Grey Lounge
Grey Lounge
Grey and Pink Lounge
Hints of Pink
Hints of Pink
Cox and Cox Tray Table, stacked books and candles in lounge
Rustic Dining
Rustic Dining
Rustic Dining Table with burlap and white roses
Kitchen Stove
Kitchen Stove
Esse stove in farmhouse style kitchen
Claw Foot Tub
Claw Foot Tub
Free standing bath in mint and grey bathroom
Black & White Bed
Black & White Bed
Black and White decor
Polka Dots & Posies
Polka Dots & Posies
Polka dot wallpaper and pink blush accents
Summer House
Summer House
White studio with gold and pink fringe garland
Gold Accents
Gold Accents
Gallery wall and stationery in garden studio
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Home Tour | Lauren’s Country Cottage

Author: Lauren Coleman

Although you may have seen my house before over on Rock My Wedding we are keen to give you a taste of things to come here on Rock My Style. There’s going to be LOTS of interior chat and tons of inspiration too. Home Tours are my favourite element on other lifestyle blogs because I’m downright nosey and love seeing how other people decorate their homes.

Our house dates back to the 1850’s and was originally two very teeny shoemakers cottages. About 15 years ago some bright spark had the very clever idea of combining the two houses to create one modest sized home and therefore means we have the very quirky feature of two staircases!

After living in a new build for five years, moving into our Victorian abode with all its period features was a dream come true. We’ve spent nearly three years redecorating and quite a lot has changed since these photos were taken last Summer and posted on RMW. I’m looking forward to sharing a few peeks of the updates with you all very soon.

Our cottage is crammed full of various memorabilia and trinkets; finds from French flea markets, Moroccan bazaars, car boot hauls combined with regular high street buys. I like my home to be informal and individual; preferring to fill it with personally curated pieces rather than buying a whole look in one go. My friends affectionally refer to this process as ’tat’ shopping and we go on tat finding missions frequently.

I am very lucky to have an easy going husband who basically gives me free rein in the house, hence the liberal sprinkling of pink decor and the glitter balls in the bathroom! The easiest way to sum up our overall style though is Rustic Luxe – a lot of reclaimed oak, heaps of texture and a few antique accents. It’s not polished but I do try to make it pretty.

I went on a serious cleaning mission before these photos were taken but rest assured it doesn’t look like this all the time. I am notoriously messy (just ask the lovely Lolly who has experienced my scattergun approach on various RMW shoots). I like my home to be laid back and love people to be relaxed when they come round. I take it as a massive compliment when friends come round and curl up the sofa.

And now over to you. What style of house would you like to see covered in our next home tour?


{The Particulars}
  • Who: Lauren & James
  • What: Victorian 3 Bed Terraced Cottage
  • Where: Northamptonshire
  • Style: Rustic Luxe

{Contributors}

photography | Adam Crohill

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23 thoughts on “Home Tour | Lauren’s Country Cottage

    1. Thanks Ali, I’m pretty sure it’s Crown’s Milk White on the walls, Laura Ashley Eau de Nil on the bath and Ronseal’s Diamond Floor paint. Not going to lie – the floor could do with a new coat x

  1. Lauren, your bathroom…….it’s to die for!
    I do love having a good nosey at other people’s homes, so am excited to see who’s home is up next! 🙂 x

  2. My partner and I love looking at homes and getting inspiration! What a world of inspiration in this blog!

    It’s hard to choose a favourite room but I particularly like the layout of the living room.

    Looking forward to taking a sneak peak of other homes soon!

  3. Loved your home tour last time…loving the refresher tour this time too!!

    Your style is very similar to mine, so I’m hoping you might be able to help with some nursery ideas!

    We are expecting our first baby in June/July and are NOT going to find out what we’re having and I hate a ‘neutral’ standard baby room…my only ideas are I am keen on having the room blue, with a woodland theme, but am struggling with making this gender friendly…of course it’s not helping that we live in the smallest house ever made so storage is key!

    Any inspiration would be most welcome!

    P.S loving the new blog immensely!

    1. Hi Lizzie, big congratulations on the baby.
      Mrs O’Shea is planning on a peach and mint nursery which I think is perfect for any gender and could work really well with a rustic woodland theme? x

  4. Hi Lauren
    Your home is beautiful. My husband and I purchased an Edwardian house at the end of the summer and are in the process of redecorating now. Looking forward to lots of inspiration on these pages.x

  5. House hunting, possible house buying, tons of plans ahead and new beginnings. RMS couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Bring on the flamin’ fabulous inspiration

  6. Lizzie I didn’t decorate my nursery until my baby was almost one, I know most people prefer to do it before the baby is born though! I have a neutral carpet and white walls which I’ve dressed with bunting, postcards, wall stickers and various bits and pieces which you can see on my blog. Wall stickers are a great way of theming the room, you can move them around until you’re happy with them and it couldn’t be easier to refresh the room in future. In terms of storage go for full sized furniture instead of baby wardrobes that you can’t get much in. We have Ikea Pax wardrobes which give more than enough storage. Also buy all of the children’s storage that Ikea sell – wall pockets, hanging basket thing, under cot/bed storage case as it is all marvellous!

  7. Lauren your home is beautiful. It looks relaxed and comfy, but it’s just so beautifully put together. I loved this feature on RMW and it’s been lovely to see it again. I am wanting to put together my own drinks/cocktail tray but can’t find a nice tray like yours – any tips on where I can find something like that or your fab tray table? Would be very much appreciated Lisa x ps. Absolutely loving rockmystyle – it’s already a daily staple of my internet diet!

    1. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for your lovely comment. It’s great to hear you’re enjoying RMS!
      The tray table was from Cox and Cox and is still available I believe. I picked up the tray from Burt’s Home Stores in Brighton. I’m not sure if that’s in your neck of the woods but hopefully searching for a zinc tray or garden tray on Google might help?

  8. I am in love with your beautiful home Lauren, the floor tiles downstairs are gorgeous and I love the spot wall paper in your bedroom. I also live in Northamptonshire and coincidently in a cottage which was originally two smaller cottages, with two staircases! We are still in the midst of doing ours up though and it’s challenging because each time we change something we unearth a problem. We will get there eventually though and I hope that the end result looks as homely and welcoming as your home does!

    1. Thank you Tracey! What a coincidence! Hope the rest of the renovations go to plan and I’m sure it will look stunning when it’s finished.
      I have a confession to make; today is the last day of the slate floor tiles downstairs. Although we adore them it’s just too cold and so I’m having a carpet delivered tomorrow… It’s taken us ages to make the decision as they do look so pretty! x

  9. I’m not sure how I missed this but your house is absolutely amazing Lauren!! I cannot wait to see the updates you have made and future home tours on RMS; they are my favourite features of other blogs too 🙂 xx

  10. Hi,

    In the Rock My Wedding version of the blog there was a ceramic Dove hanging from the door – can you remember where it is from?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Danielle, I think I know the one you mean. It was from a little independent shop in Olney, Buckinghamshire called ‘The House Gallery’ x

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