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CASE STUDY

‘We love the quirky features that give this house its charm’
Sallyann, who runs a theatre arts school, knows that moving to the country gave her the opportunity to bring up her family in a lovely setting

Having spent years enjoying the hustle and bustle of life in London, actress Sallyann Webster never imagined herself living in a period cottage in a sleepy country village. But once she was married and her husband started work in the Midlands, they decided to relocate from their Notting Hill flat so he could avoid a long commute. ‘We started our search close to where he grew up,’ remembers Sallyann. ‘Before long we found this traditional stone house set back from the road. It didn’t look like a twee little cottage from the outside, but inside it had all the period features you could want and a deceptive amount of space, as a two-storey extension had been added at the rear.’

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I know that November isn’t everyone’s favourite month, but I think there’s something rather cosy about coming home on a cold, dark night and curling up on the sofa in front of the fire. If you’re thinking of investing in a wood-burner to warm up your home this winter then turn to page 115, where we’ve got the low-down on the latest models and what you need to consider before you buy. Talking of making your home warm and toasty, do take a look at George Clarke’s column this month, where he shares his expert advice on insulating your home (p.111). Of course nothing beats, a tasty comforting supper on those chilly November nights – so do try our delicious recipe suggestions on page 100, packed with warming spices! I know many of you are keen to be braver when it comes to using pattern in your home, so on page 36 we show how to make it work for you, from balancing scale to creating the illusion of space and, of course, our pick of the latest designs for wallpapers and fabrics to inspire you. Many of us dream of living in a period property with gorgeous plasterwork and beautiful fireplaces, but in reality many of them have had their original features removed or damaged over the years. In this month’s home improvement feature, we take a look at what steps you need to take to restore your period home to its former glory and where to look for affordable, original materials (p.106). Happy decorating!
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