You may remember our post from a few weeks ago that marked the first of our Perfect Pairings series. In case you missed it, the premise of the series involves posts featuring rooms and spaces from different homes that would fit great together under one roof. A stark contract to the minimal, neutral look we featured in our first post, today’s Perfect Pairing is a cheerful English cottage filled with color, texture, and charm.
When I think of those iconic English cottages, the first thing that comes to mind are the beautiful, flower-filled exteriors. The interior is definitely second to the exterior. So much of the interior design of this look is about bringing the outdoors in. As in this photo, there is such fullness as if this garden has been cultivated over generations. The inside should reflect this fullness and history, which can be done through antiques, layers, textures, and a bit of disregard for perfect order and organization.
This fullness and history can really shine in the details. The art wall here feels as if it’s been curated over a lifetime, and the framing choices all feel so carefully chosen to highlight each piece. The maximal and inconsistent way in which this art is hung speaks to that feeling of overabundance and organic nature expressed in the gardens.
This living room of Amanda Brooks continues with the theme of fullness and abundance with a clear sense of history. However, the pop of color in the chair and bold pattern in the pillow keep the room from feeling drab and outdated. The many plants are yet another example of bringing the outdoors in.
Bedrooms should be spaces that feel happy and inviting to wake up to, which is why we chose to make the brightest and most colorful space for this Perfect Pairing the bedroom. Floral patterns bring in nature, and the simple, classic furniture have that timeless English look.
Since this is all about the outdoor space, it would be easy to assume that the vegetable gardens would be just as abundant as the flower gardens. Therefore, the kitchen should be practical and highly functional. This simple kitchen has a large, sturdy table in the center that would make a great work space and place to share meals. The unfussy, straightforward style of cooking associated with the English countryside lends itself to needing few gadgets and unessential kitchen items. These open shelves put items used day in and day out within easy reach. The soft colors of this kitchen and natural light help bring a good dose of cheeriness into the space.
This bathroom. I’ve loved it for so long. With such personality packed into a small space, it somehow still feels calm. This room complements the others featured above by continuing with the soft colors, maximal art and antiques, and bit of greenery. The wallpaper on the ceiling is a nod to classic design with a slightly more modern, fresh pattern.
I don’t know about you, but imagining all of these rooms together in one home is making me think the cold winters might be a small price to pay to live in a place like this. Plus, that red chair in the living room would make the perfect place to read one of the many books collected on the shelves in front of that beautiful stone fireplace. How about you? Would you like to visit a space like this?