• The Country Decorator’s perfect picnic buys…

    by  • 13/06/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    Smiles a-plenty – it’s National Picnic Week and here at Country Days we’re seizing the opportunity to get together with friends and family over a spread of finger-teasing nibbles and tutti-frutti coolers!

    As a much-loved summertime tradition, picnicking celebrates Britain’s beautiful open spaces and seasonal produce across the sun-kissed months. Watch our latest The Country Decorator video to share our perfect picnic picks…

    Homemade deli-inspired delights deserve to be presented in style. Unpack your full-to-the-brim picnic basket and dispense goodies in to delicious serveware. The bright and cheerful colour pop bamboo bowls from Oliver Bonas are feather light making them the perfect portable choice. With an on-trend burst of colour on one side, these dare-to-be-different lovelies are sure to make a stylish statement at any spread!

    As we all know, alfresco dining has to be practical. As luck would have it, Laura Ashley has come-up trumps with the ideal solution for drinks. The vintage-inspired set of six glasses in blue metal carrier is oh-so-pretty and will ensure any cheeky spillages are kept at bay.

    Plastic is fantastic! Colour your picnic happy with durable and family-friendly melamine serveware to ensure a relaxing (and breakage-free) outing. The petite curved cups from Rice at Debenhams come in a set of six assorted pastel colours – damage control in its chicest form!

    Whether you’re stealing an impromptu half an hour in your lunch break or unwinding for the day with family and friends, picnicking couldn’t be easier with the right kit. In these short-but-sweet summer months, there’s no better incentive to claim your spot, unpack the hamper and enjoy the great outdoors with a country style, buffet!

     

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    The Country Decorator’s round-up of blissful baking buys

    by  • 06/06/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    This week we’re feeling all nostalgic for homebaked goods fresh from the country kitchen oven. The sunshine season has offered up a pretty pastel palette of bakeware and accessories, so we thought it only polite to don our aprons, do our grandmothers proud and get those cakes rising!

    Watch our latest The Country Decorator video to share our round up of blissful baking accessories…

    As any keen baker will know, preparation is the key ingredient to a successful bake. The stylish and practical enamel measuring cups from West Elm would make baking any batch a pinch of salt! Hang these powder-coated steel cuties from a utensil rack for a sprinkle of decorative rustic charm…

    Ensure a heavenly bake with quintessentially English country design. The aptly named Baking Bliss measuring jug from Royal Albert features ice cream pastel colours as well as the trademark company rose. Measure and mix to your heart’s content in this porcelain jug-come-mixing bowl and save on washing-up!

    ‘Nothing says home like the smell of baking’… George Home’s sunset mixing bowl has certainly alerted our senses! As part of the Homespun collection in collaboration with The Prince’s Trust, this chirpy yellow mixing bowl has scalloped detailing, bringing a vintage feel to your country kitchen – plus 10% of proceeds will be donated to the children’s charity.

    With such calming sorbet-pretty accessories to hand, there’s nothing for it but to get blissfully baking!

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    Time to bake-off…

    by  • 30/05/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    June is just around the corner, marking the start of the Great British Summer – hoorah! With the sun already putting a seasonal smile on our face, the time has come to get bake-ready in preparation for country shows and summer fêtes.

    In this week’s shopping video we’ve whipped up an edit of our favourite cake tin buys to store and transport all those home-baked delights…

    Bake in batches and keep your goodies fresh in cleverly nested tins that also stack. The lovely Sophie Allport tins at John Lewis come in a set of three handy sizes with each tin featuring chicken designs; Perfect to lay many a country-raised cake!

    We love these retro-inspired Magpie Birdy cake tins from Lakeland – they’ll add country chic to the kitchen as well as providing stylish storage for teatime treats.

    A slice of cake anyone? Whet their appetites before they’ve even laid eyes on that Victoria Sponge with a pretty container. The gorgeous rose designs on the Vintage Flowers cake tins from Posh Totty certainly got our attention!

    No matter what your bake-off prowess might be, make sure your fresh-from-the-oven beauties are dressed for the occasion and ready to put on display – you may even win best in show!

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    Be garden party ready…

    by  • 23/05/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    With the sun playing hide and seek it’s hard to plan outdoor soirees. Here at Country Homes & Interiors HQ we say carry on regardless, invest in summer must-haves now to be ready at a moments notice for stylish alfresco dining.

    Watch our latest video below for a round up of our favourite garden party buys…

    The current hero of any party is the drinks dispenser. The new floral design at Marks & Spencer has won our affections – practical in acrylic and just enough of a tropical twist to make us feel suitably in sunshine/holiday mode.

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    Update fabrics with pretty potato prints

    by  • 17/05/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Decorate fabrics with pretty potato prints

    Relive childhood crafting memories with this playful idea for updating tablecloths, tea towels and other home textiles. No fancy tools required, the humble potato comes into its own – with a firm texture it can easily be shaped into sturdy stamps and it’s smooth interior is perfect for coating in fabric paint.

    Create your design and blot away any moisture with a paper towel. For a homespun feel, use a knife to carve out rustic shapes such as this lovely leaf design featured in the June issue of Country Homes and Interiors. If you’re after a more structured look, invest in a cookie cutter or kitchen mould – Lakeland have a great selection including flowers, animals and decorative bunting.

    Spread a thin layer of fabric paint on a paper plate and place your potato shape-side down, moving it around to ensure an even coat. Wipe off excess paint from around the sides and press down firmly onto your fabric for five seconds.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects to inspire you on the Country Homes & Interiors homepage.

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    Glorious gardening…

    by  • 16/05/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    It’s that time of year when we get giddy about gardens…all thanks to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We’re excited that we’ll be going along to the show next week to support the many incredible talents exhibiting; we can’t wait to get some inspiration for our own plots.

    Our shopping video this week is inspired by this awe-inspiring show and our passion for gardening. Watch to see our favourite new garden buys, which are sure to make you smile…

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    All about bees…

    by  • 09/05/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    Where there’s a bee there’s always a happy yellow hue and a monochrome stripe…so what’s not to love, right? Every season there’s a stand out ‘hero’ creature adorning homeware collections, and right now there’s a definite buzz in the air for the humble bumblebee.

    Watch our latest video to see our selection of fun finds currently championing bees…

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    Stylish bathroom storage

    by  • 25/04/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    The bathroom, generally speaking, is often the smallest room in relation to the amount of ‘essentials’ that live in it. It’s a haven filled with towels, gowns, lotions, potions, wash bags and cotton doo-dahs, all of which can make this compact space an untidy one.

    Watch our latest video for a sneak peek behind the scenes on our June shopping shoot to see how we stylishly tackle the problem of bathroom storage…

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    A burst of yellow…

    by  • 18/04/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 1 Comment

    Whether sunshine bright or serene and mellow…yellow is the go-to colour of the moment. This favoured shade, in all its glorious tones, is the perfect colour to lift the spirits and bring a little ray of sunshine indoors.

    Watch our latest video to see which fabulous sunny buys we’ve chosen to introduce this feel-good hue into your country home…

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