Harnham House: A Taste for the Traditional


Hannah from Harnham House

Inspired by an earthy colour palette and warm, natural textures, Hannah from Harnham House shares her style and inspiration – and how to replicate it…

Drawn to Harnham House for its convenient location and short walk to Salisbury city centre, Hannah, Ollie, their two cats, Winnie Pooh and Maggie, and spaniel, Evie, moved into their beautiful Victorian home in spring 2018. Previously rented, it needed a little TLC. “A lot of the floors were rotten and there was no character for such an old home so it needed an injection of creativeness and life. In the last few years we’ve replaced all of the downstairs floors, put in a new bathroom and renovated the bedrooms.”

Timeless interiors at Harnham House
“I want our home to be practical but beautiful too. I don’t want to be precious about the things in it.”

Sparked by a love for traditional, country interiors, Hannah admits they are drawn to timeless furniture, artwork and home accessories. Creating a home with life and character with meaningful pieces and furniture that are built to last. “I think the age of the house has inspired us, alongside with its beautiful location. Harnham House is in a very old and quaint part of Salisbury so adopting traditional, country interiors felt right.”

Before work begins on a new project, Hannah admits she takes a logical – and aspirational – approach. Bridging the two to create a space that feels functional yet homely and lived in. “We want our home to be practical but aesthetically pleasing, so I always consider what the space will be used for. This then raises questions like the right paint finish to use, the type of furniture we want to invest in or what storage we will need. The kitchen has been the biggest transformation. It’s so light and fresh and feels really inviting. It’s the hub of our home and the room I like spending the most time in.”

Farmhouse Painted shoe bench
“Our Farmhouse Painted hallway bench is a great addition to our home, practically and aesthetically. I use the baskets for dog toys, shoes and reusable bags. The top seat is great and always looks so inviting to sit on.”

“If I’m honest, I love moving things around and refresh spaces more often than every season. Whether it’s a fresh lick of paint, introducing new pieces of artwork or even just restyling your shelves. It doesn’t take much to keep a space feeling fresh and exciting.

I find switching up your table décor is a lovely way to commemorate the change in seasons.”  Sticking to a palette of earthy tones – smoky greens and soft neutrals paired with brilliant white – their home celebrates nature and the changing seasons, whilst staying sympathetic to the age and location. Adding in natural textures, like dried seed heads, and patterned fabrics creates interest and a sense of personality. “I want our home to be practical but beautiful too. I don’t want to be precious about the things in it.”

Follow Hannah’s interiors journey @harnhamhouse. For more beautiful homes, follow us on Instagram @cotswoldco.

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