• 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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    Are you a maker? Be mentored by Sophie Allport

    by  • 18/04/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

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    Are you an amazing craftsperson? If so, enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards category for Home Accessory Crafters and Makers now. This category recognises nearly everything that goes in the home – from unique door-stoppers to stunning cushions. Craft is a seemingly vast category focusing on textiles, ceramic, wood, glass and more. If you make it by hand, we’d love to see it. If you win, you could be mentored by leading industry expert Sophie Allport, founder and owner of Sophie Allport.

    Sophie started her British family business in 2007. She designs and produces fine bone china, kitchen textiles, tinware, melamine, stationery and other homewares inspired by her love of nature and the countryside.

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

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    Say it with flowers

    by  • 12/04/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country bedroom

    Now that spring has sprung, it’s a great excuse – if ever an excuse was needed – to get vibrant florals into a country bedroom and pave the way for summer.

    We love this new take on a classic bedlinen. Zingy hand-drawn flowers adorn one side – reminiscent of a spring garden – while a charcoal and cream polka dot reverse brings a contemporary edge. A toning monochrome floral throw and cushion with a lime pom pom trim adds a twist (Buckingham Floral and Polkadot bedlinen, throw and cushion all from Joules at Bedeck).

    The scheme can be give a modern feel by teaming with a simple cream bed, to show the bedlinen off to its best advantage. Keep it pared-back by incorporating an artisan stool as a bedside table and introduce a lime green chair to big up the green accents and emphasise the summery feel.

    Finish off with a smart black enamel pendant light for extra drama.

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    Meet Sian O’Doherty, the winner of the 2015 My Country Business Awards

    by  • 11/04/2016 • 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 Sian O’Doherty, the winner of last year’s Craft Award.

    Inspired by the romantic Pembrokeshire landscape where she lives, Sian creates beautiful knitted designs for the home, including cushions and blankets, as well as accessories, such as scarves, hats and gloves. She has developed her own interpretation of traditional Welsh patterns and the judges were impressed by the colour palettes and beautiful patterns, concluding that her designs were a modern twist on the traditional.

    What did winning mean to you? It meant a lot and is such a reward after all the work that has gone into developing the business and the collection. It can be hard striking out on your own and staying motivated, but the award reaffirmed that I was heading in the right direction and encouraged me to achieve my goals.

    How have you developed the brand? Since winning the award I’ve created a new range of lampshades and blankets, which I launched at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Made By Hand craft fair last winter. I was delighted by the response they received.

    What’s your long-term goal? To have an established textile business on our smallholding, where we keep 12 alpacas, using their raw fleece and running bespoke workshops.

    How helpful was the support you got from winning? It’s been great working with Etsy. The marketing of my business and product designs via Country Homes & Interiors has been fantastic and has increased my sales and traffic to my website significantly.

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

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    Nature’s bounty

    by  • 05/04/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country dining room

    Here at Country Days, we’re loving the mellow feel in this gorgeous cottage-style country dining room, with its beautiful beams and warm wooden furniture that complements the pamment floor tiles.

    A cosy feel is effortlessly achieved with reclaimed chapel chairs, a vintage bench and a time-worn table, all of which add bags of character. A classic corner cupboard, meanwhile, makes light work of storage in an otherwise underutilised space.

    The tablesetting is kept simple with a runner in a warm heather shade, while charming rustic linen fabrics with nature-inspired motifs are used to make a statement on the cushions and the window blind (the cushions are made from Oink and Dawn Chorus fabric and the blind from Wild Berries fabric; all from the Studio G Countryside Collection from Clarke & Clarke).

    Cream walls keep the look light and fresh, while a fisherman’s lamp adds a modern touch.

     

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    Are you a new creative talent? Be mentored by Not on the High Street

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

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    Have you graduated or left college within the past two years? We’re looking for a new creative talent who makes things that Notonthehighstreet.com would like to sell – from art and jewellery to homewares and food. Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards category for Emerging Creative Talent Award now and you could be mentored by leading industry expert Sally Bendelow, Creative Product Director at Notonthehighstreet.com.

    A curator of design-led products for over 20 years with brands such as Next, Heal’s and M&S, Sally is also a Liveryman of the Furniture Guild (one of 39 women out of 450), and works with universities to help graduates into full-time jobs.

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

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    Meet Zoe Glencross, the winner of the 2015 My Country Business Awards

    by  • 31/03/2016 • 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 Zoe Glencross of Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home, the winner of last year’s Interiors Award.

    The beautiful fabrics that Zoe creates combine illustrations with stripes and are inspired by the views from her Cheshire barn home.

    What did winning mean to you? I have loved interior design for many years and so felt especially privileged to win in the interiors category. It gave my brand a great kick start.

    How have you developed the brand? I’ve just launched ready-made linen lampshades and new woven plain linens in shades of grey that co-ordinate with my Meadowlands Collection.

    What’s your long-term goal? I’m planning to launch new collections each year and grow the business to be able to offer customers ready-made products as well as fabric by the metre online.

    How helpful was the support you got from winning? The mentoring sessions are an inspired idea. Having an industry relevant mentor when you have a new business is a blessing. I have had great advice and clear guidance from fabric designer Susie Watson, who couldn’t have been more positive.

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

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    Morning glory

    by  • 29/03/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    country dining room

    If you have a neutral scheme, injecting pastel green accents into it is the ideal way to create a fresh spring-like feel.

    The starting point for this pretty country dining room, the perfect spot for breakfast, are two country classics – a smart striped wallpaper on the feature wall and an elegant farmhouse table.

    The farmhouse table is given a modern country twist with white and sage green mid-century chairs creating an on-trend look, while the mix of colours teams with the wallpaper and adds interest. Pretty green accessories are used to pull the scheme together.

    The choice of lighting emphasises the modern feel with metal pendants over the table and a tripod table lamp on the nearby sideboard. (Sideboard, table, dining chairs, wallpaper, lights, all Laura Ashley).

    Stained wooden floorboards and a natural flooring rug finish off the room beautifully.

     

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