While awaiting the birth of their first child, James and Kate put their own stamp on their four-bed new build home, creating a Scandi-inspired haven in the heart of the Eden Valley.
Having lived together in the idyllic village of Temple Sowerby for 4 years, James and Kate were searching for their “forever home”. With their first child due in September, it was important to the couple to find a home big enough for their growing family, removing the need to move again in the future. Casting their net further afield, the pair looked at a variety of developments in Carlisle but preferred Chapelfield, a Reiver Homes’ development of just 28 homes in their home town, Temple Sowerby.
“We originally came to see the Elliot house type but when they both sold quickly Jodie showed us the Routledge house type and we liked the size of it and the bi-fold doors”, said James, a teacher at the nearby Temple Sowerby Primary School. Wife Kate, also a teacher in the local area, said the couple fell in love with the spacious 4 bed home because of its large kitchen/dining room. “The kitchen/diner is our favourite room. It’s a good party kitchen and, when we have the little one, it’ll be nice to have the bi-folds open. It’s just easy being able to go in and out.”
Using Pinterest for inspiration, the couple mixed old and new pieces to create a homely feel. Steering away from modern designs, they spent hours scouring their favourite shops for individual pieces that would show their personalities. Furniture and accessories were purchased from popular retailers like Homesense, Wayfair and Ikea, as well as second-hand furniture shops, to create a unique fusion of Scandinavian and Country Cottage style. “It’s such a big space, we can use quite a few different styles”, said Kate, who clearly has an excellent eye for detail.
After moving in, the couple installed a fireplace in the lounge to give the room a focal point. Using clean lines and a cool palette they’ve created a cosy sanctuary with a large rug, fabric sofas and layered textiles adding warmth and texture.
Continuing the Scandi-inspired styling, the kitchen uses lots of white, grey and natural wood. The couple found selecting their dream kitchen effortless saying, “the hardest part was choosing the knobs but otherwise it was quite easy!”. Having a separate utility room is an added bonus for the pair, “It’s so useful. We’ve got cats so it’s a great place to store their things.”
Having focused on the downstairs and their master bedroom, the couple plan to tackle the 3 further bedrooms next, creating a nursery and guest rooms. “If it wasn’t for the en-suite, any of the rooms could have been our master bedroom, they’re all so big.” Every upstairs room has a stunning outlook and its clear guests won’t be competing for the best view, “It’s nice having views of the fells and looking down towards the church.”
The size of the development is another plus for James and Kate, “We’re so lucky because the neighbours we’ve met are absolutely lovely… It’s nice having a small development because you get to know your neighbours.” Being involved in the local community is also important to the couple, with James playing a key role in the local cricket club and playing for the village team every Saturday. Being on the edge of The Lake District suits the pair as Kate enjoys fell walking, “I like the village for walking, I’m into my fell walking so it’s great. I love the location.”
James and Kate have created a beautiful family home in a location that they love and insist that “You don’t need to spend that much to get a nice finish.”
The Reiver Homes’ Routledge house type is available at Chapelfield, Temple Sowerby and Brockley Bank, Plumpton. For more information call Jodie on 07971 050114 or visit the Brockley Bank show home open 10.30am – 4.30pm Thursday – Monday at Brockley Bank, Brockley Moor, Plumpton, CA11 9PA.