This house in the country has been designed to be filled with friends and family, with multiple spaces for eating, relaxing and gathering in. A colourful breakfast nook takes advantage of the morning sun, whilst the generous dining room has space for a whole house party. A capacious hall is the perfect rendezvous spot before excursions and two separate sitting rooms allow guests to gather or relax alone. Decoration is stylish but understated, welcoming and comfortable, with splashes of colour that add character and verve.
One of the many perks of having a large home is that each room can be designated a specific function. This country sitting room is the more formal of the two featured, with two traditional low-backed sofas (one an upholstered linen version of the classic Chesterfield style) and a large deep-buttoned ottoman in the centre of the room, perfectly positioned for a tray of freshly brewed coffee. Paler shades dominate this light and airy space with an abundance of cushions in soft pinks and off-white for a delicate spring look.
Start the weekend with a delicious breakfast in this cheerful Parisian-style setting. Placed precisely to capture the morning sun with a view into the garden beyond, the upholstered banquette makes for a more leisurely dining experience, and the small round table handily transforms into a semi-circular console table when not needed. Romantic rosy pink hues adorn fabric, flowers and even the tableware; you’ll want to take every meal in this tranquil space.
Setting the tone for the rest of the house is this large entrance hall featuring a wealth of statement pieces. Visitors are immediately greeted by the intriguingly shaped Tudor Rose Table with its soft scalloped edges, and wowed by a fantastically dramatic star lantern hanging from above. Stone floors and paler woods such as Weathered Acacia keep the room feeling light and spacious.
When blessed with a large dining room such as this, you’ll be eager to play the host every weekend! This linear dining table can seat up to ten people when fully extended (but easily shrinks down for smaller dinner parties), and the high-backed upholstered dining chairs help to add a sense of grandeur. Serving accoutrements can be handily stored within this smart mirrored sideboard, which also acts as makeshift bar area, allowing guests to replenish their glasses with ease.
The second, more informal living room is a snug, study and games room rolled into one. Here, separate sofa sections have been configured into a large corner sofa that’s perfect for relaxing, whilst a multi-tasking padded ottoman works as both coffee table and footstool. With so many distractions, a desk at the back of the room that faces away from the television is key to getting any work done.
Bright turquoise accessories introduce a fresh, spring feel to a neutral look. The use of matching striped cushions and curtains adds fluency to the scheme, and the positioning of bedroom essentials (such as a dressing table and full-length mirror) by a window makes the most of the natural light available. Blue can often feel cold at night so the illusion of warmth has been created using a large distressed rug, lots of cushions and soft lighting.
In keeping with the pastoral palette, this guest bedroom has been decorated in earthy brown and fresh spring green tones. A dramatic headboard has been used to update a simple divan bed and create a focal point for the room, its curved lines reflected in other pieces such as the console table and insignia emblem. In this small space, clever use has been made of a multi-functional cabinet that doubles-up as both storage and a full-length mirror, whilst an upholstered bench in front of a window acts as additional seating or somewhere for guests to unpack their bags.