Lorraine Kelly's guest cottage gets a festive makeover for Christmas


Lorraine Kelly's Christmas Guest Cottage with Wayfair

Alexander Edwards on behalf of Wayfair.co.uk

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly has overhauled the guest cottage at her new home just in time for Christmas with the help of Wayfair UK’s stylists.

Lorraine sold her quirky, four-bedroom Arts & Crafts property she shared with her cameraman husband Steve Smith in the Broughty Ferry area of Dundee earlier this year, after their daughter Rosie flew the nest.

Having spent most of her career travelling between Scotland and London, Lorraine decided to relocate to Buckinghamshire, and downsized in the process. And now with the festive season fast approaching this year, it only made sense for Lorraine to start getting her home into order. Take a look inside her newly-decorated cosy guest cottage…

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‘We are so looking forward to celebrating Christmas in our lovely new home after our big move down from Scotland,’ said Lorraine. ‘We moved to a quirky house with beautiful views over the river.’

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‘I love to have an old-fashioned Christmas and our daughter, Rosie, will be coming home from Singapore and it will be lovely for us all to be together,’ Lorraine explained.

‘We wake up on Christmas morning, have a glass of fizz and start unwrapping presents. After dinner we take Angus, our border terrier, out for a brisk walk nearby to blow away the cobwebs and later we tuck into turkey sandwiches during our cosy movie night in.’

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‘We loved collaborating with Lorraine Kelly on styling her new Guest Cottage,’ said Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill. ‘Creating an inviting retreat that balanced lots of practical picks with eye-catching details was a top priority for Lorraine, who wanted her guests to feel completely at home upon entering.

‘The space was a blank slate given her recent move, and invited us to work with lovely wood flooring, modern shutters and cosy-eved ceilings.’

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So who will be staying in the cottage for Christmas? ‘ My Mum and Dad will be coming down from Scotland and staying with us in our new Guest Cottage,’ Lorraine revealed. ‘We also usually have a little party for our friends and neighbours with beer, bubbly and lots of snack and nibbles.

‘We play Christmas carols in the day and crank up the party tunes later on. I like to make sure that we have good lighting (perfect for dancing) and I fill the house with poinsettias and hyacinths to make everything feel really warm and inviting.’

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‘For the winter season we brought in a flurry of festive décor to create a self-contained glittering grotto away from the main house,’ explained stylist Nadia. ‘Guests can maximise on the festivities with a well-stocked bar cart made up of twinkling glassware – a statement making piece and a Christmas necessity!’

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Wayfair’s stylists opted for a base palette of soft greys and neutrals to create a calming, relaxing environment for guests, and a space for Lorraine to enjoy all year round. Here, a French desk paired with a bistro chair doubles up as the perfect desk and guest dresser.

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The use of greys was off-set with ‘deep ocean blues and hints of jewel tones to bring warmth and personality, reflecting the stunning riverside location,’ said stylist Nadia.

Here, a scalloped accent chair in a lido blue hue is the perfect spot to idle away a Sunday afternoon with a good book.

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‘A ladder bookcase decorated with votives, vases and accents which makes for a great alternative to the trendy shelfie, will allow Lorraine to show off her most personal treasures for guests to admire,’ said stylist Nadia.

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‘Lorraine really emphasised “comfort is key” when we kicked off the design concept, so we placed cosy textiles at the heart of this look,’ explained stylist Nadia. ‘We mixed chunky layered throws with deep berry sheepskins, throwing in shimmering embroidered scatter cushions to up the style stakes.’

‘I absolutely love Scandi interiors but I’m not too strict when it comes to sticking to one style,’ revealed Lorraine. ‘My personal style is all about comfort so I adore plump cushions and cosy rugs.’

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‘We have a lot of friends and family who come to stay with us at weekends and I wanted to have a place where they would feel relaxed and a little bit spoiled,’ said Lorraine. ‘From the furniture to the accessories, I absolutely love the new look of the space with all of the different fabrics, textures and lovely little touches.

‘My favourite spot is the desk area and I adore the chest of drawers and ladder shelf, which is so stylish and clever. Guests who visited after the makeover were thrilled and said they wanted to move in!’

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