House tour: cosy Welsh farmhouse

23 Nov

People who grow up near the coast often say they have the sea in their blood – wherever they live, they can always hear the waves calling them home. I grew up amongst hills on the edge of Exmoor and I feel the same way about rolling landscapes… the longer I spend in London, the stronger my yearning for the countryside gets. Perhaps that explains why knitwear designer Kathleen Holland, who was born in mountainous Peru, chose dramatic Snowdonia for her weekend retreat.

Kathleen’s passionate about her Peruvian roots and the colours of the country’s spectacular landscape are evident in her alpaca clothing designs. I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of months of my gap year in Peru and Kathleen’s colour palette inspired by purple-flowering desert cacti, the golden grasses of the altiplano and cloudless Andean skies brings back a flood of wonderful memories for me too.

Kathleen’s decorating choices for the farmhouse interior are equally inspired by the Snowdonian landscape. The beamed ceilings and slate flagstone floors act as a rustic backdrop for traditional wood furniture, including the much-loved Welsh dresser and heavy dark stained grain chest, which Kathleen inherited from her in-laws who previously owned the house. On top of it, handfuls of foxgloves and daisies spill out of an old milk churn.

{all Simon Brown Photography via Remodelista}

The bedrooms are decorated with just the right blend of simplicity and beauty. The wrought iron bedstead in the master was made by a local blacksmith and Kathleen has draped it with linen from reclaimed grain sacks to make a relaxed headboard.

Oh, how I would love to be snuggling down in one of the antique beds under a heap of Welsh wool blankets and vintage eiderdowns this weekend!


4 Responses to “House tour: cosy Welsh farmhouse”

  1. DM November 29, 2012 at 21:42 #

    wow, this is stunning! I love those beams…

  2. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! November 26, 2012 at 08:15 #

    Amazing! I live pretty close to Wales and it is such a breathtaking place. I want to move there one day for sure.

    Gorgeous, gorgeous house.

  3. findthedetails November 23, 2012 at 14:50 #

    Heaven! I love her pared-down decor – so perfect for the environment she lives in, but with bags of style too.


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