• So chic sleep

    by  • 25/08/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    How’s this for the ultimate in a modern country bedroom that oozes style and sumptuousness, and also demonstrates clever use of colour and texture?

    This is a gorgeous scheme that takes elements of hotel luxe and gives them a country edge. The oh-so-cosy bed is the centrepiece of the room and has been designed to make a statement. An oversized upholstered headboard guarantees an opulent look and co-ordinates beautifully with the ottoman at the foot of the bed (perfect for storage of bedlinen).

    Eyecatching wallpaper combining a graphic print in a smart on-trend charcoal links with the headboard and ottoman while providing a modern twist. Silk curtains with a bobble trim are perfect for continuing the grey theme and enhancing the luxurious feel.

    What lifts the scheme beautifully is the well-judged use of pops of colour – striking indigo makes an elegant accent – the cosy blue throw adds definition and tones with the fabulous indigo and gold floral cushions, while plain gold cushions inject a sunny twist to what could otherwise be a cool palette.

    The finishing touch is the chandelier, a country classic, which emphasises the glam theme.

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    Seaside showstopper

    by  • 18/08/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    That trip to the seaside may be a distant memory, but you can easily conjure up a stylish coastal feel in your own home (for instance, in a corner of a living room as here) to remind you of hazy summer days all year round.

    The key to a coastal scheme is a simple blue and white colour palette. Keep the backdrop light and bright with calming pale shades and opt for painted floorboards in a fresh white for maximum impact.

    Create a welcoming feel by adding texture. Rattan furniture is just right for lending an informal air that’s the essence of a coastal theme. Pick a chair in a neutral shade to add warmth and comfy up with a plumped-up seashell motif cushion that incorporates classic maritime blue.

    Distressed furniture works a treat to give a weathered, faded look, so a console table such as this (scour antiques fairs and car boot sales to find something similar) is perfect for storage and a great place to display seashore finds and decorative boats.

    Make the finishing touch a window decorated with a super stylish nautical window film (this one is from The Window Film Company) that ensures privacy to boot.


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    All things bright and beautiful

    by  • 11/08/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country dining room

    If you’re bored of beige and tired of taupe, here’s a look that’s definitely not for the fainthearted! We here at Country Days can’t get enough of florals – whether ditsy or oversized – so we’re smitten with this big, bold and beautiful decor.

    Wallpapers and fabrics featuring dramatic florals are super stylish but need to be incorporated into an interiors scheme with care. Make a statement feature wall with wallpaper and then balance the look, as in this country dining room, with simple, streamlined furniture.  A clean-lined wooden table and industrial bench are the perfect foil – you can soften the bench with seat cushions in the same fabric – while black painted furniture provides contrast and definition. Keep the look on trend by teaming with low vintage pendants over the table.

    The stunning wallpaper and fabric are created by New York-based designer Kim Parker, in collaboration with Clarke & Clarke, and the resulting Kim Parker Artbook collection comprises 13 exclusive designs (the evocatively named design shown here is Ariadne’s Dream) featuring her signature style of joyful modern floral art and design, and is available from September. ‘It has been a dream of mine since childhood to create wallpapers and fabrics that transform rooms into lush, exuberant interior gardens,’ Kim says.

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    Pretty up with pattern

    by  • 04/08/2015 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Country bedroom

    Whether for siestas or slumber-ific snoozes, here’s the ultimate modern country bedroom that is sure to help you sleep easy.

    We at Country Days love the calm elegance and luxe feel of the upholstered bed (the Peony Double bedstead coming soon from Button & Sprung) at the heart of this scheme. Stylish design features such as the oversized button back headboard and turned wooden legs evoke a period feel with a contemporary edge. Layer up the bed with faded floral cushions for comfortable lounging and a cosy woollen throw for those chilly late summer evenings.

    Choosing a neutral bed as your centrepiece means you can easily ring the changes with the decor and introduce playful patterns that make a statement. Here, the pretty trailing floral wallpaper creates a stunning backdrop to the bed. (We loved the super clever idea of displaying pictures and hanging accessories on the painted pegrail just above the bed.) A graphic trellis-motif rug, meanwhile, breaks up the limewashed wooden floorboards and creates a contemporary touch.


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    Be beside the seaside

    by  • 28/07/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Coastal living room

    Those lazy hazy days of summer make us here at Country Days want to head on down to the beach. And if you want to recreate that coastal feel in your own home, this beautiful living room certainly paves the way.

    Seaside living is all about relaxed style, with cool cotton fabrics, natural textures and maritime-themed accessories.

    Blue and white is the classic coastal palette, but injecting red into the mix warms up the look and adds depth. We love the fabrics in this scheme, which are part of the evocative Coast collection by Prestigious Textiles – a selection of fabrics featuring beach huts, seagulls, sailboats and shoreline treasures in iconic vintage style, with a jaunty stripe used as an eyecatching foil.

    Mixing and matching different fabrics that tone creates a vibrant scheme, while interspersing panels of fabric at the window and on the scatter and seat cushions on the settle are really clever ways to create a scheme with personality.

    Emphasise the coastal theme further with some contemporary style driftwood side tables, rope doorstops, glass floats and natural flooring.


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    Keep it informal

    by  • 21/07/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country dining room

    Wooden furniture is a key ingredient in a country scheme, and here at Country Days we love the cosy and rustic feel that’s created by the the warm tones of oak furniture in this informal country dining room. It’s a look that will work equally as well in an open-plan barn area as in a country cottage.

    The dining table, chairs, bench and sideboard (all Portsmore by Harveys) have a modern design with rounded edges for a chunky look, and the spacious table ensures there’s plenty of room for family gatherings. It’s best to make the most of the texture and grain of the natural wood, so stick to a simple tablesetting to show off its beauty.

    Wooden shutters at the window are perfect for creating a cosy French farmhouse feel. We love the room’s  vintage edge with worn and distressed floorboards, old school-style radiators and statement industrial lights.



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    Showstopping Shaker

    by  • 14/07/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

     Blue Shaker country kitchen

    Now who wouldn’t love a country kitchen like this? Here at Country Days we’re suffering from serious room envy.

    This gorgeous room with its exposed wooden beams makes a real style statement. Shaker-style cabinets are a country kitchen staple that are the perfect partner to the room’s architecture. This classic design by Harvey Jones is timeless with its clean lines, simple panelling and perfectly balanced proportions, while cream is a great colour choice as it won’t go out of fashion and it helps lighten up a room – particularly important if you live in a cottage. Painted units are also super versatile as you can ring the changes with a lick of paint if you want to vary the look.

    We love the way this scheme tones – the sandblasted beams match the wooden worktops of the butcher’s block, while the granite links with the flagstone floor. Colour is introduced with soothing duck egg walls to create a wonderfully relaxed feel.

    Open storage and shelving are a great way of displaying your favourite cookery books and utensils and injecting some personality. Keep your eyes open for an unusual shelf to display eyecatching pieces that will finish off the look beautifully.

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    Bring on the dream team

    by  • 07/07/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country bedroom

    When the heat is on, it pays to decorate in soothing shades and white is the palette to use to cool a scheme down. A white room can still have plenty of character as this romantic country bedroom, with its elegant take on shabby chic style, proves.

    First, set the scene for a classic cottage look with a decorative wrought-iron bed that’s beautifully dressed. Crisp white sheets are a must and an on-trend lace throw introduces a pretty touch, as well as providing a light and airy cover if it’s too hot for a duvet.

    Distressed furniture has timeworn appeal and an intrinsic beauty all of its own. The rustic tray table here is perfect for those breakfast-in-bed moments, while the stunning weathered console is a cherished vintage find that emphasises the homely charm and really sets off the blinds.

    Florals are a key ingredient in a country cottage scheme and these gorgeous Roman blinds by Hillarys bring a feminine and modern touch to the window dressing with fresh painterly motifs that add interest to the room.

    Finally, keep the flooring understated for this sort of look. White painted floorboards are fabulous for summer and inject a stylish Scandi touch.



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    Bring the outdoors in

    by  • 30/06/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country kitchen diner

    Here at Country Days, we’re so enjoying the sunny weather and beautiful summer gardens at the moment, and just loving the idea of bringing the outdoors in.

    So we couldn’t resist this gorgeous country dining room with its pretty florals that demonstrates perfectly how to mix and match old and new for a modern look.

    Bags of character is added with the fantastic weathered and limed wood trestle table and benches (find similar at antiques fairs and give it a chalky look yourself with watered-down paint). Then partner with French-style chairs, as here, for a dash of elegance.

    To show off the beauty of the woodden table, the tablesetting is deliberately kept simple and understated with cool cotton runners and rustic tableware.

    It goes without saying that the colourful fabrics from Prestigious Textiles really bring the look to life. Teaming a trailing floral fabric with toning stripes creates a really pretty and relaxed look that’s perfect for an informal area.

    To bring the scheme bang up to date, hang oversized industrial-style pendants above the dining table and add Tolix stools in the kitchen. (Don’t you just love the quirky finishing touch of the giant knife and fork wall art in the kitchen?)


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    Pave the way for sweet dreams

    by  • 23/06/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    French style country bedroom

    If you’re hunting for inspiration for an elegant country bedroom scheme, look no further than this beautiful French-style bedroom with a contemporary twist.

    At its heart is a stunning French upholstered bed and a Louis chair re-covered in a plush velvet that up the comfort factor. A tranquil colour palette comprising evocatively named shades such as vintage rose, pebble and shell ensures the decor is super soothing.

    But it’s the wealth of subtle patterns that catch the eye as they work beautifully together to create a modern look. Archive motifs inspired by lace emblems and floral trails have been reworked for contemporary appeal – from the stunning skeleton leaf using pointillism and beading on the feature wall that’s the backdrop to the scheme, to the embroidered Jacobean motif of the bed throw. Lustrous satins and sumptuous velvets add to the understated opulence. (The fabrics and wallpaper are all from the Purity Collection by Harlequin.)

    This is a look that demands a luxe window treatment. Layering is a great way of adding interest, as well as keeping light out for a good night’s sleep, and a combination of a linen Roman blind and floor-length curtains make for a practical and timeless dressing.



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