• The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – bright spark bonfire buys

    by  • 05/11/2016 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    ready_gtRemember, remember the 5th November and get Bonfire ready with this week’s round-up of whiz, fizz and bang buys..!

     Enjoy a cosy garden gathering after the sun sets with a firecracker focal point to welcome and warm. This Large Foscot Fire Pit, £175, from Garden Trading (shown above), is crafted in a heavy gauge raw steel which will mature to a lovely full-of-character rusty patina over time. With two practical carry handles and four sturdy leg foundations – it’s the pop-on pick to load up with freshly cut logs and ignite that wow factor! Serve up piping hot chocs in this gorgeous Charcoal Enamel Coffee Pot and Mugs Set, £60, also from Garden Trading, for the cosiest of touches.

    ready_rubyedPrevent numb fingers and let the sparkler battles commence with the ultimate hand toasties. We adore these super soft Oyster Knit Mittens, £32, from Ruby + Ed (shown above). Gorgeously subtle in a beige hue with an opulent faux fur trim – they’re the essential pocket rocket pick to keep your manicure in check and circulation a-boost! One size fits all.

    ready_tartan-blanket-coLead the bang-on-trend mixed metallics pathway and guide guests through the dark with these beautiful Aloma Lanterns, £14 each, from The Tartan Blanket Co (shown above). Lovingly timeless and Fair Trade in nature, these handmade little light up cuties can be scattered at any level or hung from tree branches to create atmospheric displays flickering with moreish molten moments. 10.5×7.5cm, available in brass, zinc, and copper.

     Crisp air, dark night, cockle warming fire ablaze and bright stars – oh how we wish some nights could last forever… Wrap up warm and stay safe all!


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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – spooktacular Halloween buys

    by  • 29/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    ready_rockettFeeling devilish..? With the shiver of Halloween lurking on Monday, it’s a ripe opportunity to bring Autumnal colours and spirit indoors… We’ve rounded up a dangerously fun edit of Halloween-inspired buys to fright and delight all night..!

    Resurrect party spirit with an eye-popping seasonal display that screams fun! We absolutely love these quirky Pumpkin Decorations (shown above), from £11.50, at Rockett St George… Featuring a variety of metallic patterns and colours in different sizes, they’re the patch-perfect pick to place at staggered heights for details of humorous style!

    ready_besselink-jonesAdd a ghostly touch of Gothic to your home by grouping lanterns to create a fright night of flickering flames. These simple but oh so effective Storm Lamps (shown above), from £89, at Besselink & Jones, are just the thing to illuminate and alarm party guests! We recommend using dark pillar candles for added dramatic effect. Shown above: Large Square Storm Light, Distressed Brass; Mini Storm Light, Silver; Simple Storm Light, Distressed Brass.

    ready_sainsTransform your home into a haunted house of horrors with Sainsbury’s largest ever selection of ghoulish and spooky room decorations. To be enjoyed by all ages, this vast collection of spine-tinglers promises to set the ultimate party back drop/crime scene with an antiquated twist. Shown above: Skull Goblet, £3; Silver Stud Skull Large, £15; Skull Mug, £3; Buried Alive Skeleton, £10; Hanging Skeleton Mummy, £3.50; Black Spider, £1; Cobweb Black, £3; Tombstone, £5; Black Candelabra, £15; Black Tinsel Cat, £5; Light Up Bucket, £6.



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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – layers of loveliness

    by  • 22/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    ready_linen-storeBrrr it’s chilly! It’s definitely time to delve into the armoire and bring out the heavy tog duvet. This week, we’ve rounded-up the most dreamy (pun intended) of new season bedlinen layers to ensure you have the cosiest, cuddliest and loveliest of hibernating weekends…

    Mix and match autumnal tones in beautiful textures to ensure the ultimate night’s rest and relaxation. This 100% Washed Cotton Percale Aubergine/Duck Egg Bedding, £65 for a double duvet, from Secret Linen Store, is woven and dyed with a 200 thread count, and tumbled and laundered to create the softest feather like finish – it’s the perfect set for early nights and lazy Sunday snoozing…

    ready_cloth-clayAdd a touch of Danish ‘hyggelig’ ambience in the bedroom with premium quality bedlinen in calming tones. This new Nordic Nights Sayen Cotton Digital Printed Bedding Set, from £120 for a double set, from Cloth & Clay, is inspired by the serene and beauty of the Nordic landscape in deep winter. Each 100% cotton, 300 thread count set comes complete with a duvet cover and pillowcases – it’s just the thing to make the pleasure of a simple lie-in feel extra special and guilt-free.

    ready_bedeckDress your head-down-feet-up haven in timeless charm. Composed of 100% cotton percale and boasting a 300 thread count, this gorgeous Tile Blush Pink Bedding, £85 for a double duvet cover, by Murmur at Bedeck, features a dusky geometric design on a crisp white background. Inspired by the simplicity of Scandi decor – the soft neutral tones and nod to a more intricate texture, promise to bring a calming and stylish edge to your bedroom.

    Layering up is the key philosophy – so pile on the cushions and throws in abundance and create the toastiest retreat from cold evenings. Sweet dreams all…


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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – creature comfort treats

    by  • 15/10/2016 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    cosy_cuddly-2As the nights draw in and temperatures begin to plummet we’re suddenly craving all things cuddly and homely. Hibernating silver linings on cue, in this week’s shortlist we’ve rounded up a trio of creature comfort items inspired to help us all relax and be happy – because when it comes down to the boil, it’s the little things that make us smile…

    For indulgent pleasure, turn a corner of your snug into a blissful haven with a super squishy and cosy cushion-come-chair. This 100% Sheepskin Beanbag, £785, from Celtic & Co, is generously sized making it the ultimate soft landing pad to sink into after a tiring day clucking around here there and everywhere. Made in Great Britain and filled with fire-retardant beans in an internal net lining – the only danger is that you’ll never want to get back up! D109 x H55cm approx.

    cosy_cuddly-1Hit the sweet-tooth spot and warm up from the inside out with a cuddle-in-a-cup hot chocolate served up in a must-have cup. This Natural Canvas Textured Large Mug, £14, from Denby, features a warm, neutral hue and subtle Chevron pattern inspired by the brand’s iconic seventies range of the same name. Handcrafted in England from high quality, locally sourced clay and expertly glazed to prevent chipping and enhance durability – it’s the loveliest addition to any teatime break, with a capacity of 300ml to allow for the full works toppings! D9 x H9.5cm.

    cosy_cuddly-3Go on and spoil yourself rotten with a real hottie on your arm! We think this Cashmere Hug A Hottie Hot Water Bottle, £89, by Plum & Ivory at Notonthehighstreet.com, is pure genius. Luxuriously snuggable on a cold day, this extra thoughtful little number includes a pocket for you to put your hands in – it’s the essential improved design on the conventional that promises to get you through any down and gloomy day. 33 x 21cm, available in dark melange grey, dove, winter white/cream and amethyst pink.

    With such soul warming delights to help us retreat and rest in style – the short days and long nights are looking ever more appealing and blissful…

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – heart warming aga must-haves

    by  • 08/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    ready_agaBrrr… It’s getting chilly outside, so warm your cockles over the stove with these toasty aga friendly buys…

    Turn over an autumnal leaf or two with timeless designs on kitchen linens. This quintessentially British pheasant design has enduring appeal and features hand drawn game in watercolour on a subtle grey dyed terry cloth – it’s the must have collection that offers excellent insulation for comfort cooking marathons. Shown above: Double Oven Glove, £28; Gauntlet, £24; Pot Grab, £15; Teatowel, £10; Chef’s Pad, £15. 100% cotton terry insulation & 100% linen print, all from the Aga Cookshop.

    ready_gtEnsure the perfect cuppa everytime and warm up before heading out into the ‘nip’ with a charming stove-top kettle. This stunning and practical Enamel Stove Kettle in Charcoal, £32, from Garden trading, is suitable for gas hobs as well as lovely big farmhouse ranges. Delightfully nostalgic but with clean lines and bold colouring, it looks just as perfect in a country kitchen or a modern townhouse.

    ready_sophieEvery kitchen needs a practical towel to hang on the aga, range or cooker rail. We love this cute Highland Stag Roller Hand Towel, £10.00, from Sophie Allport. Featuring a lovely country design of some magnificent beasties on a slate teal coloured background, this hard wearing and absorbant beauty is velcro fastened to stay in place – it’s the perfect pick for drying soap sudded sink hands!





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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Denim Drift buys

    by  • 01/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    ready_coxTrend alert for all of you forward-thinking savvy lovelies! Excitingly, Dulux has announced ‘Denim Drift’ as the must-have colour of 2017. Inspired by embracing the simple things that really matter in life – family and friends, work-life balance and connecting with the world around us – this timeless and versatile blue palette is the perfect pick to breathe calm and positivity into your interior. We’ve selected our favourite pieces to inspire this scheme…

    Display a gorgeous vignette of textured vases and favourite flowers to share moments of happy around the home… This perfectly formed Dipped Concrete Vase (above), £14.50, from Cox & Cox, is made from clay with a textured on-trend concrete effect dark grey finish and soft blue glazed base. Stand alone or group similar toned vessels in different shapes and heights to bring a touch of rustic modernity to any room.

    denim_readyRejuvenate your living room in the simplest way by layering your sofa and chairs with beautifully tactile soft furnishings in misty sky layers. Add a subtle dose of shimmer and sparkle to the mix with this Metallic Knit Throw, £64.95; and Grey with Gold Fleck Cushion (above), £25.00, both from The Ginger Pear. Finished with metallic drizzles, these soft and cuddly accessories are the ultimate ‘silver lining’ to perk up any lack-lustre seating arrangement.

    bronte_readyFor a quick fix, update tired furniture and upcycle with striking upholstery in versatile blue and grey hues. This collaboration Wood Bros Arncliffe Armchair upholstered in Huntingtower fabric in Celestial (above), £819, from Moon, is the ultimate handmade beauty hero piece – place it among your existing plain Janes for a pattern pop that any visitor will be only too pleased to perch upon!

    Whether you prefer inky indigos, or faded denims – dream up the ideal restoring scheme with these true blues…



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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Indian summer outdoor buys

    by  • 24/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    ready_urbanaraDark evenings are tip-toeing in and we can’t deny the sudden nip in the air brrr… With the hum of autumn upon the horizon, now’s the time to embrace the last of the just-about-lingering evenings and celebrate the calm before the storm of Indian summer bliss… We’ve rounded up an inspired edit of turning-of-the-leaf buys that promise to woo soiree goers long into the night…

    Enjoy fresh-air evenings and stay warm with Urbanara’s on-trend wrap-around textiles in rich hues. Set the scene with luxuriously tactile scatter cushions and lovely cosy layers for late-stayers… Shown above: Carlet Mohair Blanket, £129; Carmona Mohair Blanket, £149; Uyuni Cashmere Blanket, £209; Alashan Cushion, cashmere, £69; Middle & right: Uyuni Cushion, cashmere, £59; Rimo Rug, from £169.

    ready_outthereintsSit back under the stars and let yourself be transfixed by dancing candlelight as any stresses from the day fade far, far away… These wonderfully quirky Colourful Candlesticks, £60 for a pair, from Out There Interiors (above), combine bright bases with complementary glass centres, separated by vintage brass metal work – they’re the perfect mix and match collection to display on a rustic table for an eclectic centrepiece with a touch of the exotic.

    ready_coxSet the scene and add character and warmth to your garden or terrace with ambient lighting. These fabulous Festoon Lights, £45, from Cox & Cox (above), are wonderfully simple but oh-so effective – simply drape in relaxed swags for romantic illumination after the sun goes down… If you’re feeling extravagant, then buddy up your scheme with this clever Elsa Outdoor Floor Lamp, £100, also from Cox & Cox (above) – lit or unlit, this scallop detailed hero piece will add an enchanted feature to your al fresco space.

    With such heart-warming buys to spice up the seasonal turn – extended evenings of outdoors leisure long may you continue..!




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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – copper kitchenware must-haves

    by  • 17/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    ready_sainsShoppers ahoy! This week our inner magpie has been summoned by the bright and shiny delights of new season copper kitchenware. If you’re mad for metallics and fancy a turning-of-a-new-leaf country kitchen update, then ‘copper’ load of this…

    Celebrate molten moments with warm shimmering accessories to update your work stations with pops of understated luxury. We’re loving Sainsbury’s new Copper Cookshop range – perfect for rustic settings, this extensive collection is super high-quality, durable and stylish. Mix and match metallic details with organic materials such as wood and glass for a country-chic look full of character. Shown above: Copper accessories, from £4. Visit the Sainsbury’s website to view the full collection.

    ready_pooky-2Cook with bright delight beneath grouped shiny pendant lighting to create a beautiful focal point that zones a multi-tasking area. Pooky’s absolutely stunning collection of copper designs are perfect for suspending at staggered heights above an island unit or table – switch on for a stylish alternative to strip and spot lights! Shown above: Thea Copper Pendant, £105; Coolie Hat Large Copper Pendant, £58; Dexter Large Copper Pendant, £95.

    ready_anthroBake with precision thanks to these oh-so-pretty, San Telmo Measuring Cups (above), £34 for a set of four, from Anthropologie. These mixed metallic lovelies feature etched copper bodies and elegant brass handles – they’re the must-have bake-off addition that you can hang decoratively from the dresser when not in use.

    Turn up the heat in the kitchen and shine divine with this seasons hottest trend!



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    The Country Decorator’s Shopping Shortlist – Desk lamps

    by  • 10/09/2016 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    ready_pookyShine a light on style this September and switch on for late-summer organisation with a functional and beautiful task light to power you through. We’ve rounded up a charming trio of desktop lovelies to (literally) light up your home office and motivate the back-to-school, head-down and strive-on mentality…

    Make tackling the paperwork mountain a breeze with the friendly casting glow from a beautifully designed reading companion. This super stylish Descartes Desk Light, £190, from Pooky (above), has curves in all the right places! Finished in a beautiful antiqued silver with a three core twisted silk flex in olive green – it’s just the thing to aid study and improve scholarship! H55 x D14cm, E-27.

    ready_loafLighten up your workload with an industrious desk lamp courtesy of Loaf (above). This brand new Moonshot in White Lamp, £125, is an absolute design classic must-have! Featuring brass details and a bang-on-trend marble base – it’s just the thing to bring light bulb moments of inspiration to admin duties. H54 x W22cm. Arriving at the end of September, order now so you don’t miss out!

    ready_beryluneSwitch on the fun factor with a colour pop design to wake you up! This fabulous mood-enhancing Task Lamp, £72.95, from Berylune (above), is the perfect pick to shine a light on style. Available in a matt colour-coated choice of French Blue, Swedish Green, Tangerine Orange, English Mustard, or Concrete Grey – this functional model details brushed metal fixtures and a handle cable switch. 17.8 x 38 x 45.7cm.

    Burgeoning workloads and hectic schedules as standard, these illuminated beauties promise to provide light at the end of the tunnel… Study time just got a whole lot better!


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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – outdoor textile buys

    by  • 03/09/2016 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Ready_NeptuneGranted, your potted plants are looking glorious in all of their petalled blowsiness, but why let nature take all of the credit in the al fresco style stakes?! In the spirit of outdoor living, reward your gardening efforts and pop in a few home comfort details so that you can entertain at ease or simply kick back and enjoy. We’ve rounded-up a delectable trio of soft furnishing designs all crafted to withstand the wear and tear of our beloved temperamental British elements while adding relaxed tactile details and accents of pattern and colour to compliment your flourishing landscape.

    Bring a touch of indoor luxury outside and make seating extra comfy with a gorgeous spread of squidgy cushions! Using savvy, waterproof fabric and fillings, Neptune’s versatile collection of chic cushions will complement any dining bench or wicker sofa – mix and match grainy plains with smart stripes to make the dream of relaxed summer living a reality. Cushions featured above: Sheringham Morston Stripe; Sheringham Salthouse Stripe; Docking Fossil Grey; Docking Sea Haze, prices from £42.

    Ready_CuckoolandDress up your decking with a fashionable graphic design that will add instant appeal both underfoot and visually. This statement Chevron Rug, £189 by Dash & Albert at Cuckooland (above), is a must-have for all seasons! Cleverly designed to withstand high traffic areas, this tactile beauty is made from practical polypropylene and is hoseable, scrubbable and bleachable – it’s the perfect pick to take on stray spillages and soiled footprints with ease! With a variety of designs, colours and sizes to choose from, there’s something for every lawn or patio.

    Ready_Tolly McraeWhether you’re scouting for a beautiful picnic rug to put on a scrumptious grass-top spread or a cosy blanket to keep the chill away after the sun goes down, look no further than Tolly McRae’s collection of robust weaves. Doubling up as luxury picnic rugs and snuggly chunky blankets – these large outdoor-indoor throws are made from top-quality British wool, giving them natural resistance against moisture. With such a colour crop on offer – you’ll want the entire lot! Colourways shown above include: Badger; Humbug; Lemon Zest, prices from £99.

    Whatever your garden time agenda, be it simple lazy lounging or casual dining and hosting, the key is to be comfortable stylishly. So with this in mind, it’s time to get accessorising!






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