• Passion for pared-back style

    by  • 02/02/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country dining room

    If you can’t abide clutter and like to keep your schemes simple, take your inspiration from this relaxed country dining room where East Coast meets retro for a pretty yet pared-back look. This laid-back interior will certainly get you set for summer with its beach-house feel.

    Perfect for entertaining, the white farmhouse dining table is a true country classic and has a warm timber top that extends. Team it with spindle-back chairs with a mid-century modern twist – vary the look by mixing chairs in calming white and stone shades with coral for added punch. Finish off with wow-factor pendants hung low over the table to create mood lighting with style.

    Continue the retro theme with a neat idea – use a crafted bookcase to display tableware, glassware and knick knacks.

    Finally, arrange a display of mismatched frames for an eyecatching feature on the wall. Combine photos, treasured letters and even fabric samples with empty vintage frames for an eclectic vibe.

    (Dining table, dining chairs, bookcase, pendant lights and frames, all Marks & Spencer)

     

     

     

     

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    In the pink?

    by  • 26/01/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country living room

    Ring the changes by giving a lift to a neutral scheme. Here at Country Days, we couldn’t resist this gorgeous country living room where a muted grey palette is transformed with just a few touches of palest pink and cosy copper so that it’s awash with the wow factor. Wouldn’t you just love to pull up a chair beside this fire?

    Soft and soothing blush pinks and the warm metal tones of rose gold and copper are huge this season, and pastels are perfect for paving the way for a spring scheme

    Texture plays a key role in this look with opulent fabrics introduced, such as velvet on the statement chair and the irresistible wool of the Mongolian cushion, to create a comfy mood with a luxe edge.  Combine with characterful woods like the reclaimed pine coffee table, washed lampbases and worn floorboards for a modern twist on vintage style.

    This is a large space that calls for dramatic furniture and a sumptuous oversized sofa, piled high with beautiful cushions, provides flexible seating when teamed with classic statement armchairs, while a chunky coffee table takes pride of place.

    A copper angled floor lamp adds a contemporary touch, as well as providing cool task lighting. (Sofa, chairs, coffee table, lamps, rug, mirror, round and Mongolian cushion,  all Barker and Stonehouse).

     

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    Mix the old and the new

    by  • 19/01/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country kitchen

    Here’s a country kitchen that dreams are made of!

    If you’re looking for a scheme that combines a touch of tradition with a modern edge, take your inspiration from this gorgeous design, complete with period features such as honey-coloured beams and a must-have stable door.

    This scheme is given a lift with classic Shaker oak cabinets in a light-washed driftwood finish – perfect for a range of settings but especially good in a cottage where small windows mean light is often an issue.  (The Broadoak Rye kitchen by Second Nature is also available in a palette of 24 painted colours if you prefer the painted look, and prices start at £12,000.)

    We’re loving the sleek finish of the enormous island (and wouldn’t you just love the amount of worksurface space this provides?), as well as the gorgeous clean-lined dresser.

    We also love the blackboard tucked away in an alcove – perfect for shopping lists – while a window seat is a great way of providing informal seating without taking up too much space.

    Finish off the look by injecting a contemporary feel – team with a brick tile splashback,  a row of vintage lights and a chic industrial wooden stool.

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    Make an entrance…

    by  • 12/01/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country hallway

    If your New Year’s resolution is to give your home a new look, the hallway is as good a place as any to start – and a beautiful hallway certainly sets the scene for wowing your guests as soon as they step through the door.

    We love the inspiration provided by this cosy country hallway with its cottagey beams, sophisticated dark woods, practical tiled floor, and fabrics and wallpaper that exude a hint of spring to come.

    It’s tricky to ensure a space awash with wooden beams has a light and bright feel, but choosing a wallpaper with an off-white backdrop goes a long way to lightening up the look. The pretty paper on the wall here tones beautifully with the beams and gives a nod to spring with its woodland birds motif (this is Woodland Chorus 215704 by Sanderson).

    Keeping the hallway free from draughts can be a tall order at this time of year, but invest in a door curtain and you’ll help keep the space super- cosy. The gorgeous curtain fabric (Butterfly Embroidery 235600, also by Sanderson), featuring butterflies on a neutral backdrop, complements the beams, tiled floor and dark furniture beautifully. It also makes a stunning cushion on a vintage-style chair that injects a touch of retro chic into the hallway.

     

     

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    All is calm, all is bright

    by  • 15/12/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Christmas country living room

    We’re dreaming of a white Christmas here at Country Days and this gorgeous country living room in soothing neutrals certainly fits the bill. With comfy seating and a handy coffee table, it’s the perfect place for a spot of present unwrapping!

    The backdrop of a soft limewashed panelled wall creates a Scandi feel that instantly puts you in the mood for Christmas. If you don’t fancy the hassle of putting up wooden panels and getting the paint brush out, an easy alternative are the wood-effect wallpapers that are currently in vogue.

    To offset the minimalist wall treatment, inject lots of glam. Choose a comfy sofa in an off-white and layer up with cuddly and caressable faux fur throws and fabulous wintry cushions – we’re particularly loving the grey reindeer felt design. A classically elegant glass-topped table lends an air of sophistication.

    Stick with the Northern Lights theme with neutral wrapping paper and white lanterns, and introduce an extra rustic touch by wrapping hessian around mini Christmas trees. (Rosie sofa, Sienna coffee table, star, throws, cushions and gift wrap all from BHS.)

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    Christmas is coming…

    by  • 08/12/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country Christmas dining room

    Feeling festive? Then you’ll love this rustic country dining room that has more than a hint of cabin chic and epitomises cosy celebrations.

    Rustic accessories instantly introduce a charming casual informality – go to town with tree stump side tables for guests to put down their drinks and lay a hessian cloth on the table for the ultimate in homespun hip. Big up the cabin feel with faux fur throws draped over dining chairs. Natural decorations really finish off the look so festoon a ring with foliage and hang above the table.

    Enhance the toasty feel with a contemporary woodburner adding a glow to the proceedings and a brightly coloured patterned rug bringing instant cosiness underfoot.

    Wall panelling can feel formal, but this one has been given a contemporary update with a lick of grey paint – try a shade such as Mole’s Breath by Farrow & Ball for a similar effect.

    Of course, the tree has to be the star of the show and beautiful decorations in classic gold and red really bring it to life  (tree, decorations, wrapping paper, crackers, candle holders and candle all from House of Fraser).

     

     

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    Winter wonderland

    by  • 01/12/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country bedroom John Lewis Pheasant Scene Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set

    If you’ve got guests coming for Christmas, give them a real treat and make them feel special by decorating the guest bedroom with a beautiful rustic-themed country bedroom scheme that’s reminiscent of a Highlands croft.

    Here at Country Days we’re loving this toasty bedroom that’s full of texture, and layered up with sumptuous fabrics that give it a touch of hotel luxe.

    Of course, the exposed stone wall really adds to the mood – if you don’t have one, you can always cheat and recreate natural texture with a faux stone or weathered wood wallpaper feature wall.

    The cottage feel is accentuated with a beautiful traditional wrought-iron bed – just the spot for a comfy night’s sleep. But it’s the bedding that really caught our eye… a gorgeous monochrome pheasant motif duvet cover and pillow cases partnered with pheasant and reindeer cushions, and the snuggliest faux fur throw and hot water bottle cover, all from John Lewis.

    Team with plaid curtains to emphasise the Highland feel and give a nostalgic nod to times gone by with an artisan-style trunk bedside cabinet that blends oatmeal fabric and vintage leather.

    No rustic home would be complete without wooden floorboards, but make them softer underfoot and finish off the look with a natural fibre rug.

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    Are you sitting comfortably?

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

    WillowandHallcountrylivingroom

    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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