November 11 2013
There is a lot of design inspiration to be taken from nature at this time of year. The key is to look beyond the buoyant reds and yellows, where you’ll find deeper tones of plums and russets nestling between the grey green lichen and crackling neutrals of dried bark.
After a sweltering summer, autumn has announced its arrival with cooling temperatures and a landscape glowing with gold and auburn tones. To me, it’s the signal to dig out my favourite comfy jumper, tuck my feet into a trusty pair of wellies and head into the countryside. My husband and I begin every day with a ramble through the Bybrook Valley; the ever-changing landscape is always a delight but the beech plantation at the edge of the valley has to be my favourite view at this time of year. At weekends we head to one of the nearby Cotswolds villages - nothing beats the feeling of arriving rosy cheeked at one of the beautiful pubs where the senses are delighted by glowing interiors and sinking into worn leather arm chairs to read the Sunday papers over a melt-in-the-mouth roast. For me, the contrast between the fresh country air and the warmth of the interior heightens the appreciation of all things cosy.
There is a lot of design inspiration to be taken from nature at this time of year. The key is to look beyond the buoyant reds and yellows, where you’ll find deeper tones of plums and russets nestling between the grey green lichen and crackling neutrals of dried bark. I love the clean yet inviting tones this palette can bring to a home.
Images from top left: Rhonda Pisanello, lichen by kabinettvintage, plate by John Julian Design, signpost by Sims Hilditch
Here’s a closer look at one of our latest projects – Kitchen and Bootroom – inspired by all things autumnal. The layering of warm neutral paint tones is combined with natural stone and wood to create a welcoming yet restful environment. The large wooden posts have been treated with Seasoned Isoguard Oil and visually anchor the kitchen island adding to the unique character of the space.
Below we have the bootroom with space for laundry, coats and, of course, wellies. The brick-shaped stone tiles provide a hardwearing yet beautifully textured floor, while the use of Dove Grey on the cabinetry and the willow basket subtly evoke the garden from which you can imagine the family emerging muddy boots and all.
On that note, think I’ve got some wellies of my own to attend to. You’ll find lots more kitchen inspiration on our website and, naturally, in the great outdoors.