At Home With Lucy @hercountryliving
This week we are at home with Lucy, the countryside loving lady behind the very popular home and lifestyle instagram account @hercountryliving where she shares glorious images of her 15th century Cotswold stone cottage and garden along with her cats and other wildlife as well as keeping us up to date with her day to day life. Read on to find out more...
Tell us a bit about you
I live in Oxfordshire in England, it's a very rural and beautiful area full of lovely walks, nature and wildlife. We moved here for peace and quiet as well as our love and connection to nature.
Tell us about your home
Currently, we are living in a very old 15th-century cottage that used to be part of a manor house (this fell down many years ago). It's built with traditional Cotswold stone and has a pretty purple wisteria growing across the front.
How would you describe your home?
I would describe our style as rustic, beautiful antiques and country meets the modern world. We love kitchen appliances (KitchenAid etc) but then have a bookshelf of very old and antique books we collect.
Which is your favourite room in the house?
It isn't a room but my garden, I love being outside and enjoying the front of the cottage. It's peaceful and allows me to enjoy nature and switch off from the business of technology and day to day living.
Is there anything in your home that you couldn’t live without?
My plants! I just love nature and plants they are so perfect for so many reasons. Some plants provide us with food and nourishment whilst others enjoyment and beautiful blooms that look wonderful in any room. Alongside this, I wouldn't be able to live without my cats that are very much a large part of my home.
They say that every home tells visitors a story about who lives there. What do you think your home says about you?
I would say ours shows we love wildlife and nature, we like to leave the odd weed in the flowerbed to allow insects and wildlife to enjoy it whilst we have ants and bees living in the stonework out the front that in turn brings in some incredible birds. We have house martins and all manner of life around us and feel so lucky and fortunate to be living here at the moment. We are very real and realistic with our home and I don't like to do anything that isn't us which is reflected on my socials.
The Home Edit
Lived-in look or showhome?
Lived in (but tidy and clean)
If you could only paint your walls one colour, which one would it be?
I’d strip them all back to the stone or wood
What is your pet hate when it comes to your own or other’s homes?
Favourite front door colour
Baby blue (I saw it on a beautiful cottage by the sea)
Carpet or Floorboards
Kitchen table dining or formal dining room?
High gloss or rustic
Wallpaper or Brick Walls
Hand painted wallpaper!
All images courtesy of Lucy Blackall.
If you enjoyed being at home with Lucy, you might like to take a look inside other popular home styling accounts on instagram and find out more about the people behind them. You can see more of these "at home with" interviews here
Lucy's instagram account is very popular and well worth a peek. Have a look for yourself at @hercountryliving