I think I probably say this a lot, but the job I recently completed might just be my favourite yet!
This Grade II listed cottage was renovated beautifully but put on the market empty, and I just don’t think empty houses give buyers enough to remember or get excited about. Some lucky people can immediately start planning how they would fill the rooms, but most will walk away from empty houses with a slightly disappointed feeling, not able to imagine how they could use the empty spaces.
I was asked to furnish and style the cottage in preparation for a new set of professional photographs and a re-launch onto the market. My favourite type of job! I launched into styling and shopping mode very happily, putting furniture, pictures and accessories in so that all the rooms have a personality, a clear function and above all, each one suggests an aspirational lifestyle.
Here are the results of a job that just didn’t feel like work, because this cottage really is good for the soul! If you’re thinking of buying a Peak District cottage near Dovedale, the Tissington Trail and Ashbourne then I suggest you have a look at this one quick, because I don’t think it’ll be around for long! UPDATE 20March: I knew it wouldn’t be available for long, this one is now sold :) Here’s the Zoopla link and here’s the Rightmove link.
A gorgeous living room with stone fireplace and wood burner, perfect for cosying up with a cuppa after a hike over the hills right outside your front door! I just love this room, it’s so cosy and beautiful, and the sun streams in through the windows :)
Empty bedrooms just don’t hold buyers’ attention and can actually seem smaller than they are. The magnolia walls and neutral carpet are great, but needed an accent colour to bring the rooms to life and make them more 3-dimensional. Duck egg blue and burnt orange were my choices here, what do you think?
The large kitchen diner is gorgeous, and I used red as the accent colour here (yes, again! It just works so well in kitchens) for the bright curtains, pictures and kitchen accessories. The solid oak worktops gleam and I can just imagine cooking up a storm in here for friends and family. Can you tell I’d really rather like this cottage for myself?!
The cottage has quite a wide landing and I knew that we had to show this as valuable extra space rather than something to be skipped over and ignored. It’s a great spot for a home office, or for clothes storage, or a play area, or for friends when they come to stay…
This is quite possibly the most attractive WC photograph I’ve ever seen – what do you think?! Blue always works well in bathroom settings, as do sea and beach pictures. That blue glass bottle cost me a whole pound at a car boot sale and boy has it been worth the money!!! I think it’s appeared in a good dozen photos so far…
And finally here’s the snug – the back section of the living room next to the garden and leading into the kitchen. As soon as I saw the cottage I knew this area had to be a reading room; an extension of the lounge but slightly separate, a spot to look out over the lovely walled garden in case you ever got bored of the rolling hills and huge skies at the front of the house!!
Update: this cottage is now SOLD! Please do share this post and the links with anyone you know who is currently looking for a 2-bedroom cottage in the Peak District near Ashbourne. The village is called Biggin by Hartington – click here to view it on a map.
If you have an empty house you’re struggling to sell, head over to my Empty House Staging page to find out how I can help for less than you’d think…
Professional photos courtesy of Rob Kerr at Blank Canvas Photography
UPDATE 20 March 2014:
Full asking price offer received just 2 and a half weeks after we re-launched the cottage onto the market. Now *that’s* how it’s done!