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We love our cosy cottage

Natalie and Ollie Reade spent two years helping her father to renovate and extend a tiny Yorkshire cottage into their dream home

On reflection, Natalie and Ollie wonder whether it would have been better to demolish their pretty period cottage and start again, rather than endure two years of ‘ups and downs’ to renovate and extend it. ‘In hindsight it would certainly have been a lot easier,’ says Natalie. ‘We literally stripped it back to two walls. But we were keen to keep its integrity and build on what we could salvage, rather than create something brand new.’ Fortunately Natalie’s father is a builder and he was happy to devote every spare hour, over two years, on the extension and transformation of the tiny period cottage.

The previous owner had lived in the house all her life, for 95 years, and little had changed since the 1950s when it was last updated. Upstairs there were two small bedrooms divided by a makeshift wall made with papier mâché and battens. Downstairs there was a small sitting room with a tiny kitchen, barely big enough to house a cooker, sink and two cupboards, an even smaller utility and a pantry. The bathroom was in a lean-to.

Checks and warm tones create a cosy atmosphere in the sitting room. The country theme of the Laura Ashley curtains is reflected in the pictures and ornaments to add to its rural charm. The coffee table came from The Cotswold Company
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After months of waiting, the festive season is upon us and there’s excitement in the air. But, for many of us, there’s also a hint of panic with so much to do before the big day. With that in mind, in this month’s issue we’ve tried to take the hassle out of Christmas, so you can actually relax and enjoy it. Our decorating feature on page 36 is crammed with quick, easy and affordable ideas to make your home look super special, with bargain buys, quick crafts and simple styling tricks to inspire you. Meanwhile, on page 20, we take a look at the Danish decorating trend that’s sweeping the nation – Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah). It’s all about making your home warm, cosy and a joy to be in over the winter months – so I think you’re going to love it (we certainly do). Those of you who are still on the hunt for the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest, fear not – we’ve got the answers to all your problems on page 40 with our brilliant gift guide. You’ll find 50 fabulous ideas which are all under £50, with stocking fillers from just £2! If you’re bored of eating the same old turkey and trimmings, then turn to page 100 where we give those festive favourites a whole new twist. While on page 104 we pick the best foodie buys from the supermarkets for your parties and get-togethers, so you can spend less time in the kitchen. I do hope you enjoy this festive issue and that this Christmas is your best one ever!
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