Shortly after embarking on my freelance career, I had the pleasure of visiting a part of France I’d never been to before: Brittany. Photographer Rob Sanderson and I traveled by ferry then took the short drive to our location for the week: Celine Lamour’s incredible farmhouse and gites, where we styled and shot, among others, this charming yet cool former forge…
‘I love colour but have been uncharacteristically restrained here,’ says Celine. ‘This cottage suits the calmer approach. Besides, I can always add touches of deep pink with some fresh cut roses from the garden.’
Words & Styling Naomi Jones for Country Living
How to get the look…
Similar table from Pine Solutions. Celine has a vast collection of jelly moulds and flan tins that tone beautifully with the grey painted boards (wall colour similar to Plummett, ceiling similar to Middleton Pink both Farrow & Ball). Black pendants have been used as task lights; try the Eglo by Ocean Lighting. A simple kitchen offers a streamlined feel (Ikea’s Veddinge in grey offers the look).
A spiral staircase was chosen to save space making this a very comfortable cottage for a family; the Stratford at Elite Spiral Stairs is a similarly simple design. An Ektorp sofa from Ikea sits in front of the timber wall painted akin to Plummett by Farrow & Ball. Celine’s collections sourced at various markets and brocantes give the sitting room a homely feel.
The bathroom is a combination of agricultural style and spa chic with slate on the floor and walls, rough plaster and timber teamed with a decadent tub and wet room shower. The Eco bath from Castello Luxury Baths gives you the luxury look without using too much water. A black square basin (such as the square honed basalt stone basin from Marble Mosaics) works with the grey painted boards for a unified feel.
The dramatic vaulted ceiling dominates the bedroom, so was painted a pink-tinged white (Middleton Pink by Farrow & Ball is a good match) and the bed and beams painted a softer grey than the one found downstairs to ensure it feels soft and relaxing (try Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball). Celine stenciled the floorboards with a floral pattern and added wicker baskets for bed linen.
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