Wednesday, 4 March 2015

How To Create Belgian Style...Industrial Chic...

When looking through past posts, I came upon a series on How To Create Belgian Style and it made me remember just how much I love Belgian Style. Understated and gorgeous!

Let's take a look today at the industrial edge of Belgian Style...




Getting the balance right between old and new is the key of how to create Belgian Style in your home. Too much old and the look becomes fusty. Too much new and it loses it's country edge. 




Soft Industrial is a term I use to describe the adding of artifacts with a slight architectural feel to a living space, which add interest and character, and it works perfectly combined with Belgian Style.




It's important to emphasise here that the look is one of a gentle nod to an industrial past, rather than anything too hard-edged.




If you want to find out more about Belgian Style, click here to see my previous posts....



Isn't it beautiful! I love the way that it's so beautiful AND so livable! I hope this gives you a clearer idea about how to create Belgian Style with an industrial edge in your home...
 

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Coastal Cottage House Tour

The weather has been f-f-freezing over the past few days. We've had occasional flirts of sunshine - lulling you into fantasies of gallivanting into town coat-less...only to find that you're being entirely premature because it's still firmly winter!


Luxury self-catering holiday house in Mousehole




So let's make the very most of these final wrapping-up-warm days by taking a virtual snoop around The Oyster Catcher. 


A simple former fishing house placed right next to the harbour in a little seaside town in West Cornwall.


The Oyster Catcher

The interior is a restful blend of greys and white, with plenty of natural textures to keep things interesting.





The Oyster Catcher is Grade II listed and was built in the 17th century. An oldie but a goodie!





Isn't it gorgeous?

Modern Country Coastal Style interiors at its best!


Via Unique Home Stays

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray: Colour Study

Remember this dresser from this Victorian conversion I shared a while back?
{As if you could forget...}
It's painted in Farrow and Ball's Parma Gray.

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray Dresser
Yes, once again, the English company have, in their wisdom,  chosen to spell their greys the American way....

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray Dining Room

If you're shying away from all the greys and neutrals that have been flying around then Farrow and Ball's Parma Gray, despite its name, is definitely a paint to consider.

Blue walls in Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball.
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray looking particularly blue!

Be aware that Parma Gray is one of the biggest culprits, in my opinion, for having images that don't do it justice - sure, they look pretty, but if you buy a tin of paint based on images like this front door....

Farrow and Ball parma grey
A misleading image of Farrow and Ball Parma Gray front door

...then you're going to be disappointed. The lighting of the camera has made the image distort a little. This is what you should expect with Farrow and Ball Parma Gray on a front door...

Farrow & Ball's Parma Grey
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray front door

It's listed in the blue spectrum by Farrow and Ball because in most lights, this shade most definitely shows up as a colour. Yes, it's gentle; yes, it's sophisticated. But don't go this route if it's a grey you're looking for.

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Soothink and elegant! - Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
And, if you can get your head around this idea, Farrow and Ball Parma Gray is a paint colour that gives the same feeling as a grey. I know that sounds odd but it gives the same elegant, restful vibe.

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray coordinating with the table football!

The only way that Parma Gray will look grey is if there is very strong, white light that will drown out the blue tones: for example, halogen lighting....

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray looking rather grey under the strong white light

...or from strong natural light that's still cool....

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray looking greyer with the cool natural light
...or a large flat surface, such as a floor...

A floor painted in Farrow & Ball's Parma Gray and Cook's Blue Floor Paint with cupboard in Manor House Gray Estate Eggshell
Floor painted in Farrow and Ball Parma Gray and Cook's Blue - plus a cupboard in Farrow and Ball Manor House Grey

...but, otherwise, expect the blue notes to shine out...

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray

...and to contrast beautifully with chalky whites...

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Gorgeous roll top bath in Farrow and Ball Parma Gray

I think my favourite way to use Farrow and Ball Parma Gray is on furniture...

Dresser paint color Parma gray by farrow & ball
Dresser in Farrow and Ball Parma Gray

...such as this stunning chest of drawers painted in Parma Gray with the backdrop of Farrow and Ball Hague Blue on the walls...

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Chest of drawers in Farrow and Ball Parma Gray

and specifically kitchen cabinets, where it contrasts stunningly with cooler white walls....

kitchen in Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray kitchen

{For information on my other Colour studies, click away...}


Farrow and Ball Parma Gray
Farrow and Ball Parma Gray kitchen

Farrow and Ball Parma Gray is a firm blue: soft without being twee, and gentle while still making a statement. A perfect Modern Country paint colour!


Imagges via Period Living, Secrets D'atelier, Desing sponge, Cute Decor, Remodelista, unknown, We Bought A French House, Celia Bedialia, unknown, Farrow and Ball, unknown, Country Living, Country Homes and Interiors, Kyra Algazi, Landmark Kitchens, Peter Henderson Furntire, 

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Gorgeous Grey Border Oak Kitchen

And, oh my goodness, here's a second gorgeous kitchen from Border Oak, which is possibly just a smidgen lovelier than the last one we looked at. 


This one screams (in a very elegant fashion, if I may say so...) 'Modern Country Sylye', don't you think?


It's that colour scheme. it gets me every time. Muted grey-greens make me happy. I think that's what I'm trying to drive at!! 


Calm, peaceful and restorative.


Like watching a chick flick with besties, or curling up with a good book and a hot cocoa, warm family kitchens in shades of neutral cream and grey green give me a warm glow inside.


Images via Border Oak

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