• Are you sitting comfortably?

    by  • 24/11/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments


    Brrr, we’re feeling the chill here at Country Days, but here’s a country living room scheme that’s guaranteed to make you feel warm and cosy on a wintry stay-at-home day.

    The key to this look is the classic neutral sofa with its sumptous feel and timeless appeal, and plump cushions that are perfect for snuggling up against. This sofa, the Chilmark in Textured Chenille Pavilion Grey from Willow & Hall, is super comfy and is even better if you have guests coming to stay at Christmas because it doubles as a sofabed. It’s also handmade in the West Country.

    This is a look that you can easily update to suit the season. Here, beautiful Voyage cushions create a cosy autumnal country feel, while a fluffy shag-pile rug underfoots emphasises the toasty factor. But you can easily ring the changes for each season simply by changing the accessories.

    Add to the opulent feel with an upholstered button-back footstool, and position a tray table close to hand to keep essentials within easy reach. Then all you need are the requisites for hibernating – a hot drink and a good book to curl up with!


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    Prints charming

    by  • 17/11/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Liberty bedroom

    Say it with pattern! Mixing pattern is the latest interiors trend and is a stunning way to add the wow factor to a scheme.

    And this country bedroom is a masterclass in how to use pattern. By choosing designs that pull together the dominant colours – here, a grey and gold palette – and mixing small-scale prints, a dramatic yet surprisingly calm look is created that is beyond beautiful.

    The prints all come from Liberty‘s furnishing fabric and wallpaper collection, Chesham Cabinet, available from the end of December, and are inspired by cabinets and dolls’ houses from the 17th to 19th centuries.  ‘We have created a collection based on an original concept,’ says Emma Mawston, Head of Design at Liberty Fabrics. ‘Interesting and quirky collaborations work perfectly alongside in-house works of art and historical archive reconstructions.’

    There’s a touch of nostalgia with the monochrome backdrop of trees on the walls. The wallpaper, Limewood in Bolsover Grey, is a design inspired the Ladybird Book of Trees, first published in 1963, and uses hand-painted images from the Ladybird archive reworked with a twist of toile de Jouy.

    A sunny feel is injected at the windows with blinds made up in Parquet Simon in Sunlight, an updated Liberty archive design that evokes the parquet flooring found in historic doll and cabinet houses.

    The hero piece, though, has to be the gorgeous French-style bed (the Louis XV bed by Simon Horn) upholstered in Petronella Chintz in Treasure. Who wouldn’t just adore a bed like this? The fabric is inspired by an Oriental floral drawing from an 1820s Liberty archive book. Dressed with white bedlinen edged with a decorative grey trim, cushions made up in Emerald & Rose in Gambon Gold natural linen (inspired by an original Morris print Rose and Thistle) add extra accents of colour.


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    Monochrome magic

    by  • 10/11/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    I&JL Brown

    Kitchen diners are definitely the way forward, with a dining area ensuring that your kitchen is the heart of the home, especially if it has that quintessential country ingredient, an Aga, to keep it all warm and toasty.

    If you’re a pale palette aficionado and have white cabinets and a light-hued range cooker, here’s an easy way to give your country kitchen a modern twist by introducing black accents for a striking monochrome scheme.

    Investing in a large dining table is super practical, especially with Christmas on the horizon, and this generous whitewashed Wessex table has plenty of room for all the family and a rustic edge that, when paired with matt black Windsor Stickback chairs and a plain leg settle (all from I & JL Brown), creates a chic yet relaxed look.

    Finish off the scheme with a statement light with a difference – this aged slatted wooden pendant (also from I & JL Brown) is guaranteed to create a talking point.

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    Keeping it cosy

    by  • 03/11/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments


    Here at Country Days we couldn’t resist this stylish country living room as it incorporates the colours of the countryside at the moment, and it’s the perfect modern country scheme to complement a beamed cottage, adding a modern twist to a period room.

    The vintage green shade of the opulent velvet sofa, from the Deep Dream Sofa Collection by Graham and Green, works all year round – team with orange velvet and on-trend ombre cushions as shown here for an autumnal ambience (and don’t forget to partner with a fabulous orange industrial pendant light too), then bring in red cushions for a festive feel and pink or gold ones to change the mood for spring. Designed by Jamie Graham, the sofa has a modern frame, elegant cascading arms and 50s-style legs, while button-back cushions add a classic touch that ups the comfort factor.

    To keep the modern theme going and introduce an eclectic touch, pair with a large boho footstool – we’re loving that tassle edging – with plenty of room for stacks of books and a tray of refreshments so you can relax in style.

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    Winter warmer

    by  • 27/10/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Cosy living room

    Pumpkin and berry shades are the order of the day in this toasty country living room, and it’s making us here at Country Days glow inside!

    There’s something very comforting about cosy colours. Here, a muted berry red is combined with an opulent orange to create the ultimate warm palette.

    This scheme is a modern take on the country house look. Period-style panelling is given a colourful contemporary edge with a soft red shade – and we  love the interesting display of artwork, with the combination of a traditional portrait and smaller scale vintage conifer prints.

    What’s particularly appealing about this room is the sumptuous velvet fabric (don’t you just want to reach out and touch it?), which instantly creates a luxe feel that’s perfect for the country house look.  The sofa (the Eva) and the bespoke pouffe are both by Neptune and are upholstered in the evocatively named Fox. A grey velvet cushion is used for contrast.

    The scheme is given an edgy touch with an industrial-chic occasional table that picks up on the greys used elsewhere.

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    Into the blue?

    by  • 20/10/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    blue country bathroom

    Blue has long been a favourite shade to use in a country bathroom – its watery hue and capacity to create a tranquil and soothing atmosphere giving it long-lasting appeal. But now there’s a new blue around. The deep tones that have appeared on the catwalk are making their presence felt in the home. We love this gorgeous scheme that shows how new blues can be used to create an elegant scheme.

    The hero piece here has to be the statement bateau bath painted in Hicks’ Blue by Little Greene, resulting in a super dramatic look. This is definitely the kind of bath you would want to enjoy a good soak in.

    A classic backdrop, meanwhile, has been created with Stag Toile in Juniper from Little Greene‘s Revolution Papers collection, which signals the return of wallpaper, even in a room where you may not expect it! Inspired by a 19th century English linen, the wallpaper is brought bang-up-to-date with its on trend colourway.

    A dado rail neatly punctuates the expanse of wall, while the mirror with its distressed glass finish provides some vintage charm. Stylish towel storage is a must-have and here an antique stepladder adds a quirky touch and takes ladder shelves to another level.

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    Shades of autumn

    by  • 13/10/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Autumnal living room

    Who couldn’t love autumn with its roaring fires, toasty throws and scrumptious berry shades and russet tones?

    Here’s a cosy country living room that beautifully combines soothing reds with a cooling contemporary palette of greys.

    An instant way to give a room a warm feel is by painting a feature wall (or more than one if you’re feeling brave) in a muted red. Try a shade such as Eating Room Red, Book Room Red or Picture Gallery Red, all by Farrow & Ball.

    Then create a comfort zone by introducing a practical grey sofa with clean lines for a modern feel (this one is the Oregon from Multiyork, which is super practical as it’s a sofabed, so is perfect if you’ve got guests coming to stay). Ramp up the cosiness with cushions and throws in a mix of autumnal foliage shades and calming greys, and choose a texture-rich rug to soften painted floorboards.

    Pick a mid-century wooden coffee table for an on-trend retro feel. Then light the fire, sit back and relax…

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    Mix it up with checks and stripes

    by  • 06/10/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country kitchen diner

    Grey may be the new white, especially when it comes to kitchen colour schemes, but there’s no doubt that it can benefit from a little warming up. This super chic country kitchen demonstrates how on-trend grey teamed with accents of toasty red can create a cosy look that’s guaranteed to get you in the mood for those chilly days ahead.

    Because it’s practical and versatile, grey is the perfect shade to use in a kitchen. Not only is it a neutral colour that goes with anything, but it brings a sophisticated edge to a scheme. A good way of making an impact is by experimenting with different tones of grey – here an easy-on-the-eye mid grey creates classic cabinets, while a rich charcoal adds definition to the walls and splashback, as well as updating a rustic  farmhouse table.

    Introduce fabrics featuring bold red checks and stripes for the perfect rustic contrast to grey (mixing and matching patterns gives a country kitchen a contemporary feel). These gorgeous fabrics are from the Serenity collection by British textile designers Barker & Barker, and they look stunning made into chair covers, table runners and curtains.

    Then incorporate industrial light fittings and vintage enamelware into your scheme for the perfect finishing touches.

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    Love a cosy country living room

    by  • 29/09/2015 • Country style • 1 Comment

    autumnal country living room

    Neutral backdrops are perfect for introducing seasonal colour, and here’s a country living room that oozes cosy autumnal loveliness.

    Choosing a pair of sofas and positioning them opposite each other adds symmetry to a room and increases the sociability factor. It also makes for extra toastiness when situated on either side of the fireplace.

    An upholstered footstool in between adds a decorative touch, as well as providing a practical place for displaying items or for a tray of hot drinks.

    What really lifts the scheme is the mix of beautiful fabrics in the same warm tones. From the Devonshire collection by Prestigious Textiles, the fabrics speak for themselves and comprise designs including an embroidered Jacobean trail,  sprigs of blossom and a woven stripe that work beautifully together on upholstered furniture, curtains, cushions and throws.

    Make the focal point of the room a fire with a wooden surround for extra warmth and and team with painted furniture for a classic country look that exudes elegance.

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    Effortless elegance

    by  • 22/09/2015 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Country kitchen diner

    Here at Country Days, we’re loving this gorgeous light and airy beamed barn room that makes for a stunning country kitchen.

    It’s a scheme that has fabulous farmhouse style at its heart, but with a contemporary edge that’s perfect for a modern country look.

    The hero piece is undoubtedly the statement oak-topped kitchen table with elegant sculpted legs (the Avernus from Graham and Green) as it combines rustic style with French chic. Seating up to 10 people, it’s ideal for family dinners and informal entertaining with friends.

    Introduce a modern look by teaming with a mix of retro chairs – from Eames-style designs to bistro cafe chairs in white and galvanised steel (all from Graham and Green). They inject an informal feel that’s just right for casual dining.

    Stick to the pared-back theme with a chic and simple utilitarian pendant (the Pentagon pendant bundle from Graham and Green), but make sure the room doesn’t become too minimal by softening with linen Roman blinds for an extra nod to rustic flair.

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