Inside an English Country Home That’s Anything But Traditional
We’re positively charmed.
Published Jan 15, 2019 7:00 AM
When London-based interior designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio first visited their clients’ Surrey property in the English countryside, they felt an instant connection to the rose garden outside and became determined to bring its pink and green hues inside. The Arts and Crafts home boasted beautiful period detailing: oak paneling, original doors, and lead-work windows, but it also needed work to turn it into a functional family home for the owners, Paula and Ross, and their two young boys.
The beauty of the rose-adorned grounds surrounding the home was no mistake—it had originally belonged to the founder of the local market, who sourced his flowers, fruits, and vegetables directly from the property’s gardens. “The gardens are a key part of the charm to this property,” Whitehead told us. “They had to be connected to the color palette and overall feel of our design.”
Just like that, a rose and green color palette was born. By incorporating it into the entire property—first subtly in small accents on the main floor and more explicitly on the higher floors which house bedrooms and an attic playroom, the designers were able to breathe new life into this historic property while keeping the architecture and soul of the house.
The floral theme kicks off right at the front door—an original arched oak door with lead windows—which is surrounded by a bespoke handprinted floral wallpaper that welcomes you into the larger and brighter main entrance hall, featuring original plaster archways lined with contemporary brass Italian lighting.
On the ground floor, the light walls, herringbone hardwood floors, and plaster moldings allow the natural light streaming from the beautiful lead windows to shine. Simple furnishings—old and new—set the tone for the contemporary Arts and Crafts feel of the home. “We wanted to create a new contemporary form of Arts and Crafts interiors that work for young family life,” explains Whitehead.
To achieved the desired effect, the designers mixed antique pieces, like a vintage farmhouse table that belonged to the family, with contemporary furniture like these contemporary natural wood chairs by Ercol. The chair design is repeated in another custom dining nook with original lead windows on three sides and a bespoke banquette upholstered in Liberty of London fabric.
In the master bedroom, a vintage chaise was reupholstered in a colorful graphic fabric by Osborne and Little—a nod to the designers’ philosophy of “decorative joy.” “Our goal is to make living lovely, one room at a time,” explains Whitehead. With each floor, the decor gets a little more colorful and playful.
While the master bedroom has warm pink hues, the bathroom sticks to the blue-green theme, with turquoise paneling surrounding the freestanding tub and multiple leafy plants helping to bring the outside in and connect the inside of the home with the surrounding gardens.
It’s in the attic family room that the pink and green theme truly shines. The entire space is painted in graphic hunter green and blush pink walls by Farrow & Ball. While some period detailing still shines—like the fireclay brick fireplace—the ease of contemporary living and the playfulness of color and pattern gives way to a kid-friendly playspace complete with a kitchenette and bathroom.
The kitchenette—also in keeping with the color theme—is made up of built-in Ikea cabinets and completed with an Atra vinyl flooring in a pink-and-green cube pattern. Small accessories sourced from H&M Home give the space an elevated yet affordable feel that’s ideal for a third-floor playroom.
The house, which evolves from elegant and stately to playful and bright, is perfect for a young family to grow and evolve in a historic property. But the designers stress that this labor of love was all about patience and letting the space grow and evolve over time: “The clients allowed the process to take time, and the result shows that,” says Whitehead. “Several elements were bespoke, and the clients enjoyed being part of that process and were fantastic at allowing that the time it deserves.”
The results speak for themselves: The best things in life take time, and this lovely property, which evolved over decades before becoming a modern home, was thoughtfully put together over months to respect the architectural traditions while answering to modern conveniences that a young family requires.
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