Friday, 05 February 2016

Romantic Prarie Style

It’s all about embracing nature and a simpler way of life, says Fifi O’Neill

Written by Fifi O’Neill
Maybe it’s a sign of the times, maybe it’s the cyclical nature of life, but more than ever the world is longing to return to a simpler way of life. The benefits are measurable both emotionally and physically and clearly visible through the homes and lifestyles shown in the pictures here.

house-590-2Vintage gilded mirrors provide a focal point and maximise natural light

Prairie style is much more than decorating – it’s a way of life. One that reconnects us with what truly matters: family, home and the earth. Honest materials, artisanal goods and time-honoured objects are once again valued and create homes, not just shelters.

house-590-3The objects in this room – many of them castoffs – give it a sense of history, touches of green enliven the purity of this white vignette, little homely touches add a lot

The lessons learned come together in the celebration of a wholesome life. Now, we look back to yesteryear because to understand the past is to secure the future. The spirit of prairie style drifts eternal in the romance of nurturing interiors and the abundant beauty of nature.

house-590-4This room is beautifully composed, with pastel hues and authentic vintage furnishings that have stood the test of time, a vintage cast-iron tub imbues this new bathroom with a nostalgic grace

Romantic Prairie Style: Homes Inspired By The Traditional Country Life, by Fifi O’Neill, with photography by Mark Lohman, is published by CICO, priced £19.99

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