• 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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    Embrace gorgeous colour

    by  • 16/06/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Turquoise and orange country living room

    Bored with neutrals? Then you’ll love this zingy combination of on-trend teal and orange – perfect for introducing a summery feel to a country living room.

    The colours work so well together because they’re opposites on the colour wheel. Turquoise lends an air of calm and tranquillity; the darker tones of teal injecting a sophisticated edge. Orange brings warmth and energy, so vibrant pops of it introduce flamboyant touches.  It’s a colour combination that teams beautifully with the gorgeous ethnic and bohemian fabrics and accessories that are wowing the high street at the moment.

    This is a living room scheme that is big on the comfort factor – the squishy sofa and stacks of cushions are so inviting. Partner with an upholstered buttoned footstool for a sumptuous look. (The sofa, footstool, cushions, side table, table lamp, bowl and candle are all from I & JL Brown.)

    A multicoloured patterned rug makes a statement as well as tying the colours together and adding a modern touch.

    We also love the shelving unit that is built into the wall and surrounds the window. It’s such a clever use of space as there’s plenty of room to display much-loved books and collectibles.

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    Create a wow workspace

    by  • 09/06/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Neutral country home office

    Make working from home a breeze by ensuring you have delightful surroundings, like this elegant country home office, to knuckle down in.

    Natural light is an important factor, and this space works particularly well because it’s so close to the window, and has the advantage that it allows you to gaze out at the view for extra inspiration!

    A neutral palette has been used here, and muted colours are always a great choice as they help create the sort of calm environment that’s conducive to work.

    For extra versatility, create a workspace that really feels as if it’s part of your home by decorating in a similar style, then you can use it for other purposes if necessary.

    Comfort and functionality are key when choosing furniture. A large, practical table allows plenty of room for spreading out papers – here the stylish trestle table adds a modern touch and can also double as a dining table if space is an issue.

    If you’re a a fan of co-ordination, you’ll love that the stool is upholstered in the same gorgeous fabric as the stunning floor-length curtains (Ferndown in Lichen from the Dorchester Collection by Prestigious Textiles).  The leafy trail motif helps bring the outside in and is perfect for creating a relaxed mood.

    Finally, the parquet flooring sets the look off beautifully as it tones with the table and emphasises the natural, pared-back feel.

     

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    Love classic stripes

    by  • 02/06/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Blue and pink striped dining room

    Stripes are big news in fashion, and big news in country interiors too…. and we just can’t get enough of them here at Country Days! Timeless and classic, stripes can lift a scheme and, if used in a playful way, will add a fun touch. They’re the perfect pattern for making a statement without being overpowering.

    We love this cool country dining room because it’s a masterclass in mixing and matching stripes, from bold and broad to stylish and subtle (the gorgeous fabrics shown are all from Ian Mankin).

    With summer upon us, a blue and white stripe is the classic pattern for evoking blissful sun-drenched days. Here, a bold horizontal striped tablecloth gives the impression of elongating the table, as well introducing a coastal edge to the scheme. Teaming it with red seat cushions packs a punch and makes meal times just that bit more comfy. Meanwhile, floor-length striped curtains give the illusion that the room is taller than it is, while the subtle blue and red hues pull the look together.

    Keep the scheme summery and on-trend with white retro chairs and statement vintage pendants – make sure you hang the lights low over the table for maximum impact.

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    Prepare to sit pretty

    by  • 26/05/2015 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Pink and white country living room

    Pretty in pink! Here at Country Days, we’re loving this country living room with its soothing neutral backdrop punctuated with a classic country checked fabric by Jane Churchill.

    For a look that will stand the test of time, choose a neutral linen sofa as your living room staple, and make your hero piece a statement armchair such as this stunning pink checked design (both the sofa and the armchair are from Multiyork). Link the two by softening the sofa with a toning checked cushion.

    Painted furniture is a great way of bringing character to a scheme, especially if you mix and match it. Here, the sleek coffee table interjects a modern edge with its clean lines, while the vintage glazed cabinet is perfect for storing books and nick nacks and breaking up a large area of wall space.

    French-influenced pieces introduce a touch of chic. The beautiful distressed side table makes a real style statement, especially when topped with interesting finds. A toile cushion adds classic elegance.

    Bleached floorboards keep the feel light and bright, while must-have vintage industrial pendants (hunt them out at salvage yards, auctions and antiques fairs) finish off the look beautifully.

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    Celebrate in a gorgeous garden room

    by  • 19/05/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country garden room

    The fabulous Chelsea Flower Show’s on and here at Country Days we’re inspired by gardening gorgeousness.

    Bringing the outdoors in is big in interiors at this time of year, and here’s the perfect way to do it by turning your conservatory into a country dining room. This dreamy space has a magical quality that makes it the perfect backdrop to tea parties and special celebrations.

    The furniture in the scheme takes its inspiration from the room’s white framework. Scandi-style pieces (the Dahlia Ivory collection from Marks & Spencer), which can be used outdoors too, keep the look light and airy, while the square design mirrors the shape of the windowpanes.

    Pretty floral fabrics are used to add softness and link with the garden theme. Mixing and matching fabrics in similar colourways is a key trend and here a ditsy floral tablecloth is teamed with a jolly vintage-style floral on the seat pads. Rose pink tableware (from Marks & Spencer) takes pride of place on the tabletop, along with the jugful of blooms.

    Big up the natural element with trails of ivy (faux ivy can be used to achieve the same effect), while a candelabra decorated with ivy and fresh flowers makes a stunning centrepiece over the table.

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    Dig a flower bed…

    by  • 12/05/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country bedroom

    Country style and florals go hand in hand and we couldn’t resist this gorgeous country bedroom with its dreamy flower motif bedlinen and simple canopy hanging beneath the amazing vaulted ceiling.

    The bed should be the centrepiece of any bedroom, and this is a scheme that successfully teams rustic with refined.  A pretty floral duvet cover with matching pillowcases is guaranteed to create a feminine mood. This design, Connie by Christy, incorporates sateen for a luxurious feel and has a beautiful painterly motif that’s bang on trend and is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in. The colour palette of pink combined with neutrals, charcoal and a flash of chartreuse gives it a contemporary edge. Team with classic crisp white bedlinen with lace edging for a romantic feel. Then emphasise the airiness with a pared-back canopy – simply attach a length of linen or cotton to the back of the bed and casually drape from the beams for an effect that accentuates the vaulted ceiling.

    Mellow tones give the scheme a golden glow – wooden floorboards tone with the beams and carry through to the honey-toned linen curtains and natural fibre rug. Introduce a blush pink desk light and copper pendant to emphasise those warm tones, while adding a hint of vintage.

    Finally, a mother of pearl inlay bedside chest harmonises beautifully with the bedlinen palette, adding an exotic touch of luxe.

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    Say it with flowers…

    by  • 05/05/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country living room Country Days Country Homes & Interiors

    Introduce the wow factor in a country living room with a statement floral sofa. Here at Country Days, we loved this gorgeous design from Graham & Green‘s Deep Dream sofa collection. Its retro feel and statement fabric make it just the thing for injecting a modern twist, as well as uplifting a neutral scheme.

    The eyecatching fabric, the quirky Garden Bloom velvet, features a design by impressionist painter Jessica Zoob and is inspired by the lotus flowers she came across on her travels through Asia.

    If you opt for a dramatic hero piece such as a floral sofa, it pays to keep the rest of the look calm. Here a pared-back Scandi feel has been created with a backdrop of white tongue and groove panelled walls and limewashed floorboards.

    A well-placed shelf adds interest to the wall and is the perfect place to display a collection of treasured flower jugs and vases. Keep the look simple and unified by sticking to one colour palette such as white, then posies of flowers will sing out.

    Enhance the homespun feel with clever use of natural fabrics and fibres – plain linen blinds bring a rustic touch to windows, while a braided rug edged with vibrant red picks up the shades in the sofa.

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