It didn’t take much thought for our choice for Pick of the Pads this month.
We’re already quite familiar with this gorgeous Welsh cottage, Bryn Eglur, owned & renovated by Dorian Bowen – and when it appeared in this month’s Country Living Magazine we just had to share it with you.
For Justin in particular, it’s a real favourite house from years of scouring interiors magazines.
The word character was probably invented for it!
It’s cosy & comfortable with perfect retreats to eat, sleep or read.
It’s packed full of gorgeous country antiques too. An oak dresser filled with pottery & pewter, spindle back chairs, settles and spoon racks.
Spaces are softened with textiles & fresh flowers.
Perfect, photogenic corners everywhere you look!
It’s full of traditional charm, but there’s also no sense of it being in a museum with modern facilities such as this gorgeous kitchen.
And the best thing is… if you love it as much as we do, you can stay there!! Yes, it’s a holiday let! And for those fellow dog owners out there – your treasured pooches are welcome too.
It’s one of those cottages that offers a good location to explore the area, but also provides a gorgeous home to relish every hour you spend relaxing indoors. Perfect indeed!
We’ve chosen this fabulous factory space for this month’s Pick of the Pads. Dating from the 1870s, the building was disused & distressed when interior designer Andy Luckett bought it 18 years ago. After many years of hardship, discomfort & hard graft he’s created something very special – Brixton East.
The converted factory is featured in the October edition of Homes & Antiques Magazine and now incorporates apartment, studio space & shop.
There are many aspects of Andy’s home that we love. It retains a homely, comfortable feel whilst looking functional & easy to live in too.
The original fabric of the building remains intact with big windows, exposed brickwork & beams. The spaces are now filled with character, colour & texture.
There’s no shortage of unusual, quirky pieces – but it’s very well edited and never enters the realms of being cluttered.
It also looks like it’s evolved naturally over time with antique & vintage finds – some still serving their original purpose, others up-cycled for a new lease of life.
The building is available for event hire and Andy also opens a pop-up shop on the ground floor which should be of great interest to those who share his taste for the enticing antiques & vintage industrial pieces that fill his home – the next sale is in December. For details of the shop, upcoming events and more pictures of the building visit his website at www.brixtoneast.co.uk
In our last post we mentioned this week’s photoshoot of our home.
Photographer, Simon Whitmore and stylist, Sally Denning arrived on Wednesday morning laden down with loads of equipment – cameras, lenses, lights, light reflectors, computers – all essential kit to produce glossy magazine-quality images.
There were hours of arranging, discussing and reviewing images. Our blog photos take us quite a bit of time, but this is a different world!
The house feature is for Ideal Home Magazine and will be published sometime in the Autumn.
Our home has been featured in the January 2011 issue of the newly redesigned Period Homes & Interiors magazine…
…and, even better, they’ve asked us to be their new vintage experts!
That’s us in the bottom circle! (You can click on each image to expand)