Be inspired by Susie’s beautiful Gloucestershire cottage

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When Susie moved into her 1850s home six years ago, it looked like it had been stuck in the 1970s so she stripped it back to reveal the original features. In the living room, cladding disguised the beautiful stone fireplace.

1/10 Living room

living room with fireplace and armchair

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2/10 Living room shelving

living room with sofa with cushions

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Alcove shelving is such a great feature and lets Susie put her favourite pieces on display in the living room without taking up valuable floor space.

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3/10 Kitchen

kitchen with cabinets and wooden worktop

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The kitchen units were designed by a local cabinetmaker and have been painted a pale duck-egg colour, which works really well with the neutral Aga and walls. Stone flooring was laid too, and means cleaning up muddy dog pawprints is a cinch.

Units paint
Pavilion Blue by Farrow & Ball

4/10 Kitchen shelving

wooden shelves with groceries

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Give some old shelves a bit of a revamp, like Susie has with these. The distressed finish fits in perfectly with her shabby-chic-style kitchen and brings out the original character of the cottage.

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5/10 Kitchen bureau

wooden shelves with dinner set

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Make a feature of pretty crockery with a wooden dresser to show it off. Here, Susie has grouped plain and patterned china in similar colours to maximise the effect in her kitchen.

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6/10 Living room entrance

white front door

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Learning to sew has certainly let Susie put a personal stamp on her home. She made all the curtains, blinds and cushions herself, so she has been able to have things exactly as she wants them.

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7/10 Bathroom

bathroom with bathtub

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The bathroom suite and accessories came from Baileys Home in Hereford, one of Susie's favourite shops. The look is uncluttered and fuss-free, with hints of traditional in the wood bath panel, but the modern comfort of a heated towel rail.

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8/10 Main bedroom

bedroom with white wall and double bed

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Create a beautiful patchwork of pattern in your bedroom with a mix of florals and checks in complementary tones. Susie made the quilt and blind herself and combined them with high-street buys.

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9/10 Guest bedroom

bedroom with double bed and window sill with cushions

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The spare room may have the same neutral walls as the main bedroom, but the blue accents give the space a very different feel. It's a great example of how changing your soft furnishings can alter your look dramatically.

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10/10 The garden

external view of the house

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When Susie first moved in, the garden was just a grassy hill. It's since been stepped to make the most of the space where she grows her own fruit and veg. There's even room to keep some hens, too.

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