Thursday, 10 May 2012

Relaxed Country Living

A colour palette of dusted earth tones and soft powdered pigments such as mulberry, raw plaster, putty, charcoal and zinc give a soothing, calming atmosphere to any room. Textures of washed linens, aged rustic wood and natural elements are set against pared down architecture to give this country look a contemporary twist.
Above image: divine interiors by &Styling
Above image: Interiors by De Stamkamer
Above images:1. 2., 3. & 4. by Hoffz interiors
Above image: paint company Pure & Original
Above image:paint company Pure & Original
Above image: Interiors and architects Timeless Living
Above images:1.interiors shop Un Esprit en Plus 2.photographic location agency Light Locations 3.antiques by Brigitte & Alain Garnier 4.interior design by De Zon Van Duurstede 5.stylist Leslie Dilcock 
Above image:the fabulous home, blog and shop of G-Style
Above image:interiors by At Ease Interiors
Above image: interiors by At Ease Interiors
Above images:1.divine interiors by &Styling 2.grey willow wreath from my home 3.gorgeous rustic linens from Rough Linen 
Above image: interior design by Am Projects
Above image: beautiful photography by Nicolas Matheus
Above images:1. Hoffz interiors 2.detail of bathroom door from my home 3.gorgeous pitcher from The New General Store 4.fabulous interiors of Cote Bastide
Above image: handmade industrial lighting by TierlanTijn Lighting
Above image: interior design by Am Projects
Above image: bedlinen by House in Style 
Above images:1.& 3. paint company Pure & Original 2.& 4.bedlinen by House in Style 
Above image: divine bathroom from hotel Chateau Grand Boise

For more information on anything shown in the above images please click on the names under each photograph to go through to their web sites. 

With warmest wishes


Home and Lifestyle said...

Wonderful pictures, I like it all!

somewhere on the avenue said...

Some wonderful images here and thank you for the links. Soothing chalky colour ways, simple and effective styling, it always works.

Irene b said...

oh my really an inspiring post. Thank you so much!

Susan T said...

The rain is driving down here, the sky is grey, all is gloom. Then as I read some blog posts up you popped and my spirits lifted in an instant.
How gorgeous the images are, cleansing and calming in equal measure, interiors to languish in and savour.

Marjonel M said...

inspiring post!


The enchanted home said... beautiful, I feel more relaxed and calmer just having looked at this fabulos post!

The Snowdrop Project said...

Hi Glenda,
I love all of the images.
The chalky colours are so stylish, and the simple decoration give the rooms great calmness.
Hope you have a lovely day.

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Glenda, I've been looking forward to your post!! It is gorgeous. That first image is divine. Love this look! I love the slightly rough plaster, weathered wood and linen. It's very Belgian-ey - would you consider it Belgian style?? I would love those handmade industrial lights in my kitchen. sigh!


Heather Robinson said...

Glenda, this is my preferred palette and I would have our entire apartment in it save for a few pieces that we can't afford to change that really don't work with this soft tone. I have put all of those in one room at least!

So needless to say I loved the post, thank you!

Seawashed said...

These are the colors and style I feel most comfortable in. I could not help but think of Tricia Rose's Rough Linens...they would fit right in here. She hand sews all her bedding, curtains, tableclothes, pillows. I have to add that in all this loveliness your sitting room on the sidebar is what popped out and caught my attention most! ox

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

These are amazingly beautiful and serene spaces. Full of texture. So different from anything I ever encounter. But it certainly makes me want to. I love the sublety.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning! Soft and calming colors. I would love to have an entire house in these colors, the furniture and all the accessories! One can only dream!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such lovely messages and a particular thank you to Kerrie of Sea Cottage for the compliments about our sitting room! Oh and I agree Sharon I adore the "Belgian look" ever since seeing it featured on the wonderful Belgian Pearls blog! Warmest of wishes - Glenda xxx

Dineke@esatto said...

Wow Stella! You have a beautiful house, and all those inspiring pictures..!
I'm looking forward to a next post..;-))


Greet Lefèvre said...

Hi dear Glenda,

Woouuww beautiful and inspirational post!! Lots of Belgian design to find here! And Dutch of course!
I was thinking about you yesterday when I watched 'Downtown Abbey' on TV. I love to see the kitchen downstairs! Do you love it?

The Cloth Shed said...

Lovely post Glenda and thank you for the link to the paint company Pure and Original. Will check them out.
Julie x

therelishedroost said...

all very soothing, one can truly de stress in spaces like those!!!

merry said...

another lovely post - definitely lots of photos to inspire my next home. Thank you for putting together a gorgeous mood board x

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

Rough Linen IS in there! Thank you Glenda, I was looking through the photos admiring all the textures, coveting them to go with my linens, and suddenly there they were.
(I now want to make simple leather handles held with a cross stitch, I don't know what for, but I'll find something)

helen tilston said...

Hello Glenda

You have won me over with this colour scheme. I love the rustic linen. I also love handsewing fine fabrics. Truly beautiful.
Hope the sun shines on your this weekend

Helen xx

Kellie Collis said...

How gorgeous! Love the rustic touch to it. Have a delightful week ahead, Kellie xx

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Oh my how I have missed visiting...hate it that like just gets so busy...your ability to choose the perfect images and put them together is pure artisitry...I think I made that word up...Love your post and have missed catching up with you. XO, Mona

summersoul said...

I love the rich textures and hues, Glenda.


vicki archer said...

Your colour palettes and images are beautiful... I am enjoying your blog so much ... Thank you Glenda... xv

Francine Gardner said...

I just came across your blog, and it was at first sight! I could not stop looking at all your posts, pinned quite a few images and will follow from now on.

matind'hiver said...

Vraiment superbe !!!
J'aime autant les matières que les teintes. Encore un joli reportage.
Belle fin de journée *