A modern mash-up of classic and vintage French style offers a cool taste of the warm south...
A bold panel of sunshine fabric has been framed and hung to look as good as a painting. Style with a mix of rattan and wood to keep things informal.
Fabric panel in Ondine in Mediterranean, £136m, Gert Voorjans for Jim Thompson; cushion in Garden Party in Limoncello, £134m, Gert Voorjans for Jim Thompson; trimmed in Saison brush fringe in Sun, £32m, Samuel & Sons. Brodgar chair, £2,050, Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld at The New Craftsmen. Shaped table, £119.99, Zara Home. Castellar rug, £2,049, Eileen Gray at Aram. Balbi ceiling light, from £120, Caravane.
Sunflower yellow curtains add a shot of summer warmth to distressed brick walls and a wallpaper crowded with porcelain plates.
Curtains in Saraille in Lemongrass, £195m, Designers Guild. Pombaline Elias floor tiles, £59.91sq m, Claybrook. Folie Myrtille wallpaper, £186 a roll, Christian Lacroix at Designers Guild. (On chair) cushion in Angelots in Ecarlate, £112m, Jean Paul Gaultier at Lelièvre. (On sofa) cushion in Braquenié L’Oiseleur toile de Jouy, £170.40m, Pierre Frey. Bayleaf woven screen, £1,550, Sebastian Cox; Peter chair in dark brown and burnished metal, £3,600, Flexform. Chagal sofa, £3,000, Julian Chichester.
Shots of textured wicker throw things nicely off kilter.
Kaar armchair, from €1,470; Kaar stool, from £820, both Caravane; Balbi ceiling lights, from £120 each, Caravane; Inspiration Blue artwork, £3,150, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam.
Put Picasso in mind to work a cupboard lined in colourful cubist-style fabric alongside vallauris-inspired ceramics.
Vaughan cabinet, £1,195, Graham and Green; (Top shelf) Lrnce round visage vase, £150; Sophie Alda Bud vase, £75, both The Conran Shop. Soendergaard large jug in Denim, £28, David Mellor. Stately home platter, £360, Polly Fern at The New Craftsmen. Dedza pottery coffee set, £150, Eesome. (Middle shelf) Richard Ginori Cabana floral bowls in Blue, £63 each; wicker placemats in Blue, £50 each, both Cabana Magazine. Ribbed jug in Rose, £59, The Conran Shop. White character vases, from £8 each, Design Vintage. (Bottom shelf) Richard Ginori Cabana Floral dinner plate in Yellow; Vector dish, £139, BoConcept. Large Grecian amphora vase, £1,300, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam.
Fill a dining space with lavender and mimosa to indulge all the senses. introduce contemporary furniture to family favourites and see how well they get along.
Doors in Arles chalk paint, £19.95 for 1L, Annie Sloan. (Above door) Les Indiennes wallpaper, £76 a roll, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. (On door) Gypsy Ochre wallpaper, from £150 a roll, Mind The Gap. Albert X dining table, from £2,050, Vincent Sheppard. Memories for the Future bench, £1,440, Dead Mary’s. CM 131 Pierre Paulin chairs without arms, £674 for two; with arms, £433 for one, both Ligne Roset. Vintage marble bistro table in Blue, £1,200, The Conran Shop.
Work a palette of sun-drenched blues and timeless toile de Jouy with layers of slubby linen and heavily patterned quilts for a country farmhouse look.
Walls in Hyssop lime paint, £27 for 1L, Bauwerk Colour. La Musardiere wallpaper in Bleu, £72 a roll, Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler. curtain in Spring blossom lace, £90m, Timorous Beasties. Boston upholstered bed, from £2,500, And So To Bed; upholstered in Moro Foster in Blue, £139m, Threads at GP&J Baker. Mathieu dressing table, £5,836, Emanuel Gallina at Poliform; Christie pendant, £419, Original BTC.
Shake things up with a contemporary dressing table.
Audrey freestanding bath, £3,330.66; Gessi Emporio Via Manzoni freestanding bath mixer in Black, from £2,144, both CP Hart. Officina floor-standing mirror, £950, Magis at Aram. Pilgrim’s chair, £2,570, Pedro da Costa Felgueiras at The New Craftsmen; Flight rug, £1,080sq m, Deirdre Dyson. Blue linear Berber rug, £650, Graham and Green.
Blend the weathered textures of vintage stools and a classic table with linen and lace to create a relaxed, rustic moment.
Curtain in Valloire in Petal, £75m, Designers Guild; trimmed in 5in light jute fringe, £62m, Samuel & Sons. Curtain in Spring blossom lace, £90m, Timorous Beasties. Vintage marble bistro table in Blue, £1,200, The Conran Shop. Vintage wooden stools, from £200 each, Designers Guild. Large Mycelium pendant, £360, Sebastian Cox. Grain container, £240, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Blue North dish, £64, BoConcept. Tall glass measuring jug, £7.75; French stripe tea towels, from £12 each; coloured dish brushes, from £4.75 each, all RE. Extra large hogla basket, £125, Maison Bengal.
For a masterclass in pure simplicity, set the clean lines of a classic basin alongside an unfinished wall.
Pombaline Elias floor tiles, £60 sq m, Claybrook. Broadway wall-mounted basin with stand in black and 5th Avenue basin mixer, £3,608.10, West One Bathrooms; Old wooden peg rail, £3; triple folding mirror, £81, both RE; Svend Bayer 2.8L jug, £95, David Mellor.
Photography / Debi Treloar
Styling / Marianne Cotterill