• Archive for September, 2014

    Soak in style

    by  • 30/09/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    A freestanding bath scores high on the Country Days list of must-haves for a country bathroom.

    Whether you plump for bateau, slipper or classic roll top, you’re guaranteed a hero piece that sets the tone for the rest of the scheme and injects an instant hit of elegance. A bathroom should be a relaxing retreat, so a deep tub you can soak in is essential.

    And, if you want to give the room a coastal twist, tongue and groove cladding makes for a stylish backdrop – choose a moisture-resistant type if you’re using it as a splashback. Paint the cladding a calming blue grey and echo it with a jaunty striped blind. Then hang up nautical artwork and you’ll almost smell the sea breeze…

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    Autumn wreath

    by  • 28/09/2014 • Country craft • 1 Comment


    Autumn is knocking at the door so why not make a beautiful seasonal wreath to hang up at an entrance? As featured in our soon to be seen November issue, this wreath is created from colourful foliage and berries and brings a real sense of the season to a home.

    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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    Artist in residence: Fond farewell

    by  • 27/09/2014 • Artist in residence • 0 Comments

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    Here at Country Days, we’re all feeling that the seasons are changing. Cooler days, darker evenings and fading gardens are all hot on our lips. Artist in residence, Sarah Hough, was feeling the same when she drew this sketch of sunflowers from her home in Dorset. ‘As Summer slips slowly away,’ she says, ‘it feels like a long drawn out farewell with many fond memories.’ We couldn’t say it any better. Head over to Sarah’s blog and see more of her amazing seasonal pictures.
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    Picture perfect designs

    by  • 27/09/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Boeme fabrics on the Country Days blogDo you have a favourite view? Here at Country Days we love sharing cherished views from up and down the country. Talented artist and designer Jo Bound has captured a beautiful serene view in the Lake District, with her new Panorama fabric design at Boeme.

    Jo was inspired to paint her surroundings on a recent trip. She recreated the breathtaking views from her fine art prints by digitally printing them onto fabrics, as seen above made into a stunning bolster cushion – that’s sure to make a statement in any country home.

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    Celebrate Britain’s harvest

    by  • 26/09/2014 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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    This week saw in the autumn equinox, marking the end of a long summer and an abundant growing season. Traditionally a time for giving and sharing, communities across the UK are coming together to reap what they’ve sown and enjoy the fruits of their labours – head to one of our top three harvest festivals to join in the celebrations.

    Harvest Food and Drink Festival
    Eden Project, Cornwall, runs until 5 October
    Go along to Britain’s biggest greenhouse and enjoy a host of harvest activities including home brewing, apple pressing and corn dolly making. Every day at 1pm, the Cornish custom of ‘crying the neck’ will be performed, traditionally done to celebrate the cutting of the corn – don’t miss it!

    Harvest Festival and Harvest Home 
    Beamish Museum, Durham, 4-5 October
    A real ‘hands on’ event put on by this fantastic living museum as part of the Festival of Agriculture, a whole season celebrating the agricultural and rural heritage of North East England. There’ll be lots of culinary activity on their 1940’s farm as they get ready for the harvest supper displays and a short service is set to take place with traditional harvest hymns on the agenda.

    RHS London Harvest Festival Show
    Lindley Hall, London, 7 October
    Get ideas for making the best of autumn produce, as well as great advice for late summer gardening and growing fruit and vegetables. Plus, enjoy apple tasting, foraging and talks from a range of exciting food and drink exhibitors.

    To celebrate the great British tradition of preserving, lifestyle brand White Stuff is launching a ‘Top of the Pots’ campaign to find the most coveted jars of jam and chutney across the UK in order to raise £30,000 for the White Stuff Foundation. What are you waiting for? Dig out your favourite recipes and get involved – the winners will be featured in an exclusive recipe book sold for charity in the run up to Christmas. For all the details, click here.

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    Meet Anna Wright

    by  • 24/09/2014 • Country business, Country style • 2 Comments

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    Anna studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London to pursue a career in fashion and interiors. After a brief few years, she moved back to Scotland to set up on her own. Her delightful illustrations now adorn prints, cards, mugs and table mats – with more lovely collections in the pipeline!

    Where do you work?
    In the beautiful Pullens Yards in Kennington – they’re work spaces originally built for craftsmen in the Victorian era. Not much has changed since then which is wonderful.

    What inspires your designs? 
    Too much! Costume, flowers, gardens, people, culture, stories, animals… I get in a pickle trying to focus myself sometimes.

    What made you decide to set up your own business? 
    I always loved design, craft, colour and textiles, but I knew that to make a living out of my passion would be difficult. Luckily, people picked up on my drawings, and it has all evolved from there. Working with other people has always been important to me. As an artist your lifestyle can be very solitary, so setting up my own business has allowed me to meet and converse with other creative people on a daily basis.

    What’s your favourite view?
    There are many, but I love going home to my parents in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.  They live in a beautiful spot, there is something about the lie of the hills and the way the light falls on them that takes me to such a happy place. 

    Describe your creative style in three words. 
    Character-based, colourful and free.

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    Pastel perfection

    by  • 23/09/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

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    Blue seems to be everybody’s favourite colour – or certainly here on the Country Days team. So you can imagine how much we loved this gorgeous country kitchen in a pretty powder blue from British Standard by Plain English.

    Pastels are back on trend and we certainly fell for this new take in the kitchen.  Brown leather handles on the doors and drawers add a wonderfully rustic edge and team beautifully with the mellow wooden worktops.

    Going with the artisan feel, the weathered wood flooring is practical as well as beautiful so gets our vote every time.  And if you want to enhance the cottage feel, simply add a tongue and groove splash back for period charm.

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    Style up shelving

    by  • 21/09/2014 • Country craft • 1 Comment


    Add colour and character to plain shelving cupboards simply by adding some striking wallpaper. Pick your favourite design – we love this weave inspired pattern as featured in our October issue – and measure, cut and paste onto the back of the unit. Better still, this idea is easily updateable and can be changed to suit the season.

    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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