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