Saturday, December 4

Flower power: a florist’s cabin blooms in the dark | Interiors


IIn Keith Dawson’s florist garden, the predominant color is green. Hornbeam hedges line the long alleys, creating intimate walkways that open onto a wide lawn with a hawthorn tree at its center, the focal point of the scheme. Ivy crawls along the ground and covers tree trunks, while a goat’s beard is white as feathers, Aruncus and statuesque angelica fill the beds.

The same sensitivity is registered inside the house, where the decoration is a perfect reflection of the personality of its inhabitants. An ultra cool atmosphere reigns in the order of the rooms. There is no sign of country kitsch and the renovations are meticulous. Every switch or window sash has been considered.

Time to get some rest: a comfortable seat by the window.
Time to get some rest: a comfortable seat by the window. Photography: Claire Bingham

Dawson, the owner of Potting Shed in Alderley Edge, takes a simple, classic approach to floristry. It is the same in the house, which is away from anything too bright or colorful. “I’m a huge fan of the Belgian garden designer Jacques Wirtz,” says Dawson. “I have always liked hedges and green things. The bold statements you can make in the form of a hedge are very effective. ”Plus, it looks good all year long.

Dawson and his partner Eleanor Herald, an attorney, moved into this Victorian home in 2014 and now have a two-year-old daughter. Located on just under a quarter of an acre of land in a leafy corner of Cheshire, the property had already been modernized by a previous architect-owner. But the couple decided to expand the kitchen by converting three small rooms into one space and commissioning custom units and polished concrete work surfaces that were stained as dark as possible. Bulb and apple boxes are used to store glassware and other kitchen essentials. Iron chairs with calfskin cushions sit around an oak dining table with iron legs, all purchased from the Belgian firm. Heerenhuis .

Happy homeowner: Keith Dawson.
Happy homeowner: Keith Dawson. Photography: Claire Bingham

The interior is streamlined, but one of the most attractive things about the cabin is the series of small hidden rooms that extend from the contemporary kitchen and dining room. The living room and the so-called “nameless room” leading to the staircase are intimate and charming, filled with wonderful natural history items, contemporary artwork, and antiques.

What really catches the eye is the fabulous painting of the tiger hanging above the sofa. “This was from my father,” says Dawson, who explains that Indian textile used to hang in his father’s office when he was a child. “I was lucky that my parents collected antiques and traveled a lot, so I grew up surrounded by beautiful things.” It was Dawson’s mother, Norma, who founded Potting Shed more than 20 years ago.

The living room is painted in Little greene‘s Knightsbridge, in a brown tone, and coordinated with black linen blinds. The palette is dark and moody, giving an overall sense of calm. The coffee table is also from Heerenhuis and the sofa is from Brand new.

Above, the couple have added a new cave-shaped bathroom, painted at Little Greene’s Black Lamp. This room was the Herald’s vision. I wanted black taps and the rest followed from there.

Curio Collection: antique furniture and beautiful antique pieces.
Curio Collection: antique furniture and beautiful antique pieces. Photography: Claire Bingham

The cabin has three bedrooms. In the master bedroom, the bed without headboard emphasizes the feeling of simplicity in the space. The portrait is of the potter William Moorcroft and a walnut screen is a smart solution for large windows.

The garden room is perhaps the most impressive space in the cabin. The atmosphere is cozy, even with all the light. Here, natural materials (stone, glass, linen and lead) dominate the space. Dawson has removed the back doors and removed the paint from the stone tables and urns so that everything works together.

The antique urns were also inherited from Dawson’s parents. Here, they are planted with two varieties of staghorn fern. “The garden room is our plant hospital,” says Dawson. “Everything you put there comes to life.” The huge stone table, believed to have originally been a pediment at the entrance to a building, was purchased from an antiquarian in Paris 15 years ago.

The space is architectural, but made intimate by all the plants and beautiful textures that work together to create a homey atmosphere. An extension of the garden, it opens onto a patio that has a box hedge on all sides. Where the flowers can fade, the greenery here doesn’t. It is the most wonderful looking garden in all seasons of the year.

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