For as long as I’ve been married to Hubby (which is a very long time), we’ve joked talked about living in England, at least for a few years. We’ve vacationed in England several times, always feeling like we’re visiting home away from home.
Inspired by a recent series of posts by Mona of Providence Ltd. Deisgn on her virtual cottage plans [here, here and here], I decided to create a virtual cottage in the Cotswolds for my files. You never know what opportunity waits around the bend.
I had the good fortune to visit the Cotswold area in 1995 with two of my closest friends. For me it is one of the most beautiful areas of England.
The area is served by the market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden (a personal favorite), Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe, and the larger villages of Broadway, Blockley and Burton-on-the-Water, all of which provide good shopping and other amenities for everyday needs.
I fell in love with Chipping Campden and that is where I’ll find my “virtual” cottage. It will be exactly as I imagine…
I imagine the entry to be slightly smaller than the one below, but with a Dutch door, lantern and room enough for a table to throw mail and keys on.
I will probably go with a neutral palate in the country but I’ll have plenty of warm, colorful throws and seasonal pillows to brighten the space.
My Cotswolds cottage will have a stone fireplace (above) or something like this (below)…
As you walk out of the living room you’ll pass through a hallway to the kitchen, along the way you’ll undoubtedly encounter the occasional antique table with a few old pieces on display…
There will be trays doing double duty to keep the smallish kitchen orderly.
The master bedroom will have a reading corner (above), I know I’ll enjoy the sun streaming in the French doors with a good book and cup of tea and a throw, it will be very cozy.
There will be a mudroom where I can store the great French mirror I picked up at a sale…
…as well as some storage for vases and cache pots ready for flower arrangements.
Do you think it’s premature to pack my bags?
If you were to buy/build a home away from home, where would it be?
Speaking of luggage and such…I’m visiting my long time friend, Linda on Bainbridge Island, Washington. This post is being published without me (I placed it in the queue) but I will not have access to a computer until my return on Tuesday. If you comment, thank you so much, I’ll reply Tuesday. Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to have some great pictures and stories to share about this pretty spot on the Pacific Northwest.