Brought to you by the makers of Country Homes & Interiors, we’re delighted to launch a series of evocative short films. My Country Business tells the stories of a new and savvy generation of country entrepreneurs – who do what they love and love what they do!
Lancashire textile company, Ian Mankin, has a world-renowned reputation for classic country tickings, stripes, checks and plains. This mini-movie reveals Managing Director David Collinge’s drive and passion for producing natural and organic British fabrics; the highs and lows of running the business day to day; and what living and working in the Lancashire countryside means to his quality of life and his family.
Love the ombre look? Bring it to the table with these easy-to-make napkins. Pastel shades make for dreamy place settings, perfect for garden parties and summer get-togethers.
To make, put on rubber gloves and fill a plastic bucket with warm water. Mix in fabric dye according to manufacturer instructions. Wet a white linen napkin using warm water, then dip the bottom third into the dye, draping the rest over the side of the bucket. Leave for around 30-45 minutes. Lower a further third into the dye and leave this for half the time. Repeat this process again until you’re happy with the ombre effect. Carefully remove, rinse and leave to dry. Tie with natural twine for a rustic finish.
This week we’re feeling all nostalgic for homebaked goods fresh from the country kitchen oven. The sunshine season has offered up a pretty pastel palette of bakeware and accessories, so we thought it only polite to don our aprons, do our grandmothers proud and get those cakes rising!
Watch our latest The Country Decorator video to share our round up of blissful baking accessories…
As any keen baker will know, preparation is the key ingredient to a successful bake. The stylish and practical enamel measuring cups from West Elm would make baking any batch a pinch of salt! Hang these powder-coated steel cuties from a utensil rack for a sprinkle of decorative rustic charm…
Ensure a heavenly bake with quintessentially English country design. The aptly named Baking Bliss measuring jug from Royal Albert features ice cream pastel colours as well as the trademark company rose. Measure and mix to your heart’s content in this porcelain jug-come-mixing bowl and save on washing-up!
‘Nothing says home like the smell of baking’… George Home’s sunset mixing bowl has certainly alerted our senses! As part of the Homespun collection in collaboration with The Prince’s Trust, this chirpy yellow mixing bowl has scalloped detailing, bringing a vintage feel to your country kitchen – plus 10% of proceeds will be donated to the children’s charity.
With such calming sorbet-pretty accessories to hand, there’s nothing for it but to get blissfully baking!
Celebrate traditional crafts and the people who make them with a tour around a countryside pottery where you can see skilled potters at work creating original ceramic pieces for the home and garden. Take time to browse the studios where you can source bespoke gifts for family and friends, or book a workshop and try your hand at the potter’s wheel…
Stripes are big news in fashion, and big news in country interiors too…. and we just can’t get enough of them here at Country Days! Timeless and classic, stripes can lift a scheme and, if used in a playful way, will add a fun touch. They’re the perfect pattern for making a statement without being overpowering.
We love this cool country dining room because it’s a masterclass in mixing and matching stripes, from bold and broad to stylish and subtle (the gorgeous fabrics shown are all from Ian Mankin).
With summer upon us, a blue and white stripe is the classic pattern for evoking blissful sun-drenched days. Here, a bold horizontal striped tablecloth gives the impression of elongating the table, as well introducing a coastal edge to the scheme. Teaming it with red seat cushions packs a punch and makes meal times just that bit more comfy. Meanwhile, floor-length striped curtains give the illusion that the room is taller than it is, while the subtle blue and red hues pull the look together.
Keep the scheme summery and on-trend with white retro chairs and statement vintage pendants – make sure you hang the lights low over the table for maximum impact.
Some people love it…some people hate it. Here at Country Days, we definitely sit in the former camp! What about you?
Frothy and lacy, this pretty wildflower grows in abundance along country lanes right now. Also known as Queen Anne’s Lace, the umbrella-like blooms bob and sway in all their white loveliness throughout June. Despite being criticised for swamping other native species, cow parsley, along with oxeye daisies, has been used extensively to revitalise roadside verges to great effect. You can take inspiration by growing your own prairie style or in shady spots in your own back yard. Or, as we do, pick the towering stems when out for a walk and arrange in enamel jugs on garden tables.