The county of Shropshire that borders Wales is the home of the fragrant sweet pea, the birthplace of Charles Darwin, and is said to have inspired the likes of J.R.R Tolkien. Unusually for our counties, it doesn’t contain a single city, which is perhaps a big part of its charm. In the midst of its hilly and wooded landscapes, there are many boltholes to be found, perfect for weekend getaways – just like this historic home which is the stage for our latest look.
Dating back hundreds of years, this Shropshire manor house offers a veritable history lesson the moment you step inside. From painted beams in the double aspect sitting room to traditional fireplaces and original natural wood window frames, the unique architectural features can’t help but invite meditation on years gone by.
Taking its design cues from these striking details, this look embodies earthy elegance. It may not be anyone’s first thought to pair brown and grey together, but the effect of the natural and organic colour palette is wonderfully calming when mixed with pattern and tied together with matching materials. In the sitting room, tan filters through from the leather sofa to the woven rug, the wood of the bench seat and the rattan of the lamp, while shades of grey appear in the wooden coffee table, fluted armchairs, framed mirror and cosy sheepskin floor cushion. A floor cushion is always a great option to provide extra seating for an evening with family and friends, and can double as a footstool in your downtime. The furniture in this particular room is a celebration of elegant shapes, from plays on the winged arms of traditional fireside chairs to carefully crafted tapered legs.
With a white backdrop, anything goes, and sculptural black accents – in the sleek side and console tables, slender-based lamps and dramatic framed prints – lend a contemporary edge that melds well with the integrity of natural rattan weaves and weathered woods. The effect is modern, yet grounded and welcoming; these elements can be embraced in your own home.