A Rural Retreat

Illustrating their enthusiasm for travel and passion for interior design, one British couple has adorned their home with a collection of French antique furniture and exquisite vintage finds.

A Rural Retreat

A converted stone barn nestled in the tranquil Oxfordshire countryside has proven the ideal rural retreat for Kate and Paul Gerrish, whose desire for beautiful views and longing to live in a period property drove their search for a new residence.

A Rural Retreat

Pieces such as the timeworn antique corner cabinet and a contemporary hare-themed lampshade, pictured above, layer old and new. Together with Isobel, her youngest daughter and business partner, Kate runs Bliss, a shop in Chipping Norton that sells a selection of French homewares, vintage furniture, contemporary accessories, and paint.

A Rural Retreat

With plenty of ideas for updating interior finishes, the couple’s first project was the kitchen. Above: Handmade wooden cabinets and a striking blue custom cupboard frame the lovely Welbeck tiles in the kitchen’s backsplash.

A Rural Retreat

Above: An embellished vintage bed is upholstered in a muted gray and lilac toile de Jouy fabric. Both enthusiastic travelers, Kate and Paul enjoy furnishing the interior of their home and shop through buying trips abroad. “Buying from French markets is very exciting,” says Kate. “We go to as many as possible, always searching for that special find.”

Text & Styling Ann Broad
Photography Colin Poole

To discover more British charm, see “A Rural Retreat” on page 13 of the English Cottage 2018 issue of Victoria Classics

English Cottage 2018 

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