Modern design in the countryside
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A 16th-century thatched cottage furnished in G-plan feels wrong. It’s the interiors equivalent of having your cuddly, creaky great-granny parading around in Agent Provocateur.
It happened by accident really (the G-plan in the cottage I mean – my great grandmother is actually an M&S waist-high kind of girl). We’d moved from an airy Victorian flat in London with huge sash windows and marble fireplaces that somehow felt very modern. The G-plan had been happy there but was ignored on our move to Buckinghamshire, on account of an invasion of small people. Two children in 21 months to add to the older one, all sucking our blood and leaving us limp and weeping on the floor. Not really. They never sucked our blood.
Now that sleep is no longer at the top of my wish list (this blog is – how sad is that?), I am sitting on my sofa, looking at my Sixties furniture and actually… I like it! It’s a mismatch, but like many mismatches it seems to work. G-plan’s lack of chintz allows all the beams and period features to speak louder.
The truth is, I really love modern furniture and design (by that, I mean 20th century and beyond), and I’ve drawn together the bits and bobs I’ve come across lately – some big pieces, some quirky accessories – that I thought you might find interesting, even if you’re in the Low Beam Brigade like me. All of the pieces are accessible in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (or a brief nip into W1), and include several small local businesses.
If modern stuff isnt your bag, keep your eye out for a rustic/antiquey blog in the next few weeks.
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