A few months back I had the honour of visiting Michelle from Lovelace Creations at her GORGEOUS home in Poulton. On my first visit, I was there soley to take pictures of the beautiful wedding stationery Michelle creates, but after seeing her house I knew I had to go back and photograph it for the lifestyle section on my blog.
We arranged a date for me to go back and when the day came, I turned up with Costa coffee and yummy pastries, excited to see the rest of this amazing house. I knew Michelle had worked really hard on the design plans for her new improved home and I also knew (from Facebook) the difficulties and disappointments they had endured along the way! What I didn’t know however, was that Michelle has her very own cabin-office in her very own woods which happen to be situated at the bottom of her garden! HELLO? COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE ALERT!! This was literally my main thought as Michelle showed me from room to room- this house could be featured in Country Living Magazine.
Michelle is the founder of LoveLace Creations- a wedding stationery business, and she often hides away in the cabin to paint beautiful watercolour designs for her brides-to-be.
So lets find out exactly what inspired Michelle to create such a beautiful living space…
Hi Michelle! What made you choose to renovate your home?
To move or improve, that was the question…
After many months of having the house on the market and spending a fortune on making the house appealing to potential buyers, we weren’t getting any firm offers. As well as this, we were not finding anything we really liked and so we finally decided to stay put and improve.
How would you describe the house before the renovation took place?
A 1970s dreary rabbit warren!
What were the first steps to transforming your home?
An architect friend of ours gave us his creative and innovative thoughts on how to transform our gloomy dwelling into a stunning contemporary home. Armed with a wish list, he came up with a truly ingenious way to change how we lived inside without changing much of the exterior shell.
What were your main inspirations for the interior?
We love the sea and wanted both the interior and exterior to reflect that- even though we live in the Cotswold countryside. With light flooding in from wall to wall, glazing and neutral colours throughout, this was the blank canvas we had always dreamed of to showcase our love of all things coastal.
Tell us about the transformation…
All carpeting downstairs was removed and replaced with practical and easy to maintain tiling, with underfloor heating for comfort. The oak bi-fold doors open out onto a pebbled patio with driftwood and coastal plants to give that seaside feeling. The kitchen, which was once a dimly lit galley, is now a vast open-plan family living space, with units, tiles and worktops that echo the seashore. Clever lighting schemes enable the right mood to be set for every occasion, my favourite being the purple lights behind the surfboard radiator! All bathrooms have a coastal feel to them with tiles and accessories that could have easily been handpicked from the shoreline.
Any problems along the way?
Our builders took three times longer than originally planned! Three times longer! To make matters worse, we went way over budget! However, we have ended up with a dream house without even having to move.
Was it worth it?
Yes of course, and I’d do it all again if I had to… as long as it is by the sea next time around!
Thank you Michelle for letting me photograph your gorgeous home and your little cabin office in the woods! I will certainly be using these images for my dream home inspiration board!