Coast-to-Country interior style

Batten down the hatches this Autumn with some cosy new interior design ideas. The season is off to a gallop with a bumper crop of new collections. There’s a wealth of botanical motifs from the hedgerow and some inspiring earth tone and spicy winter hues. Whilst foraging for interesting design stories, the blog also unearthed an irresistible new paint and wallpaper collection from Stroud-based designer Josephine Munsey.

Coast-to-Country interior style ideas

I was taken with how naturally this concise set of paint colours seems to reflect the hues of the British coast and countryside. I also love the mood changes offered between the rich, darker colours with the sea tones and gentler blossomy pinks. ‘Alma’ is the sumptuous ochre backdrop you see here which not only works well with all the colours in Josephine’s palette but is one I think will prove to be exciting for all sorts of projects.

So, inspired by Josephine’s new collections and with further inspiration from talented artists, makers, antique dealers and designers from around the UK, here are a few more coast-to-country style ideas that caught my eye.

Josephine Munsey’s beautifully styled image of her perfectly balanced emulsion paint palette launched 6 months ago. I love the no fear approach to earthy darkness in both the paint colours and wallpaper designs and how well they balance with gentler blossomy pinks and aquas. You can look forward to NEW eggshell paints which are in the pipeline.
This gorgeous bedroom design is for Well Cottage Cotswold and is by one of my favourite UK interior designers, Laura Stephens. I love how Laura has combined a luxurious wallpaper by Cathy Nordstrom and velvet bedspread by Niki Jones with the honesty of a simple metal bed frame with a ticking fabric cushion. Photo: Paul Massey.
Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland. Photo: Charis White
Beautiful, cosy Welsh blanket inspired 100% cotton bottom sheets from a selection of colours at Hunant.co.uk in Cardiff.
Standard Asymmetric Lines basket, £130 Angus-based Rachel Bower Baskets.
NEW Totnes in Sky Blue, handprinted wallpaper by South Staffordshire-based Winsper Design. Very exciting to see Rachel’s new wallpaper collection. I have been admiring her work for a while. Rachel is a member of the Heritage Crafts Association.
Pretty painted exterior to a house in Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland. Its front ‘storm doors’ wisely face inland from the dramatic (in winter) Atlantic ocean at the rear. Photo: Charis White
Painted folk art design on antique pine chest of drawers by Yorkshire-based artist, Mark Ibsen.
NEW ‘Cynthia’ Black and Olive wallpaper by Josephine Munsey. The name Cynthia is in memory of Josephine’s great aunt who was always telling her to paint more flowers.
NEW Coral wallpaper in Osney Blue by Josephine Munsey.
Autumnal riverside meadows, Oxfordshire. Photo: Charis White
Left: NEW print in development. Right: NEW ‘Cynthia’ Mid Blue and Olive wallpaper, Josephine Munsey.
Work in progress: woven hazel fence at the National Trust’s Dyrham Park, Somerset. Photo: Charis White
Niki Jones’ sitting room painted in Muga by Paint and Paper Library. Niki is not only a product designer but now has a wonderful online and interiors shop on Great Western Road in Glasgow as well as an interior consultancy business.
This collectible hooded Orkney chair is available from Alistair Drennan, an antique dealer based in Edinburgh selling to private individuals and to interior designers in the country house style. It is a fine example of a centuries old Scottish vernacular chair that was designed to keep people protected from the draughts that would have whistled round the crofts and country houses of the Orkneys and Outer Hebrides.
Pretty bow-tied cushions from Rosita Studio, a fashion design, pattern and dressmaker trained Catalan who is based in Wiltshire. In addition to cushions, Maria specialises in bespoke embroidery inspired by her mother and grandmother.
Location, location … a fairytale cottage on the Isle of Islay save one small detail. It is stranded on the forecourt of a fully working petrol station (just out of shot). If it wasn’t for that, this might just have become the new blog HQ! Photo: Charis White

Period Living magazine October 2022 issue

In the new October 2022 issue of Period Living magazine you can read a 6-page decorating feature I have written on how to use spicy hues in the home. (Subscriber copies are landing now and will be on sale on newsstands Tuesday 6th September 2022).

Thank you

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With many thanks,

Charis x

Charis White, interior stylist/writer. Photo: Fiona McLean Photography

4 thoughts on “Coast-to-Country interior style

  1. What a sumptuous feast! I’ve loved exploring all the designers wall papers and fabrics. I will definitely need to be redecorating my little en suite, as I have thoroughly soaked (yet again from a previous accident) my beautiful Nina Campbell wallpaper, trying to bathe with a recalcitrant hand held shower and a broken ankle. It’s now so water stained 😩.

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