• Cool, calm & collected

    by  • 30/08/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    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

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    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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    Berry beautiful

    by  • 16/08/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Take a leaf out of autumn’s book with this pretty country bedroom in autumnal tones.

    With chillier evenings ahead, it’s time to consider cosying up the bedroom. And there’s nothing like a burst of a warm and vibrant colour such as orange to inject some comfort.

    Here, eyecatching Pippin bedlinen and curtains from Sanderson Home take inspiration from autumn foliage. Overlapping stylised branch motifs feature jewel-like berries for a pretty pop of colour, and are complemented by a quirky print of irregular stripes and colourful spots. A bold orange piping adds a final flourish. Layer the bed with a soft stripy knit throw and cushions in co-ordinating tones to ensure a snuggly moment.

    A beautiful French-style bed upholstered in a neutral linen makes the perfect partner and keeps the look light, bright and chic. Soft grey painted walls contribute to the airy feel and ensure an understated backdrop that doesn’t detract from the patterned fabrics.

    Pair with clean-lined honey-toned furniture and wooden flooring to keep the look simple and emphasise the warmth – then introduce a textured rug on the floor to keep it cosy underfoot.


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    Golden age

    by  • 09/08/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Pops of gold are all the rage at the moment and are perfect for a late summer scheme. Try blending glamorous golds and gorgeous greys as in this country living room.

    This striking scheme is a fabulous example of how to combine classic and modern elements together. We love the Bluebell corner sofa shown here from sofa.com, which is a classic take on the L-shaped sofa that’s the mainstay of many a family room as it creates a versatile and sociable area with seating galore for family and friends… or even just one person who wants a siesta!

    The Bluebell is shown here in the palest greeny grey wool upholstery that is ever so soft to the touch and works beautifully with golds and greys.

    A beautiful chandelier adds a sense of period grandeur.

    Give the look a modern edge with industrial-style coffee tables and smart geometric wallpaper. Then hang up striking wall art that pulls the greys and golds together.

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    Grey & gorgeous

    by  • 02/08/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Grey is the colour of the moment as it goes with everything and adds a hint of drama to any scheme. Here, a soothing shade of grey is used as a backdrop in a country bathroom, giving it a chic edge.

    Pick a shade of grey with a hint of blue in it for bathroom walls to create a wow factor backdrop. Offset with a beautiful white rolltop bath – choose one with silver legs and it will tone with the walls beautifully.

    We love the vintage accessories that add character to this scheme. A dark wood chair brings a sense of warmth and makes a stylish place for storing folded towels beside the bath, while old crates are perfect for displaying toiletries. Choose a modern steel towel ladder for a chic contemporary touch.

    Probably the most eyecatching feature of the room, though, are the arched shutters in a rustic grey stain (from Apollo Blinds) that make the window into a beautiful feature. They demonstrate perfectly that shutters can be fashioned to a bespoke fit for almost any shape of window.

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    Wow factor in white

    by  • 26/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    White has to be one of the most popular colour choices for a country kitchen and here’s a gorgeous scheme that keeps the look light and bright and is perfect for country living.

    We love the elegant hand-finished cabinets that are the epitome of traditional English style with their simple design and classic lines, finished off with a distinctive cockbead detailing (this is the Chichester kitchen from Neptune).

    The light palette creates a fresh and clean feel (the cabinets can be painted in a colour of your choice) but we love white for a cool summer look.

    A kitchen island is a must-have as it provides extra worksurface space to prepare food and also doubles as a breakfast bar. Gleaming chrome industrial pendant lights make a statement and finish off the island with a flourish.

    Walls in a warm grey make the perfect backdrop for the cabinets, adding definition, while the cosy tones of wood and wicker introduce a homely touch.


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    Summertime seating

    by  • 19/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Here’s a super pretty country living room that’s just right for summer, mirroring the colours and blooms of the garden beautifully.

    It’s a fabulous example of how to use a neutral backdrop – off-white walls and rug, plus elegant neutral painted furniture – then introduce colour and pattern with furniture and fabric.

    The gorgeous green sofa (the Chatsworth, upholstered in Willoughby 01, from The Dormy House) provides a stylish mainstay of the scheme.  Its opulent buttoned back ensures it ticks the box as regards classic good looks, while the subtle striped upholstery fabric injects a modern touch. A neutral ottoman, with a buttoned lid (in Cirrus 03,  from The Dormy House), continues the button detail and makes an eyecatching centrepiece, providing plenty of concealed storage.

    Liven up the scheme with joyful co-ordinating fabrics – both florals, stripes and windowpane checks – for an individual and eclectic interior. Flowing floorlength curtains make a delightful frame for the windows, while the tones are picked up in the cushions and the bold floral design of the statement armchair. Add into the mix the smart striped Lounge chair Portland Stripe 02 from The Dormy House and you have all the ingredients of a quirky and distinctive look.

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    Into the blue

    by  • 12/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Blue is the colour of the moment, and we’re loving the different tones that are used here in this gorgeous country living room. If you’re bored with neutrals and are looking to bring a little colour into your life, here’s a way to introduce different patterns in summery shades, while creating a soothing palette.

    The hero piece in the scheme is the classic sofa (the Snowdrop two and a half seater sofa in Blue Marl from Sofa.com), which is given a modern update in a bold shade. Keep the look graduated by varying the tones of blues around it. Here, cushions in coastal stripes and windowpane checks in a paler hue of blue, as well as white, soften the scheme and add interest. A stunning cowparsley design wallpaper in a sky blue makes an eyecatching backdrop while emphasising the country element.

    Occasional and coffee tables with an industrial edge bring the look bang up to date. Pop an artisan striped vase filled with pretty flowers into the room to link with the pattern on the cushion.

    Then finish off with a subtle blue grey rug to soften the wooden floorboards.


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    Coastal chic

    by  • 05/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Oh we do like to be beside the seaside… and here’s a coastal-inspired bedroom that really makes us feel as if we’re on holiday!

    Classic white furniture paves the way for an East Coast look. We love the gorgeous handpainted bed with its panelled head and footboard, and dressing the bed in subtle striped bedlinen gives a modern edge to a maritime classic, while toning throws and blankets are ideal for keeping chills at bay. Pop a matching blanket box at the end of the bed for handy storage of bedlinen.

    Stripes are a key ingredient of the nautical look, so create a stylish window treatment with a Roman blind that combines ticking stripes and plain fabric for an informal feel.

    Walls painted in the softest hue of blue create an ever-so-subtle backdrop. Hang up a seascape canvas to add a focal point to plain walls and bring back happy holiday memories.

    Make sure you keep it simple underfoot for a beach hut feel with limewashed wooden flooring broken up with a jute rug and a pretty pale sea blue design. (Furniture from the Devon range, Newport Stripe Seaspray bedlinen, Dylan duck egg throw, Pale Seaspray paint, lighting, Lewes Seaspray and Shepton Natural rugs and Bay canvas, all Laura Ashley).


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    Shades of summer

    by  • 28/06/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    If you want to inject subtle colour into your country dining room, take your inspiration from all things summery and, in this case, a delicious ice cream colour palette.

    Here, a panelled wall becomes an eyecatching feature wall when painted in a variety of pretty pastel shades, such as Dusty Lilac, Coquette Lt, Smoketree Lt, Sand Tan and Mercury Lt, all by Sanderson Paint, creating a rustic backdrop with a difference.

    Keep the look calm and pared-back for best effect. Introduce a Scandinavian edge by painting the rest of the scheme white and bringing in vintage furniture that has a distressed finish. Choose a farmhouse table with a wooden top to cosy up the room and link with the wooden floor. Then partner the table with vintage mismatched chairs to create an eclectic and informal feel. Complete the scheme with a pretty, neutral rug underfoot.

    Accessories are a great way of bringing homely character to a scheme and we love the simple display on the top of the sideboard – a beautiful vintage seascape propped against the wall is teamed with a minimal display of country flowers in a glass jar to finish off the look beautifully.


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