I am finally at the stage where I can invite people over to my home and show them around without having to prefix it with ‘I’m gong to decorate this room next…’ Because thankfully my redecoration project is nearly finished. Which is lovely. But then, with visitors you start to get opinions. And I’m not sure I aways take those very well.
Interestingly though the one thing I’ve noticed when people walk into my living room is that they make a beeline for the pale grey sideboards. Friends, neighbours and even virtual friends (my lovely instagram and twitter pals) have all asked where I got them from. For a split second I’m always tempted to say I can’t remember and keep the source a secret. But then I stop being an idiot and tell them The Cotswold Company.
Because I can understand why people want to know – I searched HIGH and LOW for the perfect sideboards before I found these. They are beautifully made, the perfect shade of dove-grey-with-a-tiny-bit-of-sky-blue, will last me a lifetime and – best of all – they were almost half the price of comparable ones I was looking at on the high street. Suffice it to say I love them. So I’m sharing the love.
Here they are in-situ in my living room (they are the Boston Grey Sideboard). Because this room was a tricky shape and had no period features I wanted to create an inverse alcove effect (if you know what I mean!) along that wall. So I put the two sideboards either side of a new fireplace – more on this later – and made a feature out of what had been a plain wall before.
The Cotswold Company has always been on my radar but for some reason I didn’t look there first when it came to redecorating my own home. Possibly because I had been so focussed on upcycling or finding vintage pieces and I assumed I could’t afford new solid wood furniture. Earlier this year for example, I searched high and low for good quality, affordably priced white bedroom furniture and it wasn’t until I gave in and bought some flat pack furniture from elsewhere that I discovered (too late) the beautiful Cotswold Company range above. The frustration!
This storage unit is typical of the rest of their range – I’d call it modern country – so if that’s your thing you’ll be a fan. Personally, anything with wicker baskets wins me over.
On a final note, when I ordered my furniture from them, I had the BEST customer service all the way through. They offer free delivery as standard (IKEA, are you listening?!). But if you want to speed the process up you can pay the princely sum of £9.99 to get it delivered within a few days. Everyone I spoke to at the ordering stage was genuinely nice (this is rarer than it should be) and the delivery men were superstars too. They brought their own slippers to protect my carpet, unpacked it for me then took all the packaging away with them. Nice.
I should stress here that I’m not being paid to write this post! But I believe in karma and when I get good service or discover a genuinely nice company it’s a real privilege to be able to tell other people about it and pay the goodwill back.
If you want to take a look at The Cotswold Company for yourself, check out their website here.
Images: The Cotswold Company (image of my living room by Chris Snook)