Guest Post: Modern Country Style

While I’m temporarily away handling some “business”,
I am so happy to share a European sweetheart 
{and her Edwardian home} with you…
I would love to call my home an “Edwardian”. 
Wouldn’t you?
It’s so…story book.
“Rambler” just isn’t the same.
I just adore her blog and 
am honored that she took the time to write a post 
for my lil’ blog today.
Thank you so much, Sarah!

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!)
{Jami here: I especially love Sarah’s addition of shelving in place of that white, metal, water heater. Carry on.}

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
{Me again. How b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. is that white door?! And those beams?! Ugh.}

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?!).

{Sorry. Me again. Can’t help myself! This bedroom is one of most breathtaking transformations I’ve seen.}

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.

So, soooooo soft….
Thank you so much for reading about Modern Country Style. If you’ve liked what I’ve shared then I’d love you to swing by and visit me. Any friend of Jami’s is a friend of mine!!
I’ll have the kettle on…..
I enjoyed getting to know more about Sarah’s blog
and I hope you did, too.
Please take a minute and stop by Modern Country Style for a visit.

You must see the cabinetry she shared on Monday,
installed in her master bedroom…
and another fabulous door.
Thank you so much, Sarah!
All the best with your new blog. 

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And, if you missed it, 
be sure to click the button below for last night’s post about my new weekly link party.

Due to “scraper” websites that earn revenue by scraping feeds (like an automatic copy & paste) and stealing the creative content of others, I can no longer provide FULL blog posts via email subscriptions. I apologize that you now see a partial post and have to click over to my blog for the rest. I try to create lovely and original content so I appreciate your understanding. If you don’t, I am sorry to see you leave and thank you for being a part of my journey while you were subscribed. {Jami}


  1. Jami,

    THANK YOU for having me!

    I rather like being called a European sweetheart…


  2. ~**~Such a wonderful surprise to see Sarah guest posting today!!:)I LOVE Sarah’s blog too!! HUGS~Rachel~*~*~*

  3. Brenda Kula says:

    I’m a little behind. I shall visit her. And I shall figure out what your new button is all about. I’ve been working outside and getting things done around here!

  4. Brenda Kula says:

    Me again. I visited Sarah, read up on your new linky party, and took your button to tell about it.

  5. Olive Cooper says:

    Hi Jami, I love Sara’s bedroom and will check out her blog. hugs♥olive

  6. Tricia - A Rosy Note says:

    So nice to see Sarah here :)

  7. Erin says:

    Squeal! What a treat to have Modern Country Style visiting Freckled Laundry–you two are among my very favorite bloggers!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just popping in to say nice site.

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