Milne Graden Garden House Revamp 2020
Standing alone in its own grounds, within the Milne Graden Estate, Garden House is a three bedroom Georgain retreat on the banks of the Tweed. A secluded path leads down to an unspoilt stretch of river and our network of dog walks, making this holiday cottage ideal for nature-seekers, anglers and dog-lovers alike.
This charming period property was once the residence of Milne Graden’s Head Gardener and is nestled amongst mature woodland, close to the former walled garden – now the Tails of the Tweed dog park.
Bringing the Outside In
Newly revamped this year, inspiration for the interior scheme naturally comes from the cottage garden and surrounding nature.
The colour palette emerges in subtle flashes taken from the wild flower meadows and plants around the cottage. Pale pink and soft lilac hues come from bluebells, and velvet tones of plum and magenta from vibrant hollyhocks. All brilliantly brought together by textiles from Susie Watson Designs throughout the property.
Milne Graden’s Estate Cream wall paint provides a backdrop reminiscent of apple blossom and fluttering pheasant eye daffodils. This allows the stronger colours to provide the punctuation throughout.
Upon entering, a generous bootroom leads into a bright and airy cottage kitchen. Here, Emma Lawrenson’s ever-so-apt In the Garden screenprint takes pride of place above the table. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything required to rustle up a family feast or a romantic meal for two. Whilst the outdoor the table and chairs are perfect for al fresco dining with a river view, should the weather oblige.
Character and Vibrancy
The cream reference continues through to the lounge where Mark Hearld’s Squirrels and Sunflowers wallpaper in delicious clay bisque colourway, brings character and vibrancy to the walls. Complimented by a luxuriously proportioned corner sofa, exuding rest and relaxation. Throughout holiday cottage, we’ve used rich textures such as Tweed and sisal to the ensure warmth during the colder months, along with the cosy open fire.
Fabrics from Milne Graden favourite, St Judes, take the lead upstairs. Angie Lewin’s Meadows Edge brings colour and form from the open fields into the double bedroom while Mark Hearld’s Harvest Hare bounds across the headboards in the spacious twin.
The third bedroom embraces modern country chic, combining contemporary lighting with warming plaid wool on the oversize headboard.
From the River
Farrow and Ball’s Skimming Stone is the backbone of the first floor palette, a beautiful earthy neutral lifted from the pebbles found on the river shore. This wall colour links the Tweed with the surrounding wildlife found in the textiles, bringing the scheme together.
The river stone reference continues into the both the upstairs bathroom and downstairs shower room, in flinty duck egg blue and crisp chalky white tiles respectively. In both, simplicity and functionality are key, allowing our Neom Wellbeing range to take centre stage.
Curating the artworks is always a favourite part of the design process at Milne Graden, and Garden House has given us the opportunity to showcase some of our favourite botanical-inspired works. Each piece has been chosen to carefully compliment and build on the garden theme in different ways.
Pretty watercolours by Wales-based artist Lisa Hardy expressively illustrate Spring blooms, referencing the palate of mauves and purples, whilst also picking up on the sunny yellows of wild poppies and primroses. While Yorkishire printmaker Emma Lawrenson’s minimal pieces depict floral colours and shapes with an unmistakable elegance and modernity.
Underpinned by our core design ethos of bringing the outside in, the new Garden House interior is a celebration of late Spring on the River Tweed. Like stepping into a garden in bloom, this provides an uplifting haven of flowers and wildlife to retreat to, whatever the season.
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