• Archive for April, 2014

    Reader event: KLC country design day

    by  • 30/04/2014 • Country craft, Country style • 0 Comments

    Join us on the KLC School of Design’s Modern Country Decorating Course to learn how to decorate in modern country style to create a relaxed and stylish home. The exclusive one-day course on Wednesday 18th June is held at the KLC School of Design in London’s Chelsea Harbour.

    Expert tutors will develop your interior design skills through a series of short lectures, talks and workshops; providing practical suggestions on how to get an understanding of the theory of colour and its effect on our psychology and environment.

    You will learn how to use a modern country colour palette, textures and patterns; with tips on where to look for fabrics, furniture and lighting, and how to draw all this together effectively, to create a beautiful country interior.

    Modern country design day with KLC School of Design

    Modern country style

    On the day

    9.30am Arrival & coffee

    10.00am – 12.30pm An introduction showing how interior designers use colour, texture and pattern in country homes and Interiors.

    Colour Theory and psychology and the country colour palette. Colour Workshop. An overview of texture and pattern and how to use these with colour to develop a scheme

    12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch.

    1.30pm Colour, texture and pattern workshop, Sourcing tips. How to put all your ideas together on a sample board.

    2.30pm Practical Workshop: Creating your look – putting together a sample board

    3.45pm Q&A

    4.00pm The event ends

    To reserve your place, please call KLC on 020 7376 3377. Tickets cost £120 and include a take-home sample board, lunch and refreshments on the day

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    Country Room: stylish kitchen

    by  • 29/04/2014 • Country style • 2 Comments

    Mixing old and new is a well-tried combination that’s great for injecting character into a scheme.

    This country kitchen has a light, fresh feel with its muted palette. White units are a traditional country kitchen staple but you can bring in a modern twist with a statement wall featuring a paisley print paper in on-trend grey.

    Keep the look unfussy and streamlined with painted Windsor chairs and an extending table – a practical solution for dinner parties – from I & JL Brown, and add in retro pendant lights for an up-to-the-minute finishing touch.


    Primitive ‘easy glide’ extending table, £4295, painted Windsor chairs, £355, small nickel pendant lights, £335, antique wooden dairy bowl, £225, antique glass bottle, £45, medium white bottle, £35, white ceramic tray, £95, white confit pot, £75, I & JL Brown.

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    Country moment: hammock days

    by  • 28/04/2014 • Country moment, Country style • 1 Comment

    If I had to choose one picture from the new issue of Country Homes & Interiors (on sale this Thursday 1 May), it would be this…

    The perfect spot

    The perfect spot under the trees

    When we asked country home owner Cherrie McCarron what she loved most about her Suffolk farmhouse, she replied, ‘Lying in the hammock under the apple trees’. See more of this idyllic spot and Cherrie’s beautiful home in the June issue. Available in print and digital editions.

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    Country craft: valance curtains

    by  • 27/04/2014 • Country craft • 3 Comments

    Make these pretty valance curtains with Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions.

    Make these pretty valance curtains with Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions.

    Bring a botanical look to windows with a pair of pretty valance curtains. This decorative window treatment, as seen in our soon to be seen June issue is really easy to achieve and can be easily made by following Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions. Click here to find out more.

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

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    Country look: stunning stripes

    by  • 25/04/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Do you share our passion for stripes in soft sorbet shades? You’ll be sure to love the beautiful collection of woven homewares by Laura Fletcher Textiles, perfectly on-trend for furnishing the modern country home this season…

    Laura Fletcher Textiles on the Country Days blog

    Assorted stripe cushions, from £49, Laura Fletcher Textiles.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Laura a few months ago, to see her stunning designs first-hand. It’s clear to see her love for pattern, colour and texture running throughout the collection of fabrics, cushions, throws, kitchen textiles and lampshades.


    Mistley lamp shade, £60, Laura Fletcher Textiles

    Drawing inspiration from nature Laura photographs the simple beauty surrounding her – from tree bark to a piece of weathered rope found on the beach; she then works from those to translate the ideas into her woven textile designs.


    Chalkney stripe throw, £320, Laura Fletcher Textiles.

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    Country food: easy spring lunch

    by  • 24/04/2014 • Country food • 0 Comments

    Spring supper

    Simple spring lunch: tagliatelle with a fresh herb and tomato sauce

    Chervil’s a great herb for summer but often overlooked as it’s not widely available. No matter – get planting now as it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow and will be ready for harvesting after only six to eight weeks. It has a lovely mild and subtle taste, a little like parsley, but with a gentle, aniseedy warmth. Delicately flavoured chervil is key in this delicious sauce for pasta – served either alone or with flaked white fish, chicken or mozzarella. It’s also lovely with new potatoes, scrambled eggs and scattered over roasted fennel.

    Serves 4

    4 ripe tomatoes, skinned and seeds removed
    50g sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
    1 tsp coriander seeds
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    15g chervil
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    Finely grated zest of 1 lime, plus 2 tbsps juice
    150ml extra virgin olive oil
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    250g dried tagliatelle or other ribbon pasta
    Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve, optional

    1 Thinly slice the tomatoes. Finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes. Use the olive oil that the tomatoes came in towards the oil needed for the sauce. Lightly crush the coriander and cumin seeds using a pestle and mortar. Discard tough stalks from the chervil and roughly chop.

    2 Mix all the sauce ingredients (everything but the pasta and Parmesan) together in a bowl, adding a little seasoning, and leave to stand until ready to serve.

    3 Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until just tender. While the pasta is cooking tip the sauce into a small saucepan and heat through gently. Lightly drain the pasta and toss with the sauce, adding a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese if liked.

     Recipe: Joanna Farrow. Photograph: Myles New

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    Country style: natural storage

    by  • 23/04/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Transform hard working hallways with smartly crafted storage solutions.This photograph was taken from our ‘The Potager Home’ feature in May’s Country Homes & Interiors. Here’s how to get organised in 3 easy steps…

    natural storage on country days blogs

    Get organised

    Store all those shoes neatly away in this multipurpose 2 seater storage seat, from Garden Trading.

    Save on endless trips up and down stairs, collect small items together in a handy shoulder basket, to take up in one go. A fishing creel basket makes a great alternative, try Chairworks.

    Add some fun into your hall by using a recycled tyre planter, from Hen & Hammock, to keep brooms, brushes and cleaning equiptment in.

    P.S Bird boxes aren’t just for outside, use them indoors too for a quirky wall feature.

    Post by Nikki Bradley.

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    Country room: exotic living room

    by  • 22/04/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    It’s the time of year when gardens are beginning to bloom and you want to bring all that floral loveliness into the house. An eye-catching way of introducing florals into a country living room is with a stunning statement wall.

    This beautiful wallpaper (from Sanderson‘s Voyage of Discovery collection) whisks you away to distant lands with its elegant hand-painted-effect tropical trail  featuring hummingbirds, butterflies and exotic flora. It’s a look that works beautifully in a period property. Team with neutral furniture and add in the odd piece of furniture or accessory with an Oriental feel for a stylish East meets West look.

    Clementine 213388 rrp £60.00/roll.

    Clementine 213388 wallpaper,  £60 a roll, by Sanderson

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    Country craft: framed seed packets

    by  • 20/04/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create a pretty picture with seed packets as seen on Country Homes and Interiors blog.

    Create a pretty picture with seed packets. Frames from a selection at Next.

    Sometimes seed packets are just too pretty to throw away so why not frame them and make a lovely display of your favourites as seen here in the latest issue of Country Homes and Interiors. Source vintage packets online or at antique gardenalia stores or frame up new ones by simply neatening off any packet edges and mount on card before inserting into your chosen frame.

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

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