This delightful home, nestled in the Yorkshire Moors, an area best known for hardy and breathtaking beauty, is packed with pretty soft furnishings and country chic style. It took six months of major renovations to give the house a new roof, flooring, plumbing, electrics and windows. Structural work re-organised the rooms to create a new open-plan kitchen/dining room. A utility room and cloakroom were built out of the downstairs bathroom. A bathroom became the study and a bedroom and staircase were converted into an en-suite bathroom and a main bathroom. The house also has three bedrooms and a cellar. Outside a distinctive dry-stone wall is all that separates the cottage garden from miles of rugged countryside and plentiful wildlife.
2/8 Dining room
The open-plan dining room occupies a raised platform of solid oak flooring. The classic country wooden dining set contrasts with a cream shabby chic painted dresser. An inviting blue sofa adds a social element to the room.
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The kitchen has a rustic look with its pretty painted units and authentic flagstone floor reclaimed from a cowshed. A practical range cooker has been made pretty with subtle cream alcove tiles, while the island complete with integrated wine rack takes centre stage and offers additional storage and worktop space.
4/8 Living room
Combined textures create a warm inviting feel in the cosy living room. The exposed fireplace and woodburner make for a rustic centrepiece, which is surrounded by a gentle palette of heather and russet to reflect the surrounding moors. The quirky wall cabinet has been custom made using glass panels found and upcycled.
Shabby chic leaf motif blinds with pretty gingham edging dress the glass walls of this conservatory. Grey wicker chairs and a wooden coffee table trunk turns the room into a second living space, while a soft carpet and neutral sofa with plump red cushions keep the look warm and inviting.
6/8 Attic bedroom
The attic has been turned into an romantic retreat with an ornate white metal bed. The feature wall of dainty rosebud wallpaper sets a feminine tone that is concentrated by dramatic cream curtains that flow to the floor from the Velux-style windows and frame the bed. A petite glass chandelier and matching table lamps inject an elegant French feel, while the scheme is tied together with a dusky pink quilt and granny cushion.
7/8 Main bedroom
The main bedroom has been turned into a peaceful haven in soothing grey and uplifting white. A backdrop of fresh white walls has been given sophisticated charm with stunning floral statement wallpaper. The traditional bedstead creates boutique-hotel style with crisp bed linen and a luxurious slate grey bedspread. Soft pink cushions add subtle colour, while a black chandelier finishes the classic look.
An elegant roll-top bath and tongue-and-groove panelling are the main ingredients in this lovely white country bathroom. The ruffled curtain window treatment makes the perfect feminine accompaniment to the charming scheme. Delicate jars on a painted white stool create a simple yet sophisticated display, while a pretty portrait of vintage blooms and a rose printed towel add a romantic touch.
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Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.
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