A cottage built in the early 1800’s plus hard work and polka dots make for a charming North Yorkshire home tour. The polka dot table cloth and kitchen accents keep the cottage fun. We love how the owner used a mix-and-match approach to the cottage’s interior decoration.
Location: North Yorkshire
Period: The cottage was built in the early 1800s; a garden room was added in 2007
Size: Four bedrooms
Owners: Christine Marriott-Smalley owns an interiors shop; her husband Stephen is a business insurance broker. They have two grown-up children: Jack is a student, and Holly works for an investment bank and lives in London.
‘I’ll buy things because I like them, then find a place for them later,’ she says. So when a restaurant was being refurbished, she snapped up a pair of benches for £50, knowing they would come in handy. One has been painted and piled with cushions to create a pretty dining seat; the other is in the courtyard garden, where the important decision to buy the cottage was first made. Christine says: ‘Sometimes I sit outside and recall that afternoon three years ago, waiting in the garden for the sun to come out, in what was then a stranger’s home. I think it was the best few hours I’ve ever spent; without them, Stephen and I wouldn’t be living here.’
~ Christine, Owner of Cottage
Read all the fabulous details about this cottage at PeriodLiving.uk.com