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Issue 103 · DIY Holiday Decor · December 17, 2013

Steal This Look: The Olde Bell Inn Dining Room

Issue 103 · DIY Holiday Decor · December 17, 2013

Ilse Crawford's design for the Olde Bell Inn, an Elizabethan-era hotel in the UK, is a brilliant mashup of rustic and modern—you can almost smell the wood smoke. Recreate the look with the elements shown below.

The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

Above: Ilse Crawford of Studioilse designed the dining room at the Olde Bell Inn, which features black-painted ceiling beams, chairs, and doorways. Photographs of the Olde Bell Inn via Design Tripper.

The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

Above: Crawford used leather straps to anchor Welsh blankets to high-back benches.

The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

Above: Matthew Hilton Fin Chairs for De La Espada (see below) contrast with traditional textiles.

The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

Above: Tea is served in traditional red-clay Brown Betty teapots.

Davey Box Wall Light Remodelista

Above: Venerable UK company Davey Lighting began making lights in the 19th century; the Box Wall Light is simultaneously modern and historical; it's available at Heal's for £415. For something similar in the US, consider the Union Filament Bath Sconce ($239) from Restoration Hardware.

English Floor Rush Matting

Above: Crawford sourced hand-woven rush matting from Rush Matters in Bedfordshire, England. English Floor Rush Matting is made to measure, starting at £150 per square meter.

Black Salt Chair from Design Within Reach | Remodelista

Above: The simple Windsor-style Salt Chair in black is $98 from Design Within Reach.

Bench With Black

Above: Studioilse's Bench With Black for De La Espada is made of solid chestnut and has copper feet.

Fin Dining Chair

Above: UK designer Matthew Hilton's Fin Dining Chair is available in American white oak or American black walnut; $1,125 at De La Espada.

Tregwynt Welsh Tapestry Blankets | Remodelista

Above: The dining room banquettes are outfitted with Welsh tapestry blankets. Blankets from Melin Tregwynt's Black and White Collection start at £129. For a leather strap like the ones fastening the blankets, try the Chestnut English Bridle Leather Strap; $15.80 for the 84-inch version from Outfitters Supply.

Antique tarnished pewter plates

Above: Tarnished antique pewter platters; for something similar, consider Juliska's Pewter Stoneware line.

Rae Dunn Party Dress Platter | Remodelista

Above: Stamped plates are displayed on the dining room walls. For a similar look, San Francisco-based ceramist Rae Dunn makes hand-stamped porcelain plates like this Party Dress Platter for $125.

Vintage Skeleton Keys

Above: Accessorize with iron keys, like a set of Antique Skeleton Keys for $16 from Key Boogie on Etsy; photograph via French Gypsy on Etsy.

Peugeot Dark Brown Wood Pepper Mill | Remodelista

Above: Peugeot's Dark Wood Pepper Mill is $43.32 at Amazon. It's one of the designs featured in Remodelista, our new book, in the Remodelista 100, a roundup of our favorite everyday objects.

Brown Betty Teapot

Above: The classic Brown Betty Teapot is made of terracotta and finished with a brown glaze; the six-cup size is $26.99 at the English Tea Store.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 13, 2012 as part of our issue, The Celtic Angle.

Steal This Look is a longstanding weekly Remodelista column. Have a look at all the Steal This Looks in our archive, including A Low-Cost Kitchen for Serious Cooks and A Finnish Cottage Kitchen and Dining Room.



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