gentle country living

by Sharon Santoni
This home, spotted in south east England, demonstrates the universal appeal of elegant and comfortable living.  A gentle mix of antique and contemporary pieces, an english touch with generous curtains and florals….
light pouring in through wide windows, comfortable seating …
a large and bright kitchen, almost certainly the hub of family life
light is a feature here, breakfast at this table has to be good
and the same comfortable approach continues into the garden, with the space laid out in ‘rooms’, and plenty of scattered seating.

all photos thanks to Wealden Times



Pamela Terry and Edward September 29, 2012 - 10:43 am

I could certainly cook in that kitchen.
Delightful style.
And oh, so English.

The enchanted home September 29, 2012 - 1:15 pm

It is perfect, sooo elegant but still so inviting and homey. Really love it!

Pamela RG September 29, 2012 - 1:58 pm

Very comfortable and elegant home. I like the garden very much. Have a good weekend.

Barbara Lilian September 29, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Although I live in France, I'll always be English in my likes of floral touch's & style.Thanks for sharing a bit of English style. Enjoy your weekend.

Melanie September 29, 2012 - 2:58 pm

My dream home! ♥

Sweet Sue September 29, 2012 - 3:20 pm

s i g h ♥

hopflower September 29, 2012 - 4:25 pm

It goes to show you! Lots of florals, and books, and light! Very English. Love it, and thank you.

DonDeHogar September 29, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Delightful! Loved it. Beautiful home.
If I could only have that quaint garden!

Kathysue September 29, 2012 - 5:50 pm

What a gorgeous home with the perfect yard! I could move right in and not change a thing,

Blondie's Journal September 29, 2012 - 6:20 pm

I wouldn't change a thing in this home! A perfect balance of elegance and comfort with a bit of the rustic thrown in…love the breakfast table!


Lilla Kullan September 29, 2012 - 6:27 pm

It's very nice.:-) Stina

Geli September 29, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Hello Sharon! My favourite of this home is the garden! Have a nice weekend!

Lisa September 29, 2012 - 7:14 pm

It's hard to say which room is my favorite. They are all so beautiful, but the white bedroom and the kitchen with its lovely island are making me swoon.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting September 29, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Kristie Franklin September 29, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Absolutely stunning! I love the kitchen with the open shelves and the bedroom refined but yet can easily be lived in.

Katherine September 29, 2012 - 11:19 pm

This is so bright and sunny for England. Love the pleached hornbeam trees in the garden, they will create a wall to the garden rooms when completely grown.

michele September 29, 2012 - 11:41 pm

the sights and sounds of 'gentle country' fall so sweetly on my ears and eyes!

love this place.


Nantucket Daffodil September 30, 2012 - 12:59 am

Just love it all!

Anci September 30, 2012 - 8:00 am

It looks lovely !


Angela September 30, 2012 - 9:15 am

Beautiful, is it for sale do you know?

Anita September 30, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Lovely allover!

Jade September 30, 2012 - 7:25 pm

Oh, everything here looks soooooooo lovely, I enjoy it so much…… glad that I found you!!!!
Have a wonderful sunday,


Country French Judi September 30, 2012 - 8:49 pm

That is a lovely home. So glad to see soft colors and not a chintz laden home. I bet it is owned by someone young!

kabayoz September 30, 2012 - 9:11 pm

I love French elegance but my decorative style is more English country. Gorgeous home!

Vicki September 30, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Thank you for sharing these lovely images. It's what my own little Cotswold cottage should look like (alas, I can only aspire; I need to forget it's in California and instead envision it nestled in the English countryside!). So cozy and soothing yet also refined.

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Fitted Bedroom Centre October 1, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Beautiful and inspiring photographs and design ideas here. Thanks so much for sharing.

MINHA VIDA DE CAMPO October 1, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Casa linda e a decoração é um sonho. Cheia de detalhes encantador.
Tenha um ótimo início de semana.

Delaine October 1, 2012 - 4:09 pm


Leslie October 1, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Hi Sharon,

Such a warm and welcoming home. The kitchen is perfect and the picture with the sunlight on the farmhouse table is so pretty. Gorgeous landscaping too!


Maison de lin October 1, 2012 - 7:41 pm

Hello Sharon,

2 days and no post?! Are you OK?


P.S. I love this house, it's beautiful.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen October 2, 2012 - 4:18 pm

What a stunning house! I've printed out the pictures and pinned them on my cork board just to enjoy them as much as possible!
mary x

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