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ETTC; Church Conversion

This was a lovely Church conversion on the show. It’s a little bit more modern country style, but I still really like it (I’m a traditional at heart).


Church conversions always make me a little sad as they’re such a testimony no longer to God, but our moving away from Him. Despite the fact that I’m Catholic I’d still love to live in one of these old Protestant churches. All the prayer over the centuries, to be connected to that each must be truly awesome.

Some of the features I particularly liked was this living room on the first floor, with a woodburner and mezzanine level.

imageimageimageThis modern spiral staircase leads up to the master bedroom, which was beautifully spacious.

imageimageimageimageThe windows are beautiful. The garden has a lovely seated area – although the gravestones and the requirement not to dig down too far in the garden may put some off living here nevertheless!

image What do you think?

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ETTC; Lovely Cottage

To be honest I’m not sure the sitting room is in this cottage which was on the show, but it’s well worth a look anyway. A traditional, English style home the front view is like a chocolate box…

imageThe kitchen is wonderful…

imageI love the YUM above the range and the smeg fridge.

imageHere’s the living room. I love the layout with the beautiful piano behind. And finally here is the bathroom….

imageIt’s interesting that, apart from the roll top bath, the bathroom itself is quite plain. I think what really lifts it is the gilt mirror; what do you think?

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ETTC; Beautiful Period Properties

I saw these two properties on the same episode of Escape To The Country recently and thought I’d share a few shots with you.

I only saved the exterior and the bathroom of the first one, as the inside was decorated in dark colours which is rarely to my taste. However the outside with its beautiful pale blue woodwork and green oak extension is wonderful.

imageimageHere is the bathroom…

imageThe second property was this wonderful watermaster’s house from the Victorian period.

imageHere is the kitchen…

imageAnd a bathroom.


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ETTC; Barn Conversion

Just a couple of images from this barn conversion to share. I love this simple, cosy living room.

imageThis isn’t a great shot as you can’t see it all, but this is actually the hallway. I think it’s so elegant – amazing size!

imageHere is the kitchen, with the fire engine red range….

image….and the colour picked up in the cosy breakfast nook.

imageGorgeous! Just a taste to make your Saturday sweeter!

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English and French Country Style

Even though it looks like we won’t be able to buy in France for another year I still love to indulge my favourite past-time; fantasy decorating. I love to spot a house and think about how I’d renovate, organise and decorate it. I can spend hours on this – it keeps me entertained when my stand is away from home working.

My style? Definatley French provincial and English Country. One of my favourite programmes is Escape To The Country which I watch and, thanks to streamed tv, I capture stills from on of favourite rooms to keep for future inspiration. It sounds crazy but as I used to do this with expensive house magazines it’s saving me loads of money!

So I that I’d share some I’d saved recently in case you wanted some inspiration too!

This is one house that was described as having French style, so I thought it would be a good first post on this subject. Here’s the outside – the stone and garden really remind me of homes in Normandy.


As the camera panned over you could see this lovely summer room.


And here it is closer up with the doors shut.

imageInside is this lovely clock.

imageHere is the wonderful kitchen.

imageimageI don’t normally like wood kitchens, preferring them painted white, but this is lovely. Here is one of the bedrooms.

imageAnd the wonderful master here.


Gorgeous, even if I’m not sure about the bath in the bedroom!

I’ll upload more soon – but I’d love to hear what you think.