Through the Garden Gate

Through the Garden Gate

Leaving the bustle of London to pursue a quieter life, a woman who built her career in the city began a new season in the pastoral setting of her youth, where her heart could rest and a passion for color could blossom.

So lush are the surroundings at the estate where Lucie-Clare Watson resides that the loveliness of the outdoors seems to have grown beyond its borders, spilling into the eighteenth-century abode at the heart of the property.

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Above: Brimful beds and creeping vines add storybook allure to the weathered stone exterior, and tangles of peonies, foxgloves, and other cottage blooms lend a bounty of inspiration to the interiors.

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The palette of the drawing room, above, is drawn from the floral splendor surrounding the home, and décor reflects the homeowner’s affinity for flowers.

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Adorning the breakfast nook with an array of vibrant prints extends a festive welcome. An antiques dealer and interior designer, Lucie-Clare had established a firm in London but ultimately returned to her roots in England’s Peak District.

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Above: Dressing a window seat in touches of red invites repose. “Grayer skies call for uplifting color schemes,” says Lucie-Clare.

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Angled ceilings, above, add architectural interest to the boudoir, a haven of florals. “Go into a garden,” says the homeowner, “and see what nature does.” Opening that door has ushered in a breath of fresh air, renewing this sylvan sanctuary and the designer who calls it home.

Text & Styling Anne Armstrong
Photography David Parmiter

For more traditional British style, see “Through the Garden Gate” on page 21 of Victoria Classics’ English Cottage 2017 issue. 


  1. Ahhhh… nothing like a simple and proper English country cottage to make my heart race !!

    Of all the rooms pictured, my favourite is indeed the kitchen – with the Aga playing it’s important role as the center of all life’s activities! With the welcoming and comfortable chair by its side, the quaint kitchen exudes warmth and hospitality!

    I could move in today…..

    God bless !

    Brandon Hartford
    Te Deum Cottage


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