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Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - TRACEY HORDERN

Coun­try style in­te­ri­ors con­jure up tra­di­tion and old-fash­ioned com­fort, per­fect as we head into the cooler months. Think of a roar­ing fire­place, a deep arm­chair to sink into, soft rugs and earthy warm colours and you’ve pic­tured your­self the clas­sic charm of coun­try liv­ing.

While con­tem­po­rary coun­try style still heaps on the com­fort, this modern ver­sion tends to keep it sim­ple, rather than over­pow­er­ing and busy, al­low­ing for space and clean lines. We even have our own ver­sion of coun­try style here in the North­ern Rivers. The weather is warmer com­pared to other re­gions that em­brace coun­try style in­te­ri­ors, plus we tend to mix it up, adding pieces col­lected from our trav­els with our own Aus­traliana vin­tage pieces.

What doesn’t change, how­ever, is the em­pha­sis on raw ma­te­ri­als that are the hall­mark of coun­try style. Those ma­te­ri­als in­clude plenty of tim­ber, ex­posed bricks or stone, plus cosy coun­try fab­rics such as fur, leather, wool and linen.

Hero items of the coun­try home

If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire or a wood burn­ing heater, then that will au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ate a fo­cus in the home, es­pe­cially in the cooler months. Other iconic coun­try-style pieces would in­clude any ex­posed wooden bench spa­ces, hand-turned tim­ber din­ing chairs, plus an over­stuffed, deep and sub­limely com­fort­able sofa or arm­chairs. For the down-to earth bath­room, noth­ing beats the hum­ble claw foot bath for charm and the abil­ity to soak away all your coun­try dirt and cares.

The heart of the coun­try home

The kitchen is the true heart of any coun­try home. Ide­ally a coun­try kitchen would fea­ture hand-fin­ished cab­i­netry in ei­ther a colo­nial or shaker style and a tim­ber kitchen is­land. A large and cen­tral kitchen ta­ble is also typ­i­cal, cre­at­ing the per­fect gath­er­ing space for the fam­ily and friends that of­ten dou­bles up as a warm and wel­com­ing workspace for chil­dren.

Coun­try fur­ni­ture

Tim­ber is king in a coun­try home. If you’re lucky enough to in­herit an­tique tim­ber fur­ni­ture, dis­play it with pride. But for most of us, vin­tage stores, mar­kets, garage sales and op shops are where we source these time­less trea­sures – and here in the North­ern Rivers there is an abun­dance of choice for vin­tage coun­try fur­ni­ture.

Decor pieces

Coun­try-style homes tend to in­clude col­lec­tions of pot­tery (prefer­ably hand thrown) and vin­tage or even an­tique porce­lain. For soft fur­nish­ings, it’s heavy cur­tains, plenty of soft, feather-filled cush­ions and nat­u­ral linen bed­ding. Rugs scat­tered on tim­ber floors are also a nat­u­ral choice to cre­ate down-on-the-farm coun­try chic. For small dec­o­ra­tive pieces, it’s vin­tage all the way. Yes­ter­year spice and food jars, tim­ber framed clocks and paint­ings, rus­tic knick-knacks and thick woollen throws all help to cre­ate a coun­try-style, cosy ambience.

Fabric pat­terns in coun­try homes typ­i­cally in­clude clas­si­cal chintz, stripes, checks and plaids, and in any com­bi­na­tion to cre­ate an iconic coun­try feel. Light­ing should be soft, such as the glow of lamps rather than harsh, over­head light­ing. And fi­nally, a coun­try home brings the out­doors in­side with lash­ings of fresh flow­ers and green­ery to add to the nat­u­ral earth­i­ness of a cosy coun­try home.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Milla Milla Homestead, Mul­lumbimby, Elope­ments and Wed­ding Venue. Con­tact: www.mil­lamil­la­home­stead.com

PHOTO: TRACEY HORDERN

Noth­ing beats the charm of a claw foot bath tub.

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