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This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by Nicola Henry’s modern country home in Hertfordshire, England. She and her husband began renovating the home two years ago, just after getting married. They both love that they can enjoy the fresh country air and still be in London in just 40 minutes.

For more photos of Nikki’s peaceful home, visit her on Flickr or stop by her blog, Life on Orchard Road. Check out her Etsy shop, Orchardroad, for sewn and knit home goods and accessories.

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: Chair Set by Shamrockfinewoodwork; Can We Shall We Screen Print by misterrob; Recycled Douglas Fir Custom Dining Table by MortiseandTenon; Solid Oak Wall Clock by DesignAtelierArticle; Subway Grates Placemats by KayeRachelle; Crochet Amigurumi Owl by WereRabbit2006.]

Describe your home decorating style.
My home decorating style is modern country. I love Victorian houses and features, but I like modern colours in my house, like white and grey.

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Roseville Stoneware Utensil Holder by aniandrose; Linen Cotton Dish Towels by Coloredworld; Custom Canister Labels by decalfarm; French Milk Jar by FrenchByDesign; Oak Butcherblock Cutting Board by QuattlebaumWoodworks; Blue Striped Paper Straws by MarigoldandSageParty.]

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
Before the days of Pinterest, I made a home scrapbook and added photos from magazines. It didn’t take long to discover my decorating style, but my decorating process is still evolving!

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: White Wood Full Bed with Headboard, Footboard, Siderails by TheSouthernMermaid; White Bed Queen Sheet Sets by nurdanceyiz; 2 Wooden Letters and Ampersand by gracegraffiti; Ladder Chair by itisdwell; Vintage White Gathering Basket by JennythingVintage; Pair End Tables by ExeterFields.]

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
My favourite home shop is The White Company. The bedding is beautiful. I also love Cox and Cox for unique items, and John Lewis is a great high street store for home shopping.

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
My mother. She is very house-proud and has always decorated her home beautifully.

   

[Clockwise from top left: Decorative Pillow Cover by nestables; Fairy Moss Wreath by twigstwineandthyme; Atomic Hairpin Leg Floor Lamp by SelectModern.]

What is your favorite part about your home?
It has to be my new kitchen and dining area, with its Belfast sink, oak worktops, and modern grey tiles. We managed to open it up to achieve a space for cooking and socialising. I love to be in that room.

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: La Vie Est Belle Print by Tessyla; Round Wool Rug Mat by divisionstdesigns; Turkish Bath Towel by AllOrganicTextiles; Porcelain Bird Soap Dish by PrinceDesignUK; Victorian Styled Stained Glass Window by pj57; Organic French Green Clay Soap by HerbivoreBotanicals.]

Can you share a few of your favorite design tips?
If you have a small house like me, white walls make it seem bigger, lighter and airier. You can add colour to a room with accents in soft furnishings or decoration, and when you get bored or want to change colour with the seasons, it is easily done and doesn’t have to cost too much.


Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.

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  • HOomen

    H. Oomen from HOomen says: Featured

    This is beautiful! I recently painted my brick fireplace white and continued onto the walls. The effect is so clean, crisp and bright. I agree about adding colour & warmth into the room with accents, furnishings & decor. Great to see this beautiful house.

    1 year ago

  • blueridgewoodworking

    Gabe and Athena from BlueRidgeWoodworking says: Featured

    Absolutely beautiful. My goal is to one day have a home as clean, simple and uncluttered. Maybe once all the kids leave home! Oh, but I can at least dream about it while I am cleaning the juice stains out of the carpet. This article lets me know that it is possible. Gorgeous!

    1 year ago

  • Splendere

    Pearlie from Splendere says: Featured

    Simple, clean lines work wonders in small apartments. An occasional splash of colors on the stark background actually adds interest and focus!

    1 year ago