• Archive for June, 2013

    Country craft: Simple artwork

    by  • 30/06/2013 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Simple artwork

    Create your own artwork with your favourite fabrics and wallpapers.

    Choose favourite fabrics and wallpaper remnents to create easy and stylish pictures for your home. And for a personalised finishing touch, add pretty notecards. For this artwork featured in our soon-to-be-seen August issue we framed fabrics Clarisse, sage, F0424/04, £19 a metre, Clarke and Clarke; Kashmir in pink green on oyster linen, £185.86 a metre , Bennison; and wallpaper Etienne 60108, £49 a roll, Harlequin. Why not have a go following our instructions? http://www.housetohome.co.uk/simpleartwork .

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects http://www.housetohome.co.uk/crafts for you to try. And for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not buy our new Country Home Ideas app? http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZContentLink.woa/wa/link?path=apps%2fcountryhomeideas

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    Country garden: pretty in pink

    by  • 29/06/2013 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    There’s a distinctly rosy glow about the Country Homes & Interiors garden this week, with a bevy of gorgeous blooms in all shades of pink. There are plenty of other colours, too, but the pink just seems to pop out from every bed. Beautiful! These flowers are meant for cutting, but we think they look lovely right where they are. Here’s a line-up some of our favourites.

    Happy country gardening this weekend!

    Cottage garden favourites antirrhinums – or snapdragons – in deepest magenta

    The tobacco plants come in all shades, but this one has such pretty veining

    Beautifully fragrant sweet peas

    And then there are pinks, of course!

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    Country buy: Inspired by Wimbledon

    by  • 28/06/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Hooray for Wimbledon! Reasons to enjoy the celebrations now it’s in full swing [1] all the fabulous tennis [2] the jolly good sports at Morrisons have renamed the Wimbledon branch Murrisons… made us smile! [3] it signifies that summer is officially here [4] it’s odds on to rain at some point during the tournament but in true British style, we’ll carry on regardless!

    Inspired by this determination to enjoy the great outdoors,  whatever the weather,  we’ve created a moodboard to share our vision of the perfect weekend…

    Whatever the weather in true Wimbledon spirit the outdoor fun must go on!

    In true Wimbledon spirit the outdoor fun must go on!

    Where to buy – Picnic cutlery, £5 6 piece set, House by John Lewis; Striped deckchair, £29.99, Argos; Emma Bridgewater polka dot radio, £129, View Quest;  Daisy chain blanket, £75, Avoca at Coast & Country Interiors;  Large outdoor pouf, £250 Nordic House; Pink Flower food cover, £2.95, Dot com gift shop; Seat pad, from a selection at Laura Ashley; Picnic Hamper, Cath Kidston.

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    Country food: flapjacks to go

    by  • 27/06/2013 • Country food • 1 Comment

    Easy oat and sultana flapjacks: these are good any time, any place, any where

    This week I decided to choose a recipe from Mary Berry’s new cookbook. It took quite a while to decide, as every page is packed with deliciousness. The season of ‘outings’ is upon us so I’ve opted for something that tucks into a lunchbox and travels well. My advice is to bake a large batch of these as they won’t hang around for long that’s for sure…

    Makes 24 squares

    225g butter, plus extra for greasing
    225g demerara sugar
    75g golden syrup
    350g porridge oats
    100g sultanas

    1 Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan 140°C/325°F/Gas 3). Grease a traybake tin measuring 30 x 23cm and 4cm deep, and line the base with baking parchment.

    2 Put the butter, sugar, and golden syrup into a large pan and place over a medium-low heat. When melted, remove from the heat and stir in the oats and sultanas.

    3 Spoon the oat mixture from the pan into the prepared tin. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon and level the surface.

    4 Bake for about 35 minutes until pale golden brown; you may need to turn the tin halfway through cooking to ensure even cooking. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes, then cut the flapjacks into 24 squares using a sharp knife. Leave in the tin to cool completely, then lever the flapjacks out using a fish slice.

    VARIATION Replace the sultanas with the same quantity of dried cranberries.

    *Taken from Mary Berry’s Cookery Course (£25, DK, dk.com, out now). Also available as an eBook to download from the iBookstore and Amazon Kindle Store. There’s also a lovely recipe for Lemon Drizzle Traybake I’ve got my eye on…

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    Country style: Town and country.

    by  • 26/06/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    At Country Homes and Interiors we love designs that are good value, seasonal and inspired by nature so when this new collection by silk screen artist Emma Hardicker arrived on my desk I thought I would share it. Emma draws upon her surroundings in the rural midlands to produce a range of fabrics, ready made cushions, lampshades and limited edition prints that combine rustic imagery with a touch of city chic.

    Cushions £45, fabrics start at £48 per metre, but can be bought in fat quarters too.

    Cushions £45, fabrics start at £48 per metre, but can be bought in fat quarters too.

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    Country room: stylish summerhouse

    by  • 25/06/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Who wouldn’t love a summerhouse like this, whatever the weather?

    This room has a lovely relaxed Swedish feel with its white cladding walls. Yet it’s a country scheme that cleverly combines informal and formal, elegant and vintage. Those comfy armchairs in a smart Sanderson Home stripe create a focal point for the room, while floorlength curtains with toning striped edging add to the cosy feel. Vintage touches are provided by the upturned crate coffee table, folding stool and that fantastic aqua chest, while the enamel pendant light adds a stylish retro touch. Even the ladder tucked away in the corner is pretty yet practical – and ideal for changing the light bulb!  And,  the woodburner provides the ideal solution for those chilly days.

    Definitely the perfect place to while away a few hours and plan your garden with a cuppa…

    Chairs from left: Sutton 232663, Saxon 232682, cushion Brecon 232673, curtain Annis 232654, with Brecon 232673; all £28 a metre from the Madison and Country Stripes collection by Sanderson Home

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    Country moment: Elderflowers

    by  • 24/06/2013 • Country food, Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    I love this view at the bottom of our garden looking past the elder tree and the wild red valerian to the shingle field beyond. I wait for the frothy, creamy elderflowers to come every year so that we can make our annual Elderflower fizz and cordial. This year, I am definitely going to make the Pretty Elderflower Pannacotta that we mentioned on Country Days recently.

    The elderflowers are here and their distinctive scent just say summer to me.

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    Country craft: Flower decoration

    by  • 23/06/2013 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Flower decoration

    Make pretty flowers with fabric and buttons to sew onto furnishing and fashion accessories

    Perk up plain furnishings and accessories with these fun fabric flower decorations. Easy to make, try mixing colours, patterns and different styles of button. Find out how to make by following these easy instructions.

    You will need
    Coordinating cotton fabric
    Matching thread
    Pinking sheers

    To make thread the needle and create a long double length of cotton. Cut the fabrics into four circles – ours measured about 8cm diameter. Taking the first fabric circle, fold in half down the middle to create a semi-circle. Fold again to create a quarter segment. Holding the pointed end, with the needle and thread tack  a line 0.5cm away from the fabric edge, following the curve. Start and finish underneath the fabric, leaving long threads at either end. Pull these threads, pushing the fabric along to create a petal shape. Repeat this process with other three fabric circles. Push along threads, draw and tie off together tightly to create a flower. Using the attached thread, sew a button on the front and in the middle of the of the flower to hide join. Tie off and cut threads on the reverse to neaten.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try.
    And for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not buy our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Country garden: peas, beans and strawberries

    by  • 22/06/2013 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    The Country Homes & Interiors rooftop vegetable garden is showing real signs of promise, with peas in pod, broad beans reaching the tops of their canes and the first strawberry gradually ripening – yes, just the one so far, but we’re hopeful…

    Oh, and on the sunniest wigwam the sweet peas have burst into flower, in shades of vibrant red and mauve, with splashes of pure white. We’ve already picked a bunch to brighten up the office – so pretty!

    If you’re looking for inspiration for your country garden this weekend, you’ll find plenty of beautiful ideas on housetohome.co.uk

    Mangetout, ripe and ready for picking

    Bumper broad beans

    Bring on the sun for the strawberries

    Pretty sweet peas – love the red ones!


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    Country buy: Animal prints

    by  • 21/06/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Creatures, great and small, remain popular when it comes to decorating our homes this season – with more and more dogs, cats, birds, hares, stags and foxes adorning homewares.

    RawXclusive is well ahead of this much-loved trend with a fabulous collection of linen fabrics, mugs, comfy cushions, lampshades and accessories all featuring bold and beautiful animal motifs.

    The bone china mugs with a touch of wit are the real stars of the show. For cat owners we’ve found the ‘Purrfect’ mug and if you’re ‘Totally Dotty’ about dogs maybe the Dalmatian design is the one for you!

    Animal mugs, £9 each, all RawXclusive.

    Animal mugs, £9 each, all RawXclusive.

    The country inspired collection is the work of talented artist Rebecca Winter. Her hand-sketched designs feature on all the products, each lovingly printed and made here in the UK.

    Linen cushions, from £29.95 each; Bird cosmetic bags, from £19.95; Hare printed lamp shade (coming soon); Egg cosies, £7.95 each all RawXclusive.

    Linen cushions, from £29.95 each; Bird cosmetic bags, from £19.95; Hare printed lamp shade (coming soon); Egg cosies, £7.95 each all RawXclusive.

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