• The height of elegance

    by  • 24/05/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    French style is ever popular in country interiors and this chic country bedroom is the height of elegance.

    The painted bed creates a beautiful focal point in the scheme. Partner with pretty furniture such as the decorative Gustavian chest of drawers shown here (this one is the Marie design from Gustavian and is painted in a pretty blush pink for subtle warmth). Then introduce extra drama with an oversized chandelier – perfect for a room with a high ceiling as it helps to break up the space.

    What really sets the scheme off beautifully though is the gorgeous statement-making floral backdrop that pulls the look together. The stunning wallpaper, Palais in Redowa from the Revolution Wallpapers collection by Little Greene, is a classic interpretation of a pattern typical of French wallpaper panels produced by the manufacturer Réveillon from the late 1700s onwards. The original design scale, style and surface treatment have all been maintained, embracing floral bouquets and garlands with drapery and arabesque decoration.

    This is a scheme that is classically timeless, but the addition of a geometric rug soon injects a contemporary edge.

     

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    Meet Kharis Leggate, the winner of the 2015 My Country Business Awards

    by  • 23/05/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

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    Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards in association with Notonthehighstreet.com now and you could be like Kharis Leggate of Home is an Island, the winner of last year’s British Wool Award for Emerging Talent Using British Wool.

    Kharis weaves cushions and blankets by hand in Shetland wool. The judges were impressed by the beautiful colours and textures, and how they capture the mood of the Shetland landscape.

    What did winning mean to you? It gave me the confidence to believe that Home is an Island could be successful.

    How have you developed the brand? I’ve focused on ‘behind-the-scenes’, making sure the business represents what I want it to: local production, sustainability and promoting British wool.

    What’s your long-term goal? I’m planning to develop upholstery fabric ranges through 2016.

    How helpful was the support you got from winning? The British Wool Marketing Board was incredible and Campaign for Wool director Bridgette Kelly helped me with my business plan.

    Remember to enter the My Country Business awards now at housetohome.co.uk/business

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    Blooming lovely

    by  • 17/05/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Ashley Wilde floral living room

    With the flower show season on the horizon – RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place next week – we’re really in the mood for everything floral.

    And this gorgeous country living room, decked out in classic floral fabrics, is perfect for creating a summery look that’s straight out of the garden. The intricate handpainted designs, appropriately enough from the Hampton Court collection by Ashley Wilde, will work well in either a classic or contemporary space, and come in a lavender, forget-me-not, rose, lemon or summer palette.

    To show off the fabrics to their best advantage, partner them with a neutral backdrop and tease out the accent colour, such as lavender as shown here, with blinds or cushions in a toning shade and in a quintessentially country polka dot design.

    Painted furniture complements this look beautifully – choose a distressed coffee table and use it to display pretty posies in milk bottle vases or vintage bottles for a rustic edge. Then add extra elegance with a French-style crested overmantel mirror to reflect light back into the room and help keep the look bright and airy.

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    Do you have a shop or online business? Be mentored by John Lewis

    by  • 16/05/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

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    If you’re a bricks-and-mortar store or an online platform selling multiple brands, we’d love to see the work you do. Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards category for Retailers now and you could be mentored by Anna Rigby, Head of Buying, Home, at John Lewis.

    A Partner with John Lewis, Britain’s leading omnichannel retailer, for 35 years, Anna can share her extensive knowledge and expertise in developing Home and Fashion products, bringing them to market and maximising every sales opportunity.

    Remember to enter the My Country Business awards now at housetohome.co.uk/business

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    Meet Claire Coldwell, the winner of the 2015 My Country Business Awards

    by  • 09/05/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

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    Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards in association with Notonthehighstreet.com now and you could be like Claire Coldwell of Plain Useful, the winner of last year’s Retail & Services Award.

    Based in Yorkshire, Claire sells a curated collection of traditional kitchen utensils, cleaning brushes and gardening and laundry products. The judges loved her range, which taps into the utility chic trend and the fact that she is making the everyday both beautiful and affordable.

    What did winning mean to you? My perfect customer is someone who loves Country Homes & Interiors – I’ve been reading it for years so it was natural to pitch the business at that readership. There are moments of self-doubt when running an online business, so to be selected as an award winner by a panel of prominent industry champions was a huge confidence boost.

    How have you developed the brand? My main focus has been to get more feedback from customers on the product range so that I can be confident in the direction I take, and also to increase awareness of the website.

    What’s your long-term goal? To become the ‘go to’ place for high-quality brushes and household products and to maintain and build on our reputation for excellent service.

    How helpful was the support you got from winning? The team from Heal’s were very supportive with their advice. They gave me a pop-up shop in store in February – an amazing opportunity.

    Don’t forget to enter the My Country Business awards now at housetohome.co.uk/business

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    Natural beauty

    by  • 03/05/2016 • Country style • 1 Comment

    country dining room

    Looking to create a relaxed country dining room? Take your inspiration from the great outdoors and inject a wealth of natural textures that are perfect for the country home.

    The beauty of natural textures adds an extra layer to any scheme and evokes timeless appeal. Make your backdrop a simple white or soft grey one to make the pieces really stand out.

    We love the use of limewashed finishes on the furniture here – from the taper-legged table with its beautiful vintage finish to the chunky wicker chairs with rustic linen seat cushions. They combine to create an informal dining area, but are also perfect for a lived-in conservatory.

    Team with a distressed console table for a dash of elegance and  furnish it with period-inspired artichoke lamps, a weathered-look stone planter and a windowpane brass mirror to create a beautiful focal point and reflect light back into the room.  (Dining table, console table and wicker chairs I & JL Brown.)

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    Are you a food or drinks producer? Be mentored by Yeo Valley

    by  • 02/05/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

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    If you can eat it, we want to know about it. From baked goods to jams, beverages to pâtés, we’d love to taste your wares and learn about your brand. Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards category for Food Producers now and you could be mentored by Dan Rusga, Marketing Director, Yeo Valley.

    Established in 1961, this family-run dairy produces tasty, 100% organic products from its award-winning British Friesian cows and other local organic dairy farms. Dan specialises in promoting and marketing this award-winning brand.

    Remember to enter the My Country Business awards now at housetohome.co.uk/business

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    Sweet dreams!

    by  • 26/04/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    floral country bedroom

    This time of year is all about throwing open the doors and bringing the outside in, and it’s a look that’s perfect for a country bedroom.

    Here, a classically elegant bedframe (Lily by Button & Sprung), evokes chic style with its understated scroll detail and row of handstitched buttons on the headboard, plus turned wooden legs.  Choosing a bed that’s upholstered in a neutral colourway, such as this silver grey shade, is guaranteed to go with any scheme and also creates a hint of hotel luxe.

    Partner with pretty summer-meadow inspired bedlinen (this one is Butterfly print by Zara Home) for a seasonal edge and layer with a fringed woollen throw for chillier evenings.

    Big up the country feel with a distressed, rustic bedside table and keep the flooring understated by teaming bare floorboards with a natural fibre rug.

     

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    Meet Sarah Hughes, the winner of the 2015 My Country Business Awards

    by  • 25/04/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

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    Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards in association with Notonthehighstreet.com now and you could be like Sarah Hughes of Eat My Flowers, the winner of last year’s Food Award.

    Working from the family farm in North Wales, Sarah grows edible flowers and creates crystallised flowers and lollipops with flowers in them. The judges loved the fact that Sarah grows the flowers herself.

    What did winning mean to you? It was such an honour and gave us all such a morale boost. We also saw an increase in sales from coverage in Country Homes & Interiors.

    How have you developed the brand? We’ve increased our wedding customers and developed our events catering and hotel customers. After exhibiting at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2015, we’ve also increased our export business.

    What’s your long-term goal? To continue to increase our exports, especially with international weddings.

    How helpful was the support you got from winning? It was a real bonus to be mentored by the marketing team at Yeo Valley. They were really helpful in offering advice and this made winning the award even more valuable to us.

    Why don’t you enter the My Country Business awards now at housetohome.co.uk/business?

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    Sitting pretty

    by  • 19/04/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country living room by Prestigious Textiles

    Charcoal grey shutters make a stunning backdrop in a country living room – especially one that overlooks the garden – and bring a period scheme bang up to date.

    As well as a splash of on-trend grey, a modern twist is also given to this period room with mid-century modern sofas in fresh, spring green shades.

    The stylish sofas are upholstered in toning fabrics for a mix and match look. Vintage-style checked Steamer is combined with jaunty nautical striped Quay to create sofas with an eclectic look. Cushions in Quay, Mooring (an embroidered diamond trellis), and Paddle (an abstract geometric), as well as Steamer, all in a pretty retro green, combine to create a laid-back feel.  (All fabrics from the Lakeside collection by Prestigious Textiles.)

    Team with a retro coffee table for a sense of vintage chic – try Rockett St George for a similar design.

    Keep the look pared-back by teaming with wooden floorboards free from rugs to show off the grain of the wood.

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