• Be beside the seaside

    by  • 28/07/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Coastal living room

    Those lazy hazy days of summer make us here at Country Days want to head on down to the beach. And if you want to recreate that coastal feel in your own home, this beautiful living room certainly paves the way.

    Seaside living is all about relaxed style, with cool cotton fabrics, natural textures and maritime-themed accessories.

    Blue and white is the classic coastal palette, but injecting red into the mix warms up the look and adds depth. We love the fabrics in this scheme, which are part of the evocative Coast collection by Prestigious Textiles – a selection of fabrics featuring beach huts, seagulls, sailboats and shoreline treasures in iconic vintage style, with a jaunty stripe used as an eyecatching foil.

    Mixing and matching different fabrics that tone creates a vibrant scheme, while interspersing panels of fabric at the window and on the scatter and seat cushions on the settle are really clever ways to create a scheme with personality.

    Emphasise the coastal theme further with some contemporary style driftwood side tables, rope doorstops, glass floats and natural flooring.

     

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    Keep it informal

    by  • 21/07/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country dining room

    Wooden furniture is a key ingredient in a country scheme, and here at Country Days we love the cosy and rustic feel that’s created by the the warm tones of oak furniture in this informal country dining room. It’s a look that will work equally as well in an open-plan barn area as in a country cottage.

    The dining table, chairs, bench and sideboard (all Portsmore by Harveys) have a modern design with rounded edges for a chunky look, and the spacious table ensures there’s plenty of room for family gatherings. It’s best to make the most of the texture and grain of the natural wood, so stick to a simple tablesetting to show off its beauty.

    Wooden shutters at the window are perfect for creating a cosy French farmhouse feel. We love the room’s  vintage edge with worn and distressed floorboards, old school-style radiators and statement industrial lights.

     

     

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    Showstopping Shaker

    by  • 14/07/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

     Blue Shaker country kitchen

    Now who wouldn’t love a country kitchen like this? Here at Country Days we’re suffering from serious room envy.

    This gorgeous room with its exposed wooden beams makes a real style statement. Shaker-style cabinets are a country kitchen staple that are the perfect partner to the room’s architecture. This classic design by Harvey Jones is timeless with its clean lines, simple panelling and perfectly balanced proportions, while cream is a great colour choice as it won’t go out of fashion and it helps lighten up a room – particularly important if you live in a cottage. Painted units are also super versatile as you can ring the changes with a lick of paint if you want to vary the look.

    We love the way this scheme tones – the sandblasted beams match the wooden worktops of the butcher’s block, while the granite links with the flagstone floor. Colour is introduced with soothing duck egg walls to create a wonderfully relaxed feel.

    Open storage and shelving are a great way of displaying your favourite cookery books and utensils and injecting some personality. Keep your eyes open for an unusual shelf to display eyecatching pieces that will finish off the look beautifully.

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    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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