It didn’t take much thought for our choice for Pick of the Pads this month.
We’re already quite familiar with this gorgeous Welsh cottage, Bryn Eglur, owned & renovated by Dorian Bowen – and when it appeared in this month’s Country Living Magazine we just had to share it with you.
For Justin in particular, it’s a real favourite house from years of scouring interiors magazines.
The word character was probably invented for it!
It’s cosy & comfortable with perfect retreats to eat, sleep or read.
It’s packed full of gorgeous country antiques too. An oak dresser filled with pottery & pewter, spindle back chairs, settles and spoon racks.
Spaces are softened with textiles & fresh flowers.
Perfect, photogenic corners everywhere you look!
It’s full of traditional charm, but there’s also no sense of it being in a museum with modern facilities such as this gorgeous kitchen.
And the best thing is… if you love it as much as we do, you can stay there!! Yes, it’s a holiday let! And for those fellow dog owners out there – your treasured pooches are welcome too.
It’s one of those cottages that offers a good location to explore the area, but also provides a gorgeous home to relish every hour you spend relaxing indoors. Perfect indeed!
For this month’s Pick of the Pads we’ve chosen the home of stylist, Leida Nassir-Pour and her partner, writer Will Evans. It was featured in a March 2014 edition of Telegraph Magazine.
We love the house of course, but we can also relate to their thoughts of life in Brighton. They subsequently moved to Hastings where there was lots of future potential & money stretched further in the property market. We’ve fond memories of drives out along the coast to Hastings. It had a different vibe to Brighton – it wasn’t quite as smart in places, but had real energy. Lots of unspoilt buildings – the old town in particular is very pretty. There were some great shops and a fab place for fish & chips as we remember. It’s no doubt kept evolving at a pace since our visits there during the nineties and early noughties.
Leida & Will have done loads of work to their house – which is still ongoing. Their home is part of a former pub built in the early 19th century. We love the eclectic mix of antiques, vintage & industrial.
The spaces are full of unique & interesting objects without being cluttered. The varying warm tones of wood are very much in evidence, with richly patinated floorboards & furniture – also contrasting harder surfaces such as painted brickwork, ceramic tiles & steel.
It seems a very functional house – lots of natural light – and everything looks to have its place. There’s open shelving and hanging space for tools & utensils allowing easy access.
The move to Hastings is now very much complete as Leida has also opened a shop in the town – Warp & Weft. She sells a range of select and carefully curated garments, accessories and products for the home; much of which echoes the style and feel of her own house.
For this month’s Pick of the Pads, we’ve chosen the gorgeous home of Tony & Theresa Tilly featured in the May 2014 edition of Elle Decoration. They share a passion for collecting, particularly Mid Century Modern, so it’s joy to view their pieces – and interesting to see how they’re displayed in a domestic setting.
Situated in the forests of Arden, this secluded modern home is built from locally sourced stone & wood – natural materials that sit perfectly in the landscape.
It’s full of light and space – and large enough to accommodate their wonderful collection of art, pottery, furniture & cacti!
The couple have filled their house with wonderful pieces – and we like their philosophy for collecting. To quote Tony – “Before buying a piece, I ask myself – Do I like it and does it fit our style? I don’t chase design names.
They display objects with care & imagination. There are hundreds of pieces, but there’s no sense of it being cramped. The vases are almost like a flowing river!
The artwork on the walls is striking, the furniture & lighting well considered. There’s also a real warmth to the spaces.
There’s no sense that you couldn’t get on with day to day activities. The collection enhances rather than hinders life.
Actually, the couple seem to have a near perfect existence! When Tony is asked to describe a typical day, this is his answer:
“We spend a lot of time outdoors. I collect timber in the forest for our wood-burning stove, I walk the dog, and sometimes my wife rides one of the horses while I cycle alongside her. Sometimes I get up very early so that I can get to the flea markets in the cities. I don’t like routine so each day is different.”
We’ve got a slight twist for this month’s Pick of the Pads. It’s more a work space than a living space, but with Easter round the corner, the egg theme swayed it.
It’s the studio workspace of Tony Ladd – the ‘Egg Man’ that was in the April 2014 issue of the Homes & Antiques Magazine magazine.
He’s a wildlife artist specialising in British birds. He creates stunningly realistic, hand-cast, hand-painted egg specimens.
His workspace is a self-built, oak-framed wooden studio situated in his garden on the Sussex coast.
We love all the wooden banks of drawers & shelving…
…filled with jars, brushes, books, artefacts and references to nature.
It’s both homely & fascinating – such an inspiring space!
For this month’s Pick of the Pads we’ve chosen to feature the fabulous home of Adrian & Amy.
It’s featured in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times – a lifestyle magazine we only stumbled across recently. As the name suggests, it covers the Wealden area of the south east of England – taking in the South Downs of Kent & East Sussex. The magazine’s available to pick up at Waitrose stores & train stations in the region, but subscriptions & postal options are also available.
This unique home is formed by the very skilful joining of the Georgian coach house and neighbouring cottage – both fully restored by the present owners.
The results are stunning – the epitome of modern rustic style.
The fabric of the building is used to maximum effect – exposed brickwork, beams, floorboards & wood panelling all add character & texture.
It provides the perfect backdrop for a wonderful blend of country antiques, vintage finds & industrial styling. Blankets, cushions, warm lighting & fresh flowers soften the spaces.
The contemporary glass walkways linking the coach house to the cottage also work superbly well. The structure of the buildings really sings out – and we love the fact that materials were either restored in situ or reclaimed from the site.
The spaces look so comfortable & welcoming.
We could happily avail ourselves of one of the numerous comfy looking chairs on offer – they’d never get rid of us!!
And a gorgeous, friendly dog to welcome you home is always the icing on the cake!!
We’ve turned to the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration for this month’s Pick of the Pads.
This wonderful loft apartment is situated in the Norwegian city of Stavanger and is the home of Mariken Steen and her partner Stian Einar Forgaard.
Mariken is an illustrator & Stian a film director, so as they put it, “are exposed to a lot of visual stimulation” in their work lives. Their home is a retreat from this – calmness, simplicity & functionality are the words that spring to mind.
The interior is essential for their mental well being – an uncluttered house for an uncluttered mind, in effect.
The apartment is decorated quite sparsely, but certainly doesn’t lack interest. In fact, the simplicity makes it easier for your eyes to rest on certain views or pieces. A great deal of thought & sourcing has gone into it.
There’s a wonderful mix of vintage, recycled & contemporary pieces – a palette of greys, creams & browns runs throughout.
The space is full of natural light & materials, much of it provided by the structure of the building which the owners stripped right back during their renovations. Rooms are softened by textiles & candlelight.
Interiors perfection – Simply Beautiful – we love it!