Do you ever look at clothes in magazines or in shops and fall completely in love with them but know they won’t suit you? When I was younger I would have bought them anyway believing that loving something was enough but age (and a little bit of wisdom) have caught up with me and now I leave it on the shelf or just admire it from afar.
Well this house is a bit like that for me. I absolutely love the decor. The palette of soft neutrals mixed with slightly darker shades. The use of natural materials, the old wood and the gleaming stainless steel island.
And yet I know I would never decorate a house like this. I wish I could. I think it would be so restful and tasteful and I truly do love everything about it. But for someone who professes to love monochrome, even I would end up bringing in elements of colour – splashes of soft pink and then deciding to add more black.
So with my fantasy lottery money I would definitely buy this as my weekend cottage. It’s in Burrowbridge, Somerset and it’s on the market via The Modern House for £650,000. It’s a former Baptist chapel that consists of the chapel and a large meeting house behind. It has been converted into two self-contained units that could be used as one dwelling.
There are four bedrooms, which used to be the Sunday School rooms for the children of the parish and the kitchen was designed by the owner who is a cook. The second building functions as a guest room with another kitchen and more living space. It is currently run as a holiday let and the connnecting door between the two has been blocked but it would be easy to open it up again.
There’s also masses of storage under the chapel turning it into one of the tardis-type properties that is definitely bigger on the inside.
This has made me even more determined to add panelling somewhere in The Mad House although, as I have mentioned, the Mad Husband and I are at odds as to where exactly this should be.
In the meantime I shall gaze at these images and imagine that I live in a sea of restful neutrals where the architectural features can shine out with no frills and furbelows to distract them. And I shall dream of moving to Somerset.
Although there is a kicker. Remember the location, location, location adage? This is the front garden. And I fear it will be a deal breaker for some.
We’re staying with the neutrals this week and we’re also staying in the same part of the world, as this five bedroom house, which is on the market with Savills for a million more (£1,650,000) is also worth a mosey round. And, I’m guessing you’ll agree, now that Spring is here it’s nice to get out of London on our fantasy househunting trips.
I’m also reminded that some of you found last week’s leopard print ceiling and metallic walls rather alarming and the second house was too bland. So perhaps we are steering a middle road this week…. I’m sure you will discuss it below.
Let’s start in the kitchen and, frankly, who doesn’t dream of a kitchen this big? I think it needs a bigger table and perhaps a little more use made of that long shelf but hell give me half an hour to fiddle about and I think we could have this looking amazing. What do you think?
This is the battered leather armchair by the back door which is where I would definitely be spending spring mornings with my laptop. It’s the perfect little corner isn’t it?
But what I like about this house is that it isn’t all a sea of calming neutrals. The owners have been bold with the wallpaper in the dining room. You can be brave in a dining room because you don’t spend that much time in it. The chances are you would eat in the kitchen most of the time so coming in here and seeing this strong pattern would be a bit of a treat. Again small table but still, when we move in we can get a bigger one.
Finally, as this is this house with an enormous kitchen, it seems only fitting that there a vast bathroom as well. Whaddyafink of this one? I’m not sure about the slightly beige tiles but that’s easily remedied and I love the space. I’d be tempted to bring in another armchair by the window.
Also check out those taps – they look like polished nickel to me and my money’s on that for the best choice. Brass is tricky to find and might go out of fashion. Polished nickel goes with everything and is warmer than chrome while not being as instantly fashionable as brass. We shall talk more about taps next week when I tell you what I learnt during my trip to Frankfurt with Grohe. If you are about to refurb either a kitchen or bathroom then you will hopefully find it useful.
So which one are we buying this week? Town or country? Converted chapel or elegant terrace? Let’s hear your thoughts….