House and Cottage

Long live the good old England! Or how to create a cozy house in the style of actress Andy McDowell.


Star of films "Four weddings and one funeral" and"Groundhog Day" Andy McDowell sells his fabulous estate. You have the opportunity to see it and get ideas. Want to bring the magic of Tudor style to your house? That way! Andy McDowell prefers to lead a solitary lifestyle, and therefore about the device of one of her houses - in the forest suburb of Asheville, Carolina, where, in fact, Andy was born - it became known only when the actress decided to put it up for sale, intending to move to Los Angeles Or to New York for the sake of the career of two of their grown-up daughters. Three-story mansion Andy McDowell - an excellent illustration of the English style of the Tudor Age of the XVI century. What distinguishes it? First of all, a mixture of Gothic styleCatholic temples and bourgeois comfort. The exterior design of the house easily reveals the arched style, so characteristic of the English cult buildings of the Middle Ages. The whimsically broken outer border of the house, when one interior space is embedded in another, and the second floor is often hanging over the first one, is another characteristic feature of this style. We emphasize a special - half-hip - drawingroofs of such houses, when the two planes of the slopes are separated by a visor pulled down over the eyes, which gives the dwelling a somewhat romantic, refined, fabulous look. Under a layer of plaster or cladding, one can easily guess the frame - half-timbered - a structure in which the walls are made of slabs with horizontal and inclined beams, the space between them was strengthened with any filler: brick, branches, clay. Hence the peculiar geometry of the houses in the old colonial English style. Another characteristic feature of similar dwellings is the abundanceThe most different in scale and configuration of windows, from which a beautiful view opens: large, half-volume, as well as auditory, round portholes-portholes. Numerous windows as a link to the surrounding nature are an important detail of the Tudor style. As for the internal filling - this,Undoubtedly, the classical furniture of good quality and the spirit of bourgeois middle class prosperity. Without screaming defiant luxury, everything is moderately, orderly and noble. Comfort and comfort - this is the main concept of interiors in the Tudor style. Large fireplaces, stairs leading to the gallerySecond, private floor, while the first, representative, is open to guests thanks to the kitchen, dining room, living room, pantry, possibly a guest apartment. A lot of natural wood - in the lining, beamson the ceiling. Forged parts, numerous lighting sources: lampshades, lamps, floor lamps. A lot of textiles, carpets. Plush, tapestry, leather surfaces of deep sofas and armchairs, which create cozy recreation areas in different parts of the house. Many beautiful natural man-made things andA touch of individuality, in which the house as if tells the story of the family - all this gives a sense of peace, security and makes the home, indeed, a fortress, a temple, a quiet creek, protecting from the storms and shocks of the outside world.

How to distinguish the Tudor style from many others?

  • If you see an unusual combination of archedPointed gothic, slightly rounded - semi-fine - the line of roofs, a multilevel, whimsically combined - like children's cubes, cubes inserted in another, spaces - most likely it really will be the Tudor style.
  • Numerous windows of different shapes and configurations - from windows to the floor to small round portholes - are also his features.
  • Cozy, small, clearly zoned chamberSpace, where the predominance of finishing with natural materials, man-made things, bear the stamp of the individuality of the owners. Here, each subject is associated with some memories, carries some history and roads not at a price, but the memory of those you love. That's what a slightly fairytale, magical, cozy and exquisite Tudor style - the style of the good old England of the XIV century.
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