• Archive for October, 2011

    Emma Bridgewater launches bedlinen

    by  • 28/10/2011 • Country style • 3 Comments

    I was delighted to hear Emma Bridgewater has launched a new bedlinen collection, featuring three of the most recognisable designs – Pink Hearts, Birds and Polka Dot.

    The iconic pottery has become a firm favourite for any country kitchen. Now with the addition of this new bedding we can embrace the cheerful patterns  and take them through to another room within our homes.

    Which one to choose? Are you loving the hearts, mad about the birds or dotty for the spots?

    Pink hearts bedlinen by Emma Bridgewater

    Pink hearts bedlinen, prices start from £10 for a pillowcase; £50 for a single duvet, all Emma Bridgewater

    Emma Bridgewater Birds Bedlinen

    Birds bedlinen, prices start from £10 for a pillowcase; £50 for a single duvet, all Emma Bridgewater.

    Polka Dot bedlinen by Emma Bridgewater

    Polka Dot bedlinen, prices start from £10 for a pillowcase; £50 for a single duvet, all Emma Bridgewater.

    Don’t forget, with the clocks going back this weekend, it’s the perfect excuse to spend an extra hour enjoying some cozy duvet time.

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    Modern open-plan country kitchen

    by  • 27/10/2011 • Country style • 2 Comments

    This beautiful Scandinavian-style kitchen/diner shows just how stunning new-builds can be. It’s the home of architect Kim Dreyer and it features in a book about stylish Irish houses,  Essentially Irish by Josephine Ryan (£19.99, Ryland, Peters & Small). I love the dramatic ceiling trusses and the modern take on country furniture, much of which was designed by Kim too, and which perfectly complements the interior.

    Essentially Irish by Josephine Ryan (£19.99, Ryland, Peters & Small). Photographs by James Fennell

    Essentially Irish by Josephine Ryan (£19.99, Ryland, Peters & Small). Photographs by James Fennell

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    Make paper stars for Christmas

    by  • 26/10/2011 • Country craft, Country style • 4 Comments

    I love these 3D-effect stars, which feature in our new December issue.

    They’re really eyecatching and are made by folding and cutting card and then covering it in patterned paper. The papers we used here are some of our favourite seasonal giftwrap designs from Paperchase.

    What’s lovely, too, is that you can make the stars to any size you choose. Even the biggest will still be lightweight enough to hang at your window using a needle and thread. Have a go – click here for the instructions. They make a fun, simple project to try with the kids in the run up to Christmas…

    Cover your stars on both sides so they look as good from the outside as they do from the inside.

    Start with a square of lightweight card, make four folds, snip and unfold to reveal your star…

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    Ghoulish treats

    by  • 25/10/2011 • Country food • 0 Comments

    Especially for trick or treating

    With Halloween just around the corner, take a look at the fantastic new limited edition range of hand iced goodies from Biscuiteers (www.biscuiteers.com). Perfect for trick or treaters, the special Halloween tin (pictured above) features black cats, bats and scary ghosts, witches with wicked stripy socks and a grinning pumpkin. There’s also a special Halloween sweets tin (pictured below). You can get 10% off the Halloween range if you order before 1pm on Thursday.

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    Country Homes & Interiors new business event

    by  • 25/10/2011 • Country business, Country craft, Country style • 3 Comments

    As promised from last week, it’s my pleasure to share with you some of the photographs from Country Homes & Interior’s first Start Your Own Business event.

    The day was a great success and featured workshops and seminars by industry experts including Nicola Elliott, Founder and Director of Neom Luxury Organics, Doug Richards, Founder of School for Startups and Sue Lister, Managing Director of Lister Communications, as well as providing the perfect opportunity for attendees to network and swap ideas.

    Nicola Elliot of Neom Luxury Organics leads her talk on how to find a market and your USP

    Nicola Elliot of Neom Luxury Organics leads her talk on how to find a market and your USP

    Business event attendees in the theatre

    Business event attendees in the theatre

    Myself and event attendees

    Myself and event attendees

    Sue Lister of Lister Communications leading a workshop on how to write a press release

    Sue Lister of Lister Communications leading a workshop on how to write a press release

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    Posh Graffiti

    by  • 21/10/2011 • Country style • 1 Comment

    I love the new photography from Posh Graffiti, it’s great to see how designer Emily Readett-Bayley uses words and letters to make statements around her home. From creative wall art to cheer up a home office, to an imaginative way of labelling a kitchen dresser, it’s all about adding some fun with feel-good messages. Where would you use letters and words within your home?

    Emily-Readett-Bayley-letters| Old  English 6cm black wooden letters, £3 each by Emily Readett-Bayley at Posh Graffiti.

    Old English 6cm black wooden letters, £3 each by Emily Readett-Bayley at Posh Graffiti.

    Old  English 6cm black wooden letters, £3 each by Emily Readett-Bayley at Posh Graffiti.

    Old English 6cm black wooden letters, £3 each by Emily Readett-Bayley at Posh Graffiti.

    Emily-Readett-Bayley-choppingboard|Reclaimed teak chopping board, £50; Wooden mushroom, £4.50; Wooden pear, £11.25; Wooden apple, £11.25, all Emily Readett-Bayley at Posh Graffiti.

    Reclaimed teak chopping board, £50; Wooden mushroom, £4.50; Wooden pear, £11.25; Wooden apple, £11.25, all Emily Readett-Bayley at Posh Graffiti.

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    Behind the scenes: Gloucestershire barn

    by  • 20/10/2011 • Country style • 0 Comments

    We’re always being asked what happens on photographic shoots, so I thought I would post these pictures of Houses Editor Vivienne Ayers and photographer Polly Eltes at a shoot last week in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

    ‘This is Susi Gordon’s barn conversion in a pretty village,’ says Viv. ‘We had such a fun day photographing the classically elegant interior and taking photos of Susi out in the countryside among the autumn leaves. Sometimes we move things around the room to make sure we get a lovely shot (but we always put them back!), or we add bits and pieces to emphasise the season. Here is the lovely Polly Eltes working out a camera angle, while I am pictured borrowing a neighbour’s bike and giving it an autumnal touch! Our day had a magical ending – as we drove home we had a breathtaking view over the Vale of Evesham bathed in golden sunlight and Polly managed to take a stunning photo.’

    Look out for the house in an autumn 2012 issue!

    Polly Eltes taking photographs of a house for Country Homes & Interiors

    Polly Eltes taking photographs of a house for Country Homes & Interiors

    Houses Editor Viv Ayers styles a photo

    Houses Editor Viv Ayers styles a photo

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    Country pub for gourmets

    by  • 18/10/2011 • Country food • 3 Comments

    Fine food in a country setting

    Congratulations to the Felin Fach Griffin near Brecon, which has just won County Dining Pub of the Year (Wales) in the 2012 Good Pub Guide. Country Homes & Interiors’ Lifestyle Editor Sarah Wilson is a huge fan and rates the food highly – the Felin Fach Griffin also received a Bib Gourmand in this year’s Michelin Guide. Brewing is undergoing something of a renaissance at the moment and the Felin stocks some great ale from small local brewers. They are hosting a tasting dinner on 11th November, with drinks at the bar followed by a sit down supper of four courses each matched with an artisan beer from Brecon Brewing. For more information, visit http://www.eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk/. Sounds unmissable if you’re in the area. Do you have a favourite country pub that offers fine dining? If so, let us know, as we’d love to hear about it and how you rate the food.

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