Period Inspiration: Netflix’s ‘Anne With An E’

There’s nothing that states ‘required viewing’ for me than when a new TV series is accompanied by swoon-worthy interiors and new Netflix show ‘Anne with an E’ (a re-boot of the iconic Anne of Green Gables) is a living breathing evocation of everyones favourite modern crafted brands – it’s basically Restoration Hardware meets Farrow and Ball by way of Plain English Kitchens.

Set in the 1900’s the tale is of a vibrant and imaginative orphan mistakenly sent to Green Gables, the remote farm of spinster brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in the bucolic village of Avonlea. The pair wanted a boy orphan to help with the chores, but eager, imaginative, drama-queen Anne makes an impression on the pair and stays on – thriving in the close-knit farming village and brightening up Green Gables.

Chalky paint finishes, restrained palettes and austere but charming room sets make for a Vermeer-esque array of interiors. The Cuthbert farmhouse features expansive rooms – wide varnished floorboards, whitewashed tongue and groove walls, glorious oak dining tables, black spindle chairs and covetable industrial lighting.

Just look at the glorious moss green trims on the farmhouse’s exterior!

The Cuthbert’s farmhouse is a symphony of restrained textures and colour. Chalky paint finishes, homespun linen curtains, glimmers of glass, dull pewter and apothecary jars.

Schoolhouse chic…

This neutral room is a work of art…


Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

7 Comments on Period Inspiration: Netflix’s ‘Anne With An E’

  1. Anna
    Thursday, June 1st, 2017 13:14 at 1:14 pm (5 years ago)

    I love anything that is period. I find myself watching period dramas on TV a lot. Great inspiration. I always wonder what it would have been like to live in times like these. There are certain mod cons that I really do not think I would miss.

  2. carmel
    Thursday, June 1st, 2017 13:48 at 1:48 pm (5 years ago)

    I too love period dramas. I wish my home had some period features but it’s quite modern and a little boring!

  3. Daniel
    Thursday, June 1st, 2017 17:26 at 5:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Period properties make for such great refurb projects. We see a lot within our work in Bristol

  4. Tom Field
    Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 14:51 at 2:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks Rohini. Some gorgeous period furniture on show here – absolutely love the dining table, spindle chairs and bench combination in the first shot above. Finding such furniture is often a challenge these days, but it’s definitely possible and is well worth the effort, as it’s got such wonderful character and is usually very well built.

  5. Rohini Wahi
    Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 21:52 at 9:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Tom – totally agree – so much character and longevity in these pieces. It’s also the simplicity in these pieces that bring out the best in the materials. Just love the whole look!

  6. Rohini Wahi
    Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 21:59 at 9:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Anna – I’m a sucker for Period Dramas too! : )

  7. Mary
    Friday, June 16th, 2017 23:28 at 11:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Inspiration can come from so many places, and TV shows are certainly rife with designs and aesthetics that we might not normally think of ourselves. But seeing on the screen, the way people move about and interact with the space, can really transform a set into an interior design inspiration. Thanks for sharing this!

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