BRITISH textile designer Louise Townsend lives in an actual STORYBOOK cottage in the English countryside. While browsing through Instagram yesterday morning, one photo, that of an overstuffed chintz armchair beside a roaring fire caught our eye and we felt immediately COMPELLED to find out who lived in such a COSY, romantic place. Located in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor, the house was actually a working farm where Townsend and her family have lived for the 27 years, renting for the first 17. It is the kind of place where stripes and florals commingle and chubby pugs fall asleep on a banquette in front of windows flung open to the green fields and bucolic countryside below. The CHINTZ, of course, is Roses & Pansies by Colefax & Fowler, and there is also Bowood in the bedroom, along with botanical prints and skirted dressing tables and that of those things one would expect to find in an English countryside home.
In an interview on The Glam Pad last February, Townsend described her style as being “based around my love of textiles, colour and pattern. Over time I add more layers, things I’m given or things I find, creating a room that is comfortable, hopefully interesting, inviting and not too precious. I enjoy using the same design on walls and curtains in bedrooms, enveloping the room, creating the feeling of a beautifully lined box, then adding a pretty skirted dressing tables, reminding me of party dresses. I also love to have books around me; I like the warmth and comfort they provide knowing I can dip into one or escape for hours in another. I use seagrass for its practicality, living in the country, it also provides another layering opportunity for different rugs adding additional colour and texture. I simply put together things I love.”