning kitchen areas....

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

...but many of the accessories too. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And the paint! Who could forget their paint? Totally yummy shades. The cupboards below are in one of my favourites: Neptune Moss.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Rattan chairs outside complete the Modern Country garden look...the stone walls, the gentle blue-green-grey of the large door and windows, the Modern Country planting: a blend of formal structure and informal softness....bliss!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

The picture above is when the garden was first planted, which will always look a little on the bare side but, below, you can see the Modern Country garden softness in all its glory!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

G:O:R:G:E:O:U:S


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Monday, 17 July 2017

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens)

Cotswold Stone sings out so gorgeously and so eye-catchingly that many people find it difficult to know where to start so we shall we take a peek today at Part 2 of my series on the very best paint colours to paint the front doors (and windows, and drain pipes...!) of Cotswold Stone homes to give that Modern Country feel to your front door.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Try Dulux Lizard
Dulux Lizard is the quintessential green paint for Cotswold Stone front doors

Last time we looked at gorgeous neutral paints but today let's look at that classic Modern Country combination: Cotswold stone and the perfect Cotswold green! Sometimes green, sometimes grey, sometimes blue...you know the style I mean, right?

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green and Oval Room Blue
Try Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green and Oval Room Blue for this combination

Now, this is where it gets slightly technical. If your front door gets lots of sun, the you have to bear in mind that sunshine will make any front door appear much paler than it does on the the colour chip.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Little Greene Slaked Lime
Little Greene Slaked Lime will help give the putty green tones of this front door

Plus the sun bleaches paint like nobody's business so, unless you want to be painting the front of your house every couple of years, you might like to consider a lighter, more muted colour, for WOW-factor longevity!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Paint and Paper Library Eucalyptus
Paint and Paper Eucalyptus is a gooooorgeous grey green

Don't just be swayed by pretty pictures of perfect Cotswold stone houses. Try to find images of fornt doors that match the light levels of your own. A house that faces North, for example, will look very different to a home in full-on sun. The same hue will appear much bluer in the shade. 

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Blue Gray
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray will help create this look

North-facing front doors give their paint a much easier time of itwith very little sun leeching away colour, which means that your chosen paint colour will stay true for many more years. Hooray!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Castle Gray
Farrow and Ball Castle Gray is a strong contender or this deeper shade of sea green

On a shady front door, you may want to choose a paint colour that's a little darker, a little bolder but will still make the most fo your gorgeous Cotswold stone!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Fired Earth Ultramarine Ashes
Fired Earth Ultramarine Ashes is a keeper, And what a perfect name! 

The same rules also apply to many French stone houses, with their heavenly shutters and dreamy farmhouse architecture. Take a look at this stunner. ..

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Paint and Paper Library Salvia
Salvia by Paint and Paper Library woul work a treat here...

Can you see the same honey tomes emerge from the stone, just like with Cotswold houses? Actually, what's going on here is that the sun bings out the orange tones of the stone and then those scrumptious chalky sea shades act as complementary colours, creating a very muted version of a thoroughly pleasing pairing.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Green Blue
Farrow and Ball Green Blue will crate this warm aqua tone

The complimentary colours bring a visually exciting stimulus but by using very gentle, greyed tones, you can create a softness that is pure eye candy!


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