• A touch of spring

    by  • 15/02/2017 • Country style • 1 Comment

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    Pave the way for spring with pops of yellow adding a cheery element to a scheme.

    We love the reclaimed feel of this pretty country bedroom with its vintage furniture and accessories, and beautiful mix and match fabrics. Gorgeous golden toiles are teamed with neutral checks and bird and leaf motif fabrics dotted with pops of yellow for a relaxed look with a rustic twist.

    The fabrics are all from the Forever Spring fabric collection in Buttercup colourway by iLiv and are inspired by British woodlands and nature. A gorgeous distressed bed adds timeworn charm and elegance, and is layered up with cushions in, from back to front, Gold Finch, Finch Toile and Padstow, with a throw in both Finch Toile and Padstow, creating a sumptuous effect.

    Floorlength curtains in Gold Finch add a whimsical touch, enhanced by blinds in Field Grasses, while stools in Padstow add to the informal feel.

    A trio of wall lights above the bed defines the area and creates plenty of lighting for bedtime reading, while a woodpanel effect ceiling makes a statement overhead.





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    Vogue for vintage

    by  • 07/02/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments


    Vintage furniture is an intrinsic way of introducing character and timeworn style to a scheme. And who doesn’t love a characterful piece, especially if you know the history behind it?

    We love the simple, lived-in feel of this country dining room with pre-loved pieces creating a rustic ambience.

    Every dining room needs storage for tablelinens, crockery, cutlery and glasses, and this scrubbed pine piece injects a farmhouse feel, in addition to its weathered charm. Combine with  a vintage table and chairs and dress with a pretty tablecloth in Cranbrook in charcoal and trimmed with Sackville Stripe in natural, both by Clarke & Clarke for an on-trend monochrome look.

    Give the scheme a modern edge with a soft grey backdrop and add definition by painting the picture rail a striking dark grey.

    Then add to the mix beautiful artisan ceramics for a stylish finishing touch.


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    Natural Beauty

    by  • 31/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments


    Texture adds another layer of interest to a scheme and here’s a timeless country living room that has it in oodles.

    We love the beautiful rustic backdrop of this room with its exposed stonework and ancient beams. And it’s the perfect setting for a cosy living area that will see you through winter.

    There’s a definite trend for sofas that combine the mellow tones of leather with soft-to-the-touch fabric, and this gorgeous Wallace corner sofa from Alexander & James comes in a warm Indiana Tan leather with a soft Breton checked woollen fabric. An antique-effect studding detail adds a classic finishing touch.

    Team with a William Plaid Romance footstool and matching cushions for a twist of Highland chic, and layer up the sofa with Luxe Cool Earth grey velvet cushions and Poole Mocha herringbone cushions, along with chic leather cushions,  for a toasty feel. (All from Alexander & James)

    Add in characterful pieces such as a vintage stool and big up the texture with wicker furniture and seagrass accessories.

    And don’t forget to place some snuggly throws close at hand to keep those winter chills at bay.


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    Cosy moment

    by  • 24/01/2017 • Country style • 1 Comment


    Feel like hibernating at the moment? This toasty country bedroom with its Scandi edge makes duvet days an even more attractive proposition.

    At its heart is a classic country-style bed. You can’t go wrong with a painted cream design such as this – square panels and oak details ensure a pared-back, rustic staple that won’t date and will fit into a variety of different schemes. Enhance the country feel by teaming with a classic chest of drawers with seagrass baskets and a nest of tables by the bedside.

    Make the look super cosy by layering up with smart checked and striped bedlinen in a soothing neutral palette and add in furry cushions and throws for a touch of Scandi style. Don’t forget a sheepskin rug underfoot for extra cosiness. Then finish off with a few candles for a  warming glow.

    (Henley bed, Sidmouth sideboard, Sidmouth nest of tables, Fjord double duvet set; all Dunelm)

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    The comfort factor

    by  • 17/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    On chilly winter’s days, we just want to hibernate with warm comforting fabrics and decorate with pops of colour to brighten things up. And here’s a cosy country living room that combines toasty woollen fabrics and bursts of this season’s must-have mustard to give a lift to the ever-popular grey palette.

    Oriental-inspired rustic wallpaper creates an eyecatching feature wall that is enhanced with a layered window treatment. Cosy woollen curtains (in Naturally Deepdale in Ivory) and stunning checked woollen Roman blinds (in Naturally Hawes fabric in Natural) are sure to keep draughts at bay.

    Make the hero piece of the room a stylish sofa – this one is upholstered in a checked plaid-like woollen fabric (Naturally Thorpe in Taupe) for a nod to Highlands style, while plain seats in Naturally Deepdale fabric in Mushroom add a calming touch. Then introduce a Geometric Multiblock throw and cushions in Mustard for that extra dash of pizzazz.

    Industrial elements such as the floorlamp and metal trunk table give a modern country twist, while more traditional country elements such as mellow wooden furniture and flooring is used to ground the scheme.

    A clever tip is to use a large mirror propped against the wall to reflect light back into the room and make it appear more spacious.

    (All fabrics by Abraham Moon, cushions and throw by Bronte by Moon)

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    Winter wonderland

    by  • 10/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Create your very own winter wonderland in a country bedroom with a wealth of the softest silvery greys and snowy whites that complement the first snowdrops.

    Here, a beautiful rustic backdrop of exposed stone and weathered wood sets the scene for crisp whites to sing out, with floral cushions and a stunning patchwork quilt incorporating florals (Burford quilt and Burford cushion covers from The White Company) hinting at spring to come.

    The focal point is the Suffolk bed (from The White Company), which combines a curved and winged headboard for an elegant country feel, and is shown here in a linen union woven in Lancashire by the suppliers of Ian Mankin textiles.

    Give the scheme a contemporary edge with a cube side table and add to the mix a chic oak bench at the foot of the bed for handy storage, then soften stone flooring with a kilim rug in a soothing soft grey. (Cube side table, ceramic bottle lamp, oak bench, Pimlico bedlinen and Kew Kilim rug all The White Company).

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    Winter wonderland

    by  • 13/12/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    With Christmas less than two weeks away, it’s time to go to town with decorating. We were inspired by this festive country living room with a Scandi edge that Father Christmas himself would feel right at home in!

    This beautiful space maximises the cosy cabin backdrop by using a soft palette of  greys and off-whites to create an easy-on-the-eye scheme. The cream coffee table is the epitome of country style with its woven baskets providing handy storage beneath, while the table top ensures plenty of space for mince pies and glasses of mulled wine!

    Enhance the Scandi feel by layering the sofa with a sheepskin rug and cushions in opulent fabrics for sumptuous texture.  Then add a pebble-effect rug to scrubbed wooden floorboards for comfort underfoot.

    The beautiful woodburner is the focal point of the room and perfect for adding a cosy glow. Enhance the magical feel with candlelight – add in an array beautiful metal lanterns and tealight holders. Then introduce garlands, foliage and a tree (this is a faux one, and we love its snow-dusted finish) for a festive flourish.

    (Christmas tree and decorations, Sidmouth cream coffee table, Walton large sofa, Pebble rug, sheepskin rug, Aspen cushion, checked cushion, metal lanterns and flock deer, all from Dunelm.)



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    Dreaming of a white Christmas?

    by  • 08/12/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Guests coming to stay over the holidays? Then treat them to a festive country bedroom that’s the height of rustic hotel luxe. Here, understated glamour meets cottage chic with this under-the-eaves scheme in a soothing palette of snowy whites and gorgeous greys.

    The hero piece is the stunning Ardleigh bed with its weathered grey-wood finish and linen headboard. Layer it with beautiful bedding for a sumptuous look. Here, texture is the order of the day with knitted cushions, furry throws and sheepskin rugs adding to the cosy feel. Even the crisp white Petersham bedlinen has a modern waffle-like texture weave.

    Big up the festive ambience with a wreath on the door, a sparkle bud garland above the bed and star fairy lights decorating a miniature Christmas tree placed on a rustic wooden stool that doubles as a side table. Finish off with a timeworn wooden bench at the foot of the bed to provide extra storage.

    (Ardleigh bed, Petersham bedlinen, stool, Original BTC Hector table lamp, sheepskin rug and sparkle bud garland and star fairy lights all from The White Company)


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    Festive flair

    by  • 29/11/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Christmas is coming… and we’re loving the chalet chic look of this gorgeous country dining room. All that’s needed is a white Christmas for a truly authentic finishing touch…

    Reclaimed timber walls are all the rage, but you can use a wood-effect wallpaper if you prefer – Rockett St George and Wallpaper Direct have great ranges – to set the scene for a cosy Christmas. This look demands bare wooden floorboards but you can warm them up with toasty sheepskin rugs, or layer the rugs on a rustic wooden bench (the Gray & Willow Gilmore bench, from House of Fraser) to create a comfy yet informal look.

    The hero piece of the scheme is the Gray & Willow Gilmore Grand Fixed dining table (available from House of Fraser), which epitomises clean-lined Scandi simplicity, and provides enough space to seat everyone for a champagne breakfast or festive feast. Vintage Windsor chairs in a distressed white finish keep the look casual.

    Decorate the table with flickering candles, gleaming glassware filled with pine cones, beautiful baubles and a garland of foliage – fresh is perfect for scenting the air – and hang up fairy lights decorated with mercury glass acorns for a country Christmas with a glam edge. (Carved wooden reindeer decoration, Gray & Willow glassware, Gray & Willow stone dinnerware, champagne sparkle napkins, metal lanterns, Gray & Willow marble cake stand, Gray & Willow Pebble dinnerware, sleeping bear decoration, polar bear cloche, Gray & Willow hammered tumbler, mouse with snowball decoration, gold frankincense and myrrh votive trio, cinnamon and ginger five wick botanical candle, sheepskin rugs, star lights  and mercury acorns; all House of Fraser.)

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    A warm welcome

    by  • 22/11/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Pave the way for a warm welcome if you’ve got guests coming to stay for Christmas with this beautiful mid-winter country bedroom decorating scheme. Combining a hint of rustic barn chic with a twist of hotel luxe, this look is perfect for providing a toasty atmosphere.

    A pared-back palette of soft greys easily combines with limewashed wooden furniture to create a tranquil and restful mood. The cosy fabrics used are part of Ian Mankin‘s Ashfield wool collection – the classic motifs include a paisley, houndstooth, stylised damask and honeycomb-inspired geometric, as well as Ian Mankin’s signature checks, stripes and plains, and the different patterns blend together beautifully. Ashfield is woven from melange yarns using Shetland wool spun at one of the few remaining wool mills in the Pennines.

    The focal point of the bedroom is the smartly striped oversized headboard covered in Stanley Grey, while a pretty throw in honeycomb-inspired Gisburn Grey ensures guests will stay snuggly and warm through the  night.  Cushions in Ripon Grey houndstooth, subtly striped Sutton Grey and damask Malham Grey introduce extra interest. Layer an opulent reindeer skin on the bed for a stunning Scandi finishing touch.

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