Inside Sienna Miller’s charming English country cottage

Written Leah Dolan, CNN

British actress Sienna Miller is no stranger to the countryside. In fact, she bought her idyllic rural retreat over a decade ago. The purchase came after Miller’s big breaks in the industry “Alfie” (2004) and “Puff Cake” (2004); a brief but highly publicized relationship with co-star Jude Law and her subsequent anointing as one of London’s “It Girl” of the noughties. “It was a time when the press paid a lot of attention to me, and I wanted to escape somewhere,” Miller explained in an interview. exclusive interview with Architectural Digest for their annual September issue of Style. “I bought this house on a whim – it offers sanctuary. I also wanted to find a place where family and friends could gather. It has a sense of care, it’s a home with a heart,” the cover star said.

“When I heard that Sienna Miller had recently restored and beautified her 16th-century English country house after leaving it untouched for nearly a decade, I was thrilled to feature it on our cover,” said Architectural Digest global editorial director Amy Astley. . CNN via email. “Siena has a very natural, personal sense of style and her charming aesthetic has completely transformed the cottage into a warm, cozy and romantic getaway.”

Miller says her country escape is “cared for; this is a house with a heart. Credit: Simon Upton

During the lockdown, the thatched cottage has been given new life by an old friend and Miller’s first acting employer, Gaby Dellal: a film and theater director with a knack for finding one-of-a-kind items at reclamation sites and recycling merchandise dealers. Although Dellal was not a professional interior designer, his own elaborately appointed homes in London and Cornwall were enough to convince Miller. “I wanted Gaby’s house!” she said.

A clever mix of colors and a penchant for vintage furnishings make the space stylish yet casual.

A clever mix of colors and a penchant for vintage furnishings make the space stylish yet casual. Credit: Simon Upton

Like the actor’s famous fashion sense, Miller’s pastoral retreat features effortless chic – the look we now know takes a lot of work. The décor – an eclectic clash of colors here (see above: her pink and green kitchen), an antique sink there – seems like a fluke, but it actually took Dellal a painstaking amount of time. From firing the structural beams of the building to get the right shade of wood (“The beams were all black, which I can’t stand. An antique kilim carpet dyed with all-natural vegetable dyes, Miller’s house is a master class in completely imperfect workmanship.

Sienna Miller is the cover star for the September issue of Architectural Digest Style magazine this year.

Sienna Miller is the cover star for the September issue of Architectural Digest Style magazine this year. Credit: Simon Upton

The rooms are also a treasure trove of vintage finds, from twenty steel-framed Crittal windows Dellal found on eBay and Victorian room dividers covered in green and purple chintz to blue and white ceramic-inspired wallpaper dating from the 1950s. Miller, who lived in New York during the lockdown, was unable to visit the location for 6 months during reconstruction. “I couldn’t believe in the transformation – I knew it had great potential, but when I saw this meadow in front of the house planted with wild flowers, I burst into tears,” she said. “And all this was achieved in such a short period of time. Gaby is a true artist. Everything has a story, like kitchen cabinets made from old school desks, and a real sense of place – it’s a work of art. digression, but by no means precious. Every time I stay here, I discover new aspects for myself.”

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