• Archive for January, 2017

    Natural Beauty

    by  • 31/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments


    Texture adds another layer of interest to a scheme and here’s a timeless country living room that has it in oodles.

    We love the beautiful rustic backdrop of this room with its exposed stonework and ancient beams. And it’s the perfect setting for a cosy living area that will see you through winter.

    There’s a definite trend for sofas that combine the mellow tones of leather with soft-to-the-touch fabric, and this gorgeous Wallace corner sofa from Alexander & James comes in a warm Indiana Tan leather with a soft Breton checked woollen fabric. An antique-effect studding detail adds a classic finishing touch.

    Team with a William Plaid Romance footstool and matching cushions for a twist of Highland chic, and layer up the sofa with Luxe Cool Earth grey velvet cushions and Poole Mocha herringbone cushions, along with chic leather cushions,  for a toasty feel. (All from Alexander & James)

    Add in characterful pieces such as a vintage stool and big up the texture with wicker furniture and seagrass accessories.

    And don’t forget to place some snuggly throws close at hand to keep those winter chills at bay.


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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – stay in bed buys

    by  • 28/01/2017 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Ready-NOTHIn this bitterly biting winter linger, there’s no place more blissful to be than in the toasty comfort of your own bed… This weekend we implore you to let tiredness win the pillow fight, and settle for a bed-cation with our round up of luxuriously lazy must-haves…

    Enjoy dippy egg and soldiers in bed served in the cutest, mini bed! We adore this Personalised Breakfast In Bed Egg Cup, £20, by Auntie Mims at Notonthehighstreet.com, which cleverly includes a space to rest a little teaspoon and a hole at the foot end to pop in a pretty flower touch. Arriving flat-packed, this nifty little number only takes approximately 25 seconds to construct, and can be engraved with hearts, flowers or your choice of thoughtful wording – it’s the ‘egg’stra special pick to ensure sunny side up smiles.

    Ready-White-CoJust like your favourite snuggly jumper, this stylish knitted Chartwell Throw, from £40 at The White Company, features a lovely ribbed hem and decorative chunky knit detailing. Made from a fluffy cloud soft lambswool blend, it’s the perfect layer to pile on with a nest of squidgy scatter cushions and nestle down into for the duration…

    Ready-Susie-LeeProlong the lie-in and block out morning daylight with this gorgeous Blue & Pink Sleep Mask-Knit & Liberty Print, £16.00, from Suzie Lee Knitwear. Lined with padding to ensure total comfort, it’s just the thing to help you drift off and dream sweetly…zzz…










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    Cosy moment

    by  • 24/01/2017 • Country style • 1 Comment


    Feel like hibernating at the moment? This toasty country bedroom with its Scandi edge makes duvet days an even more attractive proposition.

    At its heart is a classic country-style bed. You can’t go wrong with a painted cream design such as this – square panels and oak details ensure a pared-back, rustic staple that won’t date and will fit into a variety of different schemes. Enhance the country feel by teaming with a classic chest of drawers with seagrass baskets and a nest of tables by the bedside.

    Make the look super cosy by layering up with smart checked and striped bedlinen in a soothing neutral palette and add in furry cushions and throws for a touch of Scandi style. Don’t forget a sheepskin rug underfoot for extra cosiness. Then finish off with a few candles for a  warming glow.

    (Henley bed, Sidmouth sideboard, Sidmouth nest of tables, Fjord double duvet set; all Dunelm)

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – pretty pom pom picks

    by  • 21/01/2017 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Ready _IzziPlayful, pretty and full of personality – we all love a happy-go-lucky pom pom detail. We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of trim lovelies just because… They never fail to raise a smile, (anything to help us through the January Blues)!

    Dream team alert! Excitedly we can report that the amazingly talented Izzi Rainey has collaborated with fellow Norfolk designer Curzon and Co to create this MUST HAVE Black Dandelion Stool, £200 (shown above). This bespoke beech beauty features a bright and contemporary print with jazzy pom pom detailing – it’s just the thing to add eye catching cheer to any countryside kitchen. Seat height 76.5 x base size 33.5 x 33.5 x seat diameter 35cm. Alternative design available.


    For a ‘grown-up’ pom pom hit, this chic Contrast Bobble Edge Cushion, £30, by Nomadic Being at Notonthehighstreet.com, is the trendiest top trim mono pick! Made in Cheshire from 100% snuggly cotton – we recommend piling on the entire country neutrals collection (as shown above), to add subtle character and tactility to any perch in need of a little love and attention. 30 x 50cm.


    Hide and seek clutter and make a bold statement with storage! These ab fab French inspired Colour Wrap Pom Pom Baskets, £28 each, from Bohemia (shown above), are handwoven from palm leaf with a natural sisal cord handle wrapped in soft wool – you can even pop one on your arm to jolly along trips to the local farmer’s market. H27 x W44cm.


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    The comfort factor

    by  • 17/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    On chilly winter’s days, we just want to hibernate with warm comforting fabrics and decorate with pops of colour to brighten things up. And here’s a cosy country living room that combines toasty woollen fabrics and bursts of this season’s must-have mustard to give a lift to the ever-popular grey palette.

    Oriental-inspired rustic wallpaper creates an eyecatching feature wall that is enhanced with a layered window treatment. Cosy woollen curtains (in Naturally Deepdale in Ivory) and stunning checked woollen Roman blinds (in Naturally Hawes fabric in Natural) are sure to keep draughts at bay.

    Make the hero piece of the room a stylish sofa – this one is upholstered in a checked plaid-like woollen fabric (Naturally Thorpe in Taupe) for a nod to Highlands style, while plain seats in Naturally Deepdale fabric in Mushroom add a calming touch. Then introduce a Geometric Multiblock throw and cushions in Mustard for that extra dash of pizzazz.

    Industrial elements such as the floorlamp and metal trunk table give a modern country twist, while more traditional country elements such as mellow wooden furniture and flooring is used to ground the scheme.

    A clever tip is to use a large mirror propped against the wall to reflect light back into the room and make it appear more spacious.

    (All fabrics by Abraham Moon, cushions and throw by Bronte by Moon)

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    Winter wonderland

    by  • 10/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Create your very own winter wonderland in a country bedroom with a wealth of the softest silvery greys and snowy whites that complement the first snowdrops.

    Here, a beautiful rustic backdrop of exposed stone and weathered wood sets the scene for crisp whites to sing out, with floral cushions and a stunning patchwork quilt incorporating florals (Burford quilt and Burford cushion covers from The White Company) hinting at spring to come.

    The focal point is the Suffolk bed (from The White Company), which combines a curved and winged headboard for an elegant country feel, and is shown here in a linen union woven in Lancashire by the suppliers of Ian Mankin textiles.

    Give the scheme a contemporary edge with a cube side table and add to the mix a chic oak bench at the foot of the bed for handy storage, then soften stone flooring with a kilim rug in a soothing soft grey. (Cube side table, ceramic bottle lamp, oak bench, Pimlico bedlinen and Kew Kilim rug all The White Company).

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    Wind a woolly heart decoration

    by  • 08/01/2017 • Country craft • 0 Comments


    While away a winter evening by using wool oddments and remnants to make country-style heart decorations, a tactile addition to table settings.

    Begin by cutting heart shapes from a sheet of thick card – our hearts measured about 5cm across. Next, start winding wool around the heart shape, taking care to catch the end as you wind the wool to secure. Continue to wind the wool until the whole card is covered and you have achieved a generously padded look. Snip and tuck the wool end into the back of the decoration by pushing in with a bodkin.

    If desired, you can add an extra element by winding a few more loops of wool in a contrasting colour around the decoration, tucking in the loose ends as before. We used the hearts to create napkin ties by stitching on to string with a sprig of rosemary.

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    Meet Nathalie Bond

    by  • 04/01/2017 • Country business • 0 Comments


    Our resolution for the year ahead is to be more mindful of our health, happiness and wellbeing, and what better way to start than by discovering more about all-natural skincare and candle brand Nathalie Bond Organics.

    How did your business come about, Nathalie?
    When I fell pregnant with my first born, Alfie, I became really aware of the concerns around the various chemicals contained in beauty products and candles. As an avid candle burner, I was intent on finding a solution! Andy, my business partner and husband, suggested that we try making our own organic range of candles, and so began our journey.

    Where are you based?
    In the beautiful peak district, Sheffield to be exact. Our business operates from home, we have a workshop and a garden office at present.

    Describe the design and making process.
    All our products are produced by hand from start to finish using 100% natural and organic ingredients that are not only effective, but pretty good for the planet too. Our cold processed soaps are the lengthiest product to make; the curing process can take up to six weeks!

    Do you have a favourite product?
    I love our Peppermint & Eucalyptus scrub, it’s so invigorating and fresh. It’s particularly great for skin as it exfoliates and moisturises at the same time.

    What’s next for you?
    The whole premise behind our brand is stripped back beauty and fragrance so we’ll never be a company that offers hundreds of products, but we’re planning some additions to the range for the New Year. Watch this space!

    Did you make a New Year’s resolution?
    To work saner hours!

    Sum up your creative style in three words.
    Colourful, homely and quirky.

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