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You may remember that, even after the kitchen was complete, we had a problem with damp in the walls.

The builders returned and relaid a storm drain, right through the back lobby and out the other side. Being the accomplished blogger that I am, I missed the picture of the big hole in the floor, so here is what it looked like after the builders had left. The concrete had just been re-skimmed.

And this is how it is today:


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A bit fresher, I hope.

The colour is Mizzle (F&B). A very soft blue/grey. “Reminiscent of a West Country evening mist” according to the paint chart. Which I thought might be appropriate. The doors and windows are finished in White Tie, eggshell.

We laid coir matting on the floor.


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Mike made the shoe cabinet to fit into the tight space.

New house rule. Only four pairs of shoes get left in the lobby. Two pairs each.

It isΒ going to stay tidy..


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  1. Rosie March 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    What a transformation! Such a pretty wall colour, west country evening mist sounds very atmospheric, and I love the shoe cabinet. Isn’t it funny, well not when I trip over them, how so many shoes end up near the front and back doors?:)

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie. Whoever mixed the colour hasn’t been down here lately, otherwise it would have ended up more grey than blue!
      Yes, the shoes will take some discipline!

  2. haggiz March 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I love that colour and that shoe cabinet really finishes it off. Julie x

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      It didn’t come out so well in the second pic, too blue.. the final photo gives the best representation of the colour, on my screen anyway.

  3. snowbird March 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    It looks beautiful. Your pristine woodwork puts mine to shame….dogs will be dogs!!!
    I laughed out loud re the four pairs of shoes….I started like that and now have the usual fifty or so…..good luck with that!xxxxx

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      It’s quite a thoroughfare, I doubt it will stay pristine for long!

  4. rachel March 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Four pairs of shoes? You are kidding, aren’t you? That lovely little cubby will take at least eight pairs, plus a tatty pair of slippers and some thick socks balled up while still damp, the long-lost shoe horn and a dog lead, plus… oh, that’s my shoe rack I’m talking about….

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      I could stretch a point if they all fit in the box. The height of the pigeon holes was set by my current pair of ankle boots, so I can’t replace them with anything taller. And I’m going to look a bit of a nutter getting out a tape measure in the shop..

  5. Wendy March 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    You’ve transformed it into a lovely little area; the shoe cabinet is great and I like the brolly stand.

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Wendy, it certainly looks different! Brolly stand is very well used.

  6. Jill Chandler March 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    My goodenss I know someone who actually uses Farrow and Ball. But with that colour I can see why. I would be dragging a chair in there and just sit and gloat.

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I do love their colours I have to confess. The White Tie was left over from the kitchen, so not an expensive project really.

  7. Annie @ knitsofacto March 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    For photo styling purposes I imagine a fifth pair – Vintage Converse maybe – would be allowed on the floor πŸ˜‰

    It’s looking lovely πŸ˜€

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      It was for the purposes of styling that I left our tatty old shoes out! The Vintage Converse would be perfect. Or perhaps a pair of spotty wellies leaning up against the brolly stand? Lightly muddied of course!

  8. Em March 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Wow – what an improvement. It looks gorgeous. I would be tempted to vet the shoes before they were allowed in that lovely cabinet. Our porch is a disaster area in that respect. Mud, mud, grit and more mud.

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks Em. It’s not easy is it, when you live out in the wilds. I’m hoping that the wall to wall coir will be up to the task..

  9. Vera March 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Love the colours, remind me of New England style. As for keeping the space tidy, well good luck on that. We have a back hallway space which is going to be boots, etc….., and only us and the dogs will see it, which is a good thing really because it never ever will be a tidy space.

    Thanks for the kind thoughts about my Mum. I am now an orphan and up for adoption. Will write more about this when my heart permits.

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      It was the New England style I was aiming for, so I have succeeded!
      I’m sorry Vera. Take care, Jxx

  10. Anne March 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    It looks lovely! We don’t have a shoe problem, as the front door opens straight into the kitchen, so no hall to be cluttered (dirty shoes/boots are put through in the utility room to be cleaned). It also helps that we are both neat and tidy …. Malcolm even keeps the garage tidy!! (ok, my studio gets messy, but that’s just in the throes of creativity!!!)

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      You can’t be creative and (always) tidy Anne, that’s my argument and I’m sticking to it..

  11. Sue March 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Farrow and Ball have great names for their colours. Churlish Green is a particular favourite of mine.

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I’ve always wanted to use Mouse’s Back. Or Dead Salmon.
      But I do have matchpots for Arsenic and Setting Plaster..

  12. Brismod March 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    So lovely! And good luck with the shoe mission. So funny. I think we have about six or so pairs strewn in our front entry which is never a good look. xx

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      It’s strange isn’t it, we girls have more shoes, but it’s always the boys shoes that are left hanging about.

  13. starproms March 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Looks lovely Jessica – really fresh and clean. Shame about the damp in the walls but glad you’ve got that sorted.

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Oma. It did provide the incentive to get the lobby painted!

  14. Josephine March 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Love the colours, so welcoming and calm…..
    We once had similar rules with shoes in the mudroom, I’m thinking we should have added a chaulkboard on the wall stating such just to remind violaters πŸ™‚
    Your cottage is just so inviting, you’ve both got great taste and ideas.

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jo!
      Excellent idea, a blackboard would look good in there. Could name and shame too… until the violator was me πŸ™

  15. Judith March 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Fabulous . The whole thing. The coir. The colour. Farrow and Ball-paint and names. But what does it for me is that little phrase “Mike made….” I wonder if he’d make one for me to replace the plastic box containing our wellies, shoes, socks, mud etc. beside our back door?

    • Jessica March 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks Judith. We looked around all over the place for something reclaimed we could use and almost bought a box that once stored liquor of some description (and smelt like it!). The trouble was getting it small enough.. the space is very constrained allowing for door swings etc. Hence the bespoke build!

  16. Issy March 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Egads I just can’t say which is greater – my admiration of and for the ‘after’ (quite beautiful) OR the name Mizzle or
    my fondness for the shoe/wellie castle (as indeed it is!) in which I’d be tempted to nestle baskets (for all the more shoes! bwwwaaahhhhaaaaaa)

    • Jessica March 29, 2013 at 11:29 am - Reply

      You’re right. Baskets would look good!

  17. Heda March 29, 2013 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Gosh! Have to admit I thought it looked quite beautiful in the first pic but the finished room is even more beautiful. Thoroughly well done.

    • Jessica March 29, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Thanks Heda. It feels a lot lighter now, bigger too.

  18. Denise March 29, 2013 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Truly lovely! Have you thought of featuring in Country Homes and Interiors magazine?

    • Jessica March 29, 2013 at 11:34 am - Reply

      I’d love to when we’re finished… trouble is by that time we may be needing to start around again!

  19. Jo March 29, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    That’s quite a transformation. I love the colour you chose.

    • Jessica March 29, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo. The colour feels right. It now just needs a trug full of fresh veggies sitting on top of the shoe box!

  20. young at heart March 29, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    how very clever…..love the colour of the walls!!

    • Jessica March 29, 2013 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Thanks. It’s amazing what a simple coat of paint can do.

  21. BadPenny March 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Oh so delightful. I love it all. It belongs in Homes & Gardens.
    I chant, ” This is going to stay tidy !” ( never works ) Oh the shoes… so many in our house !

    • Jessica March 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Penny. Extra shoes may find their way into the outhouse.. for the mice to make a nest in.

  22. steph March 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    What a great look–love the color! Aren’t you the optimist??? Just 2 pairs of shoes each!!! Ha! —- (sorry! I’m sure that will happen!!! hee hee!)

    • Jessica March 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Ever the optimist Steph, and often disappointed!

  23. CherryPie March 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    It is looking good! I am sure I could squeeze more than one pair of shoes in each slot πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica March 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      I think you’re right, and as long as they’re not on the floor that should be OK!

  24. My Life In Sweden March 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I like the new look, bright and fresh. Those colors have a sort of soothing effect too I think. πŸ™‚

    • Jessica March 31, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alex, it’s more welcoming I hope.

  25. Natalie April 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful transformation! I love the wall colour, and I WANT the shoe cabinet!

    • Jessica April 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      I’d recommend a bigger shoe cabinet, but we didn’t have the space!!

  26. Sue April 4, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    It looks lovely.

    Surely you mean 4 pairs of shoes, one pair of crocs and a pair of wellies (each), we always start with these rules and then they get lost – we had one rule about only 2 jackets on the peg rail and now I dread to think about how many are there (and how many spiders are nesting in the pockets :-/)

    • Jessica April 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Jackets have started to appear draped over the top of the shoe box… it’s a slippery slope all right!

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