“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. 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. 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.”