Dorset Stable ConversionFrench Country Dining Room, Dorset
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Elegant tapestriesAristocratic Tudor homeowners would often hang tapestries as forms of insulation, decoration and displays of wealth.
Take it tradYou can source period tapestries at auctions and in antiques shops to give your home a traditional feel. Here, teamed with a handsome dining table and stately wingback chairs, this tapestry contributes to the atmosphere of manorial elegance.
Delve into historyThe art of tapestry is reinvented in this scheme. What could be a fusty family heirloom in some hands is given a fresh context with a grey backdrop, industrial lighting and a rough-hewn bench, which all work in harmony with the tones of the tapestry. An ancient craft is reworked for the present, yet still does the same job as in previous centuries – adding warmth and texture to walls.
‘I wanted to mix antiques and modern furnishings to achieve a slightly more current look,’ says Henriette. The kitchen showcases her eclectic style to a T, with the antique tapestry and French armchairs happily coexisting with industrial-style pendant lights from Maisons du Monde. Because of the kitchen’s vast scale, Henriette had the table and benches made to fit the space, creating a beautiful, relaxed dining area where the whole family can gather. ‘We spend a lot of time with the children here, so chandeliers didn’t seem right. I wanted it to feel more relevant and a bit younger,’ she explains.See ways to warm up elegant greys