Cozying into County Durham, English Style Abounds!

Mar 19, 2020

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British interior designer Rita Konig has an eye for bringing color together to create an unexpected calm space that is cozy and stunningly classically beautiful.

Upon decorating her husband’s farmhouse in County Durham, Konig’s talent is immediately apparent. And while she may have learned a thing or two from her beloved interior designer mother Nina Campbell, she certainly has revealed her own talents. Featured in House & Garden UK, the shamrock walls calm down with the mixed print upholstered furniture and windows left bright and open drinking in the natural light. And guess what (thank you to a TSLL reader for bringing this to my attention), you can rent this farmhouse (aka Teesdale Farmhouse) to enjoy a week at a time. Yep. Learn more here.

I especially love the muted yellow walls in the foyer, as well as the pops of yellow furniture in both the living and sitting rooms. Not too much, just enough to draw a smile out of anyone stepping into the space.

Konig’s interior decor talents extend to tea cups and saucers as well (view her shop here), seen in her Stripes Teacup in Lavender Blue.

Key Decor Takeaways:

  • Refrain from matching exact upholstered furniture with each other. Instead keep the colors in the same cool or warm hue, but mix up the color and prints.
  • Table lamps, table lamps, table lamps!!!
  • Add a overly, lovely and large pillow to armchairs and don’t worry about the pillow matching the chair’s upholstery.
  • Place a large arrangement of flowers in the foyer to welcome the guests, and the inhabitants of the home in grand style as if to say, “So happy you are here!”

I have chosen my favorite rooms from the farmhouse and shared them in this post, but there are many more – bedrooms, baths, etc.. Be sure to tour the entire home here.

Images via House & Garden UK

6 thoughts on “Cozying into County Durham, English Style Abounds!

  1. So much to love. And that kitchen table!!? I can definitely spend FAR too much time browsing through the online House & Garden UK…

  2. There are so many inspiring items in this post, it would be difficult to say what I love most. The Shamrock walls with the beautiful oriental rug to ground the space. The Fabulous oversized and colorful art— esp. the artichokes. The amazing black break front and even more amazing kitchen table. But my favorite image was the landscape of Durham County. The house perfectly fits the dramatic Northumbrian landscape. Thank you.

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