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rustic elegance

This elegant style has timeless appeal. I love the mix of textures on the trunk and side table that make the look feel cosy. Mix in a beautiful patterned rug that has blues and caramel colours and it makes for an interesting room.

I love to add ottomans so they provide extra seating if needed and they also look great next to a rectangle coffee table. This orb chandelier gives a relaxed but elegant look.

I love the Modern Farmhouse style that is so popular today because it has a casual lived in look that is perfect for families.

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Here are my 5 must have items that you need to get this look in your home

Timber Flooring 1/

I absolutely love timber flooring because it looks great but it is also hard wearing and it has a timeless quality. My favourite flooring to get the Modern Farmhouse look is an oak board as the grain is gorgeous and it has some imperfections like knots. There are some really beautiful engineering flooring available and my favourites are shown below.

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Rustic Furniture 2/

Choose furniture that is made from recycled timber so it has a rustic look. I also like to have furniture that is a mix of timber and metal like the console shown below as it helps to keep the look more modern.

Rustic console

Metal Chandelier 3/

Metal chandeliers are perfect feature lights for this look and I love using them above dining tables, above kitchen island benches and in living areas. Lighting makes a huge difference to a home and I think it is definitely worth investing in beautiful chandeliers to personalise your home and create a welcoming look. These are a few of my favourites.

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Open Shelving 4/

Open shelving is a great choice in a Modern Farmhouse kitchen and it adds interest to the space. I like shelving that is a bit industrial looking with metal and timber like this one shown below.

 

 

open shelving

Traditional Rugs 5/

To create a lived in look I like to use traditional rugs that have a worn look. I think these help to add personality to a space and they create a cosy feel.

 

traditional rugs

sisal, wicker, timber

I love using natural materials in my designs because they have a timeless quality so they won’t date quickly.  At the moment I have a love for timbers that have a muted tone and whitewash finish. They look great in a Hamptons or rustic style home and they help to create a very relaxed look which is very easy to live with. Rugs make such a difference to a room and I generally use wool like this beautiful geometric patterned rug or sisal. Using wicker and sisal is a great way to add texture to a room. I have had a sisal rug in our family room for many years and I still really love it and I find it really easy to live with as any spills come up quickly.  This wicker side table and tray is so handy for a family room and I absolutely love them. The side table can be in front of a sofa and it can be moved around depending on who needs it at the time because its a perfect height for putting food and drinks on. I can not rave about it enough. I Love it!!!!

Linen fabrics are always beautiful and I particularly like to use linen for cushions. This cushion is a lovely natural colour and I do love a stripe so to me its perfection. My last favourite thing is a timber ball chandelier. There are a couple of different styles to choose from but this is a favourite. (check out our website for other style) These chandeliers are great for entrances, living areas, kitchens, bedrooms and stairwells – Lol- they actually look great anywhere.

Hope you are inspired to use natural materials in your home. Andrea xx

 

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Our family room is my favourite room and the place we spend the most time together as a family.  I believe a home should be an absolute pleasure to live in which means it should be beautiful but also a comfortable place to live. I have the best job in the world because I get to create homes that my clients enjoy living in with their families and it makes me so happy when I see my clients years later and they tell me they still really love their home. I will share with you some of my design tips to create a home that is welcoming, elegant, comfortable, timeless and most of all a pleasure to live in.

Tip 1. USE NEUTRAL COLOURS FOR MORE EXPENSIVE PURCHASES

Use neutral colours for the big purchase items like sofas and window coverings that are expensive to change.  This can range from a dark charcoal to a beige colour but stay away from bright colours because neutrals stand the test of time. Here I have chosen a charcoal Warwick fabric that is part of the Halo range so its practical but also looks great.

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Tip 2. USE NATURAL MATERIALS

Use natural materials as they are timeless. My favourite flooring is timber or natural stone because I think it always looks beautiful.  I also like to use natural materials like sisal for rugs and wicker in furniture that adds texture to a space and makes it feel more homely.

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Tips 3. USE BLACK & WHITE PRINTS OR PHOTOS

Use black & white prints or take your own photos that can be framed in simple black frames.  I like to lean my photos against the wall for a more casual look and these can be changed depending on the look you want.

Tip 4. ADD FOLIAGE FROM YOUR GARDEN

Add foliage from your garden in a simply glass vase that can create height to a mantel, on a console or coffee table. Here I have used eucalyptus leaves which lasts for a long time but they also looks great when they have dried out.

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Tip 5. ADD BOOKS TO YOUR COFFEE TABLE

My home is filled with books on every coffee table (mostly design books) as I love reading them constantly while I’m relaxing at home.  Admittedly I try and colour co-ordinate them to my room but if I can’t I remove the slip covers so they are generally more neutral.

I hope these 5 tips have helped inspire you to create a home you will love… Andrea xx