Tag Archives: Country Charm

Love country style interiors? Learn how to style this look in your home.

Style Icon: Patina Farm

Come and visit Patina Farm, a modern, European-inspired property designed by owners Brooke and Steve Giannetti in Ojai, California. Steve is a world-renowned architect and Brooke is a shop owner, blogger and interior decorator. Their work has appeared in Veranda, Coastal Living, Luxe and The New York Times. With a focus on authentic materials, Brook and Steve went in search of antique fittings and rustic beams with rich patinas to add warmth to the house’s clean glass, luminous white plaster walls and steel elements. By choosing items with a time-warn finish and stunning craftsmanship the house has an understated elegance that celebrates the good life and the art of living well.

Patina Fram Book Cover.

Spreads from Patina Farm.

Their book follows their journey with photos, sketches and prose that documents their inspirations, architectural details and plans. Situated in an idyllic country setting, complete with a menagerie of farm animals, Patina Farm has a warm country charm filled with stunning interiors and vistas.

To get this look at home, incorporate rustic timber chopping boards, linen furnishings, moss covered pots, recycled elm timber furniture and style with white ceramic jugs filled with soft pink roses to bring the outside in.

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A collection of Alfresco Emporium products to get the Patina Farm look.

A display at Alfresco Emporium in Patina Farm style.

An outdoor display inspired by Patina Farm.

Country Chic

Country style table.

As the mornings get colder and it’s naturally harder to get out of bed, the thought of sleeping in, breakfast in bed or a late morning brunch seems to be the perfect way to gently roll into another cold winters day. Alas, there are school drop offs to attend to, early morning busses to catch and some mornings where the closest thing you will get to breakfast in bed is a cold cup of tea sculled as you run out the door.

One thing we can make sure of in our hectic lives is that when the weekend comes, or once you are home from the busy morning drop offs, you enjoy the time and thought serving up a perfect brunch. Whether it involves a full cooked breakfast or just some homemade muffins with a cup of piping hot tea, it’s great to take the time to make it special.

Country style table setting close up.

Country style shelves.

Consider serving your breakfast/brunch in this beautiful collection of crockery from English potter Emma Bridgewater. The cream ceramic with black writing always reminds me of a county brunch. With side plates reading ‘crumbs crumbs crumbs’ and serving plates with the writing ‘bubble and squeak’ this simple design just seems to make the food served on it somehow taste that little bit more delicious.

To continue with a country kitchen feel, decorating with raw timbers mixed with black and cream is a great way to bring a little country charm to your home. Give your rattan placemats a new life, from a tropical feel through summer to a country mood in winter, mixing it with a different dinnerset or napery will make it feel new and full of life again. Once you have added your country charm to the brunch table or your newly decorated kitchen, the hardest thing will be deciding what you want to cook.

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Book Review; Hamptons, Cottages & the Caribbean

This week on the blog we thought we would do a quick round up of our three favourite books out at the moment. Whether you are into designer houses in the Hamptons, romantic cottages in the country or tropical escapes, each of this week’s selection will have you relaxing on the couch in no time.

The Cottage Under The Big Pines Book

Spreads from The Cottage Under The Big Pines

The Cottage Under The Big Pines, is written by Susan Southham, best selling author of Velvet Pears, and lovingly details her 30-year relationship with her restored century-old timber cottage called Foxglove Spires in rural NSW.

Filled with stunning photographs, the reader is able to peer in through the windows of the cottage to view the romantically decorated and soul-filled interiors within as well as the stunning gardens.  The imagery is supported by meditative essays on the seasons and colours that have inspired her life.

The Cottage Under the Big Pines is a relaxing read that encourages us to take notice of the little, everyday  details around us that enrich our lives.


Spreads from Carribean Hideaways.

Megan Nolan van Reesema has one of the most enviable jobs around. As a travel writer and luxury hotel and villa consultant, Meg gets to travel the world finding the very best places to stay around the world. Meg’s new book, Caribbean Hideaways, is a collection of the most chic and breathtaking villas in the Caribbean to relax, unwind and enjoy the island breeze.  From Hermitage Bay in Antigua to a private estate in Barbados, this book features 30 destinations from fifteen islands in the region.  With over 200 lavish photographs, we can’t help drooling over the incredible island interiors and dreaming of how we can achieve our own little slice of island life at home.

Design In The Hamptons Book

Spreads fron Design In The Hamptons

Architecture and interiors in the Hampton’s are inspired by the renowned natural beauty of the area, with homes designed to take in the ocean vistas and coastal lifestyle. The book, Design In The Hamptons, offers a rarified look into nineteen private houses in the area designed by today’s top designers, such as, Jonathan Adler, Joe d’Urso and Thad Hayes among many others. Through many luxurious photographs we are taken to grand historic properties, postage-stamp-sized cottages, to outdoor areas perfect for pool parties. A great coffee table book filled with inspiration for your own home, this book will have you constantly flipping through, discovering more and more design ideas each time.