Cotswold Cottage Design Schemes

We are getting so close to completing the work at the cottage now – things have slowed unsurprisingly in the last couple of weeks, but we are still moving slowly with exciting things such as the kitchen marble being installed next week and the final joinery and carpets the week after.

I am hoping to be able to share the finished cottage with you by late April, but in the meantime I wanted to give you a sneak peak of some of the rooms. I’ve not done this before, but would love to know if it’s something you are interested to see before the finished room reveals?

Laura Butler-Madden's Cotswold Cottage Design Scheme

First up is the kitchen – this is a room I have loved designing! My overall scheme for the cottage has been a little bit different to the classic Cotswold cottage look. This wasn’t a deliberate decision, but just ended up that way I wanted it to feel like a fun and happy place to spend time and the first decision I made was the fabric for the curtains and blinds in the kitchen. I fell in love with the monkey print and loved the monochrome feel to it with splashes of colour – that led the creative process for the rest of the house.  Those who have followed me for a while know that I love natural finished – woods, marbles, rattans; tactile textures and fabrics, you will see lots of that in the finished space.

Laura Butler-Madden's Cotswold Cottage Design Scheme

The master bedroom scheme was built around the beautiful headboard – I spotted this one on 1st Dibs for a crazy price. After more research I found it from a high street supplier, absolutely identical and a fraction of the price 🙂 This post is purely to show you my designs, but I promise to share all my suppliers when the cottage is done and I do the full room reveals. This headboard is such a winner and I can’t wait to see it in the room.

Laura Butler-Madden's Cotswold Cottage Design Scheme

I always start each room with a piece of art, a fabric or a wallpaper that I have fallen in love with. I keep images, samples and mentally note things all the time, so that I have a good stock to come back to. For this room is was the stripey sofa that started the room off – love at first site and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I then added in some soft pinks and greens, along with more monochrome and textured accessories. The cottage rooms are very petite, so I’m keeping the colour palette very soft in the main, using paint colours from Farrow & Ball’s white selection and bringing in the colour and character throughout using furniture and art.


Laura Butler-Madden's Cotswold Cottage Design Scheme

The snug is a little room off the kitchen and will be mainly used to relax and read or watch TV. I wanted it to be calm and understated, yet cosy. The wallpaper adds a lovely texture to the space. We are also having a lovely drinks cabinet built for the corner of the room, as I imagine it will be a lovely spot to sit in the daytime with a newspaper or with a cocktail of a gin and tonic in the evening 🙂

Laura Butler-Madden's Cotswold Cottage Design Scheme

Finally this is the scheme for Lily’s room. I fell in love with this leopard wallpaper when I first saw it and have been waiting for the right space to use it. I love it for Lily, as it’s fun but also stylish if adults ever need to sleep in there. Once the cottage is finished we will be letting it out as a holiday cottage, as well as using it as our own country bolthole, so I was conscious to make this room quite versatile. There is another double bedroom (the cottage sleeps six in total), but I haven’t quite finished the designs for that yet!

I really hope you have enoyed this post and that it’s been a little bit of a distraction in these crazy times. Hopefully it’s given you a little taste of what’s to come soon. I am so excited to share the finished home with you over the next few weeks!

Take care of yourselves and your families.

Sending lots of love.

Laura x


  1. Hester March 21, 2020 / 8:39 pm

    Definitely interested in these ‘pre – reveal reveals’. Loving all of this and can’t wait for final images.

  2. Kathryn March 22, 2020 / 9:41 pm

    Such a lovely post, can’t wait to see your cottage when it’s finished x

  3. Nia March 28, 2020 / 9:01 pm

    Lovely post, has cheered me up – can’t wait for the cottage reveal. In the meantime, may I please ask for details of the monkey fabric intended for the kitchen?

    • Laura Butler-Madden March 30, 2020 / 8:39 am

      Thank you so much. Longing to get it finished – who knows when now!
      The fabric is by the wonderful Pierre Frey xx

  4. Nia March 31, 2020 / 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much. I will google and hopefully I can order a sample from somewhere x

  5. Renee April 1, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    Dear Laura, this has been such a pleasure. From the first that we began reading your blog it has always been such an inspiration and wonderful place to visit. Thank you for sharing. ♥️♥️♥️♥️🌸

    • Laura Butler-Madden April 16, 2020 / 1:56 pm

      Hi Renee
      Thank you so much – it’s so kind of you to say. I’m so pleased you still enjoy reading after all these years. I hope to share some more posts soon. I hope you are safe and well.
      Laura x

  6. Emma May 25, 2020 / 7:51 am

    Hello Laura,
    Very much liked the piece in the country homes magazine in January 2020. Noticed you’d used a chevron flooring through the ground floor. Would you mind me asking what the product is?
    It’s quite a big decision for our kitchen/dining room and the wood look is currently edging it!

    • Laura Butler-Madden May 26, 2020 / 9:30 am

      Hi Emma
      Thank you so much for your message, the Chevron we used in Dorset was from Marmorea in Battersea. Trunk also have a stunning selection and also Havwoods are worth a look.
      Best of luck with it!

  7. Sarah June 24, 2020 / 9:38 am

    Hi Laura I just watched your stories on Instagram. The cottage looks amazing . I loved the fitted wardrobes in Lily’s room. I am looking to install
    Some fitted furniture in my sons room so currently doing some research 😁 did you use a company to install them or a carpenter? X

    • Laura Butler-Madden June 25, 2020 / 9:33 am

      Hi Sarah
      Thank you so much for your message, I’m so pleased that you like the cottage! The wardrobes were made by our joiner, if you find someone locally to you they should be able to make similar. Make sure you try to get a personal recommendation though.
      Laura x

  8. Nia July 4, 2020 / 8:02 am

    Hi Laura! I see you’ve started on the room schemes for Bath – will you be doing a similar post to the cottage on here?

  9. Sereana August 9, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    Love this r3novation, so inspired.Please can you tell me where you bought the cushions and vase from for the snug please. Many thanks

  10. Sereana August 9, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    What a fabulous transformation. Please can you tell me where the cushions for the snug are from and also the lamp from the master. Lots of inspiration as always. Thankyou!

  11. Nia August 23, 2020 / 9:35 am

    May I please ask where the rug in the sitting room scheme is from? And whether you used it and the mint green sofa in the cottage? Thank you x

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