The walls of this sitting room were painted a soft, muted neutral colour, but in the end Sue decided that it needed a bit of zing, so a red line was painted around the room at chest height. Pictures were hung in a line above, as a focus for the eye. The space reflects an appreciation for eastern and western design, French urns, an oriental-inspired coffee table and a vase bursting with peonies drown it in beauty and make it a place suitable for entertaining.
This is an open plan kitchen/dining room for those who enjoy entertaining, the host can chat with family or friends whilst cooking up a storm. Natural touches contrast with subtle metallic accents, such as the brass-studded chairs and a couple of Parisian-style hanging lamps, which smarten the space. There’s plenty to look at: Aztec-print textiles, a picture of a cityscape and the large greyhound ornament make the room feel lived in and loved.
The minute you step into this bedroom, you will want to clamber into the bed for a nice long nap. It’s incredibly tranquil, courtesy of its subdued grey, celadon and pale blue colour scheme. Several sets of drawers and a beautiful lamp carved from wood tie in with the beams and stripped back floor whilst a pretty bunch of pink faux flowers look as if they have been plucked straight from the surrounding gardens.
Unlike the rest of the farmhouse, the hallway is painted a pale grey. The cool background lets the art do the talking, as our Pagoda Cabinet, Brutus Bust and Chinese-style pottery collection welcome you into the home. Deep entrances reveal a glimpse of the neighbouring rooms and prevent the space from feeling claustrophobic. To create drama, everything in the hallway is oversized and larger than life (even the flower arrangement); the effect is not cluttered but it has high impact.
Sue decided to include a twin bedroom in her farmhouse, as they’re often overlooked despite being more practical. Subtle hints of red have been added to wake up the room, yet keep it warm and relaxing. Hand block-printed cushions, tea caddy lamps and patterned card lampshades anchor the room to the rest of the countryside home. The matching chest of drawers and a stunning antique-Gustavian writing desk will be handy and helpful if guests are staying for a longer period.
Sue has turned a recessed window into a snug, using the width of our Ashmolean bookshelves on either side. Armfuls of red and blue woven cushions, a comfortable footrest and a distressed wooden coffee table make it the perfect place for reading or watching the world go by.