Take a tour of this charming period cottage

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The exterior woodwork has been painted in Pigeon exterior eggshell by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).

1/9 Home Exterior

home exterior with stone wall and bench

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

2/9 Living room

living room with book shelf and arm chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

In the small snug, Seventies swirly Artex has been covered with tongue-and-groove panelling, and built-in bookcases either side of the fireplace. The walls were painted in Down Pipe and the bookcases in Lime White estate eggshell, both Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab). The Jackson statement armchair came from Sofa.com (opens in new tab).

3/9 Country kitchen

kitchen with wooden floor and wall clock

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

The painted units and wooden worktop were built by a joiner for a fraction of the cost of a high-street buy. The range cooker is from Esse (opens in new tab), and the chimney breast above it was constructed to disguise the extractor fan.

4/9 Kitchen tiles

kitchen with green tiles and cups

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

The Retro Metro crackle glaze tiles in Lime House are by Fired Earth (opens in new tab)

5/9 Dining area

dining room with white wall and dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

The greens and blues of the map provided inspiration for the dining room's colour scheme. The banquette seating was built to fit by the joiner, and contains hidden storage for their outdoor seating cushions. The green pendant old school lamps are from The French House (opens in new tab).

6/9 Family room

family room with cupboards and shelves to store books

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Their joiner built the cupboards and shelves to store books and treasured possessions. Every cupboard and shelf was measured specifically for the things planned to go in there. There's another Jackson armchair from Sofa.com (opens in new tab) in here – accessorised with a Hare in Grass cushion from Helen Minns (opens in new tab).

7/9 Hallway

hallway with white cabinet and stairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

The newel post and handrail were painted in Pigeon estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab) to contrast against the spindles of the staircase. Pigeon has become a bit of a signature colour for this house as it was also used it for the front door and the exterior of the French windows at the back.

8/9 Main bedroom

bedroom with master bed and lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

The existing fitted wardrobes have been painted in Off-White estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab), and a feature made of the chimney breast behind the bed with The Boatmen wallpaper by Zoffany (opens in new tab).

9/9 Nursery

nursery with animal print wall and cradle and arm chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

There's an animal theme in the nursery with Animal Farm wallpaper from the Kids collection by Ferm Living from 95% Danish (opens in new tab) on the wall behind the cot. The dresser was painted in French Gray estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).

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Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.