• Rich pickings

    by  • 27/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    When autumn arrives, it’s hard to resist the urge to cosy up your home. So go to town and decorate with rich colours and sumptuous, textured fabrics for the ultimate comfort factor.

    This gorgeous country living room provides plenty of inspiration with its beautiful tones and sophisticated feel.

    The focal point of the scheme is the statement Saturday three-seat sofa in AW16 Vintage Bloom velvet, which incorporates a traditional floral motif.  The sofa’s rich colourway and classic style help evoke a moody feel that’s perfect for wintry days ahead.

    Complementary Emerald velvet Saturday chairs and cushions lift the scheme and introduce jewel shades that pave the way for the festive season. A Valentin footstool in Lavender Grey textured velvet adds an extra touch of luxe. (Sofa, chairs and footstool, all Sofa.com.)

    To prevent the look from becoming too heavy, balance with a paler shade, such as the silver grey blinds and carpet here, which allows the furniture to really stand out. Finish off with a tripod floor lamp for a modern touch.

     

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    Sleeping beauty

    by  • 20/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Have you noticed how dark it is first thing in the morning now? If you’re struggling to get out of  bed, you may be in the mood to revamp your bedroom and make it as cosy as possible, ready for hibernating when the days get shorter and chillier.

    This gorgeous country bedroom, with its lovely autumnal feel, will provide plenty of inspiration. It combines French chic and rustic charm, and exudes that feeling of cosiness and comfort that’s just right for hunkering down.

    The beautiful damask wallpaper makes an ornate backdrop to the elegant bed, the Camille, from The Cotswold Company. Its limewashed finish adds to the relaxed, lived-in look, while neutral upholstery complements it beautifully, with button detailing injecting an opulent touch. Dress the bed with crisp white bedlinen and a deep gold throw to add a pop of autumnal colour.

    Then go for a stylish co-ordinated look by choosing limewashed furniture from the same Camille range to create a relaxing haven. The chest of drawers and bedside chest have charming antique-style button handles that add to the feel of time gone by.

    Keep the look pared back with wooden floorboards for a classic rustic feel.

     

     

     

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    Natural beauty

    by  • 13/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Neutral colour palettes are a firm favourite in country decorating schemes, and they really come into their own as autumn approaches. The muted tones, wooden furniture and natural textures in this understated but gorgeous country dining room are a winning combination.

    We love the statement dining chairs – the Ely chairs – which are upholstered in beautiful Emily Bond fabrics (the bird motif fabric is Oyster Catcher while the striped design is Oyster Catcher ticking stripe), all by Multiyork. This is Multiyork’s first collaboration with Emily and they have chosen 17 fabrics from her collection to use on seating. Emily’s designs are inspired by the British countryside and coast and are screenprinted onto Scottish linens.

    The fabrics work beautifully with classic country furniture such as this clean-lined farmhouse-style oak table with painted legs. Team with a rustic scrubbed-wood dresser that’s perfect for displaying tableware and vintage finds.

    Keep the look soothing by painting walls in a soft taupe and hang up floorlength linen curtains for a simple yet elegant windowdressing. Finally, inject extra interest and cosy up a stone floor with a natural fibre rug.

     

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    Bathing beauty

    by  • 06/09/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Here at Country Days, we’re loving the colourful folk-inspired fabrics that are around at the moment and this gorgeous country bathroom combines bang-on-trend bohemian patterns with classic country features to create an eclectic modern rustic look.

    Folkloric patterns are perfect for giving a lift to an understated neutral bathroom.

    Here, a pretty tile splashback tones beautifully with the soothing taupe wall and scrubbed wooden floorboards that provide a pared-down backdrop.

    A black roll top bath adds definition to the scheme as well as elegance. Team with a wooden bath rack to big up the rustic feel.

    Pops of colour are provided by a stunning Roman blind in Folki and the geometric fabric on the towel, Klaudia, as well as the pretty toiletry bag in Vilda, which features bird motifs; all fabrics are from the Wilderness collection by Studio G at Clarke & Clarke.

     

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    Cool, calm & collected

    by  • 30/08/2016 • Country style • 1 Comment

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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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