“A little house like the ones that kids draw, with a door and two windows on either side. Old-fashioned, discreet, silent, overrun with Virginia creeper and climbing roses. A house with a warm porch where the heat of the day would linger. A little plot of aromatic herbs, a fireplace, sagging armchairs and books all around. White tablecloths, napkin rings unearthed at flea markets…and a coal stove where she could let a rich beef-and-carrot stew simmer all morning along.”
― Anna Gavalda
I’ve still got English cottages on the brain. My friend Kyle told me this one is for sale and I’m trying to figure out how to buy it. 😉
It’s in the village of Shrivenham and has just gone on the market for £575,000. It was built in 1850 as a summer house by Lord Barrington of Beckett Park. The listing says it has 3 bedrooms and needs some TLC, but oh my goodness, can you imagine? The diamond glazing and thatched roof? Divine! It sits on a half-an-acre plot and comes with a two-acre paddock. There’s a garden, and fruit trees, an outbuilding, and even a few sheds.
It says the walls are made of timber and brick, but surely there’s room for wallpaper somewhere in there. Oh yeah, I’ve still got wallpaper on the brain, too- ha!
Here are some of my current favorites:
Foxglove Botanical by Brewster:
Ester by Boråstapeter:
Endimione by Schumacher:
(photo: Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design)
Leafy Trellis by Galerie
Lily of the Valley by Sandberg:
Aren’t they sweet? I may not be able to buy that thatched cottage, but you can bet your bottom dollar one of those papers will make its way onto my walls this year! 😉