VIN­TAGE LIV­ING

NZ House & Garden - Country Living - - Ro­man­tic Style Coun­try Style -

RO­MAN­TIC STYLE HAS A FADED and nos­tal­gic charm, a well-loved look that speaks of past gen­er­a­tions and trea­sured heir­looms. Min­i­mal­ism and aus­ter­ity are out and sen­ti­men­tal­ity is in; flea mar­ket finds and sal­vaged trea­sures mix hap­pily with hand-medowns and newer pieces in gen­tle hues. Fab­rics are aged and nat­u­ral – linens, cot­tons and muslins – and de­signs are drawn from the nat­u­ral world too, with old-fash­ioned roses and cot­tage gar­den flow­ers be­ing com­mon themes. Rooms are de­signed to be com­fort­able and are never fur­nished like a show­case; rather, they over­flow with a fas­ci­nat­ing jumble of mis­matched col­lec­tions.

Charm­ing vi­gnettes and in­ter­est­ing dis­plays are es­sen­tial com­po­nents of the ro­man­tic style. Whether made up of per­sonal pos­ses­sions, quirky col­lec­tions or sim­ply things of beauty, they give rooms char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity. Al­ways in­clude some­thing from na­ture, such as flow­ers or shells.

Bed­rooms are per­fect for in­dulging a love of fab­ric and soft fur­nish­ings. Have fun, mix­ing it up with crisp cot­tons, warm woollen blan­kets, cosy ei­der­downs, gauzy nets and voiles, pretty em­broi­dery, toile, florals, soft satin bows, lace, quilt­ing, tick­ing and tas­sels.

To see a video tour of this home, scan this page with the La­yar app (see page 6 for in­struc­tions).

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