I don’t know about you, but I often look at images in magazines and on websites and wonder how on earth they create such beautiful rooms. As much as we love the pictures, when we come to re-create the look in our own homes, it can often go wrong. Something is missing. Undoubtedly, having an interior stylist on hand does the trick, but what can the rest of us do?

Well, in today’s blog, we’re going to take a look at this beautifully designed living room and unpick each of the elements, to find out how you can also achieve this modern country style in your own home.

This room is by the very talented team at Vanessa Arbuthnott (if you remember, I introduced you to Vanessa a few weeks ago- read the blog post here). The fabrics in this photograph form part of their bohemian collection.

The Furniture & Soft Furnishings

So, let’s start with that gorgeous sofa, which is the centre-piece of this room set. This traditional sofa by Vanessa Arbuthnott is a timeless classic, and it comes in three different sizes. The turned legs give the sofa a touch of elegance and avoids the look becoming shabby chic. The sofa is covered in Gypsey Garland fabric which keeps the style fresh and modern.

The little footstool is an ideal place to rest your feet after a long day. This one comes from Vanessa’s range and can be covered in any of their fabrics; this is Stockholm stripe, which blends in beautifully with the French ticking used on the cupboard doors. The sofa and footstools come with a choice of turned legs and castors or more modern tapered legs. Personally I like the turned legs.

The rug underneath the footstool is also one of Vanessa’s; it’s the Smoke and Cornflower, available in two sizes starting from £238.

The little side table looks like one of those lucky one-off finds that you manage to stumble upon during a hunt around your local reclamation yard or antiques shop. Luckily for us though, this one is, in fact, from Ines Cole, who supply vintage handmade retro furniture. If you wanted something slightly smaller, you could also try a vintage milking stool- Etsy have plenty of these.

The Walls

The walls are painted in a soft white chalky paint. For a similar look, I would suggest one of Farrow & Ball’s newer colours, ‘Cromarty‘, which has very subtle greeny-blue undertones and would go well with this fabric, but you could also try Farrow & Ball’s ‘Clunch‘ if you wanted to stick to a creamy off-white. 

The Lighting

I love the way that the stylist stops the room from being too fussy by adding in some super modern elements, like the wall light sconces. These particular wall lights came from a supplier in Chelsea, but John Lewis do a great range of designer wall lighting too.

The Accessories

It’s often the little touches that bring the room together. There are very few accessories in this room, but they just help to pull everything together. Starting with the side table, the jug with the flowers in and the matching ‘wiggly’ mugs are from Rockett St George. The birch candle votives are from Rowen and Wren Homewares. The footstool is styled with a glossy teapot, also from Rowen and Wren. Add in a couple of hard back books for that ‘just lounging around, flicking through my interior design books’ feel, and you’re done.

So, that’s it in a nutshell. If you fancy copying the look, don’t forget to show us a picture of the end result.


Until next time x

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