As a child Tori Murphy wanted to be a fashion designer but as she grew up her dreams progressed to becoming an artist yet it wasn’t until her mid twenties that she realised she could have a career in textiles. Textiles is an area that allows me to be fluid as it is very creative but can then be applied across many different areas, including homeware, accessories, and elements of…November 21, 2020
In May 2020 our little thatched cottage was featured in Period Living Magazine. It was the culmination of 7 years of creating a family home with my “effortless rural style” – I have taken this as a positive comment on my interior design style rather than a reference to the lack of housekeeping, muddy wellies and occasional strange smell and have created a website to write about interiors, gardening, recipes…March 25, 2020
Before I even viewed it, I knew it was going to be ours – I think you get the house that you are meant to have. I knew Rose Cottage was going to be for us. Yes it’s ANOTHER thatch! I promise this new series won’t all be thatched cottages but this is such a gorgeous little cottage that has been beautifully brought back to life and has a planning…November 14, 2020
The garden is very much going into hibernation mode and while some of my roses are still flowering, the majority of my Summer flowers have now died back. One of the things I love about Spring and Summer is the abundance of blooms you have to play with, both in your garden and in arrangements. However, never underestimate the impact foliage can have on its own during Autumn and Winter. If you are doing any…November 12, 2020
“The house chose me” Hurrah! Come in! Erm…actually this isn’t my house so that’s probably a bit rude. This beautiful cottage belongs to Jane Compton-Leese who lives in Suffolk in a very similar cottage to ours (sometimes I have to look twice at her kitchen before I realise that it’s not one of my photos!!!). It makes sense to kick off my new blog series featuring a myriad of English…November 5, 2020
I can’t quite believe we’re in November already but I’m so glad the month has started with some dry and bright weather! My last few weeks of October were a bit of a wash out so it’s been nice to get back out in the garden and start giving everything a much-needed tidy. I always think of the last few months of the year as a time to reflect, tidy and…November 5, 2020
Hi, welcome to My English Country Cottage, a blog inspired by my successful Instagram page.
I have been writing about our family life in our 400 year old thatched cottage in the middle of nowhere (delivery drivers words) for just over a year and am now braving the world of 'blog'.
I have spent the past seven years making our house a home and have put my experiences into writing about cosy country interiors filled with florals, old books, roaring fires, oak beams and squashy sofas.
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