An ethnic feel in an old farmhouse in Provence

Our latest work involved decorating an old 18th-century farmhouse in Provence. It had just been fully and extremely well renovated a few years before, keeping its original features (stone walls and wooden beams) while adding an industrial twist through the treatment of the doors, flooring and windows.

We just had to add our touch to give it a personality which translated our clients’ life; travellers and citizens of the world. We mixed more contemporary furniture with vintage furniture and objects, as well as items brought back by our clients from places like China and Africa. The atmosphere created is cosy but modern and ethnic.

Discover the entrance, kitchen/dining room, and two living rooms:

Teenage girl bedroom in pastels

A cosy bedroom is important for teenagers. A room where they feel cocooned and secure, while studying, watching TV series or simply relaxing with friends. Pastel colours, loads of cushions on a bed and fairy lights are simple ways to bring that cosy feel to a bedroom. Keep it tidy but fun with practical storage (Ikea shelves) and fixing a simple rod between them and the wall with light white sheer curtains to hide clothes hanging. Add a square frame of black and white BFF pictures to give it that final personalised touch!

Cushions, bed sheets and cover from H&M Home. Shelving units, curtains and baskets from Ikea. Desk – French antique. Desk chair copy of Eames DSW chair.


Redecorating a family home on a low budget

The owners of this lovely cottage in South West London had just moved in and were a little overwhelmed by their recent move, struggling to organise their clothes and toys, and wanting their children and guest to feel at home in their new house as soon as possible.

The budget needed to be reasonable as many rooms required decorating. Many of the decoration items were sourced in local charity shops, Ikea and Homebase. The existing furniture was repainted and placed in different rooms from where they originally were located.

Finally the kitchen was given a modern twist with a black board wall, and some nice framed prints of Italian food, the owners being food lovers and with Italian roots.

The modern reception room was given a South African touch, the owner being a native from there.

Mediterranean feel in South West London

This family home had a wonderful potential for its tenants who were looking to make it more welcoming and cosy on a small budget. From the Mediterranean region, they wanted to bring a bit of their roots to the place.

See the rooms before here.

Belle & Cosy helped create a proper desk space in the dining room/conservatory integrating a stylish office area so that it wouldn’t ruin the inviting dining space. The dining room table and chairs were sanded and painted to give them a second life and a bright and modern look. With a lovely discounted fabric found in a local shop, the chairs’ seats were easily covered. The teal blue combined with oak and whites brought the final Mediterranean touch to the room.

In the library room, which leads to the conservatory, we created a welcoming spot for a nice cup of tea or coffee with friends, linking the two rooms through the teal and white theme. A coffee table was made out of pallets and two Eames armchairs did the trick!

Softness was brought through light white curtains and the Ikea ceiling light. The tenants say they now feel at home!

Revamp your home now to enjoy at the spring season!


Photo: Marie-Claire Maison

Do you need to revamp your property to rent or sell quicker? Do you need advice on a property you just bought that needs work done to it or simply a more personal and functional interior?  At Belle and Cosy , that is our specialty!

Now is the time of the year to start thinking about it, so that coming Spring, you are all set to enjoy the benefits!

See how we work on About Us and contact us quickly before we get too busy!

A family home in Mortlake

No shelves, no wardrobes, no colour and hosting a family of 6… this house was tired and hard to organise due to the lack of storage space.

This was a challenging project but with some clever and affordable purchases, some paint decoration and storage added, this home was brought to life. It is now fresh, bright and colourful, with great space to hide away the mess of daily life!

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A summer cottage in Normandy

This summer house by the sea in Normandy was built in the 70s and presented the typical decor of that time.

The owners did not want to spend a fortune on its renovation, as it was their secondary home. However, they wanted to make it more cosy and current for their children and grand-children to enjoy more often. With some paint decoration, including on the existing furniture, some simple accessories themed around the sea, and some touches of colours, this home has now a more contemporary look.

Belle & Cosy revisited the space organisation and decoration of the living room and the kitchen. The owners were so inspired by our work that they have since painted other rooms of the house…

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A 1970s architect home in Helsinki

This large, very large, home in Helsinki had been built by an architect in the 1970s, and extended by the owners in the 90s. The volumes of this Finnish house were impressive, but it was dark and earthy, using dark wood and stones as walls. The tenants wanted to bring colour and as much light as possible, knowing that winter lasts 5 months a year there and that brightness is key to the morale in Finland. Belle & Cosy had the wooden walls and doors painted in a very light grey to brighten up the whole house, keeping the living and dinning rooms’ walls in wood, to keep some of its original features. The furniture and objects were used to bring warmth and colour to the place.

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