When we first looked around what is now our current home, both myself and Mr PB saw tons of potential in the décor. Our home is truly an English country cottage, the kind you draw as a child with a door in the middle and 4 windows either side. However, because it has been extended and adapted over the many hundreds of years, it takes on a different personality.
Therefore, with each room, we wanted to enhance the features and embrace a more stylish, up to date take on country living.
Whenever I start planning an interior design project, I head straight to Pinterest. I build a wall of ideas from photos, trying to pull together the theme we are aiming for. This is also really helpful when you are out shopping as you can refer back to your wall to make sure you are buying items that will pull the design together.
For the study, Mr PB and I were very certain on its purpose – a base for him when working from home as well as a room that can be converted into guest bedroom. We knew that it would be the one room downstairs that didn’t have a TV and would embrace that traditional library feel – where you could snuggle up with a good book on those chilly autumnal evenings….but of course, there would be a twist…..
We both loved the hunting lodge style – remember my previous post where I shared that I scour the interior design magazines? Well, this was definitely a source of inspiration.
We started with the colour of the room first. Because it is quite small and only has one window allowing natural light, we chose 2 colours for 2 sets of walls. The wall around the window and adjacent to is a pale dove grey to bounce the light around the room. The other two are a steel blue to pull together that cosy, warm feel.
Once the room was painted, I could really get a feel for the rest of the design. We purchased a solid oak desk in a classic style and complimented this with a solid oak dresser to sit alongside creating this one area of the room as workspace. Adding statement table lamps and accessories will help to style up a working space making it transitional from a practical space to a welcoming, entertaining space.
Using the existing sofa and armchair, I dressed these with scatter cushions featuring stags, pheasants and of course some faux fur to add softness.
The fireplace is probably my favourite part of the room – cut logs inset into the fire surround and an awesome antler candle holder makes this a focal point of the room.
Adding my stag heads dressed in an arran jumper (!!) above the mantelpiece gives this room personality and style.
Finally, the piece de la resistance has to be the light fitting. Having seen similar designs on our trip to New Hampshire last year (although they were probably real antlers!) we scoured the internet and found this one – its a perfect size and really pulls together the hunting lodge style.
This room is so great for both work and relaxing in. To re-create a similar feel, start with knowing the purpose of the room and then choose your colours. Please feel to ask any questions on how we achieved this specific look.
x PB x