English country decor charms the soul with faded florals, chintz and well worn vintage flea market finds. A self proclaimed treasure hunter and amazing stylist, Paula Sutton has curated lovely collections in her home across the pond!
I recently became acquainted with Paula through Instagram and was immediately thunderstruck by her beauty, grace and style! No wonder every image calls as if out of a catalog shoot when you read her bio that comes straight from Paula’s blog The Hill House Diaries.
English country decor
“I am an interiors obsessed mother of 3 who, having been born and brought up in London, and after many years working in the fashion industry as Head of Press for Elite Premier Model agency (when Supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington were in their heyday) and producing shoots for Elle magazine, thought it would be a great idea to bring the children up in the English countryside.”
“I’m a lover of traditionally English interiors – think Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler et al – but with a ‘shabby chic’ twist.”
“I adore finding bargains at auctions, carboot sales and on e-bay and am an avid hunter at local flea markets and antique fairs.”
“I now write about interiors and lifestyle, while painting and restoring furniture to sell at a local decorative antiques emporium in Norfolk.”
“My blog is about interior decoration to suit all budgets, vintage finds, traditional British design and English country house inspiration. I’m a lover of all things English country house and vintage.” Quintessential English country decor with a side of fashion to boot!
“Hill House is a Georgian house built in 1822, by the local gentleman brewmaster. I was drawn to the Hill House because of the quintessentially Georgian nature of the architecture and its symmetry, original shutters and beautiful sense of scale. High ceilings, large windows, handsome square rooms and beautiful mouldings around doors and windows. There is an elegant simplicity in the design of these houses that I adore.”
“The house also sits beautifully in the middle of its garden and is perfectly framed and surrounded by mature trees such as copper beech, and horse chestnut.”
“I live here with my husband of 21 years, our twin daughters who are 16 years old and our son who is 19 years old, plus Coco our six year old Labrador / Doberman mix dog.”
“My husband and I met on our first day of university, and have been together for 29 years. We’ve owned 4 houses together.”
“We moved to the Norfolk countryside after years of living in London to enjoy a slower pace of life, and to give our children an idyllic childhood of climbing trees, running through fields and hopefully keeping their enjoyment of innocent pursuits for a tad longer than if we’d stayed in London!”
“My favourite room is the more formal sitting room – also know as our drawing room. It doesn’t have a television, just a record player and cd/radio, and it’s where we entertain guests, or sit quietly to read, play chess and listen to music away from the noise and hubbub of the family room.”
“All of our rooms have open fire places. It makes it extremely cosy and magical from Autumn to Winter.”