Inspiring Places: Design Ideas to Steal from Kettle's Yard

Inspiring Places: Design Ideas to Steal from Kettle's Yard

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Carolyn Purnell
Sep 15, 2015
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One of my favorite places I've ever visited is Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, England. It's a beautiful home filled with art, natural specimens, gorgeous rugs, and lots of light. Every now and then I look at pictures of it and get carried away; join me on the journey and get some tips to take home along the way.

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Let in light and life. Green corners and windows punctuate Kettle's Yard, creating beautiful, natural, and lush spaces.

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Create solitary spaces for meditation, creativity, and relaxation. When we design our homes, we often think about how to make spaces conducive to sociability. But homes also need to be our solace and our sanctuary, and that means having private, individual moments. Why not carve out a special space for one?

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Showcase natural elements. Kettle's Yard is filled with natural materials like wood, wool, stone, and clay. They help give the space vitality, freshness, and a sense of calm.

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Make even the most mundane objects into a special moment. Thanks to the strategic placement of this glass orb, the sunshine creates beautiful shapes. Think about how the light falls in your home. Watch the shadows, and consider how beauty can come from the simplest of objects.

Celebrate circles. The use of repetition with the circular shapes also elevates this simple scene. Circles are a recurrent theme in the decor of Kettle's Yard.

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Don't be afraid to leave open floor space. The rooms in Kettle's Yard feel light, airy, and open, and not just because of the white walls and ample windows. The openness of the walkways and the spaces between seating areas also give the home a great sense of flow and energy. Open areas give a home a sense of potential.

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Combine minimalism and maximalism. Because of the simple furnishings and relatively neutral palette, many of the rooms in Kettle's Yard have the appearance of clean, simple minimalism. But if you look closer, the walls are filled with art. Here, the accessories even go to the ceiling. A mobile fills what would be an otherwise empty corner, and classic blue and white dishes rest above the doorway.

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Collect, collect, collect. Your home may not boast a collection as impressive as that of the Edes, founders of Kettle's Yard, but if you think a piece if beautiful and attention-worthy, then it is. It's the lovingly gathered textiles, art, rugs, and sculptures that really give this home its character. As long as you build a home out of objects you love, it will always feel special to you.

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For information on the history of Kettle's Yard and to see even more lovely pictures, visit the official Kettle's Yard online tour.

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