for my lil’ blog today.
First of all, may I say a big thank you to Jami for taking the time when I was a new blogger to make me feel so at home in the blogging world. I really appreciated your kindness and encouragement and have really enjoyed getting to know you better. I was so over the moon when Jami invited me to guest blog at Freckled Laundry. Thank you very much for having me and I hope I do you proud!!”
I want people to feel right at home when they’re reading Modern Country Style……as though they’re pulling up a chair at my table with a cup of tea (or hot chocolate with cream….I can cater for all cyber beverage tastes, you know!) and having a natter with an old friend.
The Inspiration is limited to ideas that would work well in the real world. Not just on the pages of a magazine but actually when you’re in a rush to get tea for your children, or you’ve had a long, hard day at work, I still want you to be able to have an ‘Ooooh’ moment about your house.
|Our ‘new’ Kitchen|
The Renovation part of Modern Country Style is because about 6 years ago, we moved out of London to an Edwardian house in the Cotswolds, England, which needed a complete overhaul. We’re about half-way through the whole process now, which I’m REALLY enjoying (apart from the dust and dirt under my fingernails!). Modern Country Style follows all the ups and downs and tries to provide inspiration for other people renovating their houses.
|Before: Our kitchen (so orange!)|
And the Creation is because I love making (hopefully) beautiful things for our house. I usually present them as tutorials so that if you like them then you can have a go too!
|Homemade vintage style cushion|
What motivated you to start a blog?
I’m rather embarrassed to say that I used to hate the idea of blogging….until I started reading!! About five months ago, after being fully sucked irretrievably into the vortex of blogworld, I decided to start my very own…..I’ve loved every single minute of it: the lovely friends, the inspiration, the photography…..
How do you define the modern country decorating style?
Oh, I could burble on about this for aaaaages! I decided to call my blog Modern Country Style because I am positively evangelical about all things Modern Country.
|Our dining room|
In a nutshell, I’d describe Modern Country Style as taking the best of Traditional Country (warmth, family-friendly, revelling in the character of a piece) and combining it with a mellowed Modern look (restricted colour palette, unexpected use of soft industrial objects, lack of clutter.).
|Before: Dining room|
It’s a look that I find really timeless. Modern Country is such a great, easy style to work with. It takes everything that I find lovely about Traditional Country and gives it a pared-back, modern twist. Oooh, gorgeous!
What is your favorite room in your house and why?
My absolute favourite room in our house is our bedroom. It was previously so hideous that it seemed almost beyond redemption….
My change of mind happened when we had guests to stay. They slept in our room downstairs and we spent the night up here and… I LOVED it! Not as it was, obviously, but I suddenly began to see its potential. And this is what it’s like now:
|Our Modern Country Master bedroom|
It’s so cosy and snuggly. It’s hard to make myself get up in the morning (or is that just me being lazy?!).
What has been your favorite project thus far?
I think my favourite project so far has been my Homemade Snuggly Cushion which I made out of an old woollen cardigan. I love craft projects which take something that’s unloved and make something beautiful. This cushion is so cosy and warm. Lovely for curling up with now that the nights are drawing in.