• Celebrate in a gorgeous garden room

    by  • 19/05/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    The fabulous Chelsea Flower Show’s on and here at Country Days we’re inspired by gardening gorgeousness.

    Bringing the outdoors in is big in interiors at this time of year, and here’s the perfect way to do it by turning your conservatory into a country dining room. This dreamy space has a magical quality that makes it the perfect backdrop to tea parties and special celebrations.

    The furniture in the scheme takes its inspiration from the room’s white framework. Scandi-style pieces (the Dahlia Ivory collection from Marks & Spencer), which can be used outdoors too, keep the look light and airy, while the square design mirrors the shape of the windowpanes.

    Pretty floral fabrics are used to add softness and link with the garden theme. Mixing and matching fabrics in similar colourways is a key trend and here a ditsy floral tablecloth is teamed with a jolly vintage-style floral on the seat pads. Rose pink tableware (from Marks & Spencer) takes pride of place on the tabletop, along with the jugful of blooms.

    Big up the natural element with trails of ivy (faux ivy can be used to achieve the same effect), while a candelabra decorated with ivy and fresh flowers makes a stunning centrepiece over the table.


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    Dig a flower bed…

    by  • 12/05/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country bedroom

    Country style and florals go hand in hand and we couldn’t resist this gorgeous country bedroom with its dreamy flower motif bedlinen and simple canopy hanging beneath the amazing vaulted ceiling.

    The bed should be the centrepiece of any bedroom, and this is a scheme that successfully teams rustic with refined.  A pretty floral duvet cover with matching pillowcases is guaranteed to create a feminine mood. This design, Connie by Christy, incorporates sateen for a luxurious feel and has a beautiful painterly motif that’s bang on trend and is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in. The colour palette of pink combined with neutrals, charcoal and a flash of chartreuse gives it a contemporary edge. Team with classic crisp white bedlinen with lace edging for a romantic feel. Then emphasise the airiness with a pared-back canopy – simply attach a length of linen or cotton to the back of the bed and casually drape from the beams for an effect that accentuates the vaulted ceiling.

    Mellow tones give the scheme a golden glow – wooden floorboards tone with the beams and carry through to the honey-toned linen curtains and natural fibre rug. Introduce a blush pink desk light and copper pendant to emphasise those warm tones, while adding a hint of vintage.

    Finally, a mother of pearl inlay bedside chest harmonises beautifully with the bedlinen palette, adding an exotic touch of luxe.

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    Say it with flowers…

    by  • 05/05/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country living room Country Days Country Homes & Interiors

    Introduce the wow factor in a country living room with a statement floral sofa. Here at Country Days, we loved this gorgeous design from Graham & Green‘s Deep Dream sofa collection. Its retro feel and statement fabric make it just the thing for injecting a modern twist, as well as uplifting a neutral scheme.

    The eyecatching fabric, the quirky Garden Bloom velvet, features a design by impressionist painter Jessica Zoob and is inspired by the lotus flowers she came across on her travels through Asia.

    If you opt for a dramatic hero piece such as a floral sofa, it pays to keep the rest of the look calm. Here a pared-back Scandi feel has been created with a backdrop of white tongue and groove panelled walls and limewashed floorboards.

    A well-placed shelf adds interest to the wall and is the perfect place to display a collection of treasured flower jugs and vases. Keep the look simple and unified by sticking to one colour palette such as white, then posies of flowers will sing out.

    Enhance the homespun feel with clever use of natural fabrics and fibres – plain linen blinds bring a rustic touch to windows, while a braided rug edged with vibrant red picks up the shades in the sofa.

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    Love informal dining

    by  • 28/04/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Blue and white country dining room with vintage feel

    It’s that time of year when you long to throw open the doors and let the spring sunshine flood in… and what better place to do it than in an informal dining area that leads into the garden, so you can enjoy lazy lunches and delicious dinners!

    Here at Country Days, we loved this pretty country dining room with its light and airy feel. White is the perfect colour to use to keep a scheme cool and fresh in summer, and here, classic distressed farmhouse table and benches, topped with mellow wood for warmth, team beautifully with elegant plantation shutters (these are from California Shutters) that filter the sunlight and prevent the room from becoming too bright. The look can be softened with cushions – intersperse scatter and bench seat cushions for an eclectic, casual feel.

    Pops of blue have been introduced as a subtle nod to coastal style, and a statement wall created with a nautical-inspired design (Abigail Edwards’ fabulous Seascape summer wallpaper) that features line-drawn rolling waves for a striking backdrop.

    Wooden floorboards keep the look understated and relaxed, while vintage industrial lights hang above the table for on-trend lighting – scour antiques fairs such as Ardingly in West Sussex to find similar vintage treasures. Arrange sprays of seasonal flowers in jam jars to add a pretty country finishing touch to the tabletop.


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    Big up the blue

    by  • 21/04/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Blue country kitchen

    Blue is definitely the colour of the moment and the delicious pale powder blue palette, used on the classic country ingredients such as the Shaker-style cabinets, butcher’s block and tongue and groove wall panelling in this gorgeous country kitchen, creates a fresh and clean look.

    Pastel blue is a fabulous shade to use in a scheme where you want to maximise the light, and also works well in a south-facing room as it doesn’t appear too cold. It also teams beautifully with on-trend grey for a modern twist – here the hero piece is a graphite-coloured range (by Everhot) that makes a striking focal point and adds definition to the scheme. Dark grey is a great neutral colour for an appliance as it’s unlikely to date and also harmonises with granite worktops and slate flooring.

    Combining kitchens with relaxed dining areas is a big trend that ensures the kitchen is the heart of the home. Here, a large farmhouse table and bench create an informal touch, and softness is introduced with striped seat cushions that pull together the blues and greys used in the scheme.

    Big up the cottage feel with artisan pottery and vintage-style ceramic and glass bottles brimming with posies of country flowers for a spring feel. Pale blue enamelware would work beautifully in this scheme too.


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    Make life a bed of roses…

    by  • 14/04/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country bedroom from Country Days at Country Homes and Interiors

    Cottage style is the perfect scheme for a country bedroom in spring and summertime with its abundance of pretty floral fabrics in shades inspired by the garden, homely vintage-find furniture and simple, laid-back vibe. And it’s a style that’s one of our favourites here at Country Days.

    Florals bring an instant hit of summer to any country bedroom, and we were immediately smitten with this pretty bedlinen covered in a vintage rose print by Julie Dodsworth at Bedeck, which works perfectly in a cottage-style scheme.

    Julie’s work is inspired by the English waterways and her beloved narrowboat Calamity Jane, and this beautiful design, Mary Rose, is adorned with trailing roses that are influenced by childhood memories of patterned linens and colourful silk threads from Julie’s mum’s sewing box, complete with a small rosebud motif on the reverse.

    Big up the cottage feel by using the bedlinen in a room with a muted backdrop so it becomes the focal point of the scheme. Floral designs work beautifully with a wrought-iron bed, and you can create the cosy feel that’s integral to cottage style by layering up with a co-ordinating throw and cushions and accessorising with crisp white sheets and pillowcases.

    Team with vintage furniture such as a timeworn wooden chest of drawers or a Windsor chair for homely character. If you want to add a modern twist and be on-trend, introduce some industrial lighting. Then finish off with painted floorboards and a natural fibre rug to enhance the simple, rustic look.

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    Pop colour into a country kitchen

    by  • 07/04/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Green and pink country kitchen Country Days Country Homes and Interiors

    Country kitchens are characterised by their classic cabinets and muted shades, but there’s no reason why you can’t introduce some personality and add a modern edge with a few well-chosen touches, right?

    One of the best ways of making a statement is with pops of colour. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose a colourful appliance such as a range cooker – Aga’s just introduced models in Rose and Lemon – or one of Smeg’s fabulous retro fridges. You can also use colour to provide definition on an island by painting it in an eyecatching shade. Or try adding vibrant tones into your scheme with accessories.

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    Passion for spring pastels?

    by  • 17/03/2015 • Country style • 3 Comments

    Blue bedroom Country Days Country Homes and Interiors

    Here at Country Days, we’re not quite ready to pack away the extra quilts and blankets just yet… but we do love the idea of introducing soft pastel shades and hints of blossom pink to conjure up a spring feel, and this beautiful Scandi-style country bedroom is a masterclass in how to do it.

    Duck egg is a much-loved staple of the country colour palette, and it’s perfect for a bedroom because it creates such a soothing and restful scheme.

    If you’re feeling super brave, paper with a large-scale design featuring of-the-moment birds and blossom, as shown here. Otherwise, stick to painted walls and introduce colour and pattern with must-have accessories such as throws, quilts, curtains and cushions (all from Susie Watson, as is the wallpaper).

    Subtle blues are used throughout this bedroom to create a unified scheme, and pattern is introduced to create interest. Here playful birds, butterflies and florals combine with checks and stripes, while accents of pink are used to pack a punch.

    Muted schemes such as this one work beautifully with painted and distressed furniture – choose chalky greys for an elegant Gustavian feel. This furniture is from Susie Watson, but you can also bring in vintage pieces and paint to suit your scheme – scour country fairs and car boot sales. Then add to the Scandi mood with either limewashed or painted floorboards for a simple, pared-back look.

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