• Archive for November, 2011

    Make easy-to-sew curtains

    by  • 30/11/2011 • Country craft, Country style • 1 Comment

    Why not have a go at making your own curtains? These simple designs feature in our January 2012 issue and are ideal for a beginner.

    There’s no heading tape, linings or curtain hooks to worry about – just use the tabs to tie each curtain in place. We made ours in a lovely fabric called Urban by Larsen at Colefax and Fowler and the lilac is a wonderful antidote to the dark evenings…

    Click here for instructions, and for more simple sewing projects like this one, visit the Housetohome website.

    Dress a window with the simplest of curtains.

    Fit a facing strip to the back of the curtain to secure the ties in place.

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    Perfect roast potatoes

    by  • 29/11/2011 • Country food • 1 Comment

    Tuddenham Mill

    Last week Lifestyle Editor Sarah Wilson visited Tuddenham Mill, a converted watermill in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Lunch was cooked by Paul Foster, award winning head chef there, and celebrated the launch of versatile new potato variety Rudolph. With its vibrant red skin, it has fantastic eating qualities – naturally sweet in flavour with a smooth and creamy texture. Great for everything from roast potatoes (Paul cooks his in duck fat – what’s your favourite way?) and mash to fancier dishes such as terrines and rosti, the good news is that Rudolf is available all year round. For more recipe ideas, visit fenmarc.com.

    The perfect roast potato

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    Country house style

    by  • 28/11/2011 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Interior designer, Nina Campbell, is the queen of today’s country house style. Her latest collection for Osborne & Little is  called Montacute ‘and was inspired by the grand homes of England and Scotland,’ she says. Instead of stately and glitzy though, this group of fabrics and wallpapers are understated and casual, mixing painterly florals with rustic checks. My favourite design is this wallpaper, Bowhill – it says nostalgia and new at the same time, don’t you think?

    Nina Campbell Bowhill wallpaper

    Nina Campbell Bowhill wallpaper at Osborne & Little, ref NCW4063-01, £47 per roll

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    Peony & Sage

    by  • 25/11/2011 • Country style • 1 Comment

    We always love to support home-grown designers and the object of my affections this week is Peony & Sage where you can admire the first fabric collection by Kimberley Bell whose name you may well recall from our September issue which featured her beautiful farmhouse in Northumberland.

    Inspired by the colours and textures found in nature, Kimberley has created a range of subtly coloured printed linens, suitable for every room in the house. My favourites are the Meadows collection of delicate faded stripes, florals and fauna, and I love Cottage Garden for its delightful mix of vintage style ditsy florals and pretty polka dots.

    All fabrics by Peony & Sage.

    All fabrics, from £38 to £46 a metre, Peony & Sage.

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    Stylish country office

    by  • 24/11/2011 • Country style • 2 Comments

    If you need inspiration for your home office, why not consider French-style vintage furniture and a delicate teardrop chandelier such as the one pictured here? This study features in A Space of My Own by Caroline Clifton-Mogg (£19.99, Ryland Peters & Small). By creating a work space that complements the rest of your house, it will inspire you on a daily basis. With an office this beautiful, you might be tempted never to leave…

    Country style office

    A Space of My Own by Caroline Clifton-Mogg (£19.99, Ryland Peters & Small)

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    Christmas inspiration

    by  • 23/11/2011 • Country style • 1 Comment

    One of the nicest things about my job is that I get to see loads of wonderful designs and products and decide which ones to put in the magazine. Two things inspired our  ‘Welcome to Christmas’ feature on pages 55-62 of the December  issue – a beautiful piece of fabric from Pierre Frey depicting snow covered ski lodges and downhill skiers, having fun – and a red, cast iron fondue set from Kitchen Craft. Put these together and you have the start for an après ski-style decorating story packed with snuggly sheepskin throws, vibrant reindeer cushions, mulled wine and dressing up boxes Hopefully it’ll give you plenty of ideas for Christmas!

    Fabric, Tyrol Original by Pierre Frey.

    Fabric, Tyrol Original, £208 a metre, Pierre Frey.

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    Christmas flowers

    by  • 21/11/2011 • Country food, Country moment, Country style • 2 Comments

    Thanks to the Judith Blacklock flower school and Rococo Chocolates for hosting two days of flower arranging and chocolate making last week. Here’s a snap of the Wednesday readers with their amazing hand-tied bouquets. If you are looking for inspiration for Christmas wreaths, garlands, table centrepieces, take a look at Judith’s festive flower courses running throughout December.

    Judith Blacklock Flower school

    Look at our lovely readers with their handmade bouquets

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    Hector & Haddock

    by  • 18/11/2011 • Country craft, Country style • 1 Comment

    This week we’ve been admiring online boutique Hector & Haddock, where designer Justine combines her love of whimsical craftwork with a passion for all things paper – resulting in a delightful selection of hand crafted treats, from framed artwork to playful bunting.

    Each piece is lovingly made using recycled papers sourced from an eclectic mix of vintage postcards, cherished certificates, treasured letters and old maps. These bespoke keepsakes would add the perfect personal touch to your home or, with Christmas shopping in mind, they’d also make an ideal and thoughtful gift for loved ones.

     paper bunting &  framed hearts by Hector & Haddock.

    'Happy' brown paper bunting & Triple hearts of Hampshire, by Hector & Haddock.

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    Perfect cottage bedroom

    by  • 17/11/2011 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Nothing looks more perfect in a country bedroom than a nostalgic floral wallpaper. If you have dark beams, low ceilings or eaves, then a fresh and feminine design like this one is the perfect backdrop. Combine with a painted brass bed and vintage-style bedlinen for a comfortable and casual look. Just lovely…

    Ottoline wallpaper, ref 211072, from £39; Carreg pillowcases, ref DELYCA304, from £46; Ottoline cushion, ref 220935, from £42; Vanessa eiderdown, ref 230979, from £76, edged in Lyric, ref DRICLY407, from £36; Arles bedcover, ref DARLAR302, from £44, edged in Lyric, ref DRICLY445, from £36, all Sanderson.

    We’ve fallen in love with Sanderson’s Ottoline wallpaper from its Autumn/Winter 2011 collection Bloomsbury, which was inspired by the creativity of artists, poets and designers of the 1930s. Wallpaper, ref 211072, from £39; Carreg pillowcases, ref DELYCA304, from £46; Ottoline cushion, ref 220935, from £42; Vanessa eiderdown, ref 230979, from £76, edged in Lyric, ref DRICLY407, from £36; Arles bedcover, ref DARLAR302, from £44, edged in Lyric, ref DRICLY445, from £36, all Sanderson.

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