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Winter has come – quick get cosy!

There is just something about this time of year that makes me want to shut up shop (metaphorically speaking), get my slouchy clothes on and snuggle up on the sofa with a glass of wine and a movie on the TV.  With sunlight gone on his annual holiday and plummeting temperatures, how I want to style the interior… Continue reading Winter has come – quick get cosy!

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Twinkle

verb(mainlyintransitive) 1.toemitorreflectlightinaflickeringmanner;shinebrightlyandintermittently;sparkle:twinklingstars2.(oftheeyes)tosparkle,espwithamusementordelight 3.(rare) tomoveaboutquickly Wow so what happened to November?  Was it the month that simply didn’t exist?  With Christmas fast approaching I thought I’d have a little recap of what happened in November, seeing as I blinked and I missed it! November saw the weather get colder and darker in North Yorkshire.  It is… Continue reading Twinkle

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Houston, we may have a problem…

Hello, my name is Gemma and I am a shopaholic.  To be precise, a thriftaholic.  Like most women I love to shop. Before Luxe in the Cottage I mainly bought clothes.  And shoes,  yes lots of shoes.  To the point that whenever we moved house (and if you've been reading my posts you'll remember that I… Continue reading Houston, we may have a problem…

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Wallpaper Rules! OK!

My love affair with wallpaper started many years ago and has grown steadily more intense year after year.  My parents bought a dated 1930s semi-detached house when I was five and we spent many years there after renovating and decorating it.  Some of my fondest memories were made hiding under the chairs in the waiting… Continue reading Wallpaper Rules! OK!

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Luxe in search of wicker

When we started planning the mother-of-all-renovation-projects two years ago we told ourselves lots of little lies.  The type of lies you need to tell yourself in order to have the courage to step forward and do something that literally scares the poop out of you.  The lies that make you think you'll be fine living in… Continue reading Luxe in search of wicker

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Colouring outside the lines

I am the first to admit that LOML is very accommodating when it comes to my decorating style.  He barely raises an eyebrow now when I hurry past his office doorway, can of neon pink spray paint hidden under my top (neon pink is life, end of).  He has embraced the darkness and even the… Continue reading Colouring outside the lines

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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, there lived a girl from Essex.  She had a really good job, a car with only two doors and plenty of time to daydream about how stylish her house would be when she chose to simply hop onto the property ladder one day.  She took long walks by the river, actually pausing to admire… Continue reading Once upon a time…

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Not another tile shop Mummy…

Whilst the Luxe in the Cottage renovation chugged and spluttered along at an alarmingly slow pace, we were holed up, in a hole.  In the past seven years we have moved five times.  Now despite working in finance I am no Mensa advocate, but even I know that is quite a lot.  I've actually just… Continue reading Not another tile shop Mummy…

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It’s my party and I’ll do what I want to

So yesterday I sprayed a table neon green. At the weekend I covered two tables in marble vinyl.  I also sprayed a picture frame and an ornament in neon pink.  I have a pink flamingo in my hallway. Tomorrow I might paint my lounge black. What I'm saying, is that I am free to do whatever… Continue reading It’s my party and I’ll do what I want to