Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Down-on-the-farm boho home décor, British-style

I love how the architectural detail of this 1820s home in the Cotswolds mixes with its bright and boho redo. It’s the home of fashion writer and stylist Amanda Brooks, who left the bustle of New York City for her artist husband’s ancestral farm.

It was only supposed to be a year respite, but they stayed on AND redecorated!


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I love the mix of high and low here and how the book spines seem to emulate the stripes on the sofa. Is that a real wicker lampshade on the ceiling fixture or just a basket turned upside-down? Either way, it works, and I’ll be it diffuses the light beautifully.


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Such a fun mix of prints. My favorite? That tiger velvet footstool. Grrrrrowl!


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I used to have a black kitty like the one on this gorgeous chair. When she curled up in the sun her dark fur would get soooo toasty! The drop-leaf table reminds me of one my grandfather made.


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What an array of printed pillows on that wild-and-crazy striped chesterfield sofa! But my TRUE love here is the potted lavender on the sofa table and the windowsill.


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A simple ball of string and garden clippers left at the base of a bud vase tell a story and are at-the-ready for the next stroll through the garden.


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A sweet spot for a desk, isn’t it? The art above is by Tanya Ling.


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Such a warm kitchen! I love how, instead of curtains or a valance that would hide the curved-top window, there are pots and pans.


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A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose, and they’re all heavenly. The simple bottles used as vases, as well as the rustic table and chairs, create a stark juxtaposition with the painting by Amanda’s husband, artist Christopher Brooks.


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A place for everything and everything in its place! The vintage military prints in this boot room came from the Paris Flea Market, while the limestone for the floor was quarried on the property.


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A veddy British loo, wouldn’t you say?


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I love the striped runners and the industrial-style ceiling light.


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Heirloom velvet curtains that follow the roof clip make this master bedroom extra cozy.


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Ribbons won in equestrian competitions add to the décor of daughter Coco’s room. This room proves, of course, that one can NEVER have too much toile.


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Another bedroom is not without its ribbons either, but it’s the colorful tassels on the iron canopy that cause my heart to break into a gallop.


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The couple converted an adjacent shed into Amanda’s office, warmed by an old iron stove and a cuddly pooch.


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Christoper joined several outbuildings on the property to create a rustic, yet boho-chic, guest house.


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This is one of two guest-house bedrooms. Vintage midcentury modern furnishings throughout the guest house came from the couple’s former Long Island beach house.


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The main house is actually a converted cart shed, and Amanda’s office is in the shed at right. The beautiful gardens were started by Christopher’s first wife, landscape designer Miranda Brooks.


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If I visited here for even a day, like Amanda, I'd never leave. Take me home, country roads…

PS to Amanda and Christopher: Get that guest house ready!


If you want more…

  • Continue your tour at Architectural Digest to read about Amanda's home and life in the country and see additional photos of the gardens.
  • Check out Amanda’s blog, I Love Your Style
  • Follow her on Instagram and/or Facebook
  • Amanda is currently at work on a third book that tracks her life as a city girl transplanted to the country. Follow the affiliate links below to learn more about and/or buy her two previous books. 
  • Don’t miss BoHo Home’s giveaway of a handmade, Ugandan basket. Enter by Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.
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