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Progress on the home front!

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Progress on the home front!

Moving on from my last home blog I am delighted to report I finally have a lovely studio to work in. So much space too! Phew! It’s been a long haul & quite a drag but it’s all worth it now – hooray! Here are some photo’s of its journey…

We moved into our Cotswold stone barn just over a year ago & we’ve had the builders with us pretty much ever since. They have finally left now & we’ve been able to enjoy living here. The layout wasn’t ideal so I redesigned it the way I wanted it to work for us. The garage being where it was was just silly & meant our views from the house was just our cars. It was a lovely big space so I came up with the idea of parking on the other side of the plot, creating an enclosed courtyard garden, making this building my studio & creating a link extension to include an office for my husband.

There wasn’t much character in our barn so I’ve done my best to add some by using natural materials & letting them shine. We’ve used lots of reclaimed wood, exposed the stone where we could, kept it simple & hopefully classic. I treated myself to a rug I’ve wanted for such a long time by Designers Guild & I absolutely love it. Our briard Bruno look very good on it don’t you think? Now it’s just some electrical stuff & a bit more decoration & then we move on to the garden – the final & very exciting stage 🙂

I made a start on Friday when choosing trees at Hilliers for clients. I selected four beautiful silver birch trees to provide an architectural & stylish shade for our courtyard – take a look…

STOP PRESS! – 11th October 2019

I have had a rethink & these are the new trees we will now be having. I have reserved these 4 Acer globosum – I felt the birch would just get too tall over time. I first saw these Acers in France years ago & loved them so when I saw these at Hilliers I just had to swap!

We’ve also got most of the drive & parking done now – I have just put an order in for some hydrangea limelight & some evergreens for screening so in a few weeks when it’s done I’ll post another update.

Until next time!

Jo - my name written by Jo Alderson Phillips