• Archive for November, 2010

    Visit MADE10 in Brighton

    by  • 10/11/2010 • Country craft, Country moment • 3 Comments

    If you’re looking for original gifts this Christmas, visit Brighton on the weekend of 19th to 21st November for MADE10 – Brighton’s Design & Craft Fair.

    The fair offers beautiful handcrafted pieces and the chance to meet designers and makers, so it’s a great place to shop for lovely accessories including cushions from Snowden Flood and colourful lambswool hats by Lauren Tourle.

    MADE10 takes place at the Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton, which is a ten-minute walk from the station and just a stone’s throw from the Royal Pavilion and The Lanes, perfect for Christmas shopping!

    It’s open Friday 11am to 7.30pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm; tickets cost £6 on the door (or £5 in advance from the Dome Box Office, 01273 709709). To find out more, visit made10.co.uk.

    MADE10 - Brighton’s Design & Craft Fair. Photograph: Steve Speller

    MADE10 - Brighton’s Design & Craft Fair. Photograph: Steve Speller

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    Coastal kitchens

    by  • 09/11/2010 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Just popped in to see the designer William Yeoward’s collaboration at Smallbone kitchens. Called ‘Driftwood’, this ingenious and sophisticated paint effect has a lovely airy and calming quality and comes in a range of colours from the soft grey shown here to sea green and sky blue.

    OK, so I live on the coast, of course I would love it…

    Driftwood at Smallbone

    William Yeoward's Driftwood signature design handpainted onto Smallbone furniture

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    The Electric Forest, Bedgebury

    by  • 05/11/2010 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    When night falls tomorrow, I am going to Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent to see The Electric Forest light installation that is on there at the moment. It only runs until Sunday and is ‘a magical journey through the natural environment,’ says Creative Director Phil Supple. I love this kind of thing, click on this video to see more http://player.vimeo.com/video/16140542

    Electric-Forest

    The Electric Forest at Bedgebury Pinetum

    There are two other similar events running created by the same team: Northumberland Lights Festival at The Electric Estate, Cragisde in Northumberland, 12-28 November; and The Electric Forest at Thetford Forest Park, 3-19 December.

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    H&M launch new homeware

    by  • 05/11/2010 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Fashion retailer H&M have launched a fabulous and very affordable homeware range this week. Our decorating team went to the launch party and discovered a feast of quirky and individual pieces for every room in the house! Fresh bed linens, sack cloth cushion covers, vintage-style tea towels, Christmas stockings and all with a cosy country feel! Products can be bought easily on line and here’s a sneeky preview of my Autumn/Winter favourites.

    Christmas present and gift ideas on the highstreet, latest Christmas shopping buys from Countrydays

    From left to right: Christmas sack, £14.99; Teatowel, £2.99; Cushion cover, £7.99; Textile holder, £14.99; Christmas teatowel, £2.99; Christmas stocking, £7.99.

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    Mulled cider

    by  • 04/11/2010 • Country food, Country moment • 7 Comments

    If you are bonfiring it this weekend be sure to make our Mulled Cider recipe. I actually made this apple tipple for a Halloween party we had last Sunday and it went down very well with all – even those who don’t usually drink cider!

    To make 8 servings, slice 2 red skinned apples in half. Stud each piece with a whole clove. Place in a saucepan and add 2 litres of strong cider, 2 cinnamon sticks, halved, 3 lemon slices and 50g light muscovado sugar. Heat gently for about 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the cider is hot not boiling.

    Mulled Cider

    Serve Mulled Cider in chunky glasses or mugs!

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    Bonfire leaf decorations

    by  • 03/11/2010 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    If you’re planning a bonfire party, why not make a decorative leafy garland like this one, made by Deputy Editor Sara Bird. Pinch together some brightly coloured leaves and a Chinese lantern seed pod, then secure in place with a length of raffia. Repeat along the raffia until you have your required number of flower heads then drape on along a table or decorate the back of chairs.

    Try your local florist for Chinese lantern flowers.

    For more bonfire party ideas visit housetohome.co.uk

    Bonfire leaf decoration

    Bonfire leaf decoration

    Bonfire leaf decoration detail

    Bonfire leaf decoration detail

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    Bodnant Garden

    by  • 02/11/2010 • Country moment • 1 Comment

    I have just come back from a few days in North Wales. Every time I go to this lovely part of the world I visit Bodnant Garden run by the National Trust. Walking through the Dell first thing in the morning – when hardly anyone was about – was truly magical with shafts of light coming through the autumn trees evaporating the dew to create an enchanting atmosphere. I am quite pleased with this photo that I took. You can visit until 21 November.

    Bodnant Garden

    Bodnant Garden

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