By Ruth Doherty
This picturesque cottage in the British countryside is a beautiful example of how to breathe life and modern vibrancy into an historic space, keeping it warm, contemporary and inviting with period features still in place.
Built in 1647, Maison Blanche's beautiful exterior is highlighted with a pink trim and pastel pink door, boasting a bumble bee knocker (an ode to author F.W.L Sladen who once lived on the estate) and bags of welcoming charm. All a clue to the wonderful cottage decorating ideas that dwell within.
Nestled in eight acres of grounds, the Grade II-listed home is located near the pretty coastal town of Deal in Kent, on England's south-eastern coast.
The inside offers a decor scheme that is sensitive to the property's history but with a modern twist.
Bright and comforting, vintage furnishings sit alongside Maison Blanche’s original 17th century features, while artworks reflecting the natural world adorn the walls across all three floors.
Each corner breathes harmony and cheer into the everyday with subtle pops of pattern, colourful embellishments and a generous dose of cool pastel hues. The cottage kitchen ideas in the combined kitchen/diner include a beautiful mix of hues, creating a sociable and inviting ambience.
Adjacent to the dining room, there are plenty of colorful cottage ideas for living rooms – the space boasts printed cushions, bold, sumptuous velvet sofas, patterned wall lights and nature-inspired art.
The cozy kitchen oozes country cottage charm, and is bright, light and white.
A satisfyingly color-coded book wall offers guests the opportunity to delve into other worlds, along with the perfect spot for working from home.
Kids will love the beautiful twin room, where yellow soft furnishings contrast with pretty, green-trimmed fluted lamps.
All the bedrooms are thoughtfully curated with cool prints and colors.
The master suite boasts pastel pink walls, cosy printed rugs, and pretty patterned wall lights seen throughout the home.
The room leads on to the master bathroom, a sumptuous space with a studded freestanding bath, bold green vanity and vintage mirror and rug.
Pops of color are evident throughout the home; we love the painted green staircase for a unique statement.
The cottage bathroom ideas offer a lesson in understated elegance, with a printed floor, white freestanding tub, and antique vanity dresser.
This home is available for self-catering holiday lettings at www.uniquehomestays.com.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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