Friday, 13 January 2012

All change.....

It is three years now since a lovely journalist and a photographer knocked at the front door and set to work.

Asking questions and taking great photographs.

My favourite room in the house.....the kitchen....which hasn't really changed much.

The glazed extension has pushed the kitchen into the garden....taking advantage of the inherited canopy of mature beech, oak and larch trees which  provide welcome shade in the Summer.... and in the Winter, a great room for sewing as the light is so good. 

 The hall with a light, airy Nordic / French feel... is much the real change.

As I look at the photos things have arrived and old things have now moved on to someone else.

I suppose that is the beauty of what I do.

Somethings of course will never go..... like my "Cloth Shed" straw house box and the old laundry basket rescued from the local tip.

It has been with me for many years and is so useful for hiding pieces of  fabric for future Cloth Shed projects.

In fact, I can't remember the last time I saw a nice old laundry basket.

The wool blanket on the side of the sofa in the sitting room was given to me by a friend whose farming family in the 1950's used to send the wool from their sheep to the local Woollen Mill at Otterburn, Northumberland. 

What a great idea....not sure if they still do personal requests these days.

 The sharp eyed amongst you will probably remember the "tidy" pictures from a previous post....yes, things have changed slightly here too.

Finally the blue bedroom is no longer..... and is now a confection of old pink/red toile and French linen sheets for curtains.

All change....I think this is going to be my motto for 2012.

New projects afoot....

Keep you posted.
Julie x


  1. I love your home - so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. xxx

  2. Loved your pics..when we are happy with things we seldom change but do love the new look bedroom and if you are planning some changes so looking forward to the pics..on the look out for some inspiration this year LOL..HAPPY NEW YEAR to you Julie..XX

  3. I love linen and toile and your bedrooms liks divine.

    Have a great weekend

    Helen xx

  4. You have a beautiful home...and change is so good it is what keeps us fresh, we cherish and we recycle..
    Lots of hugs your lovely
    Lynn xxxx

  5. Your home looks beautiful Julie, what a pleasure to wake up this morning and have a peep around!
    Wishing you lots of success with your new projects. x

  6. Very nice your house,
    I think I saw it in the newspaper,
    here in Italy, if I had known
    she was your ......
    a hug
    Susy x

  7. So pleased to put a 'name to a place' featured in the magazines. Often thought to suggest my scratty home, although after seeing yours, not too sure now!

    I wrote about just this very thing, recently in my blog.

    Can't wait to see the changes.


  8. Hello Julie:
    How interesting to look back on the magazine article and see what has stood the test of time and what has changed over the years. Your house looks lovely.

    Some times, everything just seems so very comfortable in its place that there is no real reason to change it. However, from time to time, just moving things around or introducing new fabrics or colour schemes can be refreshing. We look forward to seeing what you have in store for 2012.

  9. I still have this issue and it's still one of my faves!
    Your home is so pretty!xx

  10. Hi Julie,
    I wish I had that magazine issue! What gorgeous photos! So inspiring - can't wait to see your plans unfold this year.


  11. It's funny, I regularly go through my vast collection of old magazines to try to get rid of some and I found your article again (this is one of the mags I have kept, by the way!). I have been contacted again last week by someone but am unsure as it must mean I will have to redecorate and spring clean everywhere, not to mention re-landscape the garden!

  12. I am so glad that you posted the article about your home as I missed it. What stunning photographs and I'm looking forward to seeing what your new projects are for 2012.
    Jo xx

  13. Hi Julie, thanks for posting this. I knew your home would be gorgeous. I am not surprised that the kitchen is your favourite room, its fab and so light! Change is as good as a rest, isn't that what they say? Looking forward to seeing yours, love Linda x

  14. what a beautiful home. You seem to place your furniture so well and that is a real skill. I love RE as well and used to visit every week when Jenny and Simon opened the shop but then we moved from Hexham back home to Scotland and I miss my fix! We have friends and relatives in the area though which means that we can call in when visiting, so it's not all doom and gloom! Katie