Thursday, 24 July 2014

Top 20 Most Inspiring Rooms From Farrow And Ball Paint

Here are twenty of the most popular inspiration images from Farrow and Ball paint. Some real surprises here...I've included links to my Farrow and Ball paint case studies, in case you'd like to delve into the murky world of paint colours a little further...

Farrow and Ball Green Blue
Farrow and Ball paint in Green Blue

This lovely bedroom is painted in Farrow and Ball Green Blue and Farrow and Ball Wimbourne White

Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

The simple bathroom above has used one of my all-time favourite paint colours Farrow and Ball Light Blue.

Farrow and Ball Oval Room Blue
Farrow and Ball paint in Oval Room Blue

Look at the way these blues tones down that orange wood. Farrow and Ball Lotus wallpaper and Farrow and Ball Oval Room Blue.

Farrow an Ball Oval Room Blue and Wimbourne White
Farrow and Ball paint in Oval Room Blue and Wimbourne White

A cosy living room in Farrow and Ball Oval Room Blue and Farrow and Ball Wimbourne White

Farrow and Ball Hague Blue
Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

I love this study in Farrow and Ball Hague Blue with pops of bright colours.

Farrow and Ball Old White
Farrow and Ball Old White

This kitchen is apparently painted in Farrow and Ball Old White but is an example of an image that DOESN'T show the colour in its true light. Take a look at my colour study on Farrow and Ball Old White and you'll see what I mean.

Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin
Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin

A calmly neutral living room in Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin.

LOTS of Farrow and Ball paint!

Walls in Farrow and Ball Off White with panelling in Farrow and Ball Dove Tale.

Walls in Farrow and Ball Joa's White and Farrow and Ball Rectory Red front door.
Walls in Farrow and Ball Joa's White and Farrow and Ball Rectory Red front door.

A gorgeously smart house with exterior walls in Farrow and Ball Joa's White and the front door in Farrow and Ball Rectory Red.

Farrow and Ball Down Pipe
Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

This bathroom has used Farrow and Ball Down Pipe paint on the walls. Don't you love the contrast with all the white?

Farrow and Ball Vert De Terre

Farrow and Ball Vert De Terre above the panelling looks fresh and inviting.

Farrow and Ball paints: Clunch, Wimbourne White, Pale Powder and All White

Walls in Farrow and Ball Clunch. Ceiling in Farrow and Ball Wimbourne White. Trim in Farrow and Ball All White. Table in Farrow and Ball Pale Powder. Whew! Quite a collection!...but the chalky tones of these Farrow and Ball paints holds the look together.

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

A gorgeous kitchen extension painted in Farrow and Ball Cornforth White.

Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back
Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back


Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

Touches of prettiness stop this bedroom in Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray from looking too stark.

Farrow and Ball Oval Room Blue, Farrow and Ball Wimbourne White, Farrow and Ball Brinjal, Farrow and Ball Cornforth White.

A stunning combination of colours: Walls in Farrow and Ball Oval Room Blue. Trim in Farrow and Ball Wimbourne White. Hall in Farrow and Ball Brinjal (under dado) and Farrow and Ball Cornforth White.

Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back and Farrow and Ball Old White
Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back and Farrow and Ball Old White

Walls in Uppark BP 519. Trim in Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back. Bed in Farrow and Ball Old White (a much better likeness).

Farrow and Ball Blue Gray and Farrow and Ball Strong White
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray and Farrow and Ball Strong White

Caravan in the eternally lovely Farrow and Ball Blue Gray and Farrow and Ball Strong White.

Farrow and Ball Hardwick White.
Farrow and Ball Hardwick White.

A serene and stunning living room in the very changeable Farrow and Ball Hardwick White.

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray and Farrow and Ball Down Pipe
Farrow and Ball Strong White, Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray and Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

A tapestry of greys, including Farrow and Ball Strong White (ceiling), walls in Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray and trim in Farrow and Ball Down Pipe.

{Which is your favourite?}


Images via Farrow and Ball

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Virginia Woolf's Garden by Caroline Zoob: Book Review

Virginia Woolf's Garden by Caroline Zoob (published by Jacqui Small) is an exquisite account of the original creation and, now, the recreation, of the Modern Country Garden at Virginia's home, Monk's House, originally bought as a weather-boarded retreat in Sussex, England.


The author (and crafter extraordinaire) Caroline Zoob had the privilege of living in Monk's house, and hauling the garden back to its former glory. Virginia Woolf's Garden documents this journey of green-fingered magic.

Virginia Woolf's Garden review

The garden is described in meticulous detail with beautiful photos by Caroline Arber (like those here), leaving me certain that Virginia Woolf was most definitely a Modern Country Garden girl! Mixing roses and lavender with that hint of formality.

Virginia Woolf's Garden review

Virginia Woolf's Garden allows its readers to walk a fantasy stroll, arm in arm with Virginia herself, as she details the plants, the ideas, the petty arguments, and the whiling by of dreamy hours that all grew out of this idyll.

Virginia Woolf's Garden review

Caroline Zoob was a tenant of Monk's house through The National Trust. She shares what it was like to share her home for those special ten year period with so many visitors. 

Virginia Woolf's Garden review

Virgina Woolf is an author that grows on me more and more, and what I love about this book is that it continuously links her work, her letters and her writing, with her garden; making it an intensely personal place...

....as every Modern Country Garden should be.
Don't you agree?

{Warning: Clicking on the links will lead you to book-buying temptation!}


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Monday, 14 July 2014

Contemporary Country House And Garden Tour

After what I hope was a giddily enjoyable weekend, are you ready to take a tour of this Contemporary Country Home and Garden dramatic transformation, which caused VERY divided opinion over on Modern Country Style's Faceobook page? Have you joined us there for lots of Modern Country love?

Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior
Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior

Draw closer to the entrance (try Farrow and Ball in French Gray for this palest grey-green exterior paint).

Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior
Contemporary Country Garden and Exterior

In we come, to the hallway. Little Greene French Grey and French Grey (Mid) paints above and below the panelling will give this soft grey effect. (Not to be confused with the Farrow and Ball version!)

Contemporary Country Hallway
Contemporary Country Hallway

The chalky greys continue into the kitchen...

Contemporary Country Kitchen
Contemporary Country Kitchen

Contemporary Country Kitchen
Contemporary Country Kitchen

...and living areas...

Contemporary Country Living Room
Contemporary Country Living Room

...which perfectly set off the natural elements in the house...

Contemporary Country Dining Room
Contemporary Country Dining Room

...and lead the eye to the lovely Contemporary Country Garden.

Contemporary Country Exterior
Contemporary Country Exterior

{It's the combination of the country-style table and chairs and soft planting, set against the stark slate grey and white exterior, and modern lighting that give this Contemporary Country Garden feel).

Contemporary Country Garden
Contemporary Country Garden

Back up the stairs, with its seagrass runner...

Contemporary Country Hall
Contemporary Country Hall

...and into a very modern bathroom, softened slightly with the bare wood of the rustic shelves.

Contemporary Country Bathroom
Contemporary Country Bathroom

Finishing with the Master bedroom. The Contemporary Country interiors carries on even up here, with the monochrome colour scheme (don't you love those grey bedside tables?), and hanging hearts.

Contemporary Country Master Bedroom
Contemporary Country Bedroom

NOT what I would have expected from the old exterior but exactly what I would hope for the new! 

Is a Contemporary Country home or garden for you?


Images via Back To Front

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Exterior Transformation: Shockingly Lovely!

WARNING: You are in for the shock of your lives! 
This is the same house....Before and After....

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

Welcome to the most incredible exterior transformation from a company called Back To Front who, frankly, I want as my Fairy Godmother!

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

This beautiful home was once rather more of an ugly duckling....



Can you believe it? Here's the 'After' view from the back of the house...

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

And the Before from the same angle...


Is your jaw scraping the ground? Are your eyes popping out on stalks? I make no apologies!

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

Rear Before

This is a proper, full-on extensive (and, yes, expensive!) transformation but just goes to show the differences you can accomplish in any home if you set your mind to it.

Modern Country Exterior Transformation

Rear Elevation Before

The little details add to the feel of substance, and create that nonchalant impression of the house having been this beautiful swan forever....not even a hint of that ugly duckling is left.

Weatherboarding Detail After

Guttering Detail

I hope this leaves you feeling the wheels of your mind turning with creative thoughts ablaze for your own home.

Porch Detail After

Who fancies a peek inside?


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