There is a wonderful design trail in social media that continues to unfold and bring new ideas, places to visit, and stores from which to shop. It's the age old adage "One thing (happily) leads to another". Even though I bought the June issue of Country Living - British Edition, months ago, I just now sat down to look through it and voila ... inside was the beautiful time-worn antiques, natural textures, and pared-back look of the newly renovated Cotswold Cottage of antique dealers Karen and Anthony Cull. They are also the owners of Anton & K Decorative Antiques and Interiors. Not surprising, their items are now sold by appointment and online. They also have a very beautiful Instagram, @antonandkantiques that continues to update us on their latest arrivals and inspire us with their style.
With an understated elegance, the couple's signature style, a simple pared-back look celebrates weathered and worn imperfections, rough textured walls, reclaimed old stone flooring, natural vintage linens, soft chalky tones of white and grey, and carefully curated Antique French and Swedish furniture...
"This Cotswold cottage on the outskirts of Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, appealed immediately and was located very near to where we had both grown up."
"The faded patina that comes with time is important to us - it has a depth and rawness that is relaxing to live with."
"The original property was literally a two-up, two down building, with a large downstairs bathroom and one little basin in a bedroom."
"When we moved in, we added a small kitchen in the existing galley, updated the bathrooms and refreshed the decoration."
"The extension has transformed how we live and brought so much light into the house."
"The garden is full of old decorative pieces ..."
"We see it as an extension of our living space, and have created outdoor areas that feel like rooms."
"Our love of antiques influences everything we do."
Photos: Brent Darby
Quotes: Karen Cull