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Cottage comforts and Country charm….

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

English Country Cottage

English Country Cottage

The image of the quintessential English country cottage is both endearing and enduring.

Whilst the stereotype pictured postcard village scene is often overplayed, few would deny the nostalgic appeal that our little rural communities evoke. In such settings the traditional cottage bedroom and the furniture therein is invariably comfortable and welcoming in keeping with the theme.

The rich textures and deep patinas of natural wooden beds are a natural partnership with the shabby chic of many old cottages and country homes as are traditional forged metal and polished or antique brass bedsteads. Indeed, since their rise to popularity at the end of the 19th century, these well-loved designs have enjoyed endless appeal.

Cast metal bedsteads in traditional styles particularly suit country schemes as their clean and inviting lines contrast with the quirky irregular contours and oak beams of old buildings. From its early peasant roots, the country bed was, of necessity, truly simple and modest.

Early wooden beds would have supported a functional Hessian sacking base or rows of tightly strung ropes or leather straps that supported a basic and invariably, uncomfortable mattress. Once iron and brass bedsteads became widespread and affordable within the more prosperous country home, they became popular for use for the serving staff in Spartan attic bedrooms.

The designs lacked decoration and embellishments and were accordingly very easy to maintain and keep clean as well as being largely free from the scourge of the bed bug, which had plagued previous generations!

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