English Country Cottage Whites: Get a French Nordic Look!

If white on white, laid-back, tonal, cozily rustic French Nordic country vibes feel welcoming, you’ll fall for this cottage home tour. Most folks associate white interiors and all white decor with summer, but if you live with snowy white year round, then you know: it is certainly not limited to a single season. English Country Cottage Whites: Get a French Nordic Look celebrates quiet lovely country interiors and garden moments along with sweet kitty cats and a mix of random quotes for good measure!

Multiple shades of white mix for glorious cloud-like Country French Nordic White Interiors. Scandinavian style white Nordic French design details as well as spare decor style meet English countryside charm in "The Hatch," a photographic location in Wiltshire. Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote of the Beach Studios. #livingroom #scandinavian #interiordesign #whitedecor #frenchnordic #nordicFrench #Swedishstyle #serene #shabbychic

English Country Cottage Whites: Get a French Nordic Look!

Property: The Hatch; Photos: The Beach Studios; Interior Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote

Song lyric inspirational quote for Christmas from "My Favorite Things." #christmassong #christmaslyric #inspirationalquote #myfavoritethings
GIRLS IN WHITE DRESSES WITH BLUE SATIN SASHES – SNOWFLAKES THAT STAY ON MY NOSE AND EYELASHES…certainly a few of our favorite things!

White Scandi Country House Design Details

Just 90 minutes from London, the property has served as a rental for photo shoots and vacations. It is intentionally spare with its classic furnishings and vintage style.

Charming front door to an old English country house covered with climbing vines. The Beach Studios & Locations. Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote.

Wood floors are painted white, the shutters are original, and charming window seats encourage cozying on down.

Kitchen with Smeg frig. Charming white Scandinavian style cottage interiors in a property called the Hatch (Beach Studios) near London. #scandinavianstyle #cottage #interiordesign #whitedecor
Cream AGA stove in a charming Scandinavian style cottage near London - The Beach Studios. #swedishkitchen #aga #englishcountry #kitchendesign #oldworld

The gardens outside are beautifully maintained and the stuff of English countryside dreams.

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

The boot room was renovated with Plain English cupboards and bench seating, the kitchen has a cream AGA, and you can’t miss three Maine Coon cats who are ready for their close-up!

My Favorite Things quote lyric from Sound of Music on Hello Lovely Studio. #raindropsonroses #songquotes #myfavoritethings

Look at this gorgeous specimen!

Maine Coon cat with green eyes and fluffy grey fur outside in the winter snow. #maincoon #beautifulcat #winteranimals #catlove

Can you imagine yourself entering this lovely little cottage door?

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

Simplicity With White Painted Everything

Pretty sure I made a convincing argument for white the other day HERE.

Bookshelves in living room. Charming white Scandinavian style cottage interiors in a property called the Hatch (Beach Studios) near London. #scandinavianstyle #cottage #interiordesign #whitedecor

And I do feel like a broken record with how much I find myself saying “just paint it white.”

Multiple shades of white mix for a glorious cloud-like interior. Scandinavian style white Nordic French design details as well as spare decor style meet English countryside charm in "The Hatch," a photographic location in Wiltshire. Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote of the Beach Studios. #livingroom #scandinavian #interiordesign #whitedecor #frenchnordic #nordicFrench #Swedishstyle #serene #shabbychic

But I really am that passionate about white paint. I really do find myself joyful when there’s a wet paintbrush in my hand as something is being transformed.

Maine Coon cat in a Scandinavian style white cottage (Beach Studios). #mainecoon #cats

Oh these country cats! Even though we had a few cats when I was a child, I haven’t had one as a pet in adulthood. So it’s all new as I watch our sons enjoy living with theirs.

Flower quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson on Hello Lovely Studio. #tennyson #flowerquotes #flowerpoem

I have even heard a cat can become the soul of a house.

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

Plain English Classic Country Kitchen

How on earth do you keep them off your kitchen counters and tables?

Multiple shades of white mix for glorious cloud-like Country French Nordic White Interiors. Scandinavian style white Nordic French design details as well as spare decor style meet English countryside charm in "The Hatch," a photographic location in Wiltshire. Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote of the Beach Studios. #livingroom #scandinavian #interiordesign #whitedecor #frenchnordic #nordicFrench #Swedishstyle #serene #shabbychic

And how would one ever keep an indoor cat with gardens as inviting as these?

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

Back to the business of white Nordic cottage style…isn’t this exterior lantern charming in the bath? And don’t you love how European cottages often have beadboard or “boarded walls” even in the bath?

Clawfoot tub in Charming white Scandinavian style cottage interiors in a property called the Hatch (Beach Studios) near London. #scandinavianstyle #cottage #interiordesign #whitedecor

Americans seem more shy about using wood on the wall in bathrooms. I personally boarded the walls of our main bath and painted them with at least four coats of chalky white. They look old and imperfect just the way I prefer.

Maine Coon cat in a Scandinavian style white cottage (Beach Studios). #mainecoon #cats
Relationship quote (love quote!) by Walt Whiitman on Hello Lovely Studio. #lovequotes #romanticquotes

Nordic Whites & Spare Style in a Bedroom

Relaxed style means there isn’t an attempt to match all your whites.

Multiple shades of white mix for a glorious cloud-like interior. Scandinavian style white Nordic French design details as well as spare decor style meet English countryside charm in "The Hatch," a photographic location in Wiltshire. Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote of the Beach Studios. #livingroom #scandinavian #interiordesign #whitedecor #frenchnordic #nordicFrench #Swedishstyle #serene #shabbychic

Floors can be bright snowy white, walls can be greyed-white, and furniture can be creamy. The mix suggests an evolved look (maybe it evolved, maybe it didn’t…there are thoughtful ways of achieving the look).

Charming white Scandinavian style cottage interiors in a property called the Hatch (Beach Studios) near London. #scandinavianstyle #cottage #interiordesign #whitedecor

It’s always smart to take advantage of vertical storage in cozy cottages, and there’s something so timeless about unfitted kitchens. In the USA, it seems more common to gut a space and start over, changing the look completely rather than simply updating or enhancing it.

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

I’m not a terrific gardener so I can’t offer much helpful commentary, but I know what I like. And I love seeing the mass of terracotta pots looking so promising and rustic.

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

It’s interesting to note that not all the floors received glossy white paint. Here we can see how high contrast feels with white:

Bathroom - Charming white Scandinavian style cottage interiors in a property called the Hatch (Beach Studios) near London. #scandinavianstyle #cottage #interiordesign #whitedecor
White inspirational quote and Christmas song "Oh Holy Night" lyric. #christmassong #inspirationalquote #lyric #ohholynight
LONG LAY THE WORLD IN SIN AND ERROR PINING…certainly a powerful Christmas song lyric.

Charming Cats in a Charming English Country House

Deep windows in old homes are such an amazing feature, aren’t they?

Maine Coon cat in a Scandinavian style white cottage (Beach Studios). #mainecoon #cats

And here’s a pretty Nordic moment with touches of rosy pink.

Bedroom - Charming white Scandinavian style cottage interiors in a property called the Hatch (Beach Studios) near London. #scandinavianstyle #cottage #interiordesign #whitedecor

I spy rustic baskets ‘neath the bed which are perfect for storage, and I’m also noticing that sometimes you must simply ignore where the windows are in a small bedroom.

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

After all, it is what lies just outside those windows that makes up for those quirky vintage cottage features.

Bedroom - Charming white Scandinavian style cottage interiors in a property called the Hatch (Beach Studios) near London. #scandinavianstyle #cottage #interiordesign #whitedecor
Brene Brown quote about curiosity, learning, joy, and flow - Hello Lovely Studio. #brenebrownquotes

Rich Color Outside Pale Interiors

If a white and rustic French look appeals, make sure to visit the story HERE.

English country cottage exterior and gardens at the Hatch near London (Beach Studios). #cottageexterior #cottagegarden

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Winter White Accents

Inspirational quote from Dr. Pippa Grange (Fear Less) about surrender and mystery on Hello Lovely Studio. #surrenderquotes #personalgrowthquotes #mysteryquotes

A Favorite Contemporary Christmas Hymn

Have a favorite Christmas hymn? I especially love OH HOLY NIGHT and also ‘Noel.’ If you have not heard this particular arrangement, you’re in for a lovely surprise!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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13 Comments

  1. November 12, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    Hi Michele! I love The Sound of Music, thanks for those classic lyrics! The happiest time of year is right around the corner my friend!
    xoxo
    Holly

    • Michele
      Author
      November 12, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      You’re so welcome, Holly. Thinking of you as you gear up for your show! 🙂

  2. showbizhouse
    November 13, 2019 / 12:04 am

    This blog is really interesting.
    Happy Blogging

  3. Amy
    November 15, 2019 / 1:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Noel! Such beautiful words/music and such beautiful images too! Oh my… we must have watched Sound of Music a million times when my girls were growing up…one of their very favorites…so those lyrics bring back such fond memories.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 15, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      Yes! I recall Sound of Music being one of those Sunday night movies when I was a kid, and I was always anxious to rush home from Sunday night church to watch it. I sang My Favorite Things in at least one solo contest so it brings back a flood of good memories too. 🙂

  4. Sandy
    December 10, 2020 / 7:09 am

    I absolutely loved everything about your post. Breathtaking!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 10, 2020 / 3:55 pm

      I am crazy about their work because it feels so undone and understated! Thanks for reading.

  5. Amy
    December 10, 2020 / 4:23 pm

    Another example of hardly anything hanging on the walls, & I love that peacefulness. I keep leaning in that direction in our new home & this continues to motivate me. Who’d have thought mostly bare walls is so appealing?! We do have shiplap in living/dining area/kitchen/foyer …so that does add interest on its own. Your posts… always so inspiring in more ways than one!!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 10, 2020 / 10:32 pm

      So happy to hear that – and I am not surprised you are loving the peacefulness of a spare nest – when you have a colorful imagination, it provides plenty of interest! 🙂

  6. Suzie
    December 12, 2020 / 7:04 pm

    LOVE that cat. 🙂

  7. December 12, 2021 / 11:00 am

    The Tuxedo tomcat who adopted us 7 years ago [stray at our back door] is definitely the soul of our home. To answer your question about keeping cats off the countertops, I don’t have a clue as our Tuxedo doesn’t climb or jump because his first pet parents beat him with a broom. He learned the hard way and is petrified of brooms or any object with a long handle. He also won’t stink up his house with a litter box so uses the men’s room in the outdoor flowerbed no matter how cold it is. He does nothing wrong. No scratching of furniture and lays where I put a white towel. Great communicator and very affectionate. We love him to Pluto and back a million times.
    The Maine Coon is lovely.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 12, 2021 / 6:19 pm

      Oh Colleen, I’ll never tire of hearing stories about your sweet rescue. I had no idea cats were so diverse in their behavior and personalities. I love learning about them. Our younger son’s tabby is the sweetest thing, and he is in love with his big sister (a Pittie rescue who loves him back). They bring so much joy and demand so very little! 🙂

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Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
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Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
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French Country Rattan Basket Set
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Rattan Basket With Lid
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Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
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White Matelasse Quilt
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Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
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Pamela Arm Chair
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French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
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Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
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Holborn Lantern Pendant
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French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
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Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
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White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
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Round Woven Placemat Set
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