ABOVE The kitchen cabinetry was made locally by Hugo Breitmeyer and is painted in New White by Farrow & Ball. RIGHT Mary, the black pug, and Fanny are much adored by everyone. Glazed doors were fitted to further enjoy the far-reaching views. The wallpaper is William Morris’s Willow Bough by Sanderson.
he joy of a particular colour or a favourite fabric may rest in the memories it holds as much as its aesthetic appeal. Textile designer Louise Townsend’s love of fabrics and colour was inspired by her grandmother and is imbued with happy childhood memories of summer holidays spent with her. “My grandmother was a great maker, and loved textiles and colour,” Louise explains. “Her house was filled with colour and floral fabrics, and she dressed that way, too.” Although Louise was born in Devon, her father was a naval officer and whilst growing up she became accustomed to frequent moves, none of which included returning to the place of her birth. It was her husband Hugh’s work as a land agent that completed the circle and took her back there. “We moved into a two-bedroom gamekeeper’s cottage with no mains electricity or water. But by 1992 we had outgrown it, having just had our second child,” she remembers. “Then friends told us about a nearby farmhouse to let, which had double the number of bedrooms, electricity and a spring.” The farmhouse, which was built in the late 1890s, was, Louise recalls, very plain but sat in its own sunny
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