country - jasper conran

This book has been out for a few months now but I only recently got my hands on it. My wonderful husband picked up a copy for me for our six year wedding anniversary. There is nothing I like better than having a new book to go through and be inspired by. The photography in this book by Andrew Montgomery is outstanding. He perfectly captures the romance and mood of the English countryside. It is enough to make me want to pack up my bags, sell the house, and move lock, stock and barrel across the pond. I mean honestly, don't you dream of having a rustic but comfortable kitchen like this one.

I can just imagine walking into this kitchen with an armload of vegetables and herbs I have gathered from my beautiful English kitchen garden! I love the sense of time and history these country homes have. Everything is perfectly worn and weathered in a way that only comes with generations of use.

The car below, belongs to Anne who forages for between 80-90 different foodstuffs including sorrel, sea beet, pennywort, rosehips, fuchsia fruits, hottentot figs, and elderberries. I don't even know what half of these things are! She has such a reputation that she supplies to many of the top restaurants in Cornwall.

And who couldn't love these boys, already firmly embroiled in the ways of the English country side! Note to self: must get Henry a little tweed coat when he gets a bit older.

There is something about these rural homes that is at once stately but also very relaxed and informal. I feel like you could easily walk through these homes in your muddy Wellington boots and wet Barbour coat. These homes look lived in and loved; nothing is too precious (even if it is full of antiques).

The one thing, you will probably never find me doing is using carpet in a bathroom! I don't know who ever thought this was a good idea. This isn't the first time I've seen it either. My mom grew up in a house in England that also had a carpeted bathroom. I do love the big, old tub though and heavy porcelain sink.

What do you think is this the life for you? While I tend to think of myself as a city girl I might be persuaded to move to the English countryside for a bit.

Next week, I'll be back here with an entire week devoted to art - what to buy, how to hang it, where to place it and things I love. If you have any questions, let me know. I'll also have a really wonderful art related giveaway. Have a great weekend.