All that looking at Cabbages and Roses book review loveliness got me thinking about the enormous versatility of lovely fabrics, particularly neutral faded florals, which, it has to be said, Cabbages and Roses does to perfection.

Somehow, they manage to overcome the whole faux-vintage horror that many shops fall prey to. Cabbages and Roses neatly sidestep any pretence, or any pretension by skilfully combining their gorgeous faded florals in a range of soft neutrals with a variety of backdrops - the modern, the country and the divinely Modern Country.

{This curtain fabric is Cabbages and Roses Alderney Grey.}
Don't be put off by these sumptuously-styled rooms, look how simple it is to Get The Look...

Clockwise from top: A girl can never have too many bags, right?! Particularly ones as lovely as these (in Tulips and Roses, Paris Rose and Hatley), which remind me of this posts about making your own Cabbages and Roses bucket bag; faded florals and washed-till-soft grain-sacks are a match made in heaven - use, as here, by flinging one over a scrubbed pine table for a feast fit for a princess; big wall clocks bring a definite charm to any room, and, when combined with these plump feather cushions in soft reds and gently greyed linen, you can knowingly relax in Modern Country Nirvana; making your own faded-floral-lined bag is easy-peasy but, if you're rushed off your feet then there's a whole range available from boutiques on Etsy; bring in a pop of cheerfulness to your neutrals with Farrow and Ball Pale Powder, Fired Earth Garden Folly; Little Greene Grace; Farrow and Ball Blazer

Here's one I made earlier!

Cabbages & Roses French Toile Aqua Kitchen Blinds

A simple blind can be tucked in at any window (this one is in Cabbages and Roses French Toile)...concealing an unwanted view.

Clockwise from top: Painted brick and a huge chandelier, over an iron roll-top bath in battleship grey, creates a calm, warm but firmly Modern Country vibe; a neutral greige palette of Little Greene French Grey, Fired Earth anvas, Farrow and Ball Elephant's Breath and Fired Earth Alabaster; beautifully-made roman blinds and soft, curtains that drape elegantly takes the eye away from this low, cottage ceiling...and can frame a heavenly view such as this verdant garden. 

I love the sparse, neutral simplicity of these official Cabbages and Roses images....these curtains are in New Penny....and this blind is in Burleigh Grey.

Using Neutral Faded Floral fabrics gives a sophisticated, time-worn ambinence to even the newest of rooms. Now...I wonder if the same can be said for the reds...shall we find out? 

On Wednesday, you say? 
{It's a date!]

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