PARED-BACK COUN­TRY

Fea­tur­ing beau­ti­fully crafted pieces with cleaner lines than their rus­tic cousins, this sea­son’s take on coun­try style shows peren­nial favourites in an el­e­gant new light

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - Styling Ali Brown Pho­to­graphs Michael Sin­clair

A fresh take on the rus­tic look for rooms with com­fort and style.

Sea­grass floor­ing is a tra­di­tional op­tion that is firmly back in vogue, and works equally well as a large-scale rug. For an in­ter­est­ing dis­play, col­lect ob­jects on a sim­ple theme – in this case wooden and ce­ramic spoons – and show them off to best ef­fect in ex­hibit boxes such as these.

FUR­NI­TURE Sus­sex con­sole table, H77xw168x D41cm, £850, Paolo Moschino for Ni­cholas Haslam. AC­CES­SORIES (From left) Ex­hibit boxes in White, large, €88 each; medium, €58; all Nomess Copenhagen. Sim­i­lar wooden mix­ing spoons, £7 each, Nat­u­ral Spa Sup­plies. Small birch spoons, £45 each, Robin Wood at The New Crafts­men. White ce­ramic spoons, from £10 each; white ce­ramic birds, £6.95 each; all Serax at Borough Kitchen. Striped porce­lain spoons, from £15 each, Jus­tine Al­li­son Ce­ram­ics. Ming vase in White, £139, Marimekko at Skandium. At­lantic Wakame block print, £57, Su­per­folk. On­tario oak frame, £30, Habi­tat. Faux flow­ers, £7.50 each; pots, £5 each; all Pim­per­nel & Part­ners. Vel­lum bound books, from £80 each, Guin­e­vere. Sea­grass mat, 180cm sq, £130, Pen­treath & Hall.

A round pedestal table is an ideal choice for con­vivial en­ter­tain­ing as the ex­tra leg room of­fers greater com­fort. For a new take on the clas­sic jug of cot­tage gar­den flow­ers, try a ter­ra­cotta planter filled with low-grow­ing plants. A large verdi­gris lantern over the table will pro­vide an eye-catch­ing fo­cal point.

FUR­NI­TURE Hen­ley six-seater round pedestal table, H75x­di­am150cm, £1,175; Suf­folk din­ing chairs in Nat­u­ral oak, H93xw48xd58cm, £240 each; all Nep­tune.

FAB­RIC Cur­tains in Wind­mill Wood in Dew on White, linen, £46m, Zoe Glen­cross Fab­ric and Home.

AC­CES­SORIES Hang­ing Ash­bee lantern in Verdi­gris, £2,340, Charles Ed­wards. Edge Pot in Sierra Yel­low, £78, Sk­agerak at Skandium. Vin­tage French tea tow­els, £15 each; small brush, £5; all Pim­per­nel & Part­ners. Olive tum­blers, £8.50 each, The Con­ran Shop. Petunia Hemp rug, di­am182cm, £450, North­wood.

For a pared-back scheme, up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture should have a sim­ple sil­hou­ette and min­i­mal de­tail­ing. To achieve this look, opt for a neat sofa in a plain linen with no but­ton­ing, while loose cov­ers can be made for ex­ist­ing arm­chairs. Hints of sub­tle pat­tern and colour can be in­tro­duced with soft fur­nish­ings.

FUR­NI­TURE Henry arm­chair, H81xw83xd96cm, from £2,190, The Odd Chair Com­pany. South­wick Gilt 2.5-seat sofa, H92xw198xd92cm, £6,890 plus 15m of fab­ric, Sean Cooper So­fas. An­tique metal gar­den table, H61x­di­am91cm, £900, Puck­haber.

FAB­RICS Loose cover in Sahara in Aqua, linen mix, £120m, Threads at GP&J Baker. Sheer cur­tain in Ri­mini in Bee­tle, linen, 300cm wide, £76m, Zof­fany. Cush­ion in Rus­lan in Teal, linen, £76m, Volga Linen.

AC­CES­SORIES Kombu Kelp print, £57, Su­per­folk. On­tario oak frame, £30, Habi­tat. Chi­nese Han dynasty jars, £550 each; Chi­nese Han dynasty green glaze jar, £480; all Guin­e­vere. Kubu oval bas­ket, £25, I&JL Brown. Billy floor lamp, £732, SCP. Valois aged rug in Blue, 400x300cm, £4,560, Oka.

A dresser has a nat­u­ral place in any coun­try-style scheme, and this glazed de­sign has clean lines and clas­sic looks. Bring it up to date by stack­ing ce­ram­ics in daily use along­side more trea­sured pieces. As many of us tend to have a colour we favour, edit ac­cord­ingly so an ac­cent hue runs through­out.

FUR­NI­TURE Sim­i­lar cabi­net, Tall Coun­try cup­board/ kitchen dresser in Gri­saille Pale, H220xw111xd45cm, £995, An An­gel At My Table. In­vis­i­ble Green Painted Pem­broke chair, H75xw58xd57cm, £1,350, Pe­dro da Costa Felgueiras and Sarah Kay at The New Crafts­men. AC­CES­SORIES (On top of cabi­net) White cous­son pot, £35, I&JL Brown. Vin­tage crate, £15, Pim­per­nel & Part­ners. (On top shelf) Bowl vase in glazed porce­lain, £210; Green Brush­stroke plate, £55; both Olivia Mcgill.

Mia wine glasses, £26 set of four, LSA In­ter­na­tional.

Con­fetti print napkins, £44 set of four, Ge­or­gia Bos­son.

Vin­tage bread board, £75, I&JL Brown. Green glass stor­age jars, from £6 each, Pim­per­nel & Part­ners. (On sec­ond shelf) Point Duchesse bowl, £58, An­thro­polo­gie.

Pen­cil dish, £34; pen­cil mug, £25; plain din­ner plates, £34 each; side plates, £15 each; all Rachel Dormer Ce­ram­ics. (On third shelf) Linen Stripe stoneware in Duck Egg, from £17 for a side plate; fluted bowl, £110; all John Ju­lian. Copenhagen For­est bowl, £295, I&JL Brown. (On bottom shelf) Mia con­tainer, £24; Mia re­cy­cled carafe, £15; both LSA In­ter­na­tional. Pu­ri­tan side plates, £6 each; din­ner plates, £8 each; Pu­ri­tan noo­dle/snack bowls in Mint, £8 each; all John Lewis. Vin­tage glass float, £40, I&JL Brown.

To give a clas­sic roll-top bath a con­tem­po­rary feel, con­sider sim­ple rather than dec­o­ra­tive feet and opt for a del­i­cate painted bor­der in­stead of an all-over colour. Fix­ing hooks to a for­aged birch branch pro­vides ex­tra hang­ing space and adds a whim­si­cal touch.

FUR­NI­TURE Can­ter­bury free­stand­ing bath with White Deco feet, H65xl176x W80cm, £1,900; Metro floor-stand­ing sin­gle-lever bath and shower mixer in Chrome, £3,750; both Fired Earth. Salon chair, H94.5xw51xd59cm, £2,370 plus 2m of fab­ric, Howe.

FAB­RICS Café cur­tain in Grace in Jasper White, linen mix, £110m, Mark Alexan­der.

Chair in Vin­tage Can­vas, linen, £150m, de Le Cuona.

AC­CES­SORIES Chan­dler hooks in Pol­ished fin­ish, £8.30 each; Ray­don wall lights in Nickel fin­ish, £167.50 each; all Jim Lawrence. Elisa mir­ror, £800, Paolo Moschino for Ni­cholas Haslam. Washed Waf­fle tow­els in Ice Blue, Sil­ver and Aloe Green, £24.99 each; Washed Waf­fle big bath tow­els in Stone Blue and Navy Blue, £34.99 each; all Linen Me. Painted bor­der on bath in South Bank, £38 for 2.5 litres, Fired Earth. Vin­tage book, £3.50; vin­tage bot­tle, £4; both Pim­per­nel & Part­ners. Happ & Stahns per­fume, £24, An­thro­polo­gie. Ten­sion net rod in Satin Sil­ver, 40-60cm, £9, John Lewis.

This wide-width wall­pa­per, which evokes the feel of a se­cluded wood­land glade, makes a great sub­sti­tute for tra­di­tional coun­try-style flo­ral pa­pers, while plain up­hol­stery gives the wing­back head­board a mod­ern look.

FUR­NI­TURE Suf­folk dou­ble bed in Pearl Cot­ton, H130xl205xw145cm, £1,650; Lux­ury Lan­caster Hyp­nos dou­ble mat­tress, £275; both The White Com­pany. Medici side table, H60xw46xd46cm, £285, Oka.

WALL Beech wall­pa­per in Doc­u­ment Green, 136cm wide, £56.40m, Lewis & Wood.

FAB­RIC Boudoir cush­ions and middle quilt in Ma­son Di­a­mond in White, Green and Grey, cot­ton, 280cm wide, £138m, Hod­soll Mcken­zie at Zim­mer+ro­hde.

AC­CES­SORIES Green glass lamp with shade, £275, I&JL Brown. Athena pil­low­cases, £74.95 each; Athena dou­ble du­vet cover, £379; all Yves Delorme. Crosses quilt, 150x180cm, £450, Ge­or­gia Bos­son. Lin­ear Stripe white quilt, 150x200cm, £80, John Lewis. Sim­i­lar rug in Jute Ju-tweed Nat­u­ral, £39sq m, Cru­cial Trad­ing.

FUR­NI­TURE Un­der­wood hewn stool, H40xw60xd35cm, £180, Se­bas­tian Cox.

AC­CES­SORIES (From top) Beeswax L hooks, £2.75 each, Hand Forged. For­ag­ing bag, £440, An­nemarie O’sul­li­van at The New Crafts­men. Croft Col­lec­tion chip wood bas­ket, £50,

John Lewis. Wooden nat­u­ral bas­ket tote bag, £30.95, Old With New at Not on the High Street. Vin­tage tea tow­els, £15 each, Pim­per­nel & Part­ners. An­tique Ital­ian bot­tle, £145, I&JL Brown.

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