It was around this time last year that I got the chance to write about Pamela Shaw’s cosy Cumbrian farmhouse for Reclaim magazine. I first met Pamela on Instagram where she shares photos of her gorgeous interior at @housemouse_farmhouse.
She was kind enough to share the story of her home with me in issue 64 of Reclaim – you can still read the back issue if you’re interested to hear about her property search and all the renovation work that she’s carried out.
Her 17th century farmhouse is in a rural location on the edge of the Lake District and, when Pamela first got the keys, a lot of the original features were covered up so the renovation was an exciting time, as she gradually uncovered period features.
But it was the interior design details that really interested me. Pamela has used so many interesting vintage items and antique furniture in her rooms – and you know how much I love an upcycling project! She’s revamped so many old pieces to bring life and character into the old farmhouse.
It was her choice of dark, inky colours that first drew me to her Instagram account – especially in the bedroom, where she’s used one of my favourite shades of teal – Deep Blue Spruce by Valspar – to decorate the walls.
Likewise, all of the dark hues in the living room gives the space an enclosed, cosy feel. That said, the collection of vintage mirrors help to reflect the light around the room and the frames add glamour and opulence to create a truly grown-up space. Just right for parties, I reckon!
The plush velvet fabrics, cushions and throws complete the super-snuggly vibe in the room. It just makes you want to curl up with a book by the fire on a dark winter’s evening. I bet it feels like a warm hug. So cosy.
Plus, I love Pamela’s idea of using disco balls throughout the house to throw the light around the rooms and add a sparkly, festive feel in every space. I mean, there’s nothing more glitzy than a glitter ball, is there?!
If you look back over these photos, I’m sure you’ll spot multiple twinkly dots on the walls and disco balls tucked into many corners. Love this and I definitely want to recreate it in my own home.
In fact, I’ve just bought a mini glitter ball for my home office and I’m already enjoying how twinkly it is – it makes starting work in the morning feel like loads of fun!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of Pamela’s 17th Century farmhouse and have been inspired to use some cosy dark colours (or glowing lights and disco balls!) in your own interior when you’re decorating this winter.
Let me know in the comments below what you love most about the decor and be sure to follow @Housemouse_farmhouse on Instagram for more interior inspiration.