This house is actually two terraced cottages knocked together, dating from the mid-19th century. Set in a lovely village in the Derbyshire countryside, it's been converted into the perfect, cosy family home.
Cottages rarely come up for sale in the nicest parts of Derbyshire, so the owners were thrilled when not one, but two came up next to each other, not long after they started their search.
While living in one cottage, they began major renovations on the other, stripping it right back to the bare bones. Then the switched over, only to discover the other cottage needed even more intense structural work. The whole conversion took several years.
When it came to the decor, the look was uncluttered, modern and neutral, with accessories bringing colour and interest to the rooms. Mellow wooden furniture, accents of rich colour and tactile fabrics give a welcoming feel and the cosy house is made all the more snug in winter when the log burning is fired up.
Originally two cottages, the owners knocked through the create the perfect-sized family home.
A family heirloom, this farmhouse table is well-loved for entertaining. The chairs keep the paired-back wood theme, along with the reclaimed wooden floors. And for an added country touch, the Emma Bridgewater crockery set is perfect for a homely feel.
This kitchen won’t date, with its classic rustic look, neutral design and sturdy cabinet. Soft plum makes the island the focal point against the neutral units, while wood and metal bar stools lend an industrial edge.
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Use up all available space where you can – even in the bathroom. This corner cupboar din warm wood is a handy display cabinet. Further country style comes from the tongue-and-groove panelling and plantation shutters.
This house originally appeared in Country Homes & Interiors, November 2016.