Exposed brick, rich wooden beams, a cosy sofa and snuggle-worthy armchair by the fire… cottage interior design is a quintessential part of British culture, conjuring up images of charming furnishings in simply idyllic settings.
Moving into a 16th century former bakery in Cheltenham last year, interior stylist and designer Lucy Whitehouse, aka @at_lucys_house, swapped her light and airy 1950s remodelled home for a 500-year-old property complete with low ceilings and original features.
“I have a really eclectic style,” Lucy confesses, “I like to reflect the character of the particular house when I design the interiors.” Despite wanting to stay true to the character of the property, Lucy updates the cottage décor trend by introducing modern and contemporary pieces to give the interior design a fresh look. “Just because it’s a really old house it doesn’t need to feel like a National Trust property,” the stylist explains. “This house has an abundance of beams and wonky walls and so I wanted to reflect this in the furniture so there’s lots of waves and curves which I think works really well. But I also think you need to mix it up. Introducing more modern pieces keeps it fresh and interesting! And vice versa with a new house!”
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