Our Style & The Things We Love

Hello!

 I’m so glad you have decided to follow along our journey. 

 I thought a nice intro to this whole blogging and building thing might be a little bit about our style and the things we love.

 If you have seen photos of our cottage, that pretty much sums it all up.

 

Not boring.

We love a neutral space, light and airy with texture overload. We love the idea of a tactile surface to create interest amongst neutral tones. Neutral to you may scream boring, but to us it screams relaxation and boy do we need that! In saying that, we like to bring soft colour through our objects, ceramics, art and accessories that we have been collecting over the years. We collect pieces when we travel and find things that we genuinely love and have a connection with. It’s these pieces that we want to be surrounded by and every time we see them, it will remind us of a holiday or experience.

Pampa cushion, Hannah Nowlan art, selection of ceramics. Photography Nikole Ramsay.

Pampa cushion, Hannah Nowlan art, selection of ceramics. Photography Nikole Ramsay.

Buy only what you love.

We don’t believe in the ‘throw away’ mentality in society today and we want each piece within our home to be something we can have for our lifetime in one way, shape or form. I want Freddie to know the value of something special that’s irreplaceable, not because of cost but because of the memory associated.

Vintage lamp we found on gumtree.

Vintage lamp we found on gumtree.

Form follows function.

We also love longevity and practicality, through both timeless design and the appropriate selection of materials. It may look pretty but it also needs to be toddler proof, to a degree! (nothing is toddler proof)

Marble sealed and retuned up the splash back to ensure tiles are easier to clean. Photography Nikole Ramsay.

Marble sealed and retuned up the splash back to ensure tiles are easier to clean. Photography Nikole Ramsay.

Brick floors are not only tactile but durable. Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Brick floors are not only tactile but durable. Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Inspiration.

On every project, we strive for individuality and rather than being inspired by other interiors, we are often inspired by art, travel, nature, vintage furniture and mid-century design.

The entire scheme of the cottage came from gorgeous pink tiles we found. We didn’t want the space to be too feminine so we picked up tones from the tiles and diluted the pink tones by pairing it with creams, beige, soft oak and a hint of mauve/brown in the brick flooring. Neutral, textured and individual.

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Quadrifoglio Table Lamp.

Quadrifoglio Table Lamp.

 Curves. 

Another key feature we are drawn to are curves. We included these throughout the cottage as it provides a softness to the space. Our brief to Foomann architects included curves, curves and more curves and they certainly delivered with a large curved ceiling throughout the main living, kitchen and dining space.

Soft curves seen in the sofa, fireplace, mirror, rug and coffee table. Photography Nikole Ramsay.

Soft curves seen in the sofa, fireplace, mirror, rug and coffee table. Photography Nikole Ramsay.

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Bathroom curves, work in progress.

Bathroom curves, work in progress.

Custom. 

We often struggle to find exact pieces we love and have therefore been known to custom design our furniture and joinery to ensure we get exactly what we want. Apart from a couple of stools and a coffee table, the cottage is completely custom designed by us; bed included. The rear house will be no exception, however as it’s a larger space, we are keen to try and incorporate a few more vintage pieces.

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Custom shelving and sideboard. Photography Elizabeth Allnut.

Custom shelving and sideboard. Photography Elizabeth Allnut.

Custom dining table. Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Custom dining table. Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Storage.

With custom, comes the ability to design well considered storage solutions for everything within your home. Clever storage solutions such as under bed or sofa storage in a small space like that cottage was crucial to the livability and success of the design. Once again, it can’t just look pretty! Our current rental is much larger than our cottage but lacks storage which makes it almost unbearable to live here in with a toddler.

I have tried to convince Josh to move back to the cottage but he’s not keen with two dogs, a toddler and two adults in what is essentially a studio!

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Photography Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

 Stage two.

The rear dwelling will include brick, timber, render, concrete and stone. It will be earthy, warm, neutral (of course) and the way Josh and I describe it is ‘objecty’. It means the furniture, art and accessories will all be unique in their own way, I guess kind of like a gallery. We keep the bones simple and therefore makes the objects the hero.

inspiration from Pierre Augustin Rose.

inspiration from Pierre Augustin Rose.

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I’ll be sharing my mood board, selections and more in the coming weeks. If there’s anything specific you would like me to share, please comment below.

 

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Jenna x 

Older mood board but similar vibes.

Older mood board but similar vibes.

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