• Archive for February, 2017

    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Lagom inspired buys

    by  • 18/02/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Holly-3New year, new season, new Scandi lifestyle obsession! Hygge, take a cosy back seat – it’s all about Lagom now; Not too little, not too much. Just right. We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of considered and beautiful buys all inspired to help you create a balanced home that’s thoughtful and stylish minus the clutter…

    Take the Goldilocks approach and lay an effortlessly stylish table to bring simple enjoyment to every mealtime. This timeless Frayed Edge Linen Tablecloth col Warm White, £66, from Rowen & Wren (shown above), is relaxed in nature and naturally elegant in style. Spritz, press and spread to turn your dining table into a warm and welcoming station to dish up a healthy supper (whilst practising portion control of course)!

    Holly-2Take mindfulness and well-being to bed with high quality, pure and simple designs that (bed)spread restoring calm. This Everyday Luxury range of sumptuous bedlinen from Sainsbury’s, includes crisp white cotton layers with gorgeously subtle quilted detailing – it’s the perfect collection to drape beautifully and drift off in silky soft bliss. (Shown above): White Frill Cushion, £10; Provence 3D Embroidered Bed Linen Double (inc. pillowcases) £28; Luxury White Voile Quilted Bedspread, £35.

    Holly-1De-clutter and prepare for the ultimate spring clean with an organised utility room stocked with cleansing essentials. We love this Croft collection of storage must-haves from John Lewis, which showcases authenticity and craftsmanship through timeless, considered pieces in a natural dyes inspired palette. (Shown above): Croft Collection storage jars £10/£12/£14; Recycled jug £15; Oval wire basket £14; Knitted basket grey £22; Willow basket £30; Blakeney double towel cabinet light silver £275; Lovers knot doormat £30; Lambswool duster £15.

     

     

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    A touch of spring

    by  • 15/02/2017 • Country style • 1 Comment

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    Pave the way for spring with pops of yellow adding a cheery element to a scheme.

    We love the reclaimed feel of this pretty country bedroom with its vintage furniture and accessories, and beautiful mix and match fabrics. Gorgeous golden toiles are teamed with neutral checks and bird and leaf motif fabrics dotted with pops of yellow for a relaxed look with a rustic twist.

    The fabrics are all from the Forever Spring fabric collection in Buttercup colourway by iLiv and are inspired by British woodlands and nature. A gorgeous distressed bed adds timeworn charm and elegance, and is layered up with cushions in, from back to front, Gold Finch, Finch Toile and Padstow, with a throw in both Finch Toile and Padstow, creating a sumptuous effect.

    Floorlength curtains in Gold Finch add a whimsical touch, enhanced by blinds in Field Grasses, while stools in Padstow add to the informal feel.

    A trio of wall lights above the bed defines the area and creates plenty of lighting for bedtime reading, while a woodpanel effect ceiling makes a statement overhead.

     

     

     

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Valentine’s Day buys

    by  • 11/02/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Ready-5Let that special someone in your life know just how much they mean to you with a thoughtful, heartfelt gift or gesture…

    Fill these delightful Champagne Flutes (above), £33.50 for a set of two, from Sophie Conran, with bubbly bliss and enjoy a celebratory toast with your better half… Hand blown, making every one unique – these shapely glasses are a pleasure to hold and make the loveliest pairing to help celebrate special occasions…(Any excuse to crack open the fizz)!

    Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 17.54.31Flowers spread smiles, so brighten up your loved one’s day with a beautiful bunch of seasonal romance. If you’re hoping to wow with a delicate and wild combination with a twist, then look no further than Bloomon. Simply choose the size of bouquet you desire along with a lovely little soppy message, and wait for a friendly postman to deliver your brownie points!

    Ready-6Avoid any crazy commercial commotion and nestle down at home with a cosy, couple-y tea… This charmingly cute Couples Personalised Enamel Teapot and Pair of Matching Mugs, £67.50, from Sophia Victoria Joy, features pretty engraved initials inside a gorgeous heart design – it’s the sweetest simple and stylish set that promises to add sentimental charm to shared ‘take a break’s for years to come…

     

     

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    Vogue for vintage

    by  • 07/02/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Vintage furniture is an intrinsic way of introducing character and timeworn style to a scheme. And who doesn’t love a characterful piece, especially if you know the history behind it?

    We love the simple, lived-in feel of this country dining room with pre-loved pieces creating a rustic ambience.

    Every dining room needs storage for tablelinens, crockery, cutlery and glasses, and this scrubbed pine piece injects a farmhouse feel, in addition to its weathered charm. Combine with  a vintage table and chairs and dress with a pretty tablecloth in Cranbrook in charcoal and trimmed with Sackville Stripe in natural, both by Clarke & Clarke for an on-trend monochrome look.

    Give the scheme a modern edge with a soft grey backdrop and add definition by painting the picture rail a striking dark grey.

    Then add to the mix beautiful artisan ceramics for a stylish finishing touch.

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – marble inspired must-haves!

    by  • 04/02/2017 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    1Organic, natural and beautifully timeless – marvellous marble is refreshing home interiors this spring and can be seen on everything from chopping boards to wallpaper and soft accessories… We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of gleaming buys that merge this elegant material with just the right touch of modern day country chic…

    Add to your chopping board collection with these gorgeous hand finished Torri Marble Boards (shown above), £36 each, by Henry & Future at Notonthehighstreet.com. Hand finished with a unique colour contrast design, these shapely beauties are practically perfect to chop and prepare food, but also make fantastic serving platters – they’re the must-have striking dual function pick! Dimensions:Oval (dark grey and white marble): H1.5cm x L32cm x W23cm; Round rectangular (light grey and white marble): H1.5cm x L36cm x W15cm; Round rectangular (black and white marble): H1.5cm x L38cm x W18cm.

    2Lend an artisan feel to your home with these eye catching marble and ombre effect cushions (shown above) from Oliver Bonas. Fusing traditional techniques with contemporary design, these 100% crafted cotton colour pops have been hand-marbled and topped with hand painted gold foiling for a subtle midas touch – they’re the mix and match, utterly desirable collection that will scatter positivity in any room! Marble Cushions, £24 each; Velvet Ombre Cushions, £27 each; Metallic Splatter Cushions, £28 each. Dimensions: Rectangle W50 x H30cm; Square W45 x H45cm.

    3Compliment rustic with chic and opt for a hero furniture piece that combines unexpected natural materials. This lovely Hollyton Coffee Table (shown above), £1,200.00, from Anthropologie, features a beautiful fusion of honey hued oak and cool white marble – with an attractive ladder-style base, it’s the united mineral top pick to anchor any modern country living space . Dimensions: H40.6cm x W127cm x D63.5cm.

     

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