Designed by Caroline Holdaway, this is a cottage in a tiny hamlet in the Cotswolds, part of it dates back to 1710, the rest is a modern addition built sometime in the 1970’s.
The challenge was to marry the two parts together bringing a sense of harmony and history back to the property. Found materials were used for flooring, shelving and reclaimed local stone for cills to do this.
The living room includes chairs in both purple velvet and bold striped fabrics. The juxtaposition of the modern textiles against the historic stone walls has a very chic and pleasing effect.
The sofa is also a daring choice in blue, complete with colorful pillows. You don’t need to shy away from color even when working with historic architecture.
The dining table and chairs are a combination of reclaimed wood and antique finds, a perfect homage to the history of the cottage. Skylights let in light to brighten the space.
The vintage stove suits the space well. Hanging cookware on an extension rod is a great and stylish space saver for a small kitchen.
Open shelving displays pottery and glassware. Marble counter tops bring brightness and luxury to the kitchen.
The bedroom ceiling in the original part of the property was of modern construction and punishingly low. After a tussle with the local authorities removal was agreed, the apex was clad in old match boarding purchased from the demolition of a local village hall and some dignity was returned to the original building.
The tradition of Scandinavian rural design is admired for its modesty, clarity and beauty. A thread of it runs through this Cotswold Cottage. Save these interior design ideas for later! Don’t forget to follow A Matter of Style on Pinterest for more great decorating ideas or check out some of the gift decorations available in store.