We set out to create the perfect cottage farmhouse from scratch. We looked at all the pictures on social media and design sites. We scoured books that were filled with classic English cottages. Then we merged them with our practical requirements like higher ceilings, more open floorplans and spaces filled with light. It all combined to create an exceptional home that became a fantasy come true.  

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What emerged was a combination of wood, warmth and charm. We love wood – old wood that has a history and a patina and a few flaws. We carefully chose a color palette of warm greys, browns and greens. They combined to add warmth and meld with the wood to feel richly natural. We avoided anything jarring and went without splashes of color. We wanted the softness, the gentleness and the easefulness to permeate the house.

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It’s just my partner and me, which is quite enough. Family visits every few weeks, and that is such a joy, but the return to the stillness is always sweet. We don’t entertain. We lead a quiet life. I love to play guitar, read great books and meditate. My partner loves to garden and cook. So, our home is generally quiet and still. We both spend our weekdays volunteering, now that we have retired.

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There are weekend mornings when I lay on the couch, wrapped in my favorite shawl, with our cat asleep on my leg purring, and I look up and see the beams and the high ceilings. Diffused light streams through the skylights and I realize how blessed I am to live in this peaceful place. It feels like it has been a gift from Nature. The energies of peace and gratitude fill this house. The house has become a constant reminder of my connection, my blessings and my obligation to offer service to others.

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