• The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – National Bed Month buys

    by  • 04/03/2017 • 2 Comments

    pic-3Forget the old saying that if ‘you snooze you lose’… It’s National Bed Month, and NOTHING beats a good night’s sleep! We’ve rounded up our favourite edit of lie-in buys to help you drift off and dream sweetly all night long…

    Sleep naturally every night with a full fleece luxury wool mattress that regulates heat, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. This gloriously comfortable Handtufted Rollable Mattress (above), from £649, from herdysleep, is made from responsibly and locally sourced wool blended with cotton and cashmere to create a premium mattress filling – it’s the naturally soft and springy pick to ensure blissful, undisturbed slumber…zzz…

    pic-1Nestle down in beautiful, quality bedlinen that feels decadently soft and smooth against your skin. This stunning Yves Bed Linen Ink (above), £120 for a King Duvet Set, from Christy, is made with 100% Cotton Sateen with a 200 thread count. Digitally printed to capture dynamic and expressive artwork – it’s the perfect painterly pick of inky toned loveliness that will transport you to a world of rest and relaxation.

    pic-2Create a sleeping beauty sanctuary with a Scandi inspired bed that pulls off laid-back elegance with ease. This full-of-character Robin King (above), £960, from Perch & Parrow, is made from oak and features an unusual curve to the spindle headboard. With it’s unique legs and wonderfully sleek lines – it’s the must have prince charming choice to compliment any modern country, refined slumber boudoir.

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Lagom inspired buys

    by  • 18/02/2017 • 0 Comments

    Holly-3New year, new season, new Scandi lifestyle obsession! Hygge, take a cosy back seat – it’s all about Lagom now; Not too little, not too much. Just right. We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of considered and beautiful buys all inspired to help you create a balanced home that’s thoughtful and stylish minus the clutter…

    Take the Goldilocks approach and lay an effortlessly stylish table to bring simple enjoyment to every mealtime. This timeless Frayed Edge Linen Tablecloth col Warm White, £66, from Rowen & Wren (shown above), is relaxed in nature and naturally elegant in style. Spritz, press and spread to turn your dining table into a warm and welcoming station to dish up a healthy supper (whilst practising portion control of course)!

    Holly-2Take mindfulness and well-being to bed with high quality, pure and simple designs that (bed)spread restoring calm. This Everyday Luxury range of sumptuous bedlinen from Sainsbury’s, includes crisp white cotton layers with gorgeously subtle quilted detailing – it’s the perfect collection to drape beautifully and drift off in silky soft bliss. (Shown above): White Frill Cushion, £10; Provence 3D Embroidered Bed Linen Double (inc. pillowcases) £28; Luxury White Voile Quilted Bedspread, £35.

    Holly-1De-clutter and prepare for the ultimate spring clean with an organised utility room stocked with cleansing essentials. We love this Croft collection of storage must-haves from John Lewis, which showcases authenticity and craftsmanship through timeless, considered pieces in a natural dyes inspired palette. (Shown above): Croft Collection storage jars £10/£12/£14; Recycled jug £15; Oval wire basket £14; Knitted basket grey £22; Willow basket £30; Blakeney double towel cabinet light silver £275; Lovers knot doormat £30; Lambswool duster £15.

     

     

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    A touch of spring

    by  • 15/02/2017 • 1 Comment

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    Pave the way for spring with pops of yellow adding a cheery element to a scheme.

    We love the reclaimed feel of this pretty country bedroom with its vintage furniture and accessories, and beautiful mix and match fabrics. Gorgeous golden toiles are teamed with neutral checks and bird and leaf motif fabrics dotted with pops of yellow for a relaxed look with a rustic twist.

    The fabrics are all from the Forever Spring fabric collection in Buttercup colourway by iLiv and are inspired by British woodlands and nature. A gorgeous distressed bed adds timeworn charm and elegance, and is layered up with cushions in, from back to front, Gold Finch, Finch Toile and Padstow, with a throw in both Finch Toile and Padstow, creating a sumptuous effect.

    Floorlength curtains in Gold Finch add a whimsical touch, enhanced by blinds in Field Grasses, while stools in Padstow add to the informal feel.

    A trio of wall lights above the bed defines the area and creates plenty of lighting for bedtime reading, while a woodpanel effect ceiling makes a statement overhead.

     

     

     

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Valentine’s Day buys

    by  • 11/02/2017 • 0 Comments

    Ready-5Let that special someone in your life know just how much they mean to you with a thoughtful, heartfelt gift or gesture…

    Fill these delightful Champagne Flutes (above), £33.50 for a set of two, from Sophie Conran, with bubbly bliss and enjoy a celebratory toast with your better half… Hand blown, making every one unique – these shapely glasses are a pleasure to hold and make the loveliest pairing to help celebrate special occasions…(Any excuse to crack open the fizz)!

    Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 17.54.31Flowers spread smiles, so brighten up your loved one’s day with a beautiful bunch of seasonal romance. If you’re hoping to wow with a delicate and wild combination with a twist, then look no further than Bloomon. Simply choose the size of bouquet you desire along with a lovely little soppy message, and wait for a friendly postman to deliver your brownie points!

    Ready-6Avoid any crazy commercial commotion and nestle down at home with a cosy, couple-y tea… This charmingly cute Couples Personalised Enamel Teapot and Pair of Matching Mugs, £67.50, from Sophia Victoria Joy, features pretty engraved initials inside a gorgeous heart design – it’s the sweetest simple and stylish set that promises to add sentimental charm to shared ‘take a break’s for years to come…

     

     

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    Vogue for vintage

    by  • 07/02/2017 • 0 Comments

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    Vintage furniture is an intrinsic way of introducing character and timeworn style to a scheme. And who doesn’t love a characterful piece, especially if you know the history behind it?

    We love the simple, lived-in feel of this country dining room with pre-loved pieces creating a rustic ambience.

    Every dining room needs storage for tablelinens, crockery, cutlery and glasses, and this scrubbed pine piece injects a farmhouse feel, in addition to its weathered charm. Combine with  a vintage table and chairs and dress with a pretty tablecloth in Cranbrook in charcoal and trimmed with Sackville Stripe in natural, both by Clarke & Clarke for an on-trend monochrome look.

    Give the scheme a modern edge with a soft grey backdrop and add definition by painting the picture rail a striking dark grey.

    Then add to the mix beautiful artisan ceramics for a stylish finishing touch.

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – marble inspired must-haves!

    by  • 04/02/2017 • 0 Comments

    1Organic, natural and beautifully timeless – marvellous marble is refreshing home interiors this spring and can be seen on everything from chopping boards to wallpaper and soft accessories… We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of gleaming buys that merge this elegant material with just the right touch of modern day country chic…

    Add to your chopping board collection with these gorgeous hand finished Torri Marble Boards (shown above), £36 each, by Henry & Future at Notonthehighstreet.com. Hand finished with a unique colour contrast design, these shapely beauties are practically perfect to chop and prepare food, but also make fantastic serving platters – they’re the must-have striking dual function pick! Dimensions:Oval (dark grey and white marble): H1.5cm x L32cm x W23cm; Round rectangular (light grey and white marble): H1.5cm x L36cm x W15cm; Round rectangular (black and white marble): H1.5cm x L38cm x W18cm.

    2Lend an artisan feel to your home with these eye catching marble and ombre effect cushions (shown above) from Oliver Bonas. Fusing traditional techniques with contemporary design, these 100% crafted cotton colour pops have been hand-marbled and topped with hand painted gold foiling for a subtle midas touch – they’re the mix and match, utterly desirable collection that will scatter positivity in any room! Marble Cushions, £24 each; Velvet Ombre Cushions, £27 each; Metallic Splatter Cushions, £28 each. Dimensions: Rectangle W50 x H30cm; Square W45 x H45cm.

    3Compliment rustic with chic and opt for a hero furniture piece that combines unexpected natural materials. This lovely Hollyton Coffee Table (shown above), £1,200.00, from Anthropologie, features a beautiful fusion of honey hued oak and cool white marble – with an attractive ladder-style base, it’s the united mineral top pick to anchor any modern country living space . Dimensions: H40.6cm x W127cm x D63.5cm.

     

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    Natural Beauty

    by  • 31/01/2017 • 0 Comments

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    Texture adds another layer of interest to a scheme and here’s a timeless country living room that has it in oodles.

    We love the beautiful rustic backdrop of this room with its exposed stonework and ancient beams. And it’s the perfect setting for a cosy living area that will see you through winter.

    There’s a definite trend for sofas that combine the mellow tones of leather with soft-to-the-touch fabric, and this gorgeous Wallace corner sofa from Alexander & James comes in a warm Indiana Tan leather with a soft Breton checked woollen fabric. An antique-effect studding detail adds a classic finishing touch.

    Team with a William Plaid Romance footstool and matching cushions for a twist of Highland chic, and layer up the sofa with Luxe Cool Earth grey velvet cushions and Poole Mocha herringbone cushions, along with chic leather cushions,  for a toasty feel. (All from Alexander & James)

    Add in characterful pieces such as a vintage stool and big up the texture with wicker furniture and seagrass accessories.

    And don’t forget to place some snuggly throws close at hand to keep those winter chills at bay.

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – stay in bed buys

    by  • 28/01/2017 • 1 Comment

    Ready-NOTHIn this bitterly biting winter linger, there’s no place more blissful to be than in the toasty comfort of your own bed… This weekend we implore you to let tiredness win the pillow fight, and settle for a bed-cation with our round up of luxuriously lazy must-haves…

    Enjoy dippy egg and soldiers in bed served in the cutest, mini bed! We adore this Personalised Breakfast In Bed Egg Cup, £20, by Auntie Mims at Notonthehighstreet.com, which cleverly includes a space to rest a little teaspoon and a hole at the foot end to pop in a pretty flower touch. Arriving flat-packed, this nifty little number only takes approximately 25 seconds to construct, and can be engraved with hearts, flowers or your choice of thoughtful wording – it’s the ‘egg’stra special pick to ensure sunny side up smiles.

    Ready-White-CoJust like your favourite snuggly jumper, this stylish knitted Chartwell Throw, from £40 at The White Company, features a lovely ribbed hem and decorative chunky knit detailing. Made from a fluffy cloud soft lambswool blend, it’s the perfect layer to pile on with a nest of squidgy scatter cushions and nestle down into for the duration…

    Ready-Susie-LeeProlong the lie-in and block out morning daylight with this gorgeous Blue & Pink Sleep Mask-Knit & Liberty Print, £16.00, from Suzie Lee Knitwear. Lined with padding to ensure total comfort, it’s just the thing to help you drift off and dream sweetly…zzz…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Cosy moment

    by  • 24/01/2017 • 1 Comment

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    Feel like hibernating at the moment? This toasty country bedroom with its Scandi edge makes duvet days an even more attractive proposition.

    At its heart is a classic country-style bed. You can’t go wrong with a painted cream design such as this – square panels and oak details ensure a pared-back, rustic staple that won’t date and will fit into a variety of different schemes. Enhance the country feel by teaming with a classic chest of drawers with seagrass baskets and a nest of tables by the bedside.

    Make the look super cosy by layering up with smart checked and striped bedlinen in a soothing neutral palette and add in furry cushions and throws for a touch of Scandi style. Don’t forget a sheepskin rug underfoot for extra cosiness. Then finish off with a few candles for a  warming glow.

    (Henley bed, Sidmouth sideboard, Sidmouth nest of tables, Fjord double duvet set; all Dunelm)

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – pretty pom pom picks

    by  • 21/01/2017 • 0 Comments

    Ready _IzziPlayful, pretty and full of personality – we all love a happy-go-lucky pom pom detail. We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of trim lovelies just because… They never fail to raise a smile, (anything to help us through the January Blues)!

    Dream team alert! Excitedly we can report that the amazingly talented Izzi Rainey has collaborated with fellow Norfolk designer Curzon and Co to create this MUST HAVE Black Dandelion Stool, £200 (shown above). This bespoke beech beauty features a bright and contemporary print with jazzy pom pom detailing – it’s just the thing to add eye catching cheer to any countryside kitchen. Seat height 76.5 x base size 33.5 x 33.5 x seat diameter 35cm. Alternative design available.

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    For a ‘grown-up’ pom pom hit, this chic Contrast Bobble Edge Cushion, £30, by Nomadic Being at Notonthehighstreet.com, is the trendiest top trim mono pick! Made in Cheshire from 100% snuggly cotton – we recommend piling on the entire country neutrals collection (as shown above), to add subtle character and tactility to any perch in need of a little love and attention. 30 x 50cm.

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    Hide and seek clutter and make a bold statement with storage! These ab fab French inspired Colour Wrap Pom Pom Baskets, £28 each, from Bohemia (shown above), are handwoven from palm leaf with a natural sisal cord handle wrapped in soft wool – you can even pop one on your arm to jolly along trips to the local farmer’s market. H27 x W44cm.

     

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    The comfort factor

    by  • 17/01/2017 • 0 Comments

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    On chilly winter’s days, we just want to hibernate with warm comforting fabrics and decorate with pops of colour to brighten things up. And here’s a cosy country living room that combines toasty woollen fabrics and bursts of this season’s must-have mustard to give a lift to the ever-popular grey palette.

    Oriental-inspired rustic wallpaper creates an eyecatching feature wall that is enhanced with a layered window treatment. Cosy woollen curtains (in Naturally Deepdale in Ivory) and stunning checked woollen Roman blinds (in Naturally Hawes fabric in Natural) are sure to keep draughts at bay.

    Make the hero piece of the room a stylish sofa – this one is upholstered in a checked plaid-like woollen fabric (Naturally Thorpe in Taupe) for a nod to Highlands style, while plain seats in Naturally Deepdale fabric in Mushroom add a calming touch. Then introduce a Geometric Multiblock throw and cushions in Mustard for that extra dash of pizzazz.

    Industrial elements such as the floorlamp and metal trunk table give a modern country twist, while more traditional country elements such as mellow wooden furniture and flooring is used to ground the scheme.

    A clever tip is to use a large mirror propped against the wall to reflect light back into the room and make it appear more spacious.

    (All fabrics by Abraham Moon, cushions and throw by Bronte by Moon)

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    Winter wonderland

    by  • 10/01/2017 • 0 Comments

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    Create your very own winter wonderland in a country bedroom with a wealth of the softest silvery greys and snowy whites that complement the first snowdrops.

    Here, a beautiful rustic backdrop of exposed stone and weathered wood sets the scene for crisp whites to sing out, with floral cushions and a stunning patchwork quilt incorporating florals (Burford quilt and Burford cushion covers from The White Company) hinting at spring to come.

    The focal point is the Suffolk bed (from The White Company), which combines a curved and winged headboard for an elegant country feel, and is shown here in a linen union woven in Lancashire by the suppliers of Ian Mankin textiles.

    Give the scheme a contemporary edge with a cube side table and add to the mix a chic oak bench at the foot of the bed for handy storage, then soften stone flooring with a kilim rug in a soothing soft grey. (Cube side table, ceramic bottle lamp, oak bench, Pimlico bedlinen and Kew Kilim rug all The White Company).

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