What brought you to Trinity Cottage?
William’s parents built a house in nearby Thorpeness in 1969, so this is where he spent his summers. After we married, William and I began spending more time here. I really took to the area because, oddly, the landscape reminded me so much of where I grew up in Florida, between the river and the sea.
We bought Trinity Cottage together in 2014. For me, the sale of my great-grandfather’s farms in Indiana made this purchase possible. I see it as Indiana farmland repurposed into another family homestead and – whilst we are not growing wheat – the space is fertile ground from which our family and friends can find nourishment.
How have you made this cottage your own?
We were drawn to the proportions and the simplicity of the space, which we have opened up completely on the ground floor. We’ve created a double-sided fireplace that all activity seems to revolve around. We've also opened up two blind windows, which has really brightened up the space. The original wattle and daub walls had been badly damaged by flood water, so these were rebuilt and freshly plastered. Once the plaster was in place, I couldn’t think of anything better to do with the walls, so we have left them bare.
It is such a simple, easy space to be in and we have deliberately left it quite empty. There are hooks throughout and everything hangs from these: my scarves, my hat, my bags, my art projects. The hooks allow the space to become anything you want it to be. Each person who comes here can make it their own.