“We enjoy far-reaching views of rolling fields as well as watching the swallows diving across the front lawns in summer” windows either side of the front door. Then, last year, we added a new south-facing sash window in the blue sitting room. These, together with a new, glazed, double-stable front door, enable us to enjoy the far-reaching views of rolling fields as well as watch the swallows diving across the front lawns and in and out of the barns in summer.” Moving a doorway downstairs enabled a through view from the kitchen to the sitting room. “I love being able to see past the pale-pink walls in the dining room towards the stronger blue of the sitting room beyond, with a glimpse of the hall wallpaper in between,” says Louise. “I love seeing the roses on the loose [armchair] covers looking like bowls of flowers, added to which I have a rose bed in the garden from which I bring in all the beautiful and varied pinks during the summer.” Given Louise’s creative flair and her passion for colour and pattern, it is not surprising that she continues to find new outlets for her talent. Together with Hugh, she has raised a family, created a home and a flourishing garden, yet somehow she also managed to squeeze in time, as a mature student, to commute weekly to Chelsea College of Arts
ABOVE A soft wash of delicate colours and cherished chintzes makes a peaceful composition in the master bedroom. The bed linen is by Yves Delorme. LEFT On the landing, a comfortable sofa offers a place to sit and think. The portrait of Louise is by Emma Foale. The wallpaper is Sanderson’s Finches.
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