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Lendy Cowes Week 2018


It’s that time of year again where everyone gathers in Cowes for the famous Lendy Cowes Week. Cowes Week is always held in the month of August, running from today, 3rd-11th August. Lendy Cowes Week is one of the UK’s largest running and most successful sporting events. It holds up to 40 daily races for around 1000 boats. Not only that it’s the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world! Lendy Cowes Week doesn’t only offer a fantastic show of sailing boats, it also holds a fantastic atmosphere, live music, cocktail stalls and a spectacular firework display on the final Friday. It’s a week that offers so much more than just sailing, it’s a time for friends, family and couples to gather and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of the event.         

   

Images taken by Paul Wyeth


A bit of history-
Lendy Cowes Week first started in the August of 1826. The first race consisted of just 7 yachts under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club now known as the Royal Yacht Squadron. The prize of this race was a golden cup with the worth of £100.
The following year King George IV indicated his approval of the event by presenting a cup to mark the occasion and since then the event has become known as Cowes Regatta.

  
From 1946 other Cowes based and mainland clubs organised racing, the regatta grew in size and popularity. The Kings cup was then replaced with the Britannia Cup. By 1953 8 days of racing was provided.
In 1964 Cowes combined clubs was formed to run and organise the regatta. The body represented the seven clubs involved in managing the racing and Cowes town regatta committee. The clubs involved are Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal London Yacht Club, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Royal Southern Yacht Club, Island Sailing Club and Royal Ocean Racing Club.

  
In 2004 on the Regatta’s 40th Anniversary, Cowes Combined moved into a new purpose-built Regatta centre which was officially opened by HRH Prince Phillip.
In 2007 Cowes Week was formed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cowes Combined clubs to provide a single management board.


The regatta today has dramatically evolved since 1826, with between 800-1000 boats racing every day for 8 days. The competitors range from Olympic and World class yachtsmen to weekend sailors. A fantastic event which has grown in popularity over the decades, and brings the town of Cowes to life, forming a lively atmosphere.

  

Images taken by Paul Wyeth


As we all know, Lendy Cowes Week has so much going on other than the sailing. There is live music, market stalls, children’s events, nightclubs and so much more. Here is a breakdown of the weeks entertainment highlights-
Friday 3rd- 22:00-2:00- Sugar Store Nightclub Opening Party
Saturday 4th- 21:00-22:30pm- Derek Sandy & The Reggae Source
Sunday 5th- 14:00-15:30pm- Gemma Hunt from CBeebies Swashbuckle
19:15-20:30pm- Will as Ed Sheeran
Monday 6th- 22:00-2am- JJ’s Nightclub
11am-18:00pm- Music, entertainment, face painting & glitter tattoos based at various locations throughout the High Street
Tuesday 7th- Lendy Ladies Day
A reception is held for the Lendy Ladies Day 18:30-20:00- (Invitation only)
20:00-21:00pm- Ben Stubbs
11:30am-00:30am- Lawn Lounge & Gin Festival
Wednesday 8th- 20:00-21:30- Grove Union
22:30-1:30am- Club Balearia
Thursday 9th- 18:00- Fever Tree Crew Cap Party
Friday 10th- 19:30- The Red Arrows Display
20:15-00:00- Fireworks cruise with Red Funnel
Saturday 11th- 22:00-2:00am- Sugar Store Nightclub- Closing party

       

Images taken by Tom Gruitt


For the full list of events taking place over Cowes Week visit- http://www.lendycowesweek.co.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?map=cw18&ui=cw4&style=std&override=&section=shoreside&page=entertainment


Not only can you be part of the entertainment onshore, you can also get involved with the entertainment offshore with the Spectator Boats. There are lots of spectator boat options for you to be able to get up close to the action. Trips on the Spectator Boats are an hour long and depart 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm from Trinity Landing on Cowes Parade. Each trip costs £12.50 for adults and £8 for children. You can book at the Regatta Centre at the Parade. This is a great chance for you to get up close to the action and feel part of the sailing squad.
Another way of getting involved would be on a Rib Ride. These depart at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. They are available all week and last for 60-minutes. It’s a thrilling and exciting trip to be part of. It costs £36 for an adult and £25 for a child. For more information visit the Lendy Cowes Week website.
So, from all of us at Red Squirrel Property Shop we wish all the sailors the best of luck in the sailing races, to all the spectators we wish you the best time, and everyone else who goes for the brilliant atmosphere, we hope everyone enjoys this fantastic event which reaps so many benefits for our Island, we will look forward to seeing you throughout the days of 3rd-11th August…

                                    Image taken by Tom Gruitt

    

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Emily Gibson.

 

Red Squirrels

Have you ever wondered why we are called Red Squirrel Property Shop?
Well, as I’m sure you all know Red Squirrels are local to the island, they are fast, effective and hardworking. A lot like the team at Red Squirrel Property Shop. We wanted to associate our business with the recognisable Red Squirrel because it’s personal to the Island.
We thought it would be a good idea to share some information on Red Squirrels and why they are so fantastic! We don’t call ourselves “Red Squirrel” Property Shop for nothing…


Red Squirrels are the only native squirrel to the British Isle. They can be spotted in the Lake District, Allen Banks in Northumberland, Brownsea Island Dorset, Grasmere Cumbria, Formby in Liverpool and of course the Isle of Wight.


Red Squirrels usually live on their own, however when they give birth to their babies the mother will live with them until they are 12 – 14 weeks old.
Red Squirrels live in nests, called Dreys. These are made from dried leaves, twigs and grass. Normally found in the forks of tall trees. This is where a mother squirrel will give birth to her babies, also known as kittens. The kittens will be born deaf and blind, and it won’t be until they are 3-4 weeks old that their eyes and ears will open. Red Squirrels can live to the age of about 6 years old. However, many don’t see their first birthday. During a Red Squirrels first winter this be a challenging time and unfortunately not all will make it through this season due to the weather, food shortage and disease.


Red Squirrels usually eat seeds from trees, nevertheless it’s always great to supply treats for Red Squirrels in your garden, not only will this help them it will also give you the chance to spot a Red Squirrel. The best food to leave for your Squirrels are hazelnuts, walnuts, pine nuts and sunflower seeds. Apple will always go down a treat for the Red Squirrels also. Do not feed dried food or too many peanuts!
There are lots of places on the Island where you can go Red Squirrel spotting. The best times are either at dusk or dawn but be sure that you are as quiet and still as possible when going to watch squirrels as they will react to any form of movement. One of the best places on the Island to view Red Squirrels is Alverstone Nature Reserve. When we held our Red Squirrel photography competition we asked each contestant where they took their photos and the majority of them said they were captured at Alvestone Nature Reserve. However, there are lots of other locations on the Island to spot Red Squirrels such as Robin Hill, the Garlic Farm at Newchurch, Shanklin Chine, Borthwood Copse, Quarr and Fort Victoria in Yarmouth.


Common knowledge to Island residents is that Grey Squirrels are not allowed on the Island. Even though we do not have a fixed access to the mainland Grey Squirrels can manage to make their way over to the island. Grey Squirrels are larger than Red Squirrels and they will dominate the Red Squirrels for territory and food. Resulting in devastation for Red Squirrels. Also, Grey Squirrels are a carrier of the Squirrelpox virus which is deadly for our Red Squirrels. If you see a Grey Squirrel be sure to report the sighting to Wight Squirrel Project on 01983 611003.
Red Squirrels are declining in population, this is due to the spread of the Squirrelpox virus from the Grey Squirrels. Correspondingly, they are smaller than the Grey Squirrels, so they are less likely to survive when fighting for food or territory. Also, when put under pressure Red Squirrels will not breed as often, again resulting in a decline in population. Therefore, we need to ensure we look after our Red Squirrels and report any sightings of Grey Squirrels.


Wight Squirrel Project and The Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust are Island Based Charities with a group of hardworking and dedicated people who work on the protection and survival of the native Red Squirrel. Wight Squirrel Project does the research, monitoring and welfare side of red squirrel work and The Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust focuses on education and practical conservation. Both were founded and are run by Helen Butler MBE.
You can also make donation to Wight Squirrel Project or The Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust on their websites, this money will go towards - amongst other things - squirrel food, welfare, making educational films and providing information packs.
For anymore information on The Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust visit their website at- http://www.iowredsquirreltrust.co.uk/

 


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Emily Gibson.

Pick up your pants…
You put your home on the market to sell it, right? You want people to fall in love with your home the moment they walk in? You need them to feel like it could be their own? You want them to feel taken aback with how fantastic it is? Well, surprisingly some people do not understand the DO’s and DON’T’s of what to do when selling their home. There are some simple steps to do when you know you have a viewing coming up.


1- Try and create a blank canvas with your home. You don’t need to take out your furniture or remove your wall paper, but you can reduce the number of family photos to depersonalise the property. You want them to see the property as their potential home, not feel like a visitor. You should put away anything which clutters your space like hoovers, ironing boards, washing or even simple things like books or magazines, this is to make your home look as spacious and decluttered as possible. Storage is an issue for us all, so show that you have enough for all those “odds and ends.”
2- Make sure your home is tidy! Yes, this does mean picking up your pants and socks off the floor… Making sure you have no washing up left on the kitchen counter and giving the rooms a hoover and polish. You never want a potential buyer walking into your home and getting the feeling that one, you can’t be bothered to clean your home, (so you’re probably not that fussed about selling) and two, seeing it in its worse state. You don’t want a buyer to walk away remembering the bad bits about your property…
3- Make it smell nice. There is nothing better than walking into someone’s home and being hit with a delightful smell, trust me this will make a difference! Smell is associated with memory, so if someone remembers your home as smelling lovely, this is a positive response. Not only that, it’s much better for someone to walk into your home and be greeted with a nice smell rather than a bad one. On the subject of smell, let’s talk about smoking… For non-smokers who are going into a home which has a smoke odour, this can be a turn off. So, keep your home fresh and smelling good…
4- Creating a set up. Don’t let your home look “slobby”. There is nothing worse. You want your home to look well presented, and ready to move into. Some ideas for you are putting fresh towels in the bathrooms, clean tea towels in the kitchen, putting a vase of flowers on the dining room table, make sure all beds are made, pillows are plumped and open windows around the house to create a sense of freshness around your home. These simple changes will make a whole load of difference. 
5- Let your agent do the work. It’s best to leave the house when viewings are taking place. This is because your agent can then get a better idea on what the potential buyer thinks of your property. Some viewers may feel awkward saying what they think or asking questions about the property if the owner is there. Not only that, your agent can then talk to the potential buyer about the property’s potential of how they could change the property a bit to best suit their needs. So, it’s honestly best to make yourself disappear during viewings…

Prepping your property…
Deciding to put your home on the market is a big decision. You’re moving your whole life into another place and location. It can have very testing moments and be an emotional process. People sell their homes for hundreds of different reasons, first home, upsizing, downsizing, divorce, ill health, relocation and so on. One of the big questions when moving is what do we do to the house? Do we have to decorate? Do we have to replace the bathroom? Shall we put down new carpet? Well, to be quite honest, it does depend on the property you are selling, the price you want, and its location. Normally there are 3 types of buyers, the renovation buyers who want a good price on a property which they can add value to, so in this case you will most likely not need to do any work to the property before selling. Secondly you have the buy to let buyers. They are looking for an up together property which doesn’t need much work (maybe just some cosmetic work like painting), but something ready to move into so 1, they can get a mortgage and 2, so it’s ready for them to make profit on. Thirdly you have the families and couples, the people who want to buy a home, which most likely doesn’t need loads of work doing to it. Just the normal cosmetic work so they can put their own stamp on the property, but the property is still liveable…
It may not be obvious which type of buyer you are aiming for! But ask your Agent for their advice.
When is the best time to put your property on the market?
To be quite honest, there is never a better time to sell your property. But you can use your intuition to think when you would best prefer to buy or sell. Often people want to move before Christmas or move during school holiday periods. The busiest times seem to be in the New Year, so the months of January and February as people are thinking “New year, new start” and all that, so they decide they want a change. Also, Spring can be a popular time, as people have had the beginning of the year to decide if they want to move, where to and so on. Also, as the weather starts to get better people feel that their property looks at its best.
However, even though these factors can all impact people’s decisions, the best time to move is when you feel ready. You need to be prepared for the change, be excited for a new start and be financially ready. So, the best time to move is down to you and your situation, not the enthusiasm of weather or motives of a new year….

For any advice on moving homes please feel free to call us. We are more than happy to help you with your journey of buying or selling. We want to offer you a professional but also personal service, so you feel at ease and as stress-free as possible…

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Tiny Homes Holidays

Do you fancy a unique holiday experience? Well, Tiny Homes Holidays can offer this... After fourteen successful seasons of running one of the UK’s first glamping businesses Helen & Frazer Cunningham have created Tiny Homes Holidays with the dream of taking the Glamping vibe even further to create an all year round sustainable ‘Tiny Homes’ Boutique Retreat. Expect the quirkiness and ethics of a glamping break in bespoke architect deigned permanent well built cabin-style houses. At Tiny Homes you will get the choice of 3 of the Tiny Homes, each home can sleep up to 4 people, you have your own comfortable bed, kitchen, shower, toilet, and even your own BBQ. What more could you want?


I decided I wanted to visit Tiny Homes and see what they were all about. I went to Tiny Homes because I was really interested in speaking to the creators Helen and Frazer to get an insight into the world of sustainable living and of course go and check out all the fantastic homes.


I was extremely excited about going to visit, and I was not disappointed. The site was fantastic, it offered such a relaxing feel of tranquillity and peace. I was also very keen to hear more about the eco-friendly approach that the homes and site offered. Helen told me that all the homes were run by solar power. They wanted the homes to be sustainable and of course eco-friendly! Not only that, the toilets in each of the homes were composting toilets which are fantastic for the environment and puts our waste to good use! Helen was also telling me that they try to use as little plastic on the site too, this is to encourage the sustainability and environmentally friendly vibe. I really liked this idea because it teaches people who visit the site how easy it is to be environmentally friendly and how much of a positive feel it has on yourself.


Firstly, I went into each home to get some photos and see what each home offered. The first home I went into was called Elidh. This is a Gaelic name meaning “light”, so this home felt very bright and friendly.

It used the pastel colours of white, blues and beiges. I liked this home, it gave off a positive atmosphere and made me feel relaxed. I felt this holiday home would be brilliant for a family. The bright, clean colours made it feel appropriate for families as it offered a calm, reflective feeling. This home also felt slightly larger than the others, most likely because of the openness of the colours, but I believed it would be great for families.

              


The second home I went into was called Hygge. This is a Danish word for “wellbeing”.

This home was all about nesting. It had scandi-styling, warm cuddly textures and the feeling of a hideaway. It was really comforting. There were lots of cosy, fluffy blankets scattered around the home, the colours of grey and pink were also used, which I found worked well to create that snuggled, homely, relaxed feeling. This home would be perfect for anyone, friends, family or even couples; because it offered such a fantastic vibe it can be used by anyone and everyone.

             


The last home I went into was called Silva. This is a Latin word for “forest” or “woodland”.

This home was all about encouraging nature into the home with a hint of a 70’s style. I really liked this home it was a bit different to the others with its layout and of course the shape of the property is triangular. It uses wood textures and colours which made it feel warm inside. Unlike the others, the kitchen was located to the rear of this home rather than at the side like the others. I like how everything felt separate within the home. The upstairs of the home had a swinging chair to the front, so you can look out of the window across the site and to the rear there was a king size bed with a large opening window. I found that this home would be great for couples as it felt more intimate and unique to the rest. To me it felt a bit smaller than the others, but this could be due to the shape of the property as it can still sleep the same amount of people.

              


Once I had looked in the holiday homes, taken my photos and gathered my thoughts on each home I decided to go and speak to Helen to get some more information on the homes and what inspired her and Frazer to create such a unique glamping idea.


Emily- When did Tiny Homes first open?
Helen- Tiny Homes had its first season last year, we opened it August 2017.
Emily- What inspired you to start this business?
Helen- I have been working within the glamping business for 15 years, and I believed this would be the next step on from glamping, creating a unique holiday experience. 
Emily- How long did the homes take to build?
Helen- The idea of the homes started about 4 years ago, but we needed to actually turn the idea into reality, so this meant getting plans together, sorting out planning permission and finding the perfect site. However, the homes took 18 months to build.
Emily- How do you advertise your homes?
Helen- We obviously advertise our homes on our website, but we use other elite portals like Host Unusual, One Off Places and Airbnb.
Emily- How long can people stay in your homes?
Helen- People usually stay in our homes for short breaks, so around 2-3 nights. However, we have had people stay in the homes for 1 week.
Emily- What seems to be the most popular home?
Helen- They are all popular for different reasons as they all have different styles, which appeal to different people. Silva is usually more popular for couples. Elidh is typically more popular for families and Hygge frequently attracts friendship groups, like a group of girlfriends.
Emily- What seems to be your busiest season?
Helen- We are open all year round and we do get booked up. However, the Summer season is usually our busiest, like most places, as it’s when people decide to get away and enjoy the sun and nature.
Emily- What is it that makes your holiday homes different?
Helen- Our Tiny Homes are different for what they offer, firstly there is nothing quite like Tiny Homes, so they are unique. We are also eco-friendly, so we use solar panels for our energy and compost toilets, and we are also plastic free. We want to encourage an environmentally friendly stay and show people how easy this way of life is.
Emily- How do you get bookings?
Helen- Most of our bookings are through direct contact from our website, obviously being on the island we also rely on word of mouth. But we do also use other holiday portals which I mentioned earlier, where we receive bookings from.
Emily - Would you consider building more homes?
Helen- We are in the process now of getting ideas and planning permission for 3 more homes.
Emily- What is included when people rent the homes?
Helen- Everything is included when they rent the homes, a kitchen with cooker, hob, fridge with icebox and plenty of kit. A composting WC, a shower, woodburning stove, white linen and towels, outside deck with table and chairs, BBQ and a welcome pack on arrival.
Emily- What is the maximum time people can stay in the homes?
Helen- Well the maximum time people have stayed in the homes is a week, but I mean people are free to stay in them as long as they would like…
Emily- Do you have a clubhouse area for the guests?
Helen- We have our studio which our guests will all have a key to. This is an area where guests can come to relax or socialise. Due to the tiny homes being run by solar power we only have USB plugs in the homes as using normal plugs will drain the energy, therefore we have normal plugs in the studio where people can come and use things like hair dryers. We also run Workshops in the studio which guests can take part in.
Emily- Do you work with other companies or businesses on the Island?
Helen- Yes, we do, we work with Mrs B Presents. Mrs B comes to our studio and holds workshops for our guests. Our workshops can be anything from fitness, crafts, sewing, wood carving or cooking. We open the workshops to our guests first, but if we do have some available space left we open it to other people too. They are great fun!
Emily- What is your favourite home?
Helen- It changes all the time! But at the moment, I really like Hygge.
Emily- Do you have a pet friendly home? Would guests be able to bring their dogs along with them?
Helen- No, we just felt that it wouldn’t suit our site. Firstly, we wouldn’t like to cause any issues with the residents as dogs may bark and we wouldn’t want to cause disruption for the locals. Not only that, the site is all about peace and tranquillity, so a barking dog may ruin this idea (laughs).
Emily- Are your customers mainly island or mainland residents?
Helen- Most of our guests are from the mainland, however island residents do stay at Tiny Homes, we were surprised at how popular we are with island residents. I suppose we are something different and people who would like a weekend of peace, and not have to travel really like our homes.
Emily- Was it hard to get planning permission to build the site?
Helen- Yes, it was a long journey with plenty of ups and downs. The locals were slightly apprehensive with the building of the site as I suppose they thought we may be disruptive, but our homes are all about peace and enjoying the simplicity of life and what nature has to offer, and from the moment we opened we have never had any complaints, which is brilliant.
Emily- Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and answering all my questions, it’s been great to get know a bit about Tiny Homes!


It was fantastic to talk to Helen and understand everything Helen and Frazer have built together. I think Tiny Homes Holidays is a fantastic idea, and the homes are all unique and spectacular in their own way. I think I may go and book a weekend in one myself…

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Emily Gibson.

   

All you can dream of is quiet neighbours...

   

The saying is ‘location, location, location’ and that’s great if you’re in a desirable street, close to schools, or have a countryside or sea view, but often we choose a property for what it offers us internally. Layout, room sizes, flow. Sometimes we weigh up the pros and cons and opt for internal specification rather than external aesthetics.
One property I recently visited was in an unusual location– in a graveyard. I found the interior of the property a delight, with its light and bright shabby chic style, at complete odd to the rather ‘gothic’ exterior surroundings of tombstones. However, this is not what defines this quirky property, the house had far fetching sea views, beautiful surrounding walks and close to the town centre, a brilliant family home....

  
A bit of history about the property is that it was built between 1850-1870. The gentleman who lived in the house at the time was the caretaker of the cemetery. When he passed away he was then laid to rest in the cemetery which he cared for. This left a very special and warm feeling with the house, knowing that it was loved and cared for all those years ago. So even with the gothic surroundings there is also a sense of protection and care from previous occupants…

However, interior design is so important for a home, as it presents the owner’s personality, it makes a house a home. Decor is the key! This is how this home in an unusual location became an unexpected surprise due to its décor changing how it makes you feel from the moment you enter…
When you are deciding what interior design you want in your home, you must think about the way in which it will make people feel when they enter, and the way it best portrays you.
You could have an ultra-modern interior which presents youth and style, a cosy feel to present a family orientated home, bohemian style which presents a carefree, youthful feel or a home which has a continuous theme such as nautical.
Interior design is so important for your home, as it presents your personality, and determines what people will think when they come into your home.
When I visited the property, which backed onto the graveyard, I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least... The first thought that runs through your head is "This could be rather spooky living here". However, after looking round the property, and going into the house, my thoughts were soon changed.
The property held so much originality, peace, tranquillity and comfort. The complete opposite to what I expected. Being located on a graveyard added to the properties character and uniqueness.
It was fantastic.

Shabby Chic-
Shabby chic is a design which can speak volumes. It offers comfort, luxury and individuality, which is perfect in this home as its set on one of the most unique settings and locations. It’s very different to any other home which is what makes it so brilliant. The shabby chic decor is perfect for a family home. You want your home to feel comfortable, peaceful and represent a happy place.
The style combines a modern style with the traditional look.

     

The kitchen is a family hub in a home and in this home it’s a great example of how the Shabby Chic interior is all brought together. It comprises of soft cream colours, pastel pinks and blues, twinkling fairy lights faux leaves hanging from the ceiling and dried out flowers surrounding the kitchen. These pale colours and tones work fantastically together and present the idea of ease and bliss and they are easy on the eye.
The kitchen table is a light wood, with cream chairs which have scuffs on the edges. This is the shabby chic edge... It’s known as "distressing" the finish of the furniture.
The warm glow from the twinkling lights portrays the idea of warmth and friendliness. They are so simple and small in the scheme of the room, but they make a large impact. The colour of the lights is important, you want a warm yellow glow. Not a blue tinted light, as this will defeat the objective of the inviting feeling.

Accessories-


Furniture isn’t the only important feature when creating your interior design. The accessories you use play a huge role in presenting your style and personality. Within this home, the theme is shabby chic, so the traditional/vintage styled accessories had to be used. Colours like rose pink, brassy golds and neutral colours are frequently seen, also the exaggeration of period styles such as wooden chests and log burners.


There are flowers scattered around the house in decorative vases, the flowers are in a vintage style with dried out hydrangeas, large roses and peony flowers. They are a mix of pastel pinks, creams, beiges and fuchsia pink. They look fantastic when they are all put together and really excel the shabby chic style.
The use of large mirrors with decorative, chunky edgings can be used as centre pieces on a wall, or even just being placed on the floor. The mirrors used in this house are cream or off gold. These colours express tradition and can also be related to the French- style interior design such as Rococo style, with is a decorative 18th century European style.

     
It’s very traditional to have photographs or even paintings in your home. Going down the staircase in this home, there was loads of photo frames filled with family photos. These were all in their own decorative photo frame, and evenly distributed on the wall as you walked up the stairs. This looked brilliant, and it brings through the idea of family and love to the home.
Not only that, in the conservatory there was a large wooden chest with dark metal locks, on top sat a large grey candle case, with candles and pine cones inside. This was a very interesting feature. It looked very unusual, but it fit in with the decor well. It’s the idea of the traditional look blending in with the modern to create the Shabby Chic vibe.

Traditional Features-
This 18th Century home still contains its traditional brick walls. This brings so much character and uniqueness to the property. I love how the brick contrasts with the modern shabby chic decor. The brick walls work really well with the thick grey carpet, dark grey and white walls. The chandelier links to both the modern and traditional style. That’s why it works so well as it brings the whole design together.
There is another brick wall in the downstairs part of the property. It’s located in the lounge, and due to the contrast with the furniture and colours it doesn’t create a cold effect like stone/brick can do. It creates a warm and comforting feeling. It’s very spectacular.

   
In the lounge there is also a log burner... It looks great as it draws in the tradition of using wood for a fire. It brings the room to life, it makes the lounge cosier and brings character to the room. It’s a really great feature to the property. Due to the properties location, which is in what may be thought of as a "cold" place, excuse the pun! But having a log burner portrays warmth and comfort to the house.

Including comfort-
It's comfort first, its comfort last, its comfort always... It’s very important to remember this when you are decorating your home. You must include your home comforts, or your home won't be personal to you. You can still have a stylish and chic house with your comforts. You can include your comforts while working with your interior design and making it look good. Because home is not a place it’s a feeling, so you must turn your house into your home...
In this snug room the owner has created a window seat which is a warm grey colour, and it’s scattered with cushions and the window has thick grey curtains falling either side. The sofa is a brown colour with snug cushions on it, a fluffy throw and thick long curtains surrounding the windows. This creates a real homely feeling, but also looks very stylish.

         
In the lounge there are fairy lights on a tree in the corner of the room which creates a warm feeling. There is also a thick grey curtain which goes across the entrance of the kitchen and the lounge. This creates a feeling of shutting out a room, it could be used as a metaphor of keeping in the warmth and blocking out the reality. It’s a really nice effect and worked really well in this room.
The sofas have large fluffy pillows and blankets over them; and they had grey wooden shutters across the bottom of the window. I really liked this, as it did represent a traditional look, and it also related to the idea of comfort and shutting out the cold. It worked effectively.

Overall, this home is unusually spectacular it’s located on the grounds of history and beauty and portrays the most fantastic and comforting family home. Using an interior design like Shabby Chic creates a soft interior to overcome the hard exterior. The décor, as you can see is brilliant and works so well. As soon as you enter this home it provides a magical feeling and that’s why I thought it would be a great idea to share the beauty of this home with everyone else…


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