Mix of Rustic and French Style In A Designers Cottage

First I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words and condolences on the loss of my mum. I'm now trying to get back some sort of normality after caring for mum so long, but I know this will take a long time as I miss her terribly.  I hope to begin painting again soon and use it as part of the healing process. My mother asked me to throw myself into painting and I plan to do this for her, she will be my inspiration and my first exhibition to be held in New Zealand (now 2013), will be in her memory. For my first post for a few weeks, I'd like to share an inspiring interior with you.

This beautiful 1936 renovated cottage belongs to designer Jill Sharp Brinson and her husband. The house has wonderful bones, just look at those fabulous beamed ceilings.  Beams give immense character to a home and can help determine your interior design style.  I love the way Jill's incorporated iron into her decor such as the industrial table in the dining room, the gorgeous arched feature window and patio door and smaller items such as the suspended wrought iron lanterns above the dining table. All these chosen pieces perfectly compliment the rustic beams and iron balustrade in the living area.

Look for the special 'designer' touches in this home, the wooden carved doves placed along the rustic shelf  in the entrance way, the display of white porcelain on the shelf above the arched door.  For me my favourite room is the dining area with it's fitted display cabinets, I love the chicken wire detail, doesn't the wicker chair in the dining area look perfect with these cabinets. All in all, an eclectic little cottage with an distinctively "French" feel to it

I'm going to steal this lovely idea above and place a shelf above my front entrance door to display some lovely items of my mums.

Photography by Simon Upton, images via House Beautiful.

Poppy oxo

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