Tag Archives: rustic style

Join The Room Debate!

17 Feb

Welcome to the fourth Decorator’s Notebook Room Debate! I’ve found something a little bit different to get you thinking today…

It’s easy to take part. Just have a good look at the room photo below and leave a comment with your answers to these two questions:

One thing I like most about this room is…

One thing I like least about this room is…

{via Art & Décoration}

As always, I’ve kicked off the discussion in the comments. Meet you there and have a lovely weekend!

PS – if you’ve missed any of the previous Room Debates you’ll find them here.

Another amazing Norwegian house

18 Jan

I find it really interesting that two individual house tours can end up with exactly the same tags (vintage, Norwegian, wooden house, reclaimed…) yet the overall style of the homes can be so very different. While last week’s house was all about fresh, effortless elegance, today’s has a striking rustic look, with battered dark wood, artistic clutter and a worn-in homely feel.

I love them both equally, but differently. Maybe I could have last week’s as my main home and this one as my weekend escape! Which do you prefer?

Everything inside the house feels like it’s been there forever, but the building (an old rectory) was almost completely derelict when the owners bought it, and all the materials and fittings were painstakingly sourced from reclaim yards and architectural salvage specialists all over Europe. The fireplace is a mish-mash of various antique French surrounds, cleverly pieced together.

Another themed picture wall for me to ponder over. This one’s made from paintings and sketches collected from San Francisco flea markets where the couple lived for 25 years before moving back to their native Norway.

This bedroom looks so warm and cosy, though even the hippy in me recoils from a bed made from straw bales *shudders at the thought of the dust*

{all Trine Thorsen via Sköna Hem}

I don’t even know where to start with this amazing bathroom! I adore the colourful turtle tiles, the enormous beaten bathtub, the bird etchings on the walls, the shell panel curtain… even the house plants which are normally one of my pet hates actually look lovely in here.

I have such admiration for people who can pull together creative chaos like this… it’s so much more difficult than it looks!

Inside Croatia’s cutest cottage

22 Jul

If I didn’t have to be in wet and windy London this weekend, I’d definitely be here…


{Damir Zizic via Kuchica}

Kuchica, which means ‘little house’ in Croatian, nestles in the lush hillside near Zagreb. Lovingly restored with flea market finds, rustic colours and bare minimum of fuss, the 100 year old cottage can be rented for holidays by those that value the simpler things in life. I admit the sleeping arrangements aren’t terribly romantic, but I can’t imagine a more idyllic place for a getaway – take the test here to see if Kuchica would suit you!

What do you look for in the perfect break? Does somewhere this basic appeal to you or are you boutique chic all the way?

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