The simple colour of the living/dining room painted in ½ Thorndon Cream is an ideal backdrop – not too yellow and not too blue-white clinical - to showcase an array of re-modelled rustic and mid-century furniture, textiles from different cultures and an assortment of treasures which I decided would be the way forward in this room – a loose ‘modern rustic’ feel.
The other half of this open space is the living area – all off white and window/doors and fireplace with display cavities. Above the fireplace I was thrilled to be able to use my antlers and horns I’d sneakily purchased and been unable to take home (not enough room) , so they had been gracing the shop in town and appreciated by customers. Unfortunately my old handmade Argentinian cowboy boots didn’t fit on the wall here – the raked ceiling meant something had to go, so they‘re book-ends yet to be filled with concrete. I am contemplating a mantle piece of very rugged wood – I have floated the idea – the jury is still out.
Unfortunately I lost the vote on doing without the t.v. and paraphernalia as it appears that those who book baches like this mod con, but I prevailed on not having it as the star attraction in the room – it is on an arm that retreats into a display shelf so that it does not dominate the room. Below it and much larger is a wonderful japanese fish basket that is now a wood basket - lucky junk shop find!
The seating here is a pair of 2 ½ seater sofas with entirely removable covers – again so that they can last through a potentially tough life. From a design point of view it makes sense to have a pair of sofas the same size as it allows maximum flexibility in a room as does the neutral fabric – just a calm backdrop for any colour I wish to add.
After much deliberation I chose a product from Unique called Raw Linen which is a linen cotton combination that is quite robust , has good texture and as it is not a single block of colour it has nice interest - plus it is very reasonably priced at $66pm. Understated and very comfortable, the Florence sofa from Profile furniture is a great shape – traditional with a twist in the rounded back corner – that means the length is not dedicated to arms but to seating and there is more room. These sofas can be fixed upholstery or loose cover and with skirt or for a more contemporary look, without like ours.
In such a neutral space then it means I can enjoy myself with pattern and a bit of colour in the cushions. Here I used a wonderful antique Suzani from Uzbekistan – hand embroidered on linen in the traditional earthy brown-black and reds. Though this one has a few holes I lined the cushions for strength and backed them in a grunty rustic Trelise Cooper linen - their age is a bonus in such a new environment.
More cushions in an Ikat linen from Unique and a natural and charcoal Seneca Linen add a bit of calm to the sofa and work perfectly with the suzani. On trend here are two older chairs that were purchased from a second hand shop and are mid century.
We didn’t restore the woodwork, just went with old, though the foam is new, and these are covered in a Westbury Ikat - Bukhara in Charcoal. Again, another layer of sympathetic colour and pattern to add to the perception of luxury. Then I remembered the special kilim I had in a cupboard from living in Turkey – all the right colours and more interest as these Jijims are embroidered and also decorated with pieces of fabric woven into the pattern. Another throw was made out of a simply hemmed l piece of TC velvet that was surplus to requirements – yet another pattern but in neutral colour with a woven damask pattern. The last pattern I decided on for here was an Afghani kilim covered ottoman to serve as a coffee table/footstool - more earthy organic tribal kind of textile.
So this is my interpretation of modern rustic colour, texture and world tribe pattern with women’s hand work the stars. Another Turkish momento - a large tin covered copper tray provides a reasonably flat surface for drinks on top of the ottoman. My beloved not only made the rustic console table for the 'stuff' we constantly accumulate, but also added his fabulous lamp recently purchased – another thing that will not work in town but is perfect here and the light it puts out is amazing.