Cottage life is very diverse. A row of cottages may look similar in appearance to its neighbour either side....but once opening the front I guarantee that is usually where the similarities end. Here in the UK most cottages however humble their beginnings have been modernised and updated to offer all modern day comforts.. whilst retaining a little of their former charms. Come see my cottage renovation of what started life probably as an estate cottage of a grand manor house.
The two floors are an exact replica of each other. The ground floor has a large entrance room, leading directly through to the living/dining area and onto the kitchen, the generous stairs take you up to the large L shaped bedroom and around to the bathroom.
Cover & Introduction
Knock at the door, lets see if anyone is at home. This is Mays second home & weekend retreat. Located in London working for an banking giant she rents a basement apartment...so May has designed this home to be full of light and refurbished the windows large enough to enjoy her country views.
Flooded by light throughout this sunny cottage has had internal walls removed to give this spacious one bedroom area the benefit of ample floor space and enables the room to flow.
The fabric used here on the drapes and bedding was found in the old trunk which is now at the foot of the bed. With the aid of modern technology wallpaper was created to match.
The L shaped room has been furnished with a collection of family heirlooms, new pieces and the unexpected delights of antique fares and flee markets.
soft beech wood, off whites and earthy taupe tones create a restful country feel.
The chest that was full of fabric... now make the perfect blanket box.
As night falls soft pink lighting bathes the area and you can view the screen upholstered in matching fabric which partly conceals the bathroom beyond.
A small desk by the window, to enjoy the countryside views and the railed area to the descending stairs.
Cottage life has come along way since stone floor sculleries and mangles for washing. This kitchen with limed oak units and scrubbed pine table has the essence of a country property.. however May now has now a modern but sympathetic renovation.
Large wooden dresser and blue and white check wallpaper enhance the cottage ambience.
Bread, cheese and fruit .... time doesn't change natures bounties.
Units are simple, with wood sink, and small mosaic tiled flooring which is extended up one wall behind the units.
Help yourself to a glass of wine.
Seen from the dinning room area the kitchen is a warm mellow space.
mind your head on that plant.
step out of the kitchen into the dining section where a handsome oak unit divides the space to the sitting area.
the blue and white check fabric has been continued, interspersed with soft grey and a little brown linen.
Views across the room out to the countryside beyond...a floor to ceiling window floods this area with light and is a great place to watch the countryside from.
the entrance area is another reception space in its own right with lots of natural light.
Simplicity and cottage comforts... for the chilly winter nights.