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  • Country Cottage Cosy

    I BELIEVE!!!! Hallelujah! I am converted! I LOVE AUTUMN!!! What a glorious season, a time to run carefree through leaves (well – maybe watch out for hedgehogs and fox poo…), a time to gather and harvest. A time to pull on cosy jumpers and plodge through puddles in wellies, returning home to warm up by La Aga and stuff faces with autumnal morsels (any fruit in cake and jam). Hang…

  • Florals

    I realised with my last couple of blogs that they are both floral based. Years ago when we first moved into this shell of a cottage, I read Ros Byam Shaw’s brilliant book “English Cottage” and although our house has most of the elements of the styles listed in this beautiful book, Romance is the one that sang out for me and my ‘rustic charm’! More specifically: Florals, Ros (I’m…

  • Floral Paintings

    Interview with artist Emma Perring Many people have commented upon the numerous paintings of florals and textile explorations that we have in our home. When you live in an old cottage that requires off white walls but when one is a secret lover of colour, paintings allow our walls to brighten our lives. We are extremely fortunate to have inherited a wealth of paintings from my husbands Great Aunt Muriel…

  • Craftsmanship

    Modern houses often make me extremely very jealous: “You have windows that OPEN?” “Your walls don’t let in the breeze?” “Your roof doesn’t house mice, squirrels, birds and spiders the size of your hand?” “What sort of miracle building do you live in? How do I get me one?”. But for all these modern quirks, I would still blindly, stupidly pick an old run down thatched cottage over a new…

  • What makes an English Country Cottage?

    The article in Period Living Magazine (May 2020 with ME in it…well, ok,the house…) has made me think about what makes “Effortless rural style” (Period Living May 2020 about MEEEEE…the house). I was quoted as saying: ” ‘I wanted (to create) an English country homewith lots of textures, fabrics, rugs, thick curtains and comfy, sink-insofas.’  Thankfully they didn’t misquote me or force me to take them to court fordefamation of…