• Rustic revival

    by  • 25/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country bedroom barker and stonehouse

    Make a bedroom extra cosy for chilly days ahead with the texture of beautiful wood. Here at Country Days, we couldn’t help but fall for this gorgeous modern country bedroom with its rustic, washed wooden furniture that makes a statement, yet creates a lovely, relaxed look.

    The furniture is from the Austen range by Barker & Stonehouse and works beautifully against earthy green-based neutral walls. Crafted from reclaimed timber, the chunky designs evoke a contemporary feel.

    ‘Working with wood is a great way of creating interest in a neutral scheme,’ says Claire Hornby, creative stylist at Barker & Stonehouse. ‘The rustic nature of the furniture adds depth to the look and allows the rest of the palette to remain soft and sophisticated. The beauty of this material is in its uniqueness. By adding subtle injections of colour and pattern into the layout, this charming look can be interpreted in many ways to suit the natural architectural features of your property.’

    Team with sumptuous faux fur throws and cushions, and fabulous antler-inspired lighting for a scheme that will pave the way for winter.


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    Chalet-style chic

    by  • 18/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Anthropologie living room

    Cooler autumn days make us want to embrace hygge – the Danish art of living cosily – and here’s a gorgeous country living room that’s really inspiring us here at Country Days to hunker down.

    This beautiful room has the feel of a ski chalet with features such as the dark timbered walls, wooden beams and flooring and the amazing exposed stone chimney breast.

    Here, light and bright pieces of furniture really sing out. Cream clean-lined sofas introduce a modern edge while a statement chair, the Moresque from Anthropologie, adds drama to the scheme with its modern, armless shape and kaleidoscopic colours. Its luxe velvet upholstery is inspired by traditional Turkish rugs. And that ethnic feel is continued with the Heradia cushions and embroidered throw, also from Anthropologie.

    We love the eclectic accessories, such as the stunning tiered tapers chandelier and golden mirror, that add extra textural detail.

    And, if you haven’t got a roaring fire as a focal point, create a similar effect with a cluster of candles in lanterns, as shown here.



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    Prints charming

    by  • 11/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country dining room
    Bring some quirky character to a neutral, cottagey scheme with charming country-inspired prints that inject pops of colour. This delightful beamed country dining room shows exactly how it’s done.

    A trestle table at the heart of the room really comes to life dressed with a tablecloth featuring whimsical chickens – a must for anyone who keeps hens. The cotton print fabric, from the Fresh collection by Prestigious Textiles, is called Harriet and is also available in a PVC finish, a super practical option for a dining room or kitchen diner.

    A modern twist is then introduced with a simple geometric called Millions, also from the Fresh collection by Prestigious Textiles, which is used on the curtains and cushions, and complements the tablecloth beautifully, as well as adding a fun element.

    Give the look a modern country edge with retro chairs and hang industrial-style pendants above the table for an on-trend feel.

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    Nuances of navy

    by  • 04/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    blue country living room

    We’re loving the trend for deep, rich blues in country homes, and this gorgeous country living room definitely wows with its oh-so-rustic feel.

    To make the blues really sing out, choose a neutral backdrop as here – a panelled wall in a soothing off-white and natural flooring rug combine to create a pared-back yet homely feel.

    The beautiful mid-century-style sofa injects a retro touch and is upholstered in a stunning paisley – Beverley Dark Navy. The scheme is a masterclass in demonstrating how to to mix and match different patterns in similar tones. Cushions in Stanley Dark Navy and Witton Dark Navy on the sofa, and honeycomb-inspired geometric Gisburn Dark Navy on the chair, plus an armchair upholstered in Carlton Dark Navy, blend beautifully together, while smart striped curtains in Linton Dark Navy complete the look.  The blue tones are broken up with a footstool in Stanley Grey.

    All the fabrics come from the Ashfield Collection by Ian Mankin – it’s their first wool collection – and includes classic motifs such as paisley, as well as Ian Mankin’s signature checks, stripes and plains. The wool fabrics are guaranteed to introduce a cosy feel into any country home and are perfect for chillier days ahead.

    The Ashfield Collection is named after the mill founded by managing director David Collinge’s great-great-grandfather in the 1860s – today, the last surviving mill in Burnley – and the ten new fabrics are named after Yorkshire towns and villages. ‘Lancashire was the birthplace of the industrialised cotton weaving industry, whereas Yorkshire was the home of hard-wearing, cosy wools,’ says David. ‘Ashfield is our homage to Yorkshire’s industrial history and expertise and represents a coming together of old rivals across the Pennines.’


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    Rich pickings

    by  • 27/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country living room

    When autumn arrives, it’s hard to resist the urge to cosy up your home. So go to town and decorate with rich colours and sumptuous, textured fabrics for the ultimate comfort factor.

    This gorgeous country living room provides plenty of inspiration with its beautiful tones and sophisticated feel.

    The focal point of the scheme is the statement Saturday three-seat sofa in AW16 Vintage Bloom velvet, which incorporates a traditional floral motif.  The sofa’s rich colourway and classic style help evoke a moody feel that’s perfect for wintry days ahead.

    Complementary Emerald velvet Saturday chairs and cushions lift the scheme and introduce jewel shades that pave the way for the festive season. A Valentin footstool in Lavender Grey textured velvet adds an extra touch of luxe. (Sofa, chairs and footstool, all Sofa.com.)

    To prevent the look from becoming too heavy, balance with a paler shade, such as the silver grey blinds and carpet here, which allows the furniture to really stand out. Finish off with a tripod floor lamp for a modern touch.


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    Sleeping beauty

    by  • 20/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country bedroom

    Have you noticed how dark it is first thing in the morning now? If you’re struggling to get out of  bed, you may be in the mood to revamp your bedroom and make it as cosy as possible, ready for hibernating when the days get shorter and chillier.

    This gorgeous country bedroom, with its lovely autumnal feel, will provide plenty of inspiration. It combines French chic and rustic charm, and exudes that feeling of cosiness and comfort that’s just right for hunkering down.

    The beautiful damask wallpaper makes an ornate backdrop to the elegant bed, the Camille, from The Cotswold Company. Its limewashed finish adds to the relaxed, lived-in look, while neutral upholstery complements it beautifully, with button detailing injecting an opulent touch. Dress the bed with crisp white bedlinen and a deep gold throw to add a pop of autumnal colour.

    Then go for a stylish co-ordinated look by choosing limewashed furniture from the same Camille range to create a relaxing haven. The chest of drawers and bedside chest have charming antique-style button handles that add to the feel of time gone by.

    Keep the look pared back with wooden floorboards for a classic rustic feel.




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    Natural beauty

    by  • 13/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country dining room

    Neutral colour palettes are a firm favourite in country decorating schemes, and they really come into their own as autumn approaches. The muted tones, wooden furniture and natural textures in this understated but gorgeous country dining room are a winning combination.

    We love the statement dining chairs – the Ely chairs – which are upholstered in beautiful Emily Bond fabrics (the bird motif fabric is Oyster Catcher while the striped design is Oyster Catcher ticking stripe), all by Multiyork. This is Multiyork’s first collaboration with Emily and they have chosen 17 fabrics from her collection to use on seating. Emily’s designs are inspired by the British countryside and coast and are screenprinted onto Scottish linens.

    The fabrics work beautifully with classic country furniture such as this clean-lined farmhouse-style oak table with painted legs. Team with a rustic scrubbed-wood dresser that’s perfect for displaying tableware and vintage finds.

    Keep the look soothing by painting walls in a soft taupe and hang up floorlength linen curtains for a simple yet elegant windowdressing. Finally, inject extra interest and cosy up a stone floor with a natural fibre rug.


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    Bathing beauty

    by  • 06/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country bathroom

    Here at Country Days, we’re loving the colourful folk-inspired fabrics that are around at the moment and this gorgeous country bathroom combines bang-on-trend bohemian patterns with classic country features to create an eclectic modern rustic look.

    Folkloric patterns are perfect for giving a lift to an understated neutral bathroom.

    Here, a pretty tile splashback tones beautifully with the soothing taupe wall and scrubbed wooden floorboards that provide a pared-down backdrop.

    A black roll top bath adds definition to the scheme as well as elegance. Team with a wooden bath rack to big up the rustic feel.

    Pops of colour are provided by a stunning Roman blind in Folki and the geometric fabric on the towel, Klaudia, as well as the pretty toiletry bag in Vilda, which features bird motifs; all fabrics are from the Wilderness collection by Studio G at Clarke & Clarke.


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    Cool, calm & collected

    by  • 30/08/2016 • Country style • 1 Comment

    country living room

    Here’s an understated yet chic country living room that’s the perfect scheme for that transitional period between the golden days of summer and the greyer days of autumn.

    White timber cladding and limewashed floorboards make a gorgeous backdrop with a hint of coastal about it, but a neutral background would work just as well for a scheme that will look stunning in any type of property, from a stately home to a country cottage.

    A beautiful floral fabric featuring oversized blooms in a muted colourway injects a touch of summer at the windows, while cosy classics such as plaids and checks in contemporary colourways provide a modern take on tradition and pave the way for autumn. A sofa upholstered in a plain grey fabric is used to anchor the scheme.

    The fabrics come from the Kelso range by Romo and are imbued with a heritage charm that goes hand in hand with a country scheme. They are available from September. (Fabrics, from left to right: curtains in Cressida Grey Feather, plaid armchair upholstered in Belford Gris, plain grey cushion on chair in Aubrey Gris,  grey sofa upholstered in Odin Bilberry, blue checked cushion on sofa in Malden Harbour, grey plaid cushion on sofa in Belford Gris, plain grey cushion on sofa Odette Chinchilla, grey checked chair upholstered in Malden Gris.)



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    Red, white and blue wonder

    by  • 23/08/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country living room

    Red, white and blue is such a smart colour combination and we love this country living room with its blend of bold shades and toning patterned fabrics.

    The fabrics shown are from the Cote d’Azur collection from Clarke & Clarke, available from next month, and are inspired by the fresh summer colours and beautiful flowers found on the French Riviera. The collection is a mix of florals and geometrics with complementary stripes and textures, and the designs combine embroidery, print, ombre weaves and appliqué techniques.

    The fabrics are equally at home in a British country house as in a French chalet or chateau, with the bold colours and patterns working beautifully with exposed stone or wood clad walls, timber beams and stone fireplaces.

    Use the fabrics to their best advantage. Try making a feature of large windows with a bold design on the curtains, such as Maxime shown here in the Provencale colourway. Then introduce a statement chair in striped Pampelonne in indigo/cerise. Pull the look together with cushions in Beaulieu in indigo/cerise and Villefranche in indigo/cerise, as well as Pampelonne.

    A plain blue sofa and footstool are perfect for anchoring the scheme, and we love the geometric rug, which adds a contemporary touch.


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