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Get Out of Town

The classic cottage look gets a serious style update without losing its country charm

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Get Out of Town
Get Out of Town

The classic cottage look gets a serious style update without losing its country charm. H&G‘s decor editor Juliette Arrighi de Casanova shows us how it’s done – with a well-curated product guide to show you where and how to shop.

Turn a new leaf

Create modern-country cosiness by layering floral and foliar prints.

Shop from back, left to right: Dulux paint in ‘Party Surprise 5’, From R190 per litre, Builders Warehouse; linen screen, R6 995, Block & Chisel; Chairs upholstered in Zoffany ‘Kanoko’ fabric in Gold, R2 686 per metre, St Leger & Viney; ‘Green Paisley’ fabric, R335 per metre, Pezula Interiors; ‘Jade’ tripod bowl, R395, Block & Chisel; Forestware ceramic dinner plates, R240 each, and ceramic salad bowls, R295 each, all Art in the Forest; ‘Ophelia’ ginger jar, R695, Moorgas & Waldron; ‘Ramik’ vase, R349, Country Road; Lisa Firer vase, R690, and Forestware ceramic oval platter, R590, both Art in the Forest; ‘Emery’ candle, R249, Country Road; ottoman with button detail, From R4 950 (excluding fabric), and Madwa ‘plaited raffia’ cushion, R1 693, both Pezula Interiors; needlepoint cushion, R1 215, L’Orangerie; ‘Donatello’ sidetable, R3 640, Pezula Interiors; cotton and jute fineweave rug, from R12 100 (2.5x3m), Herringbone.

Take it lightly

Natural-finish oak, ash and pine furniture is the perfect partner to a pastel scheme.

Shop from back, left to right: Dulux paint in ‘Party Surprise 5’, From R190 per litre, Builders Warehouse; Syrian inlaid sidetable, R11 500, Artefect; ‘Genie’ lamp, R2 600, and raffia lamp shade, R790, both Cécile & Boyd; Oak ‘Spati’ wardrobe, R12 995, Weylandts; ‘Ophelia’ box, R380, Moorgas & Waldron; Vintage print, R2 990, Pezula Interiors; Banana leaf basket, R2 130, LIM; Faux fiddle leaf fig tree, R3 495, Block & Chisel; upholstered bench, R2 900, China Works; ‘Frieda’ throw, R1 499, Country Road; upholstered ‘Boudoir’ chair, From R4 521 (excluding fabric), Biggie Best; Ash ‘Split Splat’ chairs, R8 500 each, Pierre Cronje; Bleached 19th-Century Oregon pine table, R10 000, Lutge Gallery; ‘Mem’ mugs, R179 per set of 2, Country Road; Christo Giles ginger jar, R1 800, Lutge Gallery; Anthony Shapiro for Forestware ceramic bowls, R950 each, Art in the Forest; ceramic jug, R185, L’Orangerie; ceramic buckets, R1 450 each, Art in the Forest; ‘Ovals’ dhurrie in beige, From R4 100 (0.75×3.4m), and cotton and jute fineweave rug, From R12 100 (2.5x3m), both Herringbone.

Touch and go

Texture is key to the country aesthetic – opt for weathered wooden pieces, jute and sisal rugs, and glazed ceramics.

< Shop from back, left to right: ‘Pink Poppy’ fabric, R335 per metre, Pezula Interiors; Dulux paint in ‘Party Surprise 5’, From R190 per litre, Builders Warehouse; Ludwich Olivier company artwork, R16 500, and wet dream artwork, R16 500, both Chandler House; upholstered 19th-century French sofa, R17 500, Artefect; Casamento hand-embroidered cushion, R2 850, Lutge Gallery; Syrian inlaid sidetable, R11 500, Artefect; Vintage lamp base, R1 100, Brocante Society; Lampshade in vintage Josef Frank fabric, R1 200, Bbellamy and Bbellamy; Élitis ‘Sequoia’ rug in Banane, R38 061.18 (2x3m), St Leger & Viney.

Production Juliette Arrighi de Casanova Photography Micky Hoyle Floral arrangements Heike le Cordeur