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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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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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Making old new

I have no idea what my 'style' is.  Or even if I have any (haha I'm sure a few would agree). All I know, is what I like.  I go on my gut instinct a lot of the time.  I've had no training in interior design.  I was good at Art at school but not… Continue reading Making old new

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Well that was a good idea

Well its the end of another busy weekend.  Went to a fantastic BBQ at our friends house on Saturday where we ate and drank far too much.  Seems Love of my Life was suffering today, must have been a dodgy pint from the keg rigged up in the garage and when I announced we were decorating… Continue reading Well that was a good idea

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The things nobody tells you…

"Let's have an extension..." "Hmmmm, we could just knock through the kitchen and make it open plan?" "Nah, we'd only be gutted later that we didn't do it." I can remember the conversations Love of my Life and I had debating the pros and cons of an extension like they were yesterday.  We spent hours… Continue reading The things nobody tells you…

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Stepping into the unknown

Had a lovely non work day today.  I say lovely but I had our new puppy to potty train and a 5-year-old to amuse, so in terms of loveliness it was probably more an okay day but at least I wasn't at work.  Myself and said five-year old took a trip to a local home interiors shop today. … Continue reading Stepping into the unknown