Wiltshire interiors inspiration
Autumn's certainly blown in, and it's time to hunker down and pay the nest some attention. Turns out there's all sorts of home inspiration to be had on our Wiltshire doorstep.
INSPO: Olivia at Bellorama always has one eye on style and the other on cosy comfort. If you fancy getting your inspo first hand, book into their shepherd’s hut for an autumn retreat – gloriously it comes with wood-fired hot tub.
I know, not really the time for glamping pics, but this is hygge-tastic scene is one we’re working on for indoors.
CREATE IT: Try Wiltshire blanket maker Country Mouse; Jack and Poppy Interiors for rustic trays and jugs, and Previous for candlesticks, plus beautiful Cotswold fabrics from Vanessa Arbuthnot for that door-curtain you’ve always wanted.
INSPO: Persephone Books (pictured) in Bath is the place to get your Virginia Woolf on. The paintings, the record player in the corner, the vintage-style wrapping paper, the flowers – it’s all a joy. While you’re in the area with your design hat on, be sure to visit Toast, Berdoulat and The Beckford Bottle Shop – all v. nearby.
CREATE IT: Muddy fave Previous Homewares in Corsham has a thing for original mid-century paintings and period vases. Flowers and enamel jugs from Hartley Farm Shop; turntable and records from Vinyl Realm in Devizes. Check out Wilts-based KLS Textiles for delightful wallpaper with something of the Vanessa Bell about it (and a great interiors insta feed).
AUTUMNAL COUNTRY HOUSE
INSPO: We’re thinking the rich jewel tones and bottle greens, luxe wallpapers and brass candlesticks of The Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury (interior designer Charlotte Kirkland) for a landed kind of cosy.
INSPO: Also Iford Manor – of course normally for the weather-worn antiquities nestling amongst the plants, but right now for their recent renovations (with interior designers Concorde BGW) of restaurant and holiday cottage. The new interiors somehow manage to be at once masterfully restrained and gorgeously opulent. Full marks from us for their seasonal hues that actually work all year round.
CREATE IT: Did you know there is a Graham and Green clearance warehouse in Chippenham? I know. Their playful candlesticks and velvet cushions wouldn’t look out of place in the Old Bell (have you seen their giraffes?!). For luxe wallpapers and fabrics see Dible & Roy in Bradford on avon, and for a vast array of paint colours Brewers in Trowbridge.
Add warmth with posh scented candles made with real essential oils – we like Evoqua from Strawberry Blue. Top off with treasured “heirlooms”: our fave hunting grounds for bohemian accoutrements are Wessex Auction Rooms, Bath Decorative Arts Fair and Frome Independent Market (the flea market bit in the Cheese & Grain car park).
You don’t need us to tell you that art can transform a space: just look at the perfection that is the Bradley Hare (the whole place is a masterclass). However buying art can be a bewildering experience, for sure, so here are our tips… One of our favourites for mid-century, botanical prints and more is Quercus Gallery. Also, Saffron Knight produces some show-stoppers if you want a dramatic piece for a large space.
And while we’re here and talking of inspiration, just take a look at Lucy Kent’s Wiltshire home, where she recently held an exhibition of her own work: loving how she mixes up patterns in the living room.
Lucy Kent also started up the insta initiative @artforcharitycollective, where seriously good artists auction their work, and the percentage commission that would normally go to a gallery goes to charity – it’s well worth a look.
At the cheaper end of the scale, we’re after this sweet bee print from Under The Stairs (pictured). Other favourites in the “realistic” price range: Mary at Stone Paper Scissors in Bradford on avon has some lovely paintings (mostly her own), and the Atworth Artisan Market (next one 13 November) has several talented printmakers. Georgina Haywood-Smith is a great local engraver, and has an exhibition right now at the Spacecraft Gallery in Westbury.
This year we’re getting into hanging fancy plates on the wall as art. Sound a bit grandma’s house? Well just take a look at these from Grace Sisters online shop to see how it can be totally funky.
So, no excuses, get nesting! We’d love to see your home improvements – do tag @Muddywilts with pics.
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