Though this house obviously needs de-show-homing, given a few toys scattered here, and two mugs of tea waiting to cool by a pile of tatty books, the space would be just delicious as a Modern Country family home.

Don't believe me?
Here's how...

  • The painted floor boards would easily withstand tricycles zooming up and down the length of the house. 
  • The sofas, which appear to be upholstered in leather, are clearly designed for wiping juice of easily and efficiently. 
  • There are very few knick-knacks waiting for tiny hands to 'play with' (ie. break!!).
Yes, of course, it needs some more bits and bobs in it to ensure that it feels lived in and warm but, as I always like to say, the bones are definitely there to build a welcoming family haven.

What strikes me instantly about this house is the way the palette flows so beautifully from room to room.The various grey tones, varying from charcoal to ash, lead you thoughtfully throughout the entire house.

Meanwhile accents of colour are spotlighted in warm, sunny yellow.
Did you notice how the choice of colour was inspired by the encaustic tiles in the hallway? And even the books on the shelves above coordinate (albeit in a very show-homey kind of way).

Shall we take a trip upstairs?

Nothing seems overly fussy. There are no deliberately overly-shabbied pieces here. Instead, everything seems unpretentious yet smart. 

Yet there are touches of country within all this stark modernism.
You have to look hard to see them but they're they're all the same.


The enamel pitcher by the bath.
The rustic wooden ladder used as a towel rail.

Look at this pretty headboard in the master bedroom.

And the pattern on the cushion, together with the gently-floralled curtains in the second reception room, combine perfectly to create a house that is firmly Modern yet has echoes of Country.

So, my poppett, will you be taking it?

All images by Amanda Prior via 79 Ideas