Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Prime Social Coastal; Inspired by Suffolk's Soothing Palette, Interior Decorator Eva Johnson Conjured Up Her Farmhouse Idyll, Discovers Katherine Sorrell in a New Book on Country Escapes SECOND IN OUR SERIES RURAL TREATS: SUFFOLK Rich City

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Prime Social Coastal; Inspired by Suffolk's Soothing Palette, Interior Decorator Eva Johnson Conjured Up Her Farmhouse Idyll, Discovers Katherine Sorrell in a New Book on Country Escapes SECOND IN OUR SERIES RURAL TREATS: SUFFOLK Rich City

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Byline: KATHERINE SORRELL

SUFFOLK is that bizarre mix of unspoilt and chichi and has long attracted Londoners to its wide pebbly beaches, vast open skies and its views over the flat countryside. Southwold, on the coast, is perhaps the county's poshest town, with plenty of Prada in the shops and olives at the deli.

Within walking distance is the pretty village of Walberswick, with its connections to the Freud family, and now Richard Curtis. Further down the coast is Aldeburgh, famed for its music festival started by Benjamin Britten.

Newmarket, on the westernmost tip near Cambridge, is the centre of the UK horseracing business. The historic and impressive market town of Bury St Edmunds sits at the centre of the county.

Space is often plentiful and it's not uncommon to find a house with a good amount of land around it for not too silly a price (do a search on Prime Location and the maximum price for a country pile is under [pounds sterling]3.5 million, with many substantial houses costing less than [pounds sterling]1 million).

It's often thought that Suffolk's lack of motorway (it's the only county in England without one running through it) is responsible for its reasonable house prices, but the people who live there, and weekend there, mostly consider it a bonus.

Interior decorator Eva Johnson has certainly made the most of the country quiet, finding inspiration for her designs in the idyllic corner of Suffolk where she has a farmhouse.

Surrounded by fields and not far away from a pretty church and a moat, her property is in a fine spot.

And, in the most casual and subtle of ways, Johnson has made the most of its beautiful countryside setting, emphasising light and space with pale colours and restrained patterns, and using simple, often inexpensive furnishings with utter individuality and unselfconscious panache. …

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