How antiques and collectibles transformed a Yorkshire Victorian cottage

Antiques are a passion for Evangeline, who has been collecting them for years, everything from old paintings and furniture to fabrics, bedding and ornaments.

Evangeline spends a lot of her spare time - when she's not walking her five dogs - looking for bargains in the local auction houses, car boot sales and antique shops. Michele helps her to find bargains, and she has developed a keen eye for unusual collectibles which range from ornate pill boxes, old books and paintings to eiderdowns, earthenware and silver tableware.

A home that's full of good ideas
It's not always easy to fit a table in a small kitchen, but Evangeline's compact outdoor bistro set makes a perfect breakfast table

Modern televisions can dominate a small room. Hide a large screen by creating a simple MDF casing and covering it with your favourite fabric, which can be lifted or pulled out of the way for those cosy evenings in front of the telly.

Pick up original paintings in lovely old frames for 'next to nothing' at auctions. They look fabulous grouped together on a wall and work well in a range of settings, from cosy period to ultra modern.

Finding quality curtains that are long enough and within budget can be a challenge, but it's possible to find top quality curtains in auctions and second hand stores. Visit them regularly and keep the window measurements to hand in case you see the perfect pair - and be prepared to adjust the length if necessary.

With thanks to The Yorkshire Post

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