We’re going regional again with this week’s 10 Beautiful Rooms as it seemed very popular last week so this Monday I’d thought we’d take a trip down to the South West. As before do nominate any others you think are missing and I haven’t managed a complete 10 in some of the other areas so do weigh in.
With nearly 95,000 followers, Dee’s instagram feed is a beauty. Based in Cheltenham, Dee posts regular images of her plant-filled house decorated in pale greys with lots of natural wood and greenery. Moving over to Bristol and the home of Rachel Edmond, otherwise known as Raspberry Flavoured Windows. This is a masterclass in dark with gold accents.
So I’m going to include two of her rooms because look at that for an idea – a gold stripe down the side of the fireplace which, she told, is so pretty when the fire is lit and then a gold fireplace. I can’t believe I haven’t seen this more often. You’d have to be pretty careful it didn’t look bling when when it’s the only colour in the room apart from the black it looks great.
Now staying in Bristol and going to the house and work of Kyla Magrath, an interior designer who also has a fondness for a dark and dramatic interior. She’s also a dab hand with a gallery wall so if you’re looking for inspiration on that front then take a look at hers.
Staying with stairs but moving to Exeter and the home of Ellie who posts as e.t.shown_home. She has left the top of the stairs in its natural wood but painted the riser, which doesn’t get bashed about quite as much in black or possibly dark navy – Railings would be a good match for this. It’s a fabulous mix of colour and texture with the plants, wood and rattan and if I didn’t have teenage boys thundering up and down then I would definitely have a few more plants on the landings.
Moving on to the account of Lou Watkins, who describes herself as 1930s drifting towards the mid-century and banging into the 1970s. She completely understands the idea of having one wow feature in a room although arguably in this shot there are two.
Now where next? Let’s have another dark room shall we. This is the beautifully styled fireplace of Helen Ward, who makes beautiful paper cut designs – one of which is hanging over the hearth here. I know it’s traditional to hang a mirror over the fireplace but it’s also a really good showcase for a piece of wonderful art. Personally, at at the risk of being controversial or irritating some of you I have never understood the telly over the fireplace thing. It’s too high for one – surely you get a crick in your neck. And it also makes it into far more of a feature that it should otherwise be. But it’s an opinion that’s all.
If you like a calm and minimal aesthetic then you may already know Rosalia Park, co-founder of the biannual Cereal magazine. She is based in Bath but her picture are taken from all over on her travels and this shot particularly appealed to me.
If this is your vibe, rather than dark and moody and, I confess, I am torn between the two, then you will also love The Store House Story, whose home is available for photo shoots should you ever need anywhere. It’s in Herefordshire, by the way at Staunton on Wye.
I had to include two of her pictures as I think the house is so lovely so we’re already at 12 room and there’s one more to go….
And this is it and it’s back to dark and moody with the sitting room of Heavenly Homes and Gardens. Note how the dark walls really hide the television – I didn’t even notice it when I first looked at this room as your eye is taken elsewhere. The chandlier and mirror bounce light around from the large bay window and the coffee tables, with their open brass bases, also catch the light and allow it to pass through so the space doesn’t feel as dark. A heavy wooden coffee table would be too much in here.
Finally, not so much 10 Beautiful Rooms as One Beautiful Garden and this is the work of Interiors.Family who added this outdoor seating area after completing an extension into the side return. When I see things like this I wish I was better at gardening. I just can’t quite summon up the interest in it but I love looking at other people’s.
So I hope you have enjoyed your trip to the south west, as I said at the top – do add any more of your own suggestions in the comments below.