At Home With Catherine @ivy_cottage_country_living_
Tell us a bit about you
I live in our grade 2 listed cottage (1850) with my daughter Ella, husband and Bailey our golden Retriever. Love interiors, fashion, I’m a shoe lover! Country walks and a keen painter! Our cottage was originally built for the workers at the nearby castle which was built in the fourteenth Century and is grade 1 listed. I live in the country semi-rural and love the community of English village life.
Tell us about your home
Period property cottage built in 1850 grade 2 listed. My style is country rustic with a modern twist. Love greys, greens and a pop of pink!
How would you describe your home
Country rustic with a modern style.
Which is your favourite room in the house?
Favourite room is my sun room it has a lovely light airy feel and I adore the pallete. It over looks our back garden which I love. I often have the stable door open which is lovely.
How does your home reflect any passions or interests?
Painting, my interior design, love to experiment with colour.
What are your favourite items in the home?
We have a bespoke monk bench which it great for storage. An an old beam above the range which is solid oak originally from an old ship. My dining table was a great find! Our original panelling under the bay window.
When you moved into your house was it the finished article or was it a project?
Finished article however we added our own stamp to it.
Have you done any renovation?
Shower room make over, exposed beams, Definitely improved my painting skills
Have you had any DIY or styling disasters?
What is your top home styling tip?
Use Pinterest, Instagram for inspo always use the colours you love and don’t be afraid to use colour! Paint can always be painted over.
Is there anything in your home that you couldn’t live without?
My open fireplace, original doors and the quirky features
They say that a every home tells visitors a story about who lives there. What do you think your home says about you?
I’ve created a warm and welcoming home which I hope people feel when they enter..
The Home Edit
Lived-in look or showhome?
Both! Lived in
If you could only paint your walls one colour, which one would it be?
A very light grey skimming stone F&B
What is your pet hate when it comes to your own or other’s homes?
Favourite front door colour
Pink or white
Carpet or Floorboards
Kitchen table dining or formal dining room?
High gloss or rustic?
Wallpaper or Brick Walls?