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Through the Keyhole: Anu’s Sedately Sophisticated Home 26 October, 2009

Posted by Bethany Wrede Peterson in Bethany's blog, Through the Keyhole.
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As design addicts, we’d all love to live in an interior designer’s home.  Or, at very least, get a sneaky-peek at the space in which they live!  Our second Through the Keyhole features interior designer and avid mydeco community member Anu Green‘s organically poised Cotswolds home.  We love her restrained-chic space comprised of an elegantly neutral palette, softly geometric shapes, and well-curated accessories.  Finding inspiration in all things Scandinavian, it’s easy to see that the clean lines, and cosy, uncluttered interiors of this  converted 18th century stable are reminiscent of a wintry Nordic chalet.

‘The main room of our house – the open plan kitchen, dining, and living area, is my definite favourite,’  remarks Anu.  ‘The light we get in those rooms is absolutely breathtaking.  And in the evening time when you light candles and dim the lights, the feel of it changes completely.  It’s always a a room with a very warm and welcoming feel to it.’


Though Anu’s open plan living and dining area could have easily become dull with a such a staid choice of colour, her subdued look works because of the organic textures and careful lighting choices she has implemented throughout.  The collection of firelogs piled under the stairs, silvery lamps, and hurricane lanterns strategically featured about the space not only serve as key visual interest points but also lend an ambiance of warmth to the space – the perfect haven in inclement weather.


Anu has made the most of the natural light streaming through her narrow entrance hall by painting the space a brighter shade of white than the creamy shades found in the rest of her home.  A large mirror not only adds an illusion of width but also bounces light around the hallway.  Her continued theme of natural textures keeps this corridor from feeling too cold.


Anu is also concerned about the impact of her design carbon footprint.  ‘I try to use environmentally friendly materials as much as I can: wood furniture from sustainable forests, re-use of old furniture if possible, even the use of locally produced materials.’


This feminine button-backed chair, given to Anu secondhand,  is one of the few departures from the harder lines which dominate the designer’s home.  Anu upsized the retro wreck by sanding and staining the frame and reupholstering the cushion in a satiny off-white fabric.  The contrast between the dark frame and the light upholstery breathes new  life into the piece, giving it a strikingly sophisticated look.upholstered_chairbeforeafter

Love Anu’s home? We’ve found key pieces from this designer’s style for you to steal – all for under £1800.  View the moodboard and selected products.


Moodboard: Bethany Wrede Peterson

3D room: Claire Goodwin

View our 3D room of Anu’s living area here.  You can even copy it, redecorate, or add new furniture!

anu green 3d room

3D room by the fab Claire Goodwin

Tell us what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Anu Green‘s style and our new Through the Keyhole feature.  Just add your comments below.

Think your home has the panache to be spotted through the keyhole? Send your best home snaps to editors@mydeco.com and your pride-and-joy may be spied next!



1. Cleberry - 27 October, 2009

What a lovely house! Love what Anu has done to that chair. x

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