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On the edge of the Moor

Julia Bird

Julia Bird is a freelance stylist and shop owner  living in Cornwall. The house is an eighteenth century farmhouse tucked away on the edge of the moor, a few miles away from the sea and the beautiful port of Fowey.  The house is surrounded by 10 acres of land, edged by the ancient granite walls which border onto a nature reserve where wildlife abounds.  It is here that Julia feels submerged into the nature that inspires my work.  Throughout the seasons there is always rich and beautiful colour, pattern and fresh produce for decoration and the kitchen.  Sitting room; two rooms were converted into one, and tall French windows were added on all the ground floor rooms to introduce light and open up the house to the outdoors. During the renovations, the walls were stripped back from many layers of ancient wallpapers, revealing walls with a painterly patina of original pigments.  It was such a beautiful effect that we decided to keep two of the walls in their original state.  The one consisting of paler blues and pink, remind me of summer skies.  The side wall is a beautiful mix of greens – which is the perfect background for my collection of pressed seaweed pictures. Furniture is a mix of traditional  English upholstery, Chesterfield sofas, denim covered armchairs and giant beanbags – where the dogs love to curl up in front of the fire. The walls in my office awaiting redecoration are hung with foam art boards which are  constantly edited as my inspiration swings from season to season.

 

The house is surrounded by 10 acres of land, edged by the ancient granite walls which border onto a nature reserve where wildlife abounds giant beanbags, where the dogs love to curl up in front of the fire
left The house is surrounded by 10 acres of land, edged by the ancient granite walls which border onto a nature reserve where wildlife abounds
right giant beanbags, where the dogs love to curl up in front of the fire

Images: Hotze Eisma via Taverne Agency

Julia Bird

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