Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A Day to Remember

Hello readers, hope you've had a good weekend, can you believe we're in the last week of May already. We're freshly returned from the country, taking a sneaky extra first day of the week off. You'll see why!


We've been spending a lot of our time at our little country bolthole recently. After owning the cottage for nearly four years, there were things we wanted to do, improvements to make and certainly a rather weedy garden to deal with. Happily, I can say we are on top of the garden and it's looking pretty.






We all painted the shed and arbour in this fetching "willow" green and then Mr HenHouse hung up a few enamel signs and some lovely vintage oil lamps. I even made some curtains for the shed!






So yesterday, the Munchkin had a reprieve and was granted an extra day off school. We'd been asked to don our finest vintage clothing...





..because Bill the photographer was with us for the day, along with a team for a photoshoot at our cottage.






I'd been doing my thing in the kitchen to keep us all well fuelled. Diets were out for the day!






Indeed, we have worked really hard over the last few weekends, so it was lovely when yesterday finally arrived and we could just relax.






I am really proud of our cottage and the little home we have made there, largely on a thrifty and homemade shoestring. Yesterday, it was looking its very best, I think.

















We were pleased to complete our main renovation just in time, our bathroom is currently our little pride and joy. This had been fairly newly fitted when we bought the cottage but the tiles in particular were not to my liking (brown?) It was hard to justify changing them, though. Hearing that the cottage would be featured in a fab interiors mag, was the impetus we needed to treat ourselves to some new tiles, ones after which I had long lusted. Of course, we ended up hanging the odd new shelf, pictures and adding some accessories. My favourite part.






The cottage is going to be featured in the "vintage special" edition of one of my fave mags so the tiles we chose (handmade in Cornwall by Welbeck Tiles) fitted the bill perfectly, along with all our vintage thrifty treasures, including our railway posters, some books with fabulous covers and the ship in a bottle which we found in a collectables shop in Bridport last week.






Mr HenHouse has done a brilliant job of handling these special tiles, I'm going to enjoy my bath times so much more from now on.






It was a very trying day, weather-wise, dull and blustery with little sunshine and later on rain, and I take my hat off to the photographer who took some fantastic shots whilst I was happy-snapping with my old camera. I'll mention when the magazine is out in a few months, in case you fancy seeing some really good shots rather than my amateur ones!






The icing on the cake was that my sister and her husband dropped by on their way down to Devon so we had a good old natter and the cakes certainly weren't wasted!














53 comments:

  1. Wow how fun Hen, cant wait to see how the pictures come out!
    I always wonder how much tweaking goes on when theres a photo shoot!

    Clare

    Gertrude is looking lovely!

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  2. Your cottage is beautiful and a real testament to what can be done on a shoe string and with an eye for special vintage pieces (like the lovely rug by your window seat).

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  3. Your cottage looks really lovely in your photos - but I know that the pros are so clever. When we had ours done, he even made me look 'glamorous', as my mother said in a surprised voice! And it was an overcast, windy day, but you didn't notice in the final version.

    Now I want a little cottage just like yours!

    Pomona x

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  4. ooo let us know when the mag comes out!

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  5. What a lovely cottage you have. I can't wait for the magazine to come out! I love those old railway posters.
    June

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  6. It will be fun to see the magazine issue when it eventually reaches the States. Meanwhile, thank you for this wonderful preview.

    You and the very talented Mr H are due many congratulations on creating such a lovely home.

    Best wishes!

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  7. love, love, LOVE the tiles! Where did you find those beauties?!x

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  8. How funny, I clicked onto your post and realised I used to go to school with Bill K who was your photographer!! He's also married to someone I used to go to high school with. What a small world!!

    Your cottage is gorgeous by the way!

    Nicole

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  9. well done Hen! I will certainly be purchasing a mag with your lovely pics in! jennyx

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  10. You've made the cottage look delightful - and you yourself look a delight too! Look forward to seeing the mag! Enjoy a rest now. Abby x

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  11. Your cottage looks perfect and so cosy. Cant wait to see the magazine. Love the bathroom tiles as well.
    Sue x

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  12. Your cottage is incredible - very beautiful and everything looks just right! Can't wait to read all about it in the magazine.
    Liz

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  13. What a nice job you have done....Hugs Mary

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  14. Your post made me smile - lovely garden :)

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  15. What an exciting day for you all! It all looks so lovely and homely - worth every bit of effort and loving care that has gone into it. And you three all look great in your vintage get-ups! Look forward to the magazine coming out...
    x

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  16. What fun! The cottage looks lovely & the new tiles are fab!

    Jayne

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  17. You must be absolutely made up - what a great opportunity! Please do let us know whent he magazine comes out, I would love to get a copy. Congratulations!

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  18. That's too funny! The last time you showed that window seat (a few posts back) I commented that it was so beautiful it should be in a book or magazine! I was right! ;D It's very exciting Hen! How did it come about? Did they contact you, you them? Very exciting...

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  19. Your house and garden are lovely! You've done a great job! Cx

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  20. Oh how exciting and what a gorgeous cottage you have. It must be lovely to have such a special place to go to in the weekends and holidays. Please do let us know when the magazine comes out, although your photos are great as they are!

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  21. That is very exciting to be in a fancy glossy magazine spread! I am looking forward to seeing what the photos look like. I'd love to have a copy of the mag when it comes out! You should buy several copies and let your blog pals order one from you! Hope you've visited my blog lately as I have some fun photos of Oregon in my last few posts.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  22. Wow those tiles look great. Never seen anything like it before! Love the donkey one.
    Will look forward to hearing when it's in 'the' mag!
    Ellie
    x

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  23. Your cottage looks gorgeous I can see why you are sooo pleased with it xx

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  24. Your cottage is inspirational Hen. What I like about your taste is that it is vintage without being 'fuddy duddy'. The cottage has a nice modern twist. I look forward to seeing it featured in the magazine. x

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  25. What a pretty and individual little cottage. We do love Bridport - we're just over the border in Somerset and have spent several evenings at Seatown and Burton Bradstock recently. Find it really strange how the 'Beaminster Tunnel' can divide the weather though - we can leave home in sun, go through the tunnel and be faced with cloud and equally can leave home in cloud and find the sun shining once we're through the tunnel - it's happened on nearly every occasion recently!!

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  26. WOW! WOW! WOW! Come and decorate my house now.........
    Love the poster in your bathroom....MINEHEAD!!!
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  27. The cottage is looking fabulous, I spent the whole post going "Ooooh, I want one of those!! And one of those!!! And one of those!!!!

    S x

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  28. You cottage is sooo lovely. Everything goes together so well and I just love those bathrom tiles..!

    I don't think I've commented before, but you have a really lovely blog that I enjoy reading..

    Ashley xx

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  29. Your cottage is amazing Hen and it's no surprise that any magazine would want to feature it!

    I'm so envious of those tiles, they're fabulous!

    Victoria xx

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  30. What great photos of your comfy cottage, I love your style. The photo of you with the quilt is fantasic. I can't wait for the mag to be published. I'm going to request a copy form my sister in Scotland.

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  31. Wow your cottage is
    wonderful just complete eye candy. I would never want to leave. And the garden is so pretty. Beautiful photo's, dee x

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  32. Wow! Your Cottage is absolutely stunning! a thing of beauty! Congrats on being in the mag! can't wait to see it!
    Your little man look brilliant in his little outfit too!
    lotsa love x

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  33. How wonderful Hen, the cottage looks sooooo scrummy. I just want to climb into your pictures and join you for a piece of cake and a spot of sewing. Very Darling Buds of May!

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  34. You'll have to keep the address of your cottage secret or you might find you have lots of visitor!Love the photos

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  35. What a thrill for you, Hen! Your good taste has always been apparent from the photos you've posted here, so I can't say I'm surprised a magazine would want to feature your lovely cottage.

    I wonder if the magazine the features runs in will be available in the U.S.? My nearest Barnes & Noble carries an excellent selection of British home and garden mags, so maybe I'll luck out and be able to buy it and see the whole spread!

    And you and your family are so adorable in your vintage clothes. I found a pair of wool knickers with suspenders for my 4yo son at a thrift shop last fall that are adorable on him, but not particularly practical (nor is he that fond of them anyway!)

    Take care,
    Erin

    P.S.--Thanks for the tip on the David Austin roses. They are exactly the kind of old-fashioned roses I like (but didn't what they were til now!) They're available in the U.S. and I requested a catalog this evening. Looking forward to receiving that piece of mail. :)

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  36. How absolutely exciting for you. I hope it's a magazine we get here in Australia. Your pics are just lovely.

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  37. How exciting for you :) I love the tiles, the donkeys are my fave. Looking forward to seeing you in print! :) x

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  38. WOW! This is the perfect cosy English cottage!!! I love it! You've done a wonderful job and I wish you will always enjoy it with people you love!
    The bathroom tiles are such a clever idea!
    What magazine wiil your cottage be featured in?

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  39. Your cottage is beautiful, Hen, you've made it very cosy and homely, I love the mix of fabrics, very pretty. And the bathroom tiles are wonderful, never seen anything like those before. Well done to Mr H, hes made a grand job of them.
    I look forward to seeing the magazine article. You all must be very proud of what you have acheived, well done.
    Linda O xxx

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  40. Oh Hen I have wanted to see around your cottage for so long and I am so not disappointed its gorgeous and not posed or pretentious its a real home. That photo of your hubby with his hands in his pockets is lovely and your sister and you look so happy. I cannot wait for the mag to come out its bound to be one I subscribe to!! I have bought a hat and a fur stole at the York Vintage Fair for Pickering and we are going to go this year so we will see you there.

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  41. Oh Hen I have wanted to see around your cottage for so long and I am so not disappointed its gorgeous and not posed or pretentious its a real home. That photo of your hubby with his hands in his pockets is lovely and your sister and you look so happy. I cannot wait for the mag to come out its bound to be one I subscribe to!! I have bought a hat and a fur stole at the York Vintage Fair for Pickering and we are going to go this year so we will see you there.
    You know its strange but when I was reading down the blog and you soad tiles the Welbeck ones popped into my head from when I have seen them in mags and the adverts in the classifieds at the back - then there they were - perfect..........

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  42. Hi Hen ,the cottage looks absolutley wonderful,I especially like the kitchen and the garden!I cant wait for the magazine to come out,please keep us posted when.xx

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  43. Those tiles- wowzers Hen aren't they brilliant! So happy for you that the cottage will be in a lovely magazine feature, it will all look fantastic going by your pictures. I always think it's interesting to see how other people photograph and "SEE" your familiar things. Hope you are having a fab Bank Hols,

    Sarah x

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  44. it really does look sooo fantastic!i love the vintage style tiles- what a wonderful bathroom ;0)
    And such a homely cottage interiors- i love your patchworks especially ;0)
    no wonder its being snapped by a great mag photographer! what a delightful retreat ;0)xxxx
    such a cute munchkin too x

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  45. I've been following your blog since 2 years and can't understand why your wonderful cottage has been featured only now in one of those lovely magazines! You all deserve it for your great taste and efforts!
    x

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  46. No wonder someone wants to photograph it all, it’s stunning! What a beautiful cottage you have - filled with all your gorgeous handcrafted things. The colours are all so lovely. What a great way to showcase all your talents! I'm so pleased it is going to get published in a magazine as I know people will love seeing your lovely things. I hope you are really proud of all that you have done as it is amazing! I always love looking at the things you show us as they are either beautiful or interesting or both. Your garden is rather pretty too. You must love visiting your cottage as it looks such a pretty and relaxing home. You have used lots of cleverness and your own unique skills putting it together so wonderfully. Well done Hen!
    Siobhan

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  47. Love the tiles in the bathroom, your cottage is just beautiful and oh so cozy

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  48. Hen, your cottage looks wonderful! That's very exciting that you'll be appearing in an interiors mag, can't wait to buy a copy. Thos tiles from Cornwall are just the bees knees! Love Vanessa xxx

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  49. I dont know how I missed this post! But it has just made my day. Your posts always seem to do that Hen :)

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  50. What a beautiful cosy, welcoming cottage. I look forward to seeing the magazine article.
    Carol xx

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  51. What a beautiful cottage you have.

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  52. How exciting!
    Your cottage looks wonderful!

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  53. your blog is so wonderful !!! I like it !

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