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ELLE Decoration Country

ELLE Decoration Country No. 8

Explore the most inspiring homes in the countryside: from coastal hideaways to rural havens in the latest edition of ELLE Decoration Country. This beautifully crafted and stylish book showcases the interiors, lifestyles and houses of those who define contemporary countryside living. Discover 15 of the world’s most beautiful homes as well as 50 beautiful and useful essentials that will turn a house into a home. This coffee-table staple is a must for all lovers of modern country style.

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Hearst Magazines UK

in this issue

1 min
summer in provence

Dating back to 1800, this rural estate is home to Danish designer Hanne, her farmer husband Gilles and their three children. In 2008, the couple bought two hectares of land near Gordes, a well-preserved village that offers breathtaking views across the Luberon valley in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. On the picturesque plot sat an old tannery and a 150-square-metre stone farmhouse that the family restored and expanded into a 300-square-metre country home. It took five years to complete the project, with the help of skilled masons and local craftspeople. But for Hanne, the interior is still a work in progress. ‘Nothing is ever finished here,’ she laughs. ‘I never sit down.’ She designed and produced much of the furniture herself; other key pieces were sourced at the Maison & Objet design fair in…

1 min
blue is the warmest colour

Longing to get closer to nature and tired of their life in the city, Danish photographer Mikkel Adsbøl and his wife Mette decided that the time was right to abandon their urban existence and seek out a quiet rural spot in which to build their dream home. ‘It wasn’t enough just to visit the countryside for a weekend. We wanted to be there full time. We wanted our children [Karl, three, and August, seven] to grow up with open spaces and views of the fields,’ say Mikkel and Mette. The couple spent three years searching for the perfect property, but to no avail. ‘We never thought we were going to build or live in a new house,’ admits Mikkel, ‘but we just couldn’t find anything that met our requirements, which included…

5 min
pick of the crop

British food has come a long way in the past few years. Now, more than ever, we’re reaping the benefits of organic farming and locally sourced produce, recognising that naturally farmed ingredients provide richer, more decadent flavours and are higher in nutrients than any alternative. Head chefs and home cooks alike are singing the praises of the Great British outdoors, with our crisp, frosty winters bringing juicy beetroot and sweet chestnuts and our moody autumns offering up plump artichokes and sumptuous figs. In the spring and summer months, the land is bursting with cooling mint, crunchy radishes, succulent strawberries and tender fennel. And, when the desire strikes to get creative with these seasonal offerings, the nation’s finest farm shops are on hand to help. LOW SIZERGH BARN FARM SHOP CUMBRIA Low Sizergh…

1 min
little idyll

Kitted out with a compact sofa upholstered in coarse linen, an old table with a terrazzo top, and a double bed tucked in the eaves, this tiny A-frame cottage belongs to Copenhagen-based editor and stylist Marie Monrad Graunbøl, her husband and their two daughters, who spend weekends throughout the summer here. Surrounded by a dense garden filled with blackberry bushes and larch trees, the house features only the bare necessities, all carefully picked to fit its sharp angles and 45-square-metre proportions. ‘It is quite a relief to have to adjust to such a small space. It makes you realise how little you actually need,’ says Marie. ‘We had to come up with a few resourceful solutions, such as the portable hotplates in the kitchen that are meant for camping, but this…

1 min
decorative flourish

Around 40 kilometres north of Milan in the hillside village of Sirtori lies this impressive abode. It belongs to former fashion photographer Gaetano Besana, who moved here from the city 15 years ago. Part of a 3,000-square-metre 18th-century property that’s been in the Besana family for generations, the house was substantially renovated by his father in 1980. Once the work was finished, Gaetano and his three siblings were each given an apartment to put their own stamp on. ‘My idea was to create the same atmosphere inside as the garden outside,’ he says. ‘I love plants and flowers so I lined the walls with work by Basilius Besler [a German botanist and engraver from the 16th century, who created one of the first illustrated collections of herbs and plants ever recorded].…

4 min
postcard home

On my globetrotting adventures, inspiration comes in many shapes and forms: a tuk tuk ride, a glimpse of a foreign kitchen, a leaf on a cobbled street, a shrine and its offerings, or a storm brewing over a loch. I constantly have a list of the top five places I want to travel to, with destinations jostling for position. I gather information from history books on explorers (anyone with a hint of eccentricity is a welcome find), magazines, newspapers and friends on Instagram and Pinterest. All it takes is a single new discovery – a hotel, a craftsperson, a trade fair or speciality flea market – and that’s a good enough excuse to book a ticket. For most of us, a trip abroad is a thing to cherish, so to have…