Period Living Magazine May 2020

This is our actual real life kitchen on the front cover of this beautiful magazine
© Period Living Magazine May 2020

I was lucky enough to be plucked from obscurity (Cambridgeshire specifically but I spend my days redirecting delivery drivers to our actual house so I feel pretty obscure) by Period Living Magazine who persuaded me to allow them to photograph our house last summer.

Our kitchen styled by the very clever Pippa Blenkinsop and photographed by the super talented Brent Darby. © Period Living Magazine May 2020

I was ridiculously excited and gently terrified. What about the hole in the kitchen ceiling? I haven’t washed my linen sofa covers since my father-in- law threw a bottle of red wine over them when the boys team won the Articulate contest at Christmas! I didn’t articulate these particular thoughts (perhaps that’s why the girls team lose every year?) but I did warn them that Instagram is full of beautiful photos of corners but spin round 180 degrees and there is all the daily gumpf (mountains of paperwork but whose is it? Most bills are now paperless and I am a stay at home mum and my husband works out of an office, do we have tiny office laden house elves who come out at night squeaking : “Skip to it elves, more paper, more piles, we don’t have long, she managed to hide the last pile under her bed, we only have one night to replace The Big Toppler (that’s the one that I manage to successfully move to the other side of the room whilst I am taking the photo that then falls over, onto me and the beautifully curated (well: tidy) scene. Add nerf bullets, Barbies, wooden scooters that harbour ankle vendettas, children’s socks, books and Bear Yo Yo packets and this is not a Period Living look!

Our living room filled with magazine summeriness

The team were very kind and explained that they could shoot round our lifestyle choices and somehow managed to create magic out of the mayhem. I have included just a couple of the amazing photos here but please do go to their website or even better, treat yourself to an actual real life copy and witness what magic an extraordinary photographer and a very clever stylist can weave around the destruction caused by fiendish elves.

Thank you for reading, Happy Silk Purse Thursday X

Period Living are very sweetly offering an exclusive 10 percent discount code using ‘countrycottage’ that can be used at the checkout on their magazine store This code can be used on Period Living single issues and subscriptions and in fact anything on their entire site! Make sure you purchase the MAY edition – that’s MY edition, yes MINE. ALL MINE…ok ten pages of it.

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Jenny Bowlerreply
March 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm


Rebecca Lovattreply
March 26, 2020 at 4:08 pm
– In reply to: Jenny Bowler

Oh thank you so very much. Rebeccax

March 28, 2020 at 8:29 am

Look forward to seeing your beautiful home in print. K x

Rebecca Lovattreply
March 29, 2020 at 3:33 pm
– In reply to: Karen

Thank you so much lovely Rxxxx

Gloria Sheehyreply
April 4, 2020 at 4:19 am

Lovely, as always! So thrilled for your success and new direction! Congratulations! Your friend @littlecreekcottage

Rebecca Lovattreply
April 6, 2020 at 10:41 am
– In reply to: Gloria Sheehy

Oh Gloria! Thank you so very much! Thank you for looking and for being so lovely. xxxxx

June 30, 2020 at 12:54 am

Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

Rebecca Lovattreply
June 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm
– In reply to: ปั้มไลค์

Oh thank you so much, that is really kind. Best wishes. Rebeccax

November 27, 2020 at 6:53 am

What a thrill for you, you have clearly put heart and soul in to your lovely cottage! Personally speaking, as a disinterested housekeeper (the garden is always far more interesting) I’d be keen to see the real life elf styled house too, just so I don’t lose all hope as my house has been left to the local elves for too long.
Kate in Oz

Rebecca Lovattreply
November 28, 2020 at 11:24 am
– In reply to: Kate

Oh thank you so much! What a gorgeous comment! You really don’t want to see the ‘elf mess’ – mainly because you can barely see anything at all for their midnight shenanigans!!! I too have very important jobs to do in the garden so the elf mess will have to wait!!! Thank you so much Rxxx

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