• Announcing Country Homes & Interiors Christmas

    by  • 01/08/2016 • Country business, Country craft, Country food, Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    Country Homes & Interiors ChristmasWe know it’s summer but we are so excited about our first-ever show we had to let you know about it now! Country Homes & Interiors Christmas is being held at beautiful Stonor Park, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on 25-27 November 2016.

    Set in marquees on the front lawns of this stunning stately home, this must-go-to experience will bring to life Country Homes & Interiors at our favourite time of year. Enjoy the beautifully decorated entrance filled with festive styling ideas. Shop for creative and crafted home and garden accessories, lifestyle buys and gifts. Meet exciting country businesses and their inspirational owners. Treat yourself and your friends to fabulous seasonal food and drink.

    Country Homes & Interiors is the home of modern country style and we are thrilled to be hosting this unique and boutique festive show. Pop it in your diary now and get ahead and order tickets here.

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    Making strawberry jam?

    by  • 25/07/2016 • Country food, Country moment • 0 Comments

    Feeling jam happyWe’ve been feeling jam happy here at Country Days this weekend. Picking strawberries at this time of year from the local pick-your-own farm is lovely in itself, but coming home to make your own strawberry jam is even better!

    A tried and tested favourite is Jamie Oliver’s Incredible Homemade Strawberry Jam recipe. It makes just enough to last a week or so in the fridge and is perfect with scones and cream or as a filling in a Victoria sponge!

    Have you been making any jam? What’s your favourite?

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    Win a break at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

    by  • 11/07/2016 • Country food, Country moment • 0 Comments

    Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

    One lucky winner and a friend will have the chance to spend a day working with the team in the gardens at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Afterwards they will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay, including breakfast the following morning.

    Since opening in 1984, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has achieved the highest awards and accolades of any restaurant and country house hotel in Great Britain and is regarded as one of the very best in Europe. One of the few restaurants in the world to retain 2 Michelin stars for over 30 years, it remains a mecca for gourmets the world over.

    The gardens are as much a part of the excellence of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons as the food, service and warm welcome extended to all guests. In the words of Raymond, the garden is ‘an integral part of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ culinary and aesthetic experience, supplying the restaurant with its daily needs for eight months of the year, as well as providing a sensual pleasure for our guests.

    The kitchen garden is a magnificent two-acre vegetable and herb garden that produces over 90 types of vegetables and 70 herbs. Head gardener Anne-Marie Owens has worked with Raymond for nearly 30 years and has a fantastic team who tend to the gardens daily.

    To enter this amazing prize draw, fill in your details here. The draw is open between 30 June and 10 August 2016

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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.

    Retailers

    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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    2016 My Country Business Awards Shortlist announced!

    by  • 24/06/2016 • Country business • 1 Comment

    2016 My Country Business Awardss shortlistedCountry Homes & Interiors launched its 2016 My Country Business Awards in partnership with notonthehighstreet.com in March. Now in their seventh amazing year, these awards are designed to celebrate existing country businesses and trailblazers, as well as looking to empower a new generation of country-based, creative entrepreneurs.

    And, WOW, we’ve had the most amazing response! Your nominations have flooded in and we’re proud to announce the shortlist here. The judging takes place next Tuesday 28 June when our esteemed judges and mentors will gather at Country Homes & Interiors HQ to decide on the winners. Each category winner receives mentoring sessions with the category judge plus coverage in Country Homes & Interiors.

    The shortlist is….

    notonthehighstreet.com Emerging Creative Talent Award

    Emma Clarke Textiles

    Jasmine Linington Bespoke Textiles

    Madder Cutch & Co

    SeaSac

    Zuzana Marekova

    Nadine Annette

    Home Accessory Crafters and Makers

    Lauren Aston Designs

    Gemma Wightman Ceramics

    Creature Candy

    Twig

    What Kate Loves

    Fabric, Furniture and Wallpaper Designers

    Lomas & Lomas

    Petronella Hall

    Mairi Helena

    Flohr & Co.

    • Lowry Mackie

    Retailers

    Midgley Green

    Denys & Fielding

    The Country Brocante

    Little Farming Folk

    What You Sow

    Food Producers

    The Little Pancake Company

    The Little Red Berry Co.

    Cupsmith

    Dan Hull Prepared Foods

    Thyme for Tiffin

    Hospitality and Leisure

    Turtledove Hideaway

    The Bower Inn

    A Corner of Eden

    The Running Fox Artisan Bakery and Cafe

    Dimpsey

    Good luck to all our Shortlisted entries – you’re all amazing and we’ll have a tough choice deciding! Look out for the winners next week!

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    Video! Decorate with meadow green

    by  • 20/06/2016 • Country Colour Moodboard Videos • 0 Comments

    We know how passionate you are about colour so we’re excited to present the latest in a new series of short videos called the Country Homes & Interiors Country Colours Moodboard.

    We take one of our favourite Summer palettes – meadow green – and show you how to build an inspirational decorating scheme for a room with paint, fabrics, wallpapers and accessories. Our starting point for paint was an earthy take on lime green called Mr Toad by Earthborn.

    Watch and be inspired!

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    Video! Decorate with warm grey

    by  • 13/06/2016 • Country Colour Moodboard Videos • 1 Comment

    We know how passionate you are about colour so we’re excited to present the latest in a new series of short videos called the Country Homes & Interiors Country Colours Moodboard.

    We take one of our favourite neutrals – warm grey – and show you how to build an inspirational decorating scheme for a room with paint, fabrics, wallpapers and accessories. Our starting point for paint was the calming Grey Lace by Crown.

    Watch and be inspired!

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    Video! My Country Business – Gabrielle Vary Knitwear

    by  • 04/05/2016 • Country business, My Country Business Videos • 0 Comments

    Gabrielle Vary Knitwear was a winner in the Country Homes & Interiors 2014 My Country Business Awards. Based in East Sussex – close to the Downs and the coast – she designs and knits scarves, throws and cushions in the most beautiful and joyful colours.

    Gabrielle’s gone on to achieve some amazing things thanks to Country Homes & Interiors. Watch her video story and be inspired to enter this year’s My Country Business Awards in association with notonthehighstreet. Find the entry form here.

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