Can I Think About Cushions Yet?

 

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Another box ticked.. the bedroom painting is done.

In the end we went for white. It’s bright. It’s modern. And I can add pops of colour with the soft furnishings in due course. New lime plaster absorbs a heck of a lot of paint, even though the first coat was well watered down. Cue much scrabbling around to secure the local supplier’s last tin. But secure it we did and Mike’s done a grand job.

The upstairs rooms are so much lighter in winter. The windows nestle underneath the overhang of the thatch which in summer effectively shields the interior from the stronger light. When (if?) the sun appears in winter the yellow orb is much lower in the sky. Rays of sunlight shine straight in. With every bit of light so precious at this time of year, reflective surfaces serve to bounce it around the room.

 

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The radiators are up. Better yet, they’re even connected.

According to the weather forecast we should expect nights dipping below freezing this coming week. It’s already been pretty bloomin’ cold. Mike had been leaving the door of this room open to let in heat from the rest of the house, never mind that the temperature then goes into freefall everywhere else. Bastion Study to the rescue once more. Door tightly shut. What a blessing it was that my refuge got renovated first.

The problem with winter, for me, all revolves around feeling the cold. It seems to have worsened as I’ve got older. This year, with a slow and deliberate attempt to lose some weight, a layer of insulation has literally disappeared! So I’ve gone big with the radiators. Taken the maximum number from the plumber’s recommended range of BTU’s, added a bit, and then added a whole chunk more again. It’s better to be too hot. Thermostatic valves can always be turned down, happy in the knowledge that there’ll still be more to play with when it gets seriously cold.

 

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With walls as straight as a corkscrew nothing is easy to fit. As well as the Devon pegs used to gain purchase within the cob the builder had to deploy spacer batons behind each of the radiators, scribed to the undulations of the wall. The plumber’s task was no easier, burrowing through joists in the confined space underneath the floorboards to find an invisible route for new pipework. But we got there in the end. Can there be any better sound at the start of winter than water rushing through valves newly opened and the creak, creak, creak of metal gently heating up?

 

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My thoughts have gone back to our trip to Norway last year. With their concept of hygge, no-one does cosy quite as well as the Scandinavians. And it’s hardly surprising. Given several weeks in permanent darkness and temperatures reaching -40 deg C in the far north, embracing winter is not just a matter of choice.

The place we stayed was extremely warm and cosy. Perhaps too warm, even for me. But it’s not just about the physical temperature inside the room, it’s the little touches of detail which create that psychological comfort and feeling of well being, however cold it is outside.

 

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Flickering candlelight and a comfy armchair to curl up in for the darkest of nights

 

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Textural fabrics, fleeces and throws made from soft natural fibres. Hmmmm..

 

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A secluded corner and plenty to read to while the hours away

 

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Could this be the trick for coming to terms with winter?

 

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Got to be worth a try.

 

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112 Comments

  1. bittster November 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    It looks fantastic! The white works great in there for all the reasons you’ve mentioned, and I think you’re going to do a great job making it cozy from there. The sparse Scandinavian might not work as well with the white walls, I think you can allow a little more clutter and give it the lived in look… although the sheepskin might be a must!

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      The sheepskin is definitely a must. Even looking at one makes me feel warmer. I can’t help feeling sorry for the sheep that lost it though..

  2. justjilluk November 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Go for it.

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Gotta be done.

  3. Jayne Hill November 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Looks fabulous – I love white and would use it on every wall in the whole house . . . but that’s a perennial disagreement with Management which requires careful negotiation everything there is any decorating to be done. Probably why, after more than 8 years we’ve still only decorated half the house!!

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Oh, I feel your pain. They say opposites attract but having lived with decorating (and other) ‘constructive discussions’ for so many years I really don’t understand how that works.

  4. wherefivevalleysmeet November 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Your bedroom looks stunning – I can envisage all of those Scandinavian ideas fitting in perfectly.

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosemary. Still niggling things like getting the radiators to work properly (full of air) but it does feel as though progress is being made.

  5. Denise November 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Well, the big hairy chap on the wall brings to mind a favourite joke…ahem…’What’s the difference between a bison and a water buffalo? You can’t wash your hands in a buffalo!!’

    Sorry….hygge away….?

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      What is the hairy chap anyway? It doesn’t look heavy enough to be a bison. And surely the pointy bits are wrong for a moose. Or a reindeer.

  6. kate@barnhouse November 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Once you get to soft furnishings, whatever sort you choose, it’s all downhill. Have fun adding the finishing touches. Having tackled all the difficult work you have created such a beautiful, inviting room – you should be proud of yourselves.

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kate. We have almost got to the fun bit, at last.

  7. Tahoe girl November 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    It looks so nice. I too love the white. It brightens things up and you can always add color with decorating. I love the concept of hygge. Just recently read about it.

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Hygge is a bit of an eye opener. Perhaps where I’m going wrong is resenting winter, because it’s horrible to be outside, and not looking at the alternatives.

  8. Vera November 6, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    We have white walls here too, and I also add colour with soft furnishings. I am feeling the cold this winter as well, but I have also lost weight this year so thank goodness for the Rayburn and the radiators. Your place is coming along a treat, and I love that you keep sensitive to the original cottage and don’t modernise everything in a rush to get the renovations done.

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately there have been too many insensitive ‘improvements’ in the past, some of which we’ve been able to reverse like exposing the old fireplace. It’s lovely to see the character coming back.

  9. Freda November 6, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    What a lovely room! The idea of doing a ‘refuge’ first proved a good one for us/ We did the bathroom – the idea of the hot soak in a beautiful clean room at the end of the day often kept me going. Here’s to a hygge winter and your timing seems just right. Cold here too.

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      I was looking at Ikea today and they have those sheepskins for £10. How do they do it?? Speaking to the plumber, he was suggesting we do the bathroom next. It will probably be the most disruptive room of all. The current one is functional, it could just be so much nicer.

  10. karen November 6, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve been waiting to see what colour you choose. I’m renovating our bedroom and bathroom over the winter. I love white. It always looks so bright and cheerful- and goes with anything. So you’ve helped me decide. And I’m just trying to decide on carpet or wooden floors. We can’t have under floor heating- but I do love the look of wood. Might just have wood and lots of rugs. I’m enjoying your house renovation project almost as much as you 🙂

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      I hope you are enjoying it a lot more than we are!!
      I’d love to have underfloor heating, especially downstairs under the stone and brick. But there are no foundations here so excavations might be dodgy, even if we were prepared for all the hassle.

  11. CJ November 6, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Oh yes, a moose, you must have a moose. The room is absolutely wonderful, you’ve made a really beautiful job of it. I shall look forward to seeing your finishing touches. CJ xx

    • Jessica November 7, 2016 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks CJ. He had those eyes that followed you round the room. I couldn’t be doing with that, even though it wasn’t me who did the dreadful deed. I’ve got a fluffy moose though, will that do?!

  12. Eleanor November 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Fabulous! Moving into a newly finished room is such a treat.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

      Hi Eleanor!
      It is. Each room is such a monumental project here it feels almost like moving house.

  13. Linda from Each Little World November 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Living where it can get really cold, I recommend rugs, a cosy throw on the back of every chair, lots of candles, and fingerless gloves for time spent reading or at the computer. My husband always wears flannel-lined jeans in the winter. And, of course, a good supply of warming spirits in the larder.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

      I’ve been known to resort to the fingerless gloves inside the house. They really do make a difference.

  14. Julie November 6, 2016 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Lots of rugs and throws, thermal undies, hot water bottles/wheat bags and a nice fluffy onesie to change into as soon as you get home – a lots of tea! Thats what I do to keep out the chills anyway!
    Your room has so much beautiful potential, I think it’s going to be gorgeous.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Hi Julie and welcome!
      Absolutely. I bought some Ugg type boots a few years ago and they’re lovely too. If my feet are warm the rest of me tends to be too.

  15. Sue Garrett November 6, 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Exciting times

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Getting there. About a week of work on the floor, liming and waxing. Oh my poor knees. I’ll get excited after that!

  16. pbmgarden November 7, 2016 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Looks great. White is a smart choice for a clean, bright look and flexibility.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Flexibility is right. With a neutral background I can ring changes with the furnishings. Thanks Susie.

  17. Virginia November 7, 2016 at 1:42 am - Reply

    You do such a great job of whatever you are tackling – this looks wonderful. I agree with you on the subject of heating too – you can always turn them down, but being cold is a nightmare. And you will certainly notice it more this winter if you’ve lost your personal insulation (Well done, again!). I like there to be a focal point of heat too – a series of candles, or something in the warm colour range – red/orange – in the decor. That always makes me feel warmer.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      I seem to have always lived in cold houses and it is a nightmare. By the time we’re done though this one will be toasty. If I ever did another house it would be from the ground up. Super insulated, quadruple glazed and underfloor heated!

  18. Kris P November 7, 2016 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Decorating a renovated space is just as fun as planting a new garden bed. Enjoy yourself! Even in southern California, we find ways to cozy things up in what passes for winter here.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      It is great fun but can be extremely frustrating too. At the moment we’re searching for reclaimed wood for wardrobe doors, covering many miles and spending too much time in cold salvage yards. But it will be worth it in the end!

  19. Colleen November 7, 2016 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I feel the cold too in a draughty old house. Wool, plenty of wool I say. Still haven’t come up with a solution for a cold nose though!

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      A snood? Pulled up high? You’ve reminded me I made myself one of those last year, must dig it out.

  20. ginaferrari November 7, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

    That room is looking fabulous. I can just see it with some colourful cushions and throws with piles of books to read. Wonderful!

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gina. I do hope so. It’s been long enough in the making.

  21. Sol November 7, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

    it looks good already. Renovations are all about the stuff you dont see, like the inside of the walls and fixing radiators, boring but necessary. Go mad buy those cushions and then when its raining and cold, you will already have pops of colour and it will give you the push to carry on! Cant wait to see what end up with in there!!!!

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Boring but very necessary. They’re also the bits which take up most of the budget. Then we paint over all the work and it’s never seen again (hopefully!). Renovating an old house is a true labour of love. For a future buyer a wall is a wall. Only a few will realise the value of having done the job properly.

  22. Anne Wheaton November 7, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Builders of past generations knew how to orientate houses whether to make the most of the light for shading or getting the last ray or having a cold pantry or early morning sun in the kitchen. I fear it’s rather been lost these days when houses are just built to fit the road design. Your room is looking great.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Very true Anne. I often wonder about the builder of this place, who he was and what he did here. One day I’d like to investigate the history, if only to see how far back I can go.

  23. emilymbrown13 November 7, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

    The room looks lovely and your plan has the most important thing for comfort – wine! 😉

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      And some boxes underneath the bottle to store a few more 🙂

  24. Jo November 7, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

    It looks wonderful you must be so relieved. Definitely cushion planning time x

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      A little way to go yet but the cushion planning is keeping me going! Thanks Jo.

  25. derrickjknight November 7, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Well done. White is right

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      I think so. As it turns out, most of the time it looks more like the soft grey I was aiming for in the first place. And when the furniture’s in it will look fine.

  26. Brenda November 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    The white walls are perfect. You are going to have so much fun creating the feeling you want for this room. Embrace winter and hygge on!

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Yep, we shouldn’t have much trouble living with white. Wet and miserable today, need all the hygge I can get.

  27. Wendy November 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Candles and heat and cosy furnishings are all ways of making the most of winter – so I’d agree that you should look for those cushions!

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      We need a quilt as well. I’m contemplating making one, they’re so expensive to buy. That should swallow up a few cold winter days.

  28. Steve November 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Looks good. Living in a similarly old house I can sympathise with you

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      It seems as soon as you’ve plugged up one source of draught another one appears.

  29. surreycottage November 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I hear you, sister – I’ve lost 4 stone this year and am missing the built-in insulation a bit.
    Your room looks lovely! We have just repainted the sitting room in matt white and are slowly working our way around the cottage, which is currently a mix of matt and silk (silk just doesn’t look right). Progress is determined by daylight now, as well as keeping four Maine Coon cats out of the way – the addition of fur to the wall texture is not a good look.
    The central heating was serviced last month – we had to call the plumber back as there was an awful smell of oil permeating the kitchen – only 2 years in and the feed pipe had succumbed to the additives in the heating oil. He replaced the feed pipe and we didn’t lose much fuel, thankfully.
    The wood-store is full, there is wood piled up next to the wood-burner and I have been batch-cooking soups and casseroles. All is hygge here too.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      4 stone! That really is an achievement, well done.
      A full wood store is a very comforting thing. Mike bought himself a log splitter last year and got a bit carried away. Plenty more dead trees where they came from too. I’m glad you got the oil leak fixed, that doesn’t bear thinking about.

  30. Marian St.Clair November 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    The white is stunning, and somehow traditional and modern at the same time. Glad you show some color in the rendering…and candles in the fireplace! I know you’ll make it cozy and perfect.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      The candles are a must. They will give me the flickering look of a fire without all the hassle.

  31. ourfrenchoasis November 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Hygge definitely is the way to survive winter! A feeling of general cosyness inside makes us feel grateful and happy, we can look out of the window and feel safe and secure. A sheepskin rug, warm cushions, candles, I am positive the Scandanavians have got this so right and indeed so they should, as you say they certainly know about harsh winters.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      They definitely have got it right. There’s a huge social aspect to it as well that’s equally important. Sharing with family and friends and cosying up together. Sort of Christmas all winter and without the commercialism!

  32. Isabelle November 7, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous. Just the kind of cosy cottage atmosphere I dream of. xxx

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Isabelle. The wonderful thing about hygge is that it doesn’t need a cottage, it can be done anywhere. And relatively cheaply. Cottages are often the reverse of cosy. They look lovely in magazines but they tend to be draughty, sometimes damp and difficult to insulate. It can be an uphill battle getting warm.

  33. An Eye For Detail November 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    The room looks just lovely! I’m new around here so just seeing this for the first time. And I do agree about the cold: it seems to affect me more the older I get. Thankfully, six years ago we moved to a warmer climate!!! Oh, I see many of the virtual friends in the comments above: must beTHE place to be!

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Libby and welcome!
      Yes, I think I could get used to North Carolina. I feel a bit of a wimp really, there are people on here who live in far colder places than me. All I can say is, they must have much thicker skins.

  34. frayedattheedge November 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    You can never have too many cushions!!

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      True.

  35. jannaschreier November 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I can’t possibly imagine why you have been trying to lose weight, Jessica. You are perfectly sized already! I couldn’t agree with you more about the wonder of radiators. Whilst we were never cold in our Sydney house (we had more heating appliances than the rest of Sydney put together) we didn’t actually have radiators and there is nothing quite like them for evenly ambient warmth. I’m loving mine! And congrats on the bedroom; it looks fantastic.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Ahh, I was a good way along the weight loss journey back in July. I’ve only lost about four more pounds since then. Must have reached the level because it’s getting harder now. It is quite nice to cuddle up close to a radiator, which is more difficult with underfloor heating!

  36. Erin @ The Impatient Gardener November 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I love how the room is coming together. There is something about plaster walls that is so warm and comforting to me. I’m so glad you went white (although it looks like the most perfectly warm bright color to me). Still no frost here! It is unbelieveable … not even one in the forecast for the next 10 days. All very bizarre and has me wondering just what to do with my dahlia tubers.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      It has turned out to be a slightly off white which is fine by me. I fear a cold winter here. Some forecasts suggest as much but then they say that every year and last year was the warmest winter on record. Enjoy your balmy autumn while you have it!

  37. Sue C. November 7, 2016 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Your bedroom is going to be brilliant. Definitely time to look for cushions, candles and cosy accessories. Enjoy.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks. It’s that time of year isn’t it. A bedroom does need to be a cosy room. But will I be able to get up in the morning to go into the (cold) bathroom? Perhaps that had better be the room to do next.

  38. CherryPie November 8, 2016 at 12:11 am - Reply

    I like the light and airy look of it, I can just imagine the sunlight shining through the window.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      It’s so light and airy at the moment that I’m almost dreading putting furniture in it, especially wardrobes, because then it will feel so much smaller.

  39. bitaboutbritain November 8, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    It’s looking great, Jessica. Not sure about all that wood – or the cow’s head – in the Scandinavian look, though ‘cosy’ is certainly has to be an objective. I think white is right, too; it gives it space.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      The Scandinavian building was a new build, constructed entirely from those huge beams which they then left exposed inside and out. I would have expected gaps and cracks where draughts could get through but it was super warm, even to the touch on an outside wall. Amazing.

  40. Caro November 8, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Looking good, Jessica. Your room will be so cosy and warm that you’ll be wishing winter lasted a bit longer. (Maybe) I love lots of rugs and blankets everywhere. Wish I had a log burner, even if it would be totally superfluous in my tiny flat.

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Big, big maybe! November and December are the worst months for me. Once the days start getting longer and the snowdrops and witch hazels are out I’m back on track.

  41. restlessjo November 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    The bedroom looks great, Jessica. A labour of love restoring this place? 🙂

    • Jessica November 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Absolutely. If we continue at the present rate of progress it will take six more years. And then, surely, the first room will need doing all over again?

  42. hb November 8, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    You think about cushions all you like–you and Mike have done heroic restoration work on your home and deserve some indulgences. Radiator is modern but doesn’t look the least bit out of place.

    Cold, I remember that. We’re expecting +32C the next few days. My sister sent me a beautiful warm jacket for Christmas three years ago, and I’ve never been able to wear it. It hasn’t ever been cold enough.

    • Jessica November 9, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hoov. I’ve been trying to keep the modern essentials minimalist in design. Hopefully that helps them to blend in as much as possible. If you ever visit England, bring that jacket.

  43. Cathy November 10, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Yes, doesn’t a newly completely room look so airy and spacious? And then the furniture goes in… ? You must breathe a sigh of relief whenever a room is ‘finished’

    • Jessica November 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      A huge sigh of relief. They are more like building projects than decorating.

  44. Sue November 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    It looks beautiful. I love the simplicity of white walls and lots of natural wood around a room, it looks so good as it is it seems almost a shame to put anything in there.

    The hairy animal head looks like he’s a cross between a goat and a donkey …. do you know what he actually is?

    • Jessica November 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      No idea Sue. Perhaps some strange arctic circle hybrid, perpetual darkness hides a multitude of sins. Maybe even new to science?

  45. Chloris November 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Well done, I love the light in this room. You will certainy be cosy this winter. Being warm enough is so important. I love the Scandanavian look, I don’ t think I could live with that head watching me balefully though. In my first house the previous owners left a huge stuffed reindeer or noose’ s head behind. I’ m not sure which he was. The stuffing was constantly coming out of his nose so that he looked as if he had a bad cold. His eyes watched me wherever I went. He gave me the creeps. We gave him to a pub called the reindeer. Strange how people like to have dead animals on the wall.

    • Jessica November 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      No, I don’t understand it either. I suppose you could hang fairy lights from the horns in winter. But I’d really much rather not have them at all. The natural world has enough threats facing it without people taking pot shots at animals for fun.

  46. New Moons For Old November 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Hi, Jessica.
    I fell prey to your website problems and haven’t received a notification of a new post for AGES!! But I’ve finally twigged what was going on and have now subscribed “properly” (I hope).
    I’m happy to see that the bedroom is progressing and will be interested to keep up with it from now on – and the garden, too, of course.
    I can relate totally to what you say about the low winter sunlight. Our cottage has completely different summer and winter characters, too.

    • Jessica November 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      There has been a problem with notification emails which as of today may now be fixed, the next post will tell. I can’t find you on the subscriber list though, unless you are using an email address I wouldn’t recognise?

      • New Moons For Old November 11, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

        Hi again. I think I’m using the saying email address as always. I’ll give it another go …

        • Jessica November 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

          The software developers tell me they’ve unblocked something. If it works then you should get the original style notification for the next post (this weekend if I can get my act together). I have my fingers crossed!

  47. Brian Skeys November 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Turn up the wood burner Jessica and open a bottle of inner warmth.
    I guess you are unable to insulate the walls and roof space of you house?

    • Jessica November 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      The walls no, because they are solid. There is some insulation in the roof space, but there are also parts of the ceiling that wouldn’t bear weight and therefore impossible to reach. Such are the compromises of an ancient building.

  48. Rosie November 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    It looks like a wonderful backdrop for you to add light and colour to suit, both of which are needed at this time of year, I think your room will become a cozy and tranquil haven:)

    • Jessica November 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      I hope so Rosie, thanks.

  49. Sarah November 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Your bedroom looks wonderful now it is painted,- all our walls are white too , hope you soon have the cushions! Sarah x

    • Jessica November 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      White does make a huge difference to the light doesn’t it, especially at this time of year.

  50. Denise Nesbitt November 13, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

    White – the new magnolia?

    • Jessica November 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      It’s odd because it appears more of a soft light grey, but as it was grey I was after in the first place it’s no problem at all!

      • surreycottage November 14, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

        What colour was the white that you used, Jessica? Just curious 😉 as the one that we chose is also vaguely grey!

        • Jessica November 14, 2016 at 10:23 pm - Reply

          It was just called ‘White’, Earthborn claypaint. It changes in different lights, between vaguely grey and vaguely off white! Quite nice really.

          • surreycottage November 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

            Thanks for that – will put it on our wishlist for the cob section of the cottage, if you don’t mind me being a copycat, LOL.
            The paint that we used in the Victorian plastered part is a similar colour – so much softer that Brilliant White (which is what has been used everywhere else in the cottage by previous owners). Loving the fireplace – wish we could open up our bedroom fireplace but because of the shape of the room (and how low the windows are), that was the only place for the radiator to go. I may still win the battle over exposing the lovely wide floorboards though!

          • Jessica November 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm

            There are so many compromises with these old cottages. The previous owners, and us to start with, had the bed in front of the boarded up fireplace. Now the only place for it is under a low beam and partially in front of a window. With a see-through metal headboard I hope it will look OK, if I can find one!
            Lucky you having wide boards. Brilliant white is a modern colour which didn’t exist back in the day. Thankfully the traditional paints are much softer.

  51. Val November 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I’m the same as you with not being able to cope with the cold well. I have to be able to warm my feet (I use a fan heater or, if I can’t get to it, I resort to a hair dryer aimed at them!), and I have loads of hot drinks. Our house, while only built a little over twenty years ago, is timber-framed and has pretty thin walls that creak their way through winter. Thankfully we have double-glazed casements so we don’t have the terrible draughts that we had with sash-windows in london, but it can still get pretty cold here. We have our radiators on far too much in the winter so the air dries. May I make a suggestion? Put some water in your rooms so that your wood doesn’t dry out during the winter, otherwise those lovely floor-boards (covered with carpet or not) will shrink and you’ll have horrid repair bills later! 🙂 )

    I love your white walls with the beams, looks gorgeous. I can’t tolerate too much expanse of white anymore because of eye problems, but we do have it in some areas of the house where it makes everything look clean and fresh.

    • Jessica November 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Central heating does dry the air terribly but I can’t manage without it. Water is a good idea. I go around in winter with sheepskin Ugg type boots indoors and even on occasion fingerless gloves. I can’t help feeling we do heating systems very badly in this country. I see photographs on blogs of people in Northern Canada when it’s -40C outside walking around in shirt sleeves in their houses. Same in Norway. We don’t get anywhere near as cold as that, so where are we going so wrong?

  52. karen January 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    It’s looking really wonderful. I’m just about to paint our new bedroom and have been searching for just the right white- not too bright. Yours looks a lovely soft warm white colour. I’m searching for an upright radiator too. They look more modern than the horizontal ones, and save space too. I’m really enjoying following your renovation project. All the best. Karen x

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Karen. There’ll be an update soon… we started moving back into it today. Sleeping there tonight. Whoo Hoo!!!

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