Design & Inspiration Country Living The aspiration for a bucolic lifestyle, driven by nostalgia and a desire for a simpler, more enriching life, has only been heightened by the recent pandemic. Work from home arrangements have opened opportunities for an idyllic way of life previously challenging to attain. We are relishing the chance to create dream, country inspired sanctuaries in and out of city bounds. An enduring country look can be translated into casually sophisticated interiors in the country and city. While a heritage home is a perfect backdrop for this decorating style, a country vibe can be applied to even the most contemporary canvas. Think distinctive hardwoods in warm tones and generous wide boards overlaid with a mix of vintage and modern rugs, deep feather filled sofas, easy armchairs and a combination of inviting textures. Kitchens feature bespoke timber cabinetry either painted or raw. Natural timber is very much on point at present and creates an artisanal feel with hand-forged hardware teamed with natural stone, concrete, timber or handmade tile benches. Industrial country style appliances are also popping up in stylish kitchens in the city and country – whether it’s the iconic Aga or the French beauties from La Cornue and Lacanche. Timber flooring in the kitchen and butler’s pantry keeps the ambience elegant and easy care. There is a yearning for the organic and handmade and timber flooring is the perfect base for handcrafted pieces. The desire for a country ambience will increase in popularity with many families seeking a tree or sea change or wanting to emulate the warmth and sanctuary of a country getaway in their city home.