The Welsh House: Modern Rustic Style
Posted in Expert Advice on 19th May 2016
The Welsh House is a group of 3 Welsh cottages set in rural Carmarthenshire, which offer a chance to escape but also deliver an enviable lifestyle - focussed on simple living and a sense of authenticity. Dorian Bowen's love of architecture and eye for detail has created these lovely retreats and it's his sense of style that we are grabbing a slice of through his edit of One World items that he suggests are perfect for adding to a space that oozes laid back, slow living style...
Dorian’s description of Modern Rustic Style is: A pared-back look where natural woods mix with textured linens, chalky handmade ceramics and tarnished metals, a style that pairs old with new, rough with smooth and the natural with the man made. Here he picks out his favourite One World items ideal for complementing this look….
I love grouping a collection of glass bottles for a quick but sticking centrepiece with a variety of wild pickings. I tend to use single stem flowers or dried hydrangeas if I have nothing fresh to hand. Choose a variety of different size bottles for a more varied look or add florist wire to the rim so that you can suspend then from a window handle.
Glass domes with wooden bases are great for displaying seasonal finds and plants. You can also create a mantelpiece display or window sill arrangement by displaying fragile finds like dried dead heads or cow parsley. I love changing the display to reflect what is seasonal and it’s a great way of treasuring your delicate finds.
I love surrounding the kitchen table with a mixture of different style chairs. I tend to find that we all have personal preferences so giving flexibility means that you can choose what suits best for you and your guests. I tend to mix the seating arrangement to suit the group that I’m hosting and it’s also a good idea to have a high chair for children.
I love the organic texture and handmade feel of baskets, and I use them for a variety of different things, most notably for storing my latest finds for instagramming. I also store my tea collection in wicker baskets so that everything is easily to hand and it looks much nicer on the kitchen worktop. I also like willow placemats – they are such a better alternative as they disperse the heat much better. Large baskets are also great planters for your bigger house plants.
I love having candles around the house – there’s something very ‘hygge’ about it a Danish word that basically means ‘a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary every day things more meaningful’ – so adding a candle to a dinner table can totally transform the whole experience. I also love having tea lights around the house in particular on the coffee table and outside during the summer months. They are a perfect compliment to an alfresco dinner party but I tend to go for lanterns for outside.
Thank you so much Dorian for sharing with us your favourite One World products and your ethos on styling a laid back rustic space with a modern spin.
And readers, if you haven’t booked some time away yet this year, then be sure to check out The Welsh House for a super stylish spot in a beautifully rural location.