Design

My Grandmother’s Home in Cornwall

My Grandmother's Home in Cornwall

My grandmother Milly and aunt Lulu (of beauty uniform fame) live together in a fishing village in Cornwall, England. Lulu moved there a couple years ago to help take care of Milly. We got lots of sweet requests to show the house they live in, and we’re so happy to oblige. Here, Lulu gives us a peek inside…

OUTSIDE:

My Grandmother's Home in Cornwall

My Grandmother's Home in Cornwall

On hosting visitors: It’s a really good family house. You can have a lot of people staying and it absorbs all of us. Kids will sleep on the floor or we’ll do army cots. It functions really well as a big house with lots of people rattling around in it.

On a beloved hobby: Milly embroiders pillows all the time. All the pillows in the house were done by her. We call them ‘millows’ instead of pillows. She just made one in a week! I ordered four more! It’s a very expensive habit! She likes to give them to people she loves.

House tour in Cornwall, England

LIVING ROOM:

House tour in Cornwall, England

House tour in Cornwall, England

On family photos: We’ve got loads of pictures we haven’t framed but we still want to see, so we always put photos and cards on the mantle. It’s crammed with pictures and cards! They’re three or four deep.

On the memory of my grandfather: All through his life, my father was always making something — cooking big meals or sometimes we’d go into the kitchen and there’d be a dollhouse or wooden boat smack bang in the middle of the table. All his model planes and cars are still around the house.

KITCHEN:

House tour in Cornwall, England

House tour in Cornwall, England

House tour in Cornwall, England

On nightly meals: I always say, ‘Mummy, what would you like for dinner?’ And she’ll say, ‘Oh, I’m fine with just an egg on toast.’ But then I make her a big dinner and she scarfs the lot! Tonight we had baked chicken thighs, with all sorts of vegetables around it, like tomatoes and mushrooms and some lovely fresh beans. We sometimes have smoked mackerel and salad and cauliflower soup for lunch. Mummy always has ice cream, too.

House tour in Cornwall, England

On a measuring wall: We have a height wall that everyone measures themselves on. You see the kids shoot right up!

LULU’S BEDROOM:

House tour in Cornwall, England

House tour in Cornwall, England

On harbor views: I don’t draw the bedroom curtains at night (I hope no one has a telescope!). The town lights are all twinkly with beautiful reflections in the water; and I wake up in the morning to the harbor views.

On bedtime rituals: I watch Netflix until 10 p.m. The Crown is coming back any minute — and then I read. I have three books on the go, including the new Bill Bryson. And of course I watch Queer Eye! I looove that one.

House tour in Cornwall, England

On a family dollhouse: My father made the dollhouse. It’s all lit up with electricity and wallpaper and even loo paper! As a gift, you could always buy him something for his dollhouse, like a person or a broom, he loved anything. He made all the little paintings by clipping out pictures from magazines and putting them in tiny frames. Nowadays, when a child visits us, they just sort of disappear, and they’re up there playing with the dollhouse for an hour.

MILLY’S BEDROOM:

House tour in Cornwall, England

On a personal photo: I recently hung my father’s photo (which used to be downstairs) next to her bed, and she absolutely loves it up there. She says good night to him at night.

On dressing up: Milly wears the same clothes every day (trousers and a loose sweater), so her way of dressing up is to brush her hair and put on a necklace. The necklaces hang from her pictures. When we were younger, she would kiss us good night before going out and she’d be wearing Dioressence perfume. It was so glamorous. Now, at night, she puts her hair down — a lovely white curtain of hair.

GUEST BEDROOM:

House tour in Cornwall, England

House tour in Cornwall, England

House tour in Cornwall, England

On a love of marmalade: Under the table, we have jars of marmalade and chutney. We take a jar when we go to someone’s house for drinks. We made 80 jars of marmalade last January and they’re all gone except one! That shows how many drinks parties we go to! We also sold some at the church fête.

On grandfather clocks: We have an old grandfather clock, and at the moment it’s doing a very slow chime. It goes ‘dong…dong.’ But I love a clock, it feels like you have a heartbeat in the home.

House tour in Cornwall, England

On the family matriarch: Milly always says, ‘I’m so spoiled. I just love this house and love it here.’ I feel the same way.

Thank you, Milly and Lulu! We love you so much.

P.S. More home tours, and our England vacations, if you’d like to see more photos.

(Photos by the wonderful Belathée for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Kate says...

    Best.post.ever….. thank you so much!

  2. Everything about this post makes me feel like everything is going to be allright. I have tears in my eyes, a settled feeling in my heart and am so thankful for the reminder of what a home really looks like. Thank you for sharing these beautiful women with us!

  3. Ashley E says...

    This is my favorite post so far- so much depth and history and clearly a lot of love. So touching and something I aspire to in my house as well. Thanks for sharing- What a dream!

  4. Wonder says...

    I’ve always wondered what it’s like to have a parent and thus relatives from a foreign country. I wonder how it was for you growing up when your family vacations extended beyond the highway and over air and sea. Do tell. What was it like. How is it that those related to you speak with an accent graced by another country of origin.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s so, so wonderful to visit and a place where i feel a deep sense of belonging. but it’s hard to be so far away and see them once a year at most. i don’t know what it’s like to live in a place with lots of family, i’ve never had that. so i has pros and cons for sure! thank you for asking xo

  5. Ser says...

    How precious that Lulu calls her mother mummy. What a dreamy life and house . In my neighbourhood there is a health food shop and cafe and next door is the famous Annie’s house . Annie is 80 something and so full of love . She’s always sitting next to her door in the sun and I always go and give her a kiss when I’m there . She’s so old she radiates grace . She always says “ Hello darling ! It’s so nice to see you!! Have you seen my house ! ( the most adorable cottage !!) go and have a look inside !!! I just love it here ! How wonderful to be alive ! Isn’t the sunshine magical today ? Aren’t we lucky?” I think she doesn’t remember me even though I see her a few times a week , she tells me the same stories over and over . But she’s so full of grace and joy. She’s a living treasure .

    • Yvonne says...

      You’re a living treasure also! I don’t know Annie but I thank you for being kind to her and to listen to her. Your visits are felt with the heart even though she might not remember you. The world needs more beautiful people like you!

    • Lulu says...

      This is sooo like Milly….. not a day goes by when, with the hugest smile, she doesn’t say, “I’m soooo spoiled”, “Aren’t we lucky”, “ I love my house”, “ We have the best friends” , “Thank you for…..” repeat repeat . We are enormously grateful to live in, “ Heaven on Earth”

  6. Violeta says...

    What a beutiful post, family memories are everything!

  7. Bella says...

    Of all the instagram perfect home tours you’ve featured, this is by far the most homely and welcoming to me. Perhaps because I too live in Cornwall and this is just like my grandparents house (which we no longer have but is remembered fondly) 😌

  8. Elizabeth says...

    What a wonderful post! I felt like I was there, it was so beautifully written. I adore Cornwall and especially St Ives and this reminded me of the holiday I spent there last year. It’s a long way from Australia but worth the effort. Thank you for that little slice of Cornish family life.

  9. Christine says...

    I absolutely adore the dollhouse and that measuring wall! What a sweet home and the lovely women who have made it so warm have such a special way of being unfussy and joyful. You are very lucky to have this as a family destination. Thank you for sharing!

  10. fae says...

    i was so touched when i saw the height wall with your brother-in-law’s height marked on there, too. what a nice memory of him.

  11. Kimberley says...

    How beautiful to see Paul Kalanithi’s name on the measuring wall. Thank you for sharing this home.

  12. SanDee says...

    I read this last night and came back to read it all again today—it is THAT good. It gave me a lovely, warm sense of contentment as I drifted off to sleep afterwards. It’s proof that a slow, simple life still exists and is infinitely preferable to the madness of the modern world. Millie and Lulu are so lucky to have each other in their cozy little home! What a beautiful glimpse of their lives.

  13. When I was a kid we had family friends in Memphis who had this AMAZING dollhouse in their home. Whenever we would visit their house I would spend the entire time – hours upon hours – at that dollhouse and would have to be pried away from it when it was time to leave. Their daughters were older than I am and had stopped playing with it long before, but they held on to it because they knew how much I loved it.

  14. anne says...

    I love this house and I really want to see that dollhouse but the dollhouse photo is all black. Anyone else having that problem? Can someone tell me how to see it? Thank you!

  15. Jenny says...

    I know this post isn’t really about mother-daughter relationships, but I am in tears. I have a fun and spunky two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, but, of course, the age is trying in so many ways and it’s easy to get frustrated. I suppose what gets me through the tough moments is the beauty I see in caring for her. Kissing a boo-boo, wiping her face, making her dinner, and then catching a glimpse of contentment in her eyes that reflect the safety and comfort she finds with me. But, oh, how beautifully heartbreaking and moving to think about Evelyn perhaps making me dinner one day and asking, “Mommy, what would you like for dinner?” I hope I am as lucky as Milly.

    • Jodie says...

      Agree! I didn’t think anything could top the beauty uniform post but sheesh. I had tears looking at that photo of your Aunt with her arm around her Mother at the counter. I would give anything to be able to ask my Mom that question but seeing this made me cry happy tears.

  16. Rusty says...

    I just read through the comments and I wish for more posts that draw the humanity into us.
    CoJ, Jo, this is my most fav. place in the whole internet!
    Truly, we are ALL so moved by this.
    Thank you immensely.🥰🥰🥰

  17. Emma says...

    We’re just back from a holiday in Looe in Cornwall; it’s just near where my husband grew up and we wanted to take our two young children there to see the smugglers’ caves, eat fish and chips (we had it three times in a row; one day, we had nine pasties between four of us), and run around on the beach, listening to seagulls. It was a magical holiday (Airbnb for us as no lovely home like this unfortunately) and crucial for the children to know more about their Cornish heritage and to help make sense of why they live in France now!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad!

    • Lissa says...

      [Throws away all of the sh*t knickknacks I’ve purchased at Target, immediately starts a needlepoint pillow]

      All jokes aside, your Aunt and Grandmother’s connection to each other and their home is just beautiful. It gives me a renewed sense of what it m and to create a loving and welcoming environment for my own two young daughters. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  18. Liz says...

    Beautiful home and beautiful family! I love all the crafts and projects – who puts those paint brushes to use?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      lulu paints! she’s a natural artist.

  19. Janet says...

    The wall with the measurements of all the kids as they grow stopped me in my tracks. Such sweet memories, I love it!

  20. Carrie says...

    can’t get over this storybook setting, just amazing. also read Aunt Lulus beauty uniform – not sure how i missed it the first time – but was so touched. having just recently lost my mom – what a privilege to be able to take care of your mom like that. thanks for sharing!

  21. Lucy says...

    Everything is so cozy and heartwarming, and that detail of a tiny cat drinking spilled milk in the dollhouse kitchen is amazing <3

  22. Lainey says...

    Oh this is just wonderful – a reminder of all the things life should really be about. Family, community, love, warmth, cosiness, creativity, craftsmanship, imagination… I could go on! Seeing Paul’s name made me tear up too – how much love and how many wonderful memories this house must have seen, and still sees. Also, as a UK reader who lives just up the road in Somerset, it’s wonderful to see more of the COJ British contingent! Thank you so much for sharing Milly, Lulu and Jo

  23. AJ says...

    Beautiful. I can feel the warmth of that home from here (also the jars of marmalade… such an awesome ritual).

  24. ED says...

    Thank you for this intimate look into your grandmother and aunt’s home. You must have so many fond memories, and you are lucky that you can still visit. While I have a rather large extended family on both sides, I did not grow up close to any of them for reasons of geography, language, and estrangement. For me, it’s mostly a case of you can’t miss what you don’t know, but seeing posts like this gives me pangs of longing for family history and bonds that I will never know.

  25. Hannah says...

    There’s just so much love in every line! <3 Wonderful!

  26. Sarah says...

    is it “scoffs the lot” sorry been living in the UK a long time but picked that one up – sorry! Now living in New Zealand love your blog!

    • Bella says...

      We definitely say ‘scoff’ here but I know people often use the term ‘scarf’ when it comes to food so I guess both apply here 🙂

  27. Trina says...

    I too had a bit of a tear and a chuckle to see that Paul apparently grew half an inch?? But then I saw your comment, Joanna, about the difference in height between morning and night. This intrigues me. Next time I think I’m shrinking, I’ll go measure again in the morning!

  28. K says...

    We too put up loads of family photos unframed in our home, except on the wall in a big collage. It is so hard to choose which ones to put up (so many happy memories), so why not as much of them as possible? Lovely home! Thanks for sharing!

  29. agnes says...

    I don’t know how to put it but your blog, Joanna, feels just like your grandmother’s place, warm, cozy, full of humanity. Thank you so much for this tour. Love is just the best adventure.

    • Brooke says...

      Agnes, so beautifully says and so deeply true!! It does feel like her grandmother’s warm and bohemian and playful living room here. What a lovely idea.

    • Kate says...

      Yes! Well said…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this is so moving to me! thank you so much, agnes, brooke and kate.

  30. Sandy says...

    I’m sure your granny is pleased that you appreciate in preserving the past. Her life is reminiscent of simpler times, better times and we can learn a lot from people like her about what really is important in life. My husband is presently researching much of his heritage and a life that was in the West Indies, and mourning the loss of it.

  31. Cait says...

    Oh, the intimacy of this post moved me.
    The photos where Lulu has a gentle hand supporting Milly and the beautiful simple meals Lulu makes struck me as such genuine gestures of love…
    If only we can all be so fortunate to have someone take such tenderness and loving care with us when we need it.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  32. Susan says...

    🥰

  33. Sandy says...

    The dollhouse is awesome, thank you so much for posting (I had requested to see more pics of the dollhouse once on a different post). The stairs are amazing and where is the bathroom? I want to see the loo paper!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      in the dollhouse, it’s the room on the top left!

  34. Abbey says...

    This really warmed the cockles of my heart :)

    The post itself is kind of simple and spacious. I feel refreshed, like I just took a big gulp of sea air.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, abbey :)

  35. KS says...

    This is the cutest, most English life ever. It’s like a movie! They are just adorable.

  36. Amy says...

    The tea kettle on the nightstand! That’s genius; when I don’t have children flopping around in my bed I’m going to start that up.

  37. Amy says...

    What a beautiful home and family! So cozy and real, and clearly so full of love. Thanks for giving us a glimpse!

  38. Madame says...

    So good… everything!

  39. Christine says...

    What a wonderful, warm home. I just love this post. Thank you for sharing their home and lives with us!

  40. Jody says...

    I can’t express how much I love this, thank you so much for sharing. They are truly lucky to have one another <3

  41. Suzie says...

    What a warm and lovely home! And I love that bit about the clock being the “heartbeat of the home”

  42. Capucine says...

    This. My husband’s mother passed away in her hometown in France last summer at 89. Her home was this for us. We miss her so much, the smell of her home and the cushions and curtains and all that, precious only because of her twinkling love, the kind of love we also dropped everything and went halfway around the world to care for her for as long as she needed because she was so dear. I like the quote about the clock being like a heartbeat, it really is, isn’t it? She had a very old one and after she passed nobody thought to ever wind it again, aptly. Ah, Mamie…

    • Verona says...

      What a lovely comment, Capucine. <3

    • Yvonne says...

      Capucine, votre belle-maman vivra à tout jamais dans votre coeur! Votre histoire me touche beaucoup.

  43. Alina says...

    This is maybe one of my favourite posts on CoJ this year. Heart-warming, charming, and makes you think the best things about the world and the people in it. Thanks for sharing :)

  44. Megan says...

    More Milly and Lulu content, please!!! :)

    • alexis says...

      seconded! i want to hear about their drinks parties <3

  45. Sandra Kaye-Kjarum Seidel says...

    How truly lovely! Thank you for bringing such beauty – for the eyes & soul. I may start making pillows…. much love from Minnesota : )

  46. rose says...

    Gee, you could airbnb the heck out of that guest bedroom! What a lovely seaside home. Waking up to that harborview every morning would be amazingly cozy. Milly is really actually beautiful.

  47. Kelly says...

    My favorite house tour ever. Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into this beautiful home. I love the stories of current rituals and routines as well as all the family history. And now I want to make my own dollhouse. Just lovely

  48. Sarah says...

    I would love to know more about Lulu’s backstory, if she doesn’t mind sharing of course! Did she have a career before she moved in with Milly? Does she have children, etc?

    I agree with others that this is so lovely. I admire caretakers so much and the relationship between Lulu and Milly seems really wonderful.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      lulu was a stay at home mother to two boys, who are now adults in america. she did various jobs in the U.S. — part-time landscape designer, preschool art teacher, etc. —  before milly needed help and she decided to move to cornwall. she loves it there and i’m so happy for them both!

  49. Beth says...

    I just have to echo all of the other commenters and say that it’s so refreshing to show “real”, lived-in houses. It can be tedious to wade through tours of lifeless styled homes and sets up unrealistic expectations for what many homes look like! Styled home tours certainly have their place, but I like seeing a home that’s looks like someone lives there. You can just see the love and memories!

  50. Lindsey says...

    Oh, it’s just PERFECT! That picture of them in the living room is the very essence of cozy. Xoxo

  51. Kylie says...

    Sheer bliss to look at and read. Smiled as I read.

  52. Jemma says...

    What a beautiful home! So delightful, cozy and truly lived in. Also, I was so touched by the story about the dollhouse, brought back memories because my grandpa also had a hobby of making dollhouses. Most of the granddaughters have one made by him, and even though two of them are in my parents basement at the moment, I know someday they will be used again when I have children. I love how much attention to detail is found the craft, you just know that our grandpa’s lovingly spent time making them. Even though they are no longer here, their presence lives on in the things they made with love. How lucky your family is Jo!

  53. Jess says...

    Thank you for sharing! I get so excited to see your Cornwall photos after your trips, so this was an added treat. Such a beautiful place to live and a home that embodies everything a home should!

  54. Hannah says...

    Am I the only one dying to see an outside shot of the house?

  55. Laura says...

    I have so much admiration for people like Lulu who take care of family, and I find that it’s a big missing piece in our culture. Their home is gorgeous. Let me know where we can sign up for a weekend stay ;)

  56. Bec says...

    How can I quit my 9-5 go go go go lifestyle and have this? Real question!

  57. Meredith says...

    Thank you for sharing this with us ❤️

  58. Yvonne Heffernan says...

    Just so lovely 😊
    What a lucky lady Millie is to have such a wonderful daughter Lulu. X

  59. o says...

    I adored this post so much, the love you can just feel radiating out of these ladies and their home and had to write a poem.

    corals walls and
    a fox on a pillow
    marmalade jars sit
    among all the millows

    the grandfather clock
    it beats like a heart
    bringing to life
    all the beautiful art

    trinkets and treasures
    of days long past
    shells, necklaces, and
    photographs

    the house lulls with love
    never making a fuss
    milly and lulu are
    angels among us

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, O, i love this so much! our family (including lulu) emailed it around and everyone was so touched!

    • Of all the Instragram worthy homes you have featured none of them top your Grandmother’s home❤️ Of course there is credit to be given to a beautifully designed home but lived in homes with history, chatchkas and LOVE are where it’s at. The kind of home where you want to lean in and stay for the extra cup! Thank you for sharing her home with us.

    • Lulu says...

      This is sooo lovely!!! I’m astonished really … you have a gift! Thank you so much for treating us to an heirloom for our family for years to come. We all absolutely love it .

  60. I LOVE how you guys show photos of real homes! So heartwarming, so beautiful, there’s so much love here. Thank you times a million.

  61. JoyL says...

    What an absolutely lovely, cozy home! I love everything about it but especially the Millows, the marmalade and that gorgeous dollhouse!!

  62. Char says...

    Thank you so much Lulu and Milly for sharing with us, a glimpse into your world is such a comfort to so many!

  63. SKW says...

    Such a charming story – I’ve always wondered about the home in Cornwall. Love.

    And now a random question – how do I learn to embroider pillows? Is there like a kit you can buy? That fox pillow is killing me with gorgeousness.

    • Char says...

      Hi SKW! I love the fox pillow as well! I recognized it from Ehrman, a needlepoint kit supplier, although it looks like they discontinued the fox, unfortunately (http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/Products/The-Fox-Green__THEFOX.aspx#.XcHpj797nBI) They’re quite pricey, like Lulu said, but it’s truly the most calming pastime. Needlepoint is just one simple stitch and really couldn’t be more straightforward. Ehrman is great because it’s all very high quality and their designs are excellent.

    • Shannon says...

      A question for you Char, if someone was going to start on one of the designs from the Ehrman site. Which one(s) would you recommend for a beginner? Ideally something under $100, in case I give up quickly! So maybe from the sale or mini design section? I’ve been wanting to try needlepoint for years and keep chickening out.

    • Char says...

      Hi Shannon! I started with the “Beautiful Sheep” pillow (http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/Products/Beautiful-Sheep__BEASH.aspx#.XcLh7r97nBI). Needlepoint kits are rated by how many holes per inch they have, so a 12 hole per inch is going to have slightly smaller, finer stitches than a 10 hole per inch kit. Finding one that you like with 10 holes per inch might make it easier to start, but I started with a 12 hole project and I was fine. One thing that made the pillow I chose more difficult was how similar all of the colors are. I would definitely recommend starting with a pillow with a bit more contrast (mine was all greys and whites!) because it’s easier to keep track of your work that way. Pillows that have larger swaths of single colors (like this one: http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/Products/Pink-Chinese-Peonies__PCPEO.aspx#.XcLpF797nBI) are also going to be more straightforward, but I wouldn’t let that be a determining factor, there’s too many beautiful patterns to choose from! It’s totally okay if it takes a long time to finish– the coziness of working on the project is the best part, the finished product is just a bonus ;)

  64. Ramona says...

    I’ve enjoyed the current and past posts about Milly and Lulu. (I am picturing a Hallmark movie or a PBS documentary!) Pure sweetness! Love the dollhouse! Love the height wall! Please let them know that we thank them for allowing us to visit them virtually and that the grandest thing I could say is…”Goals!” 💐 🥰 🌞

  65. Emily says...

    I love that this house tour wasn’t about things but about a feeling. I love reading about how people decorate, but it pales in comparison to reading about a place where people have really lived and cultivated an atmosphere of love and comfort. We can all do that, no matter our financial situation. Thank you!

  66. Nathalie says...

    This home radiates love and warmth. I’ve been feeling frustrated as I’m searching for the “perfect” dining room chairs to make the room look better – but now I kinda feel like keeping the ones I have and just hanging up some kids art and photos and scattering some seashells around.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! i love that, nathalie :)

  67. Margriet says...

    Nothing more to add but I love this post!

  68. It was such a dream to visit and get to know these two .. truly magical!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3 <3 <3

  69. Sarah says...

    GAH, my heart. All the little treasures and memories. Love love love.

    • Vicki says...

      Is it possible for these two to be any sweeter? All I want to do right now is move in next to them so I we can have marmalade and sip tea, watch the town twinkles and perhaps get a neighborly millow? (There beautiful!) Truly life goals these two

  70. lindsay says...

    the coral wall with the blue and white china….love all of it…..I would love their marmalade recipe!

  71. Ava Clements says...

    One of the best places in the world!! I am returning soon as I retire!! Love these ladies and that magical place!!

  72. Anonygirl says...

    I just came back to say that I am envious of all of you who got to visit your grandparents in your parents’ childhood homes. My dad’s parents sold their really good, charming house with a pool when I was very little so I don’t remember it at all and lived in old apartments after that. There were no height walls or rooms full of treasures for us grandkids to explore.

  73. This is the coziest thing I’ve read in a while.

  74. Dee says...

    Thank you for sharing this lovely piece. This is just so beautiful, all of it. Your aunt is so sweet to care for her mom and allow her to remain in this beautiful place. It’s so peaceful and charming. You can really feel the love.

  75. Jess says...

    Do you think Milly will adopt me?! I’m 33 but who’s counting?

    • Willow says...

      My mum always says you can divide people into radiators and drains. Joanna, you, and your family and this blog are such radiators-you spread joy and warmth and goodness.

  76. Tracy says...

    My heart just had a happiness explosion upon the mention of “millows”. I don’t know if I’ve ever read something so sweet and endearing in my life.

    • Mims says...

      YES! I would love to have a millow myself. I need to come up with a eponymous craft for my crone years. This post is just perfect. I love the coral walls and the marmalade jars, but the dollhouse and Milly’s husband portrait next to the bed pulled at my heartstrings the most!

  77. Holly says...

    I just LOVE this! Thank you : )

  78. Nykole says...

    Lulu is a beautiful writer. I can almost see the harbor lights and smell the chicken thighs roasting!

  79. STEPHANIE O'NEILL says...

    So Cozy. I want to go there and drink tea and read books.

  80. Lindsey says...

    I love every single thing about this home and the people it holds in its walls. It’s my dream to have a home like this someday, a place where everyone comes and it holds the character of the family. <3

    I'd love to know where Lulu buys Milly her embroidery kits from! Seems like such a fun, relaxing hobby, and I love the different pillows around the house!

    • Anonygirl says...

      Etsy has tons of great, easy embroidery patterns. I use Sulky Fabric Paper to print mine out so I can just stick it to the material instead of having to trace the pattern with a lightbox or a window. The paper washes away with warm water when you’re done (just go slow so you don’t rip your stitches).

  81. Kristyn says...

    This just makes me so happy. Thank you!

  82. Sadie says...

    The coral walls are so pretty!

  83. Noelle says...

    Oh I just love Milly and Lulu. Every post with them has been a favorite for me. Thank you for sharing Jo, and thank you to Milly and Lulu for opening their home to us. I just love the simplicity and lack of pretense. They are so lovely.

  84. Emily says...

    The guest room is so warm and welcoming; no wonder you painted your room pink too! Like living in a sunset hug.

  85. Erin says...

    now THIS is aspirational lifestyle content!!!!!

    • Rachael says...

      <3 so true

    • China says...

      Yes!!!

  86. K says...

    This post was one of my favorites (and that’s saying a lot!). So thoughtful and beautiful and bittersweet. It reminds me of my grandmother not least of which the photo of my grandpa in her bedroom. Oh, the passing of time!

  87. anna says...

    joanna, you and your entire family are just *the* loveliest. you all radiate warmth and goodness, just had to say.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, what a sweet thing to say. thank you so much.

  88. Hali says...

    What a graceful, beautiful way to live. I hope Toby and Anton remember the dollhouse, millows, army cots and the smell of that harbor their whole lives. I can’t think of anything more special.

    I’m hooked on carrot ginger soup since Lulu’s beauty uniform. Love this Cornish connection so much- all the Cornwall content forever and ever please!

  89. CAROLYN says...

    This is a great reminder to surround yourself with love. Thank you sharing!

  90. Emily says...

    May we all be loved and cared for as we age by someone with a heart like Lulu who clearly has such affection for her mum. So beautiful. Her arm around her waist at the stove…

    • Jeannie says...

      Yes how wonderfully said. This whole post especially Molly’s quote at the end, brought tears to my eyes.

    • Heather says...

      Oh yes, I had the same thought. To have a sweet daughter there to ask, “Mummy, what would you like for dinner?” The warmth that would bring to your life and house!
      I’m sure there are hard parts too. I’m glad that they are able to get out to lots of parties.

  91. april says...

    Utterly charming. And now I must move to Cornwall (I loved my mother’s Rosamunde Pilcher books when I was young and always thought it sounded so lovely there!)

  92. MK says...

    Oh I love this. I want my someday to be this filled with personal memories. I am so not a minimalist and it will show!

  93. Lauren E. says...

    This brought me back to my own grandmother’s house, and all the little things that fascinated me there. She had a tiny shelf in her bathroom for her various perfumes (which I can’t say I ever remember her wearing!), an ancient exercise bike, porcelain dolls, and a little musical carousel that played Send in the Clowns that I always thought sounded so sad. Thanks for the reminders and for sharing such a lovely home.

    • Kelly says...

      my grandma’s house was so specifically ‘her’, and remained unchanged for so many years (really very little changed from my dad’s childhood), that every nook just evoked such powerful memories. before she moved out i went around and took all kinds of pictures…of the little built in shelves in the bathroom that had the same knick knacks for year, the treads on the basement stairs…i think you and your kids will always cherish this blog post to commemorate her home!

  94. N Roges says...

    Words can’t even describe how wonderful that house is! I wish I could see it in person.

  95. Anna says...

    This is so beautiful and exquisitely lacking in pretense. I’d love to know more about those gorgeous pillows, with such bold design and saturated color. Are these kits? Or does Milly design her own? (I suddenly, desperately, want to embroider.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      milly embroiders with kits. i’ll ask lulu where they’re from!

    • EliseB says...

      Yes, thank you for asking the kits. I, too, would love to get back to an old hobby I have let go. Thank you, Joanna, for sharing your family.

  96. LS says...

    What a colorful, cozy, and eclectic home! The millows are to die for. I especially love the moths.

  97. Annie says...

    Oof, 10 weeks pregnant and this has me teary (especially the measuring wall).

    I’m in that incredibly annoying life stage where I can’t go a day without hearing about someone’s renovation or house project…ha. It feels so silly and status-driven.

    Then there’s Lulu and Milly’s place: wall-to-wall beautiful, inspirational and so much more than “Instagram worthy”. Thanks for sharing.

  98. Emily says...

    Delightful. So many subtle, human details that make a home feel alive instead of like a museum. I love the height wall and “heartbeat in the home” so much. It’s wonderful that you have captured all of these subtleties now while your sweet grandma is still in residence. I make a point to photograph arrangements of things in my own mother’s home that speak to me of her and of my late father.

    P.S. Thank you for including the crooked lampshade.

  99. Anna says...

    This place is straight out of a fairy tale, along with its inhabitants. Love it.

  100. Sabrina says...

    Where do you order the pillow patterns from? Please and thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask!

    • Josephine says...

      I have one of the fox pillows (but with a blue background)! My mum made it for me – she bought it from here: http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/

  101. Ryann says...

    This post made me so happy and nostalgic for both my grandma, and missing frequent travel to beatiful places. Thank you for sharing this is probably my favorite from the entire year .

    • Julie says...

      Are adult adoptions a thing? If so I would like to be adopted by this family! I love everything you have ever shared about your family in Cornwall, the people, the house, the view, the love.

  102. Dianna says...

    You can just feel the love that is in this home and all the memories that were made.

    • Robin says...

      The wall with everyone’s heights marked on it makes me weep. So beautiful. We just moved from a house where I did the same thing with my little ones. I was devastated to leave that wall behind.

  103. Kate says...

    Thank you so much to your family for sharing such a special place with us. It reminds me very much of my grandmother’s home before she passed away.

  104. Jessica says...

    The guest bedroom is MAGIC

    • Jenna says...

      Came here to say this!

  105. Anonygirl says...

    Well, this wins the day and now I want to move to Cornwall. It seems like a lovely place to live a reading and writing life.

  106. Anna says...

    Millows. This is just the loveliest. So, so adorable.

    I may have missed it but I noticed there are paintbrushes in one of the pictures and wondered who’s the artist, Lulu or Milly? Are any of the paintings on the wall by your family Joanna? There’s so much lovely art on display.

  107. Jessie says...

    The wall with Paul’s name makes my eyes well up. What a beautiful family and place for all to call home.

  108. Amy says...

    This is the absolute loveliest thing I have ever seen. If Milly and Lulu ever want a new roommate, sign me up please!

    Also, please add me to the list of folks who teared up at seeing Paul’s name on the measuring wall.

  109. Iris says...

    I must say, your house tours (and beauty uniform posts) are some of my absolute most beloved content and this one was so positively lovely to read. Thank you so much for sharing such a special place with your readers! It is wonderful to think of such a lovely set of ladies living in such a beautiful and loved home.

    • Courtney says...

      Ohhh, I just think this is the best home tour you’ve ever featured! Absolutely enchanting and simply magical… This post felt like a warm hug. I adore everything about this home and its inhabitants! I love when you can feel someone’s stories in their home and a house has a life of its own. The millows, the measuring wall, the memories of your grandfather (the picture and that dollhouse!), the marmalade, that outdoor space (to name a few)…all the details are so perfectly personal. The humanity and imperfections are so comforting and endearing. This is the type of home I’ve always aspired to have. Thank you Milly and Lulu (and Joanna) for sharing your home (and lives) <3

  110. Tristen says...

    Seeing his name, my heart burst.

  111. Anna says...

    haven’t even read this yet but so excited to see lulu back on the blog!

  112. Kari says...

    That outdoor space overlooking the water looks simply divine. Just to die for. I could sit out there and drink coffee for the rest of time.

  113. Nicole says...

    I really needed this today. Thank you.

  114. Kelly M says...

    Beyond lovely. So cozy! Your grandmother and aunt have such warm smiles. I’d also love closer shots of her embroidered pillows. I’ve only briefly dappled in embroidery but it is a soothing and remarkable craft. I would LOVE posts related to arts and crafts and their makers. Embroidery, weaving, pottery, ceramics, glass blowing, origami…the list is endless! I love traditional and modern takes on these. The world is full of such extraordinary talent that is celebrated less often than it should be!

    • SCS says...

      Came here to make the same request! Would love a post featuring Milly’s embroidery work

    • That would be amazing!! So many interesting, crafty women…..

    • Jess says...

      I third this request! Would love to see a little more about the millows in particular. I’m hoping they come in easy-to-try kits, especially those butterfly ones in the guest bedroom…

      The part about hanging Milly’s husband’s photo by her bed was so touching. I love how the house is just filled to the brim with love and family history (and art, and squashy furniture, and musical instruments, and that clock!)

  115. Cynthia says...

    Such a beautiful home. It is so cozy and inviting, I just want to curl up in one of the chairs with a cup of tea. I would love to play with the doll house, as I love doll houses, and I have one I need to work on. This is my favorite home post because I can feel the love there.

  116. Sarah says...

    Our first baby is due in February, and this is the perfect reminder to pick a measuring wall for our home. Thank you so much for sharing. I want to be Milly when I grow up!

  117. Jessica says...

    I just bought my first house a few months ago and I have been thinking hard over how to set up our house so it’s homely and cozy. And I kept thinking hmm, how would Joanna’s Granny do it? I kept wishing for a house tour to inspire me so I’m so glad to see this today! I especially love the millows and the peach guest room.

  118. Sarah says...

    A really lovely family home, thank you Lulu and Milly for sharing it with us.

  119. Amoreena says...

    Reading this was SO enjoyable – thank you!

  120. gwenda says...

    What a wonder family story, to be as lucky as Millie should be everyone’s dream.
    thank you for sharing

  121. sarah-mai says...

    This is the sweetest thing I’ve read in quite awhile. Heartwarming…life affirming.

  122. Lindsey says...

    I am now more relaxed than I was 2 minutes ago. Thank you for sharing this beautiful glimpse into your life.

  123. Stephanie says...

    Amazing. Love the wall colors and coziness. Fantastic view from the house. Need to move to rural England ASAP.

  124. Heather says...

    The mantle full of pictures..the dollhouse..the embroidery..simple lived in rooms..the measuring wall with Paul’s name..just a cozy refreshing reminder of living life and saving those moments of love..

  125. alison says...

    As life is reaching a hum and bustle beyond what I’ve signed up for at the moment… I want nothing more than to needlepoint on that bench in that courtyard overlooking the water. What a life!

  126. J Michele says...

    Same, same, same. Tears in my eyes.

  127. Charlotte says...

    The measuring wall! It is the single most beautiful picture, so moving and lovely and simply gives you a homey feeling that this house likes to be full with visitors & life.

    • alison says...

      Measuring walls are just beyond emotional – marking the literal passing of time! My mom repainted the wall of my childhood bedroom, but the painters left the measuring wall – it’s a bizarre abstract blob outline that stayed white while the rest of the wall is beige. But it’s the best.

    • Sonja says...

      I loved this bit too – and I love that Paul’s name was on there! And that he seemed to have grown between his visits there. It’s a sweet reminder of loved ones when you see their fingerprints upon the world; even after their souls have gone to further adventures.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes — we measured paul in the morning and the night and he was taller in the morning! apparently that happens to most of us!

  128. Becca says...

    This is so so lovely.

  129. This is one of my favorite cup of jo posts! So sweet – thank you for sharing.

  130. Shelley says...

    How lovely. This home is like a big hug.

    • yvonne says...

      EXACTLY!!!

  131. Steph Gilman says...

    I had a lump in my throat reading this. The sweet bed duvets. The old horse rockers. Frameless photos. Sea shells all laid out. Your aunt’s arm around your grandmother’s waist. Your grandfather’s portrait. “A lovely white curtain of hair.” “Millows.” “Nowadays, when a child visits us, they just sort of disappear, and they’re up there playing with the dollhouse.” The authenticity and humanity of this post felt warm and familiar. And also it sounds like people come home when they visit Lulu and Milly.

    • Emily says...

      Well said, Steph. I couldn’t agree more. Such lovely people in a lovely home.

  132. Scarlett says...

    YES more Millie and Lulu! I am so inspired by how sweet they are and how unruffled they seem by the every day stressors that I seem to get so wound up by. What a cozy home!

  133. Ali says...

    “Millows.” I died of happiness.

  134. Karen says...

    Their home is lovely. Even lovelier is the affection Lulu has for her mother. This was so touching. Thank you.

  135. “She says good night to him at night.”

    I’m not crying, you’re crying.

  136. Thank you so much for this! What a lovely home and a beautiful family you have Joanna! Can we see more of the embroidered pillows? Love the ambiance in this home <3

  137. Twyla Ursaki says...

    I love a cozy, lived-in home SO much more than a stark white, minimalist one. It has character and heart! I especially love the dollhouse (considering this as a new hobby?).
    And…to see Paul Kalanithi’s name on the measuring wall!! *heartbreaking*.

  138. Kimberly Winnubst says...

    I actually teared up at the measuring wall. You could feel the love that has passed through that home pouring out from each pencil tick.

  139. Das ist eine schöne Idee says...

    How very very lovely & I want to move in, too :)

    *****

    And also an invitation to all CoJ-readers in MUNICH for a relaxed get together:

    If you are in MUNICH / GERMANY we will meet on Thursday / 21st of November / 8 pm at the Weinheim Bar at Bauerstraße 2

    Let us know (dasisteineschoeneidee@gmail.com) if you want to join or just drop by.

    • EliseB says...

      Oh, to be in Munich to meet you all!

  140. A says...

    My grandparents have a grandfather clock in their little house, too. I can hear it now, *sigh*.

  141. cg says...

    You mentioned it in a different post, but remind me again what the little pull bar is for over Milly’s bed is for? It’s so intriguing, but probably has a practical reason, like to pull up from lying down or for exercise… but my impractical side says that little fairies come to visit in the night and sit on it and swing around while they chat things up. Hahaha

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! it was for my grandfather to pull himself up in the mornings!

    • Lulu says...

      Cady K uses it as a swing…..

  142. Rachael says...

    What a beautiful lifetime of memories – the quintessential home! Reminds me a little of my Nana and Grandad’s house in Bristol :) Thank you for sharing Milly and Lulu.
    P.S. the millows are gorgeous!

  143. Rusty says...

    Thank you so, so much! 🥰
    When I saw the post, my heart melted. I just want to hug Lulu and Milly! There’s a book in that home and its story!
    These women have a soulful presence and Lulu’s love for Milly tangibly oozes out through the screen.
    I’m very grateful that this was here for me to read, just before bed, in Western Australia (12.15AM).

  144. Meredith Davies says...

    This is my favorite home tour yet! It’s so sweet and genuine that I can feel the love coming through this cold computer machine!

    P.S. The pillows are incredible!!!

  145. Alison says...

    What a cozy and happy home.

  146. Elise says...

    This is so, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  147. Sammie says...

    What a charming house! I can’t get over how perfect that view is!

  148. Taylor says...

    I need more information on the marmalade!!! Recipe, how long it stays okay without being refrigerated, the cloth top situation!!

    This is the kind of aspirational family home I’d love to have some day and fill with family and mementos of memories.

    • Yes! The marmalade made me so happy, as I also have jars and jars coming out my ears.
      Beautiful family, Joanna, beautiful home.

    • Chantelle says...

      YES to this! Such a sweet gesture to bring a homemade jar to gatherings – I’d love to incorporate this into my life! So thoughtful and such a personal touch in today’s world.

    • Lulu says...

      Hi Taylor, the marmalade recipe is a Delia Smith one, but it uses Seville Oranges which might be hard to find in the US. We use old honey, jam etc jars with screw top lids and it seems to last for ages unrefrigerated because, I fear, it uses a terrifying amount of sugar.

  149. Julie says...

    What a perfect view and cosy home! I love that print above the marmalade table.

    “…I love a clock, it feels like you have a heartbeat in the home.”

    Beautiful.

    • Sophie says...

      That fox pillow is incredible!! Milly is so talented

  150. Elizabeth says...

    absolutely charming…the home and it’s inhabitants. Thanks for this sneak peek into their lovely oasis by the sea!

    • Erin says...

      There is something instantly relaxing about looking at that harbor view! How beautiful!