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.
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!
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 myfavouritemagazines.com. 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.
To read the article on line click here: https://www.realhomes.com/completed-projects/real-home-explore-a-restored-17th-century-country-cottage
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