• Archive for July, 2016

    Coastal chic

    by  • 05/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    nautical bedroom

    Oh we do like to be beside the seaside… and here’s a coastal-inspired bedroom that really makes us feel as if we’re on holiday!

    Classic white furniture paves the way for an East Coast look. We love the gorgeous handpainted bed with its panelled head and footboard, and dressing the bed in subtle striped bedlinen gives a modern edge to a maritime classic, while toning throws and blankets are ideal for keeping chills at bay. Pop a matching blanket box at the end of the bed for handy storage of bedlinen.

    Stripes are a key ingredient of the nautical look, so create a stylish window treatment with a Roman blind that combines ticking stripes and plain fabric for an informal feel.

    Walls painted in the softest hue of blue create an ever-so-subtle backdrop. Hang up a seascape canvas to add a focal point to plain walls and bring back happy holiday memories.

    Make sure you keep it simple underfoot for a beach hut feel with limewashed wooden flooring broken up with a jute rug and a pretty pale sea blue design. (Furniture from the Devon range, Newport Stripe Seaspray bedlinen, Dylan duck egg throw, Pale Seaspray paint, lighting, Lewes Seaspray and Shepton Natural rugs and Bay canvas, all Laura Ashley).


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    30 Country Style Icons: the throw

    by  • 03/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country Homes & Interiors is 30 this year! In celebration, we’ve picked 30 of our all-time favourite design classics that have stood the test of time, thanks to their real sense of history, craftsmanship and purpose, to share with you over the coming weeks.

    17 The throw 
    A good blanket or throw is a country essential for layering textures and patterns onto sofas and beds, and for snuggling into when there’s a chill in the air. We Brits have a long heritage of weaving wool so you will find classic herringbones and checks, as well as the bold tapestry designs from the Welsh mills. Find vintage Welsh blankets at Jane Beck or buy British from companies such as Solway Blankets and The British Blanket Company – this dusky pink beehive throw (above, £58) is our favourite for adding a pop of colour and cosiness all year round.

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    Display and dry fragrant herbs

    by  • 03/07/2016 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Ready_craftBring the scents of summer into your home with this easy-to-make perfumed wreath. Not only does it smell divine, it looks lovely strung up in country rooms – particularly with rustic hessian ribbons woven through.

    Collect herbs early in the morning, just after the dew burns off, as this is when the oils are most potent. Leave long stems and group into even bundles. Tie with twine, then secure into place onto a wreath (we got ours from D Byford & Sons), hanging each bundle an equal distance apart. Hang the whole wreath with plaited twine or rope tied to four sides.

    Try adding scented oils to enhance the fragrance of herbs, flowers and fruit – blend different oils, such as orange and geranium for a summery scent, or lavender and lemongrass for an uplifting aroma.

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – strawberry inspired must-haves for summer

    by  • 02/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Ready_Thornback & PeelHappy July all and hello summer (apparently)! There’s nothing more quintessentially British than Wimbledon, country fairs and punnet loads of ripe, juicy strawberries. On this fruity note, we’ve rounded-up an edit of berrylicious buys – almost good enough to nibble!

    Pick your own and celebrate sunny days and Wimbledon with this delightful Strawberry print collection from Thornback & Peel. Featuring a bright and fun repeat pattern of plump berries screen-printed on a selection of home ware and accessories – it’s the perfect best of British collection to encapsulate a whimsical summertime in the country home. (Shown above): Strawberry Tote Bag, £20; Strawberry Napkin, £11.50 each.

    Ready_Creative TopsEnjoy afternoon cream tea with china that captures the essence of rural elegance and classic English nostalgia. This delicate Strawberry Fayre design from Creative Tops, is illustrated with pretty strawberry plants and flowers, bursting with lush greens and rich reds – it’s the match made in heaven set to compliment dollops of sweet home made jam! (Shown above): Kew Gardens Strawberry Fayre Tea Cup and Saucer, £15; Side Plate, £30 for set of 4; Tea Pot, £23; High Tea Gift Set, £15.
    Ready_NOTHSMake first impressions count with this smile inducing Strawberry hand illustrated gift wrap, £3.99 for two sheets, by Stephanie Cole Design at Notonthehighstreet.com. Printed in the UK on recycled paper with a matte finish using vegetable ink – it’s the loveliest wrap-around essential for all occasions. (Matching greeting card available).

    Whether you’re watching the singles or doubles, or ‘serving’ up lashings of single or double cream, strawberries have never looked so stylish and tasted so sweet!

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    Visit a coastal inn

    by  • 01/07/2016 • Country food, Country moment • 0 Comments

    BLOG-IMAGETheAnchorInn7Whatever the weather, there’s surely no better feeling than a beachside stroll or cliff-top walk that leads to a cosy welcoming inn. We’ve rounded up three of our favourite pubs for a rest with a view by the seashore…

    The Anchor Inn, Dorset
    Set in the perfect spot, smack-bang on the coastal path below Golden Cap, the Anchor is a thriving, lively inn near Bridport. A sun terrace and gardens overlook the pebbly beach, while interiors evoke driftwood and nautical cosiness. If you’ve built up an appetite, head chef Jean-Paul De Ronne offers hearty menus featuring locally sourced produce. Tuck in to crab sandwiches or a feast of seafood washed down with wine or a pint of Palmers. The setting is hard to leave so you may wish to stay overnight, there are three bedrooms with king-size beds and rustic chic style, plus nautical touches from rope buoys and trunk-style tables to vintage taps for coat hooks. Bathrooms feature roll-top baths, walk-in showers, fluffy white towels and beautiful bath products.

    The White Horse Inn, Norfolk
    Spectacular views of Norfolk’s coast provide a breathtaking accompaniment to the award-winning food this pub has to offer. Seasonal ingredients celebrate local producers, from fresh fish including crab, lobster and oysters to delicious locally grown asparagus. It’s the perfect place for foodies! Dine indoors or head for the terrace where a roofed area and sheltered canopy give a nod to the British weather, and there’s heating for cooler evenings to create a relaxed, social environment. The interiors offer contemporary chic elegance throughout the stylish bedrooms and welcoming dining areas.

    The Mayflower, Hampshire
    Newly refurbished, this picturesque pub offers spectacular coastal views, elegant rooms and an exciting contemporary menu. Located in the Georgian town of Lymington, famed for its sailing, The Mayflower Pub acts as a great place for both locals and tourists to return to after an exploration of the beautiful surroundings of the town and the New Forest on its doorstep. Enjoy a wide variety of activities from idyllic country walks to sailing activities, before relaxing in one of the stylish pub rooms overlooking the coast. There are six bedrooms with a sailing theme, while the bar and dining area offer contemporary style and exciting menus featuring locally-sourced ingredients in classic dishes with a contemporary twist. Try a taste of summer with lobster macaroni or paprika smoked chicken escalope, and finish with tangy lemon and cinnamon panna cotta.

    These are some of our favourite inns, where is your favourite coastal pub? We would love to hear more…

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    2016 My Country Business Awards. Winners announced!

    by  • 01/07/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

    2016 My Country Business awards winnerWe are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 My Country Business Awards in association with notonthehighstreet.com. The calibre of our shortlist was extremely high this year and we had a tough time selecting only one winner per category.

    The judges were Sally Bendelow of notonthehighstreet.com, Sophie Allport of Sophie Allport, Melanie Adams of wallpaperdirect.com, Anna Rigby of John Lewis, Dan Rusga of Yeo Valley, Lucy Lomas of River Cottage HQ and Rhoda Parry, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors.

    The winners are:

    Emerging Creative Talent Award

    Jasmine Linington for her bespoke and unique textiles inspired by the beautiful colours and textures of the seashore.

    Home Accessory Crafters and Makers

    Lauren Aston Designs for her amazing chunky knitted throws, cushions and lampshades.

    Fabric, Furniture and Wallpaper Designers

    Petronella Hall for her wow-factor wallpaper and fabric designs.


    Midgley Green for its unique online offering of small batch makers who produce playful, design-led pieces for the home.

    Food Producers

    Cupsmith for its freshly roasted speciality coffees that have been specifically developed to be drunk at home every day.

    Hospitality and Leisure

    The Running Fox Artisan Bakery and Cafe – a really welcoming artisan bakery and café in the pretty Northumberland village of Felton.

    The winners receive…

    • Three mentoring sessions with the category judge.

    • Coverage in Country Homes & Interiors.

    • Plus a Bonus Prize! Our partner, Photographer Lyndsey James, is offering you a free place on her Photocraft® Photography & Styling e-course running from 12th September 2016 – 26th February 2017.

    Read the full story in our October issue on sale 1 September!

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