A florist’s Cheshire home is a haven of peace and tranquility with its pared down palette
The dominant colour in Keith Dawson’s garden is green. The long alleyways are lined with hornbeam hedges, which create intimate pathways that lead to a large lawn with a central hawthorn tree. Ivy covers the floor and covers tree trunks. Aruncus, feathery goat’s hair, and angelica fill the beds.
This same sense of sensibility is also reflected inside the house. The decor is a reflection of the personalities of the inhabitants. The order of the rooms creates a cool atmosphere. The renovations have been meticulously executed and there is no hint of country kitsch. Every switch and every window sash was considered.
Dawson, who is the owner of Alderley Edge’s Potting Shed, has a classic, simple approach to floristry. The house follows the same approach, but it isn’t too bright or colorful. Dawson states, “I love the Belgian garden designer Jacques Wirtz.” I’ve always loved green things and hedges. It is so powerful to make bold statements with the shape of a hedge. Plus, it looks great all year.
Dawson and Eleanor Herald (a solicitor) moved into the Victorian cottage in 2014. They now have a daughter, aged two years. The property is situated on just under an acre in a leafy part of Cheshire. It had been renovated by the previous owner. The couple decided to expand the kitchen by converting three smaller rooms into one and commissioning custom-made units. They also ordered polished concrete work surfaces and concrete work surfaces that were as dark as possible. To store glassware and other kitchen necessities, bulk and apple crates can be used. An oak dining table is surrounded by iron chairs and calfskin seats that are arranged around iron legs. They were all purchased from Heerenhuis in Belgium.