A rural farm house, Suffolk, England

This idyllic rural home, where we were lucky enough to spend a week last summer, is close to the rugged coastline in Suffolk, and set on a working farm. With its abundance of green, and the breathtaking setting, and cosy artistic interiors, it couldn’t have been a more perfect place to relax and come together with our good friends and all of our many kids. Mel is a fine artist and it shows in all the little details throughout her home.

I loved snooping around her pantry which was stuffed with glass and table ware and beautiful old pots and pans.

Even the old pots of Farrow & Ball Paint looked beautiful! And there is no doubt that most of the house is painted in it. Such an eclectic mismatch of colours and shapes, and a very modern English idea – much copied in shops like Anthropologie, is to throw all these faded florals and patterns and plains together, be it plates, or cushions and fabric for one sitting, or sofa. But this here in Suffolk at Mel and Alan’s is the real deal!

Even the scuffed outside where the tractor lives had a beauty of its own.

The colours of nature really came from outside in and vice versa; the cobbles and cliffs and sandy exteriors were so inspiring.

This is England at its most scenic and authentic!

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