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?
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.