• Archive for August, 2009

    Blackberry time

    by  • 28/08/2009 • Country food, Country moment • 1 Comment

    The hedgerows are bursting with the biggest and juiciest blackberries I have ever seen. Just a few steps from the house we are able to pick, eat and carry home these lovely wild fruits – warm from the sun and with that hint of vanilla that I love.  

    Trug of blackberries

    Trug of blackberries

    Of course my boys can’t get enough of them, especially the little one, Jamie. This week we’ve made blackberry and pink lemonade ice lollies – heaven on a stick!

    Blackberry ice lollies

    Blackberry ice lollies

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    Essentially French

    by  • 27/08/2009 • Country style • 2 Comments

    If you have been on holiday in rural France this summer then I am sure that you have returned with a love of the innate elegance of French life. Anyone seeking ideas for their own French-inspired interiors should take a look at Josephine Ryan’s new book, Essentially French (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99, on sale 10 Sept). Filled with timeless French-inspired interiors from rustic to simple and from elegant to eclectic, this is the new bible for creating the French look in your home…

    Essentially French

    Essentially French

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    From plot to plate

    by  • 26/08/2009 • Country food • 0 Comments

    I’m looking forward to pottering around in the garden this weekend and My Tiny Plot provides plenty of inspiration – just look at those tomatoes! Gill’s lovely blog is all about growing vegetables in her country garden in Bath, seasonal cooking and making fresh food for her little boy. My Tiny Plot keeps green-fingered friends posted with before and after photos to show how things are coming along in the veg patch. You’ll love the garden design plans, hints and tips, pretty cutting garden section and updates on the allotment. And the blog is peppered with recipe ideas for your own home-grown produce. I just can’t wait to get outdoors this weekend! 

    My Tiny Plot tomatoes

    Gill's tomatoes

    Peas in a pod...

    Peas in a pod...

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    Selvedge cushions

    by  • 25/08/2009 • Country style • 3 Comments

    Interior textile publication, Selvedge, promotes wonderful designer-makers, whose products are available to buy from their on-line shop Selvedge Drygoods. I love these cheerful, graphic cushions made from hand-loomed wool. They are designed by Jonathan Alder and instantly brighten up a room. Selvedge has also just opened a delightful shop in North London where  you can browse through textile-related books for inspiration and marvel over the handmade homewares.  Show below are Pear, Apple and Lemon cushions, available in 40cm square, £46; 61cm square, £85.

    Selvedge cushions

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    Holiday snaps

    by  • 24/08/2009 • Country moment • 2 Comments

    I have just come back from a few days in County Donegal and thought I would share some of my holiday pictures with you. If you love rugged unspoilt coastlines, beautiful and ancient landscapes and the odd Guinness or two you’ll love it as much as I did…

    Doagh Island

    Doagh Island

    Looking down onto Lough Swilly

    Looking down onto Lough Swilly

    Me and the boys kayaking on Lough Swilly

    Me and the boys kayaking on Lough Swilly

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    French country style

    by  • 20/08/2009 • Country style • 0 Comments

    We’re always searching for the best and the most beautiful products – old and new – to feature as part of our country decorating shoots. And for the team of stylists here at Country Homes & Interiors, a popular destination is The French House. Inspired by the timelessness of well-crafted design, it has products that ‘fulfil a function, yet have an inherent honesty and beauty about them.’  

    I love this picture of the Christina cushion, £34, The French House

    I love this picture of the Christina cushion, £34, The French House

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    Retro pin tins

    by  • 19/08/2009 • Country style • 0 Comments

    I do love the odd bit of stitch and always try and keep my hand in with a little project every now and again… Wonderful accessories like these Retro pin tins are the perfect incentive to keep me going and are inexpensive enough to buy as a treat without feeling too guilty. They’re from Patchwork Harmony, a great online source of all things vintage. The Patchwork Harmony blog is also well worth a look – it made an appearance in last Saturday’s Guardian in a piece about hobby blogs that have been turned into successful businesses. Have a read; it’s inspiring stuff!

     

    Sunlight Soap and Make-Do and Mend Retro pin tins, £2.75 each, Patchwork Harmony

    Sunlight Soap and Make-Do and Mend Retro pin tins, £2.75 each, Patchwork Harmony

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    Scandi style

    by  • 17/08/2009 • Country style • 1 Comment

    The Scandinavian look is one that I find myself going back to again and again for inspiration – it’s always so clean and fresh. One of my favourite sources is Scandi Living, an online store that stocks homewares from just about every chic Scandi brand you can think of, including Linum linen, Kosta Boda glassware and Normann Copenhagen’s funky homeware. If it’s a look you love too, there’s a chance to win a £250 shopping spree by filling in our reader survey. It only takes a few minutes – think of all those Scandi goodies you might get your hands on!  

    Himla homeware at Scandi Living

    Himla homewares at Scandi Living

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