Décor Inspiration | Places: The Quintessential English Cottage, Devon
Tuesday 15th November, 2016
by Louise Keane
As memories of summer fade and autumn slowly gives way to winter, it feels natural to want to curl up somewhere warm and cosy, preferably beside a fire with a good book. And what better place to retreat than to a storybook cottage complete with thatched roof nestled in the English countryside?
Moorland View Cottage in the pretty Devon village of North Bovey is owned by freelance journalist Suzy Bennett. Perched on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor National Park and built in 1705, the cottage needed quite a bit of work when Suzy originally bought it in order to become the restful, romantic space it is now. She had to be very careful with her renovation plans and adhere to strict preservation guidelines designed to protect the heritage and history of the 300 year old cottage.
With low ceilings and small windows, a traditional cottage could have a dark interior but Suzy has used soft, light colours including chalky greys throughout placing great attention on sourcing attractive lighting and pretty mirrors, including a sunburst mirror, which reflect and add light to the space.
The English Country Style of the cottage has been layered with French decorative touches, such as the Louis chairs in the sitting room, and design choices like the statement copper bathtub introduce an unexpected element of luxury. Slubby linen fabrics and pretty florals give a relaxed, welcoming feel and the silvered wallpaper in one of the bedrooms adds just the right touch of glamour.
Suzy has created a truly romantic haven in the heart of the English countryside and the best news is that it is available as a holiday let so you really can enjoy your own slice of quintessential English village life, however briefly. Afternoon tea by the fire anyone? —Louise
Images via Moorland View Cottage
Louise Keane Interiors Editor, Edinburgh
Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.