Kerrie Griffin, The interior Co

Having sold our family home and having a well earned break, by renting a beautiful house in North Berwick for a while, we have had the opportunity to seriously contemplate our next move. As you may have gathered I am finding this extremely difficult and I have been reaching out to all sorts of people for advice and ideas.

Someone who has been an absolute goldmine of seriously helpful suggestions is Cheshire based, award winning, interior designer Kerrie Griffin, who runs The Interior Co

I love her classic French country styling…

Kerrie is an imaginative and experienced renovator and quite famous for creating the Turtle Dove Hideaway, a remarkably successful holiday let that she carved out of a detached double garage in her garden.

She turned it into a 5 star self catering cottage, giving her guests a luxurious getaway experience in an absolutely beautiful interior.

She has a naturally French shabby chic style and is happy to help anyone who approaches her as a designer, to create this gorgeous look in their own home. She offers an excellent value colour consultation session for £99.

She has sent me some super tips on transforming a staircase, on a budget, with a French ‘grain sack’ motif: to give your home that gorgeous French country feel. You can find her original blog post here.

Paint the edges a fresh white. Kerrie suggests Loft White 222 in an Eggshell finish by the Little Greene Paint Company. You will still be able to get up and down the stairs careful while it dries. Make sure pets are out of the way though because of those loose hairs and footprints. The spring or summer is an ideal time to paint so the drying time can be taken in the garden doing other jobs. It will need to be thoroughly dry before applying masking tape either side to ensure a crisp border either side when you paint the middle section taupe. Plus you still have a dry bit to step on to allow you to go up and down the stairs – again, carefully!

Kerrie suggests Rolling Fog Mid 159, above, again in the Eggshell finish, by the Little Greene Paint Company.

Then Mask off the French stripes. the colour Kerrie suggests for this is James a beautiful French blue, also by the Little Greene Paint Company. I absolutely love it! You will end up with a beautiful, hard wearing finish on your stairs. Any chips or scuffs can easily be repaired, but don’t worry too much: a little bit of distress will just add to the French farmhouse feel of your home!

If you do try this, please share the results in our Facebook Group Home Style Hub – we would love to see!

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