I'm trying to book a last minute rural escape for a few days. We're not too fussy about where – Wales, the Isle of Wight, Norfolk, the Lake District. Anywhere quiet that won't take a whole day to drive to, and doesn't mind the dog coming too.
Cottage after cottage that we've looked at has been brutalised by the inclusion of a firm, modern black leather sofa. Is there a more incongruous furniture choice for a rural retreat? An interiors choice less likely to inspire you to fancy sitting down by the equally ubiquitous – but welcome – wood burning stove after a long country walk?
And let's not get started on the stark walls, the furniture placed so obsessively at the edges of the room to minimise cosiness and create that all important space in the middle (what could you use it for – perhaps to sit on so you were close enough to the TV to be able to see it?). And that tiny dining table in the top right photograph. It has all the charisma of an airport interrogation room at customs (I've seen them on TV). It's not about the place being super stylish, we all have different tastes after all. But this stark, cold decor is surely nobody's taste but the owners' – who don't have to live with it.
Or maybe we're the only ones prompted to click away at the sight of this piece of furniture?
Post by Kate