The Cottage: The Before

 

A new series dedicated to The Cottage: I show you around the empty cottage, the way it looked when we moved in. Scroll down for more photos.

 
Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, living room
 
 

From Dream To Reality

I recently moved from fast-paced city life to the slow-paced country life. London to Cotswolds. It’s been a dream of mine for so many years, I’ve lost count. You can read more about what inspired me to do so here.

A big part of moving is the excitement but also the fear of what the next chapter holds. For now, I remain in the excitement stage as my mom and I begin the interior design process. We’ve always had visions for our dream chocolate box cottage, even when we weren’t sure it would ever become a reality. Over the years we sat over tea and cake discussing that dream. A potential mother-daughter project: What would it look like? Where it would be? Would we have a view and/or garden? How many bedrooms would we need? Does a kitchen-diner suit us? Where would I create art? What would the light be like? How wonky would it be?

Japanese Influences, British Charm

Although my mom and I have very different taste in a lot of things, there is one thing we always agree on: Japanese aesthetics. It’s who we are and will always be woven into the fabric of whatever we do. Another thing we always knew, was that we wanted a typical English country cottage with charming features; wooden beams, stone, wonky features, a range cooker to name a few.

A Blank Canvas

So, the scene has been set, we found a near-perfect home in a beautiful fairy tale village, and now it awaits the Hikarui touch. I always told myself if I was lucky enough to have this opportunity to create the dream home, I would keep a visual diary. This is the beginning of that very diary. On moving day, I took some pictures to ensure we had the first memories of what made us fall in love in the first place.

 
 
Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, living room

Living room

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, living room, fireplace

Living room

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, living room

Living room

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, snug

Snug

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, bedroom 1

Bedroom 1: Now my bedroom. I love how wonky the floor is, you can see the dip in the middle of the room.

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, bedroom 3

Bedroom 3: My mom’s bedroom/guest bedroom

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, bedroom 3

Bedroom 3: My mom’s bedroom/guest bedroom

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, bedroom 3

Bedroom 3: My mom’s bedroom/guest bedroom

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, bedroom 2

Bedroom 2: Now my art studio

Cotswolds Cottage, before pictures, bedroom 2

Bedroom 2: Now my art studio

 
 
Chikae O.H. Hanko Name Seal
 

 

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