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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – cheerful Christmas cushions

    by  • 17/12/2016 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    ready_lornaCreate a festive tone and transform your home into a magical wonderland with our favourite selection of beautiful Christmas cushions to add warmth, colour and holiday humour…

    Introduce a touch of seasonal folklore into your living room with the most cheerful symbol of Christmas! We love these chirpy chappy Robin Redbreast cushions (above), £52 Square; £47.50 Rectangle, from Lorna Syson. Perfect for adding on your sofa during the festive season, these digitally printed characters on 100% cotton twill are generously feather filled and handmade in Norfolk – they’re definitely the most welcoming of holiday guests! 45 x 45cm.

    ready_nothsMake an extra special statement with this beautiful Personalised Mistletoe Christmas Cushion (above), £29.50, by Koko Blossom at Notonthehighstreet.com. Printed on a fresh white 100% cotton base, this affectionate lovely is smartly finished off with grey piping to compliment the delicate design – it’s the ultimate plump-up pick to add a pop of seasonal sentiment to your favourite chair. Each bespoke cushion is made to order, 45 x 45cm.

    ready_nextGet merry and bright and mix and match in novelty fashion with Next’s step-into-the-season range of Christmas cushions (above), from £10. Featuring a variety of warm and fuzzy designs with everything from a light up Jolly Holly cushion to an adventurous Dachshund dashing through the snow – there’s something to suit every scheme, style and personality – tis the season to be jolly after all!



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    Winter wonderland

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

    country living room

    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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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Christmas tableware must-haves

    by  • 10/12/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    sophieThis Christmas Day serve up the ultimate feast on the most fabulously festive of tables! We’ve hand-picked a gorgeous edit of this season’s most magical tableware buys to add the finishing sparkle and make guests ooh and aah in sheer delight – why should Santa take all the glory?!

    Decorate your tabletop with sleigh loads of merry charm with Sophie Allport’s enchanting Starry Night Christmas Collection of fine bone china serveware and linens. Featuring a magical narrative of Father Christmas racing across a dusky blue night sky, each china piece is hand decorated and finished on British soil – it’s the top choice range to set the most whimsical of scenes and spread seasonal smiles! Shown above: Starry Night Table Runner, £19; Fabric Placemat, £6; Napkin, £13 for set of 4; Nibbles Bowl, £9.


    Ensure the party goes off with a bang with a favourite crowd pleaser… These fabulous Winter Robin Christmas Crackers (above), £18 for a box of 6, by The Handmade Cracker Company at Notonthehighstreet.com, make an extra fun addition for adults and kiddie winkles alike. Available in satin and organza ribbons in 12 different colours, there’s a variety of gifts to choose from to fit any colour scheme and amuse every guest. Each cracker contains a snap, joke and gift.

    tchIntroduce an adorable winter garden character to dining delights with this oh-so-cute Robin Salt & Pepper Set (above), £9, by Gisela Graham at The Contemporary Home. In a shiny glazed design, this proud berry duo can be easily refilled ensuring that your festive dishes are always seasoned to tasty perfection!

    With all the trimmings (edible and decorative) galore – let the turkey battles commence!

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    Dreaming of a white Christmas?

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

    White Company country bedroom

    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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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – Christmas tree toppers

    by  • 03/12/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    tree-toppers-blog-3Joyful greetings all! This weekend we’re all in a feisty flurry to hunt down, claim and bah-humbug back the PERFECT Christmas spruce to stand proud and transfix us through the merry weeks..! After dressing you’re festive addition to the nines, it’s only right that show stopper efforts should be crowned with the ultimate finishing touch… We’ve rounded-up a treat of tree toppers to help you top the alpine decorating trumps!

    Put the Christmas cherry on top and turn up the cheer with a quirky and festively fun finishing touch! We love this Knitted Santa Hat Tree Topper (above), £18, by Lauren Aston at Notonthehighstreet.com. Handknit on giant needles, this chunky charmer features a fluffy white pompom and is made from 100% Merino wool – it’s the must-have item that doubles up as a novelty bottle cosy to conceal cheeky tipples!

    tree-toppers-blog-2Keep things rural and rustic with a Scandinavian inspired tree stopper that will add a touch of understated beauty to your visiting evergreen. This Zinc Star Tree Topper (above), is a bargain £6, from Rowen & Wren. Modern Nordic in nature with a timeless appeal – it’s the perfect pick to crown your proud pine with stylish simplicity.

    tree-toppers-blog-1Top off your tree decorating efforts with a bespoke British wonder! This fabulous Custom Word Wire Christmas Tree Topper (above), £22, from The Letter Loft, is lovingly hand-bent and welded with stainless steel by a devoted father and daughter team. Available in a gorgeous selection of powder-coated colours and on-trend metallics – it’s the typography with a difference that will give your traditional fairy a run for her money!

    Happy decorating all – here’s hoping for not too many broken baubles!




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    Festive flair

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

    Country Christmas table

    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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    Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show opens today!

    by  • 25/11/2016 • Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments


    Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for… the first ever Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show has officially opened it’s doors! Visitors can browse over 100 stands in beautifully styled marquees in the grounds of Stonor Park Manor House, near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire from today (25th Nov) until Sunday (27th Nov).

    There’s creative and crafted festive gifts on offer, plus home, decorating and lifestyle products from our favourite makers and brands. Not to mention demonstrations from new and exciting country businesses – it’s all going on!

    We’ll be posting regular updates on all the festive fun across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled for #countryhomeschristmas. See you there!

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    See on-stand demonstrations at our Christmas show

    by  • 23/11/2016 • Country craft, Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments


    The Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show (25-27 Nov at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire) is only days away and we’re readying ourselves for a weekend of creativity, with on-stand demonstrations from the inspirational talent behind the UK’s finest boutique brands…

    Have a go at pheasant feather painting (above, top), a technique created and developed by artist Clare Brownlow, having stumbled across it at her parents’ kitchen table in Norfolk. She had forgotten to pack any art supplies so, in a quiet moment, decided to take up a pheasant feather from her father’s stash and, using his fountain pen ink, put ‘quill’ to paper!

    Enjoy quick-make wreath demonstrations with florist Kate Healy, founder of florist Rhubarb & Roses. She’ll be on hand with her team, demonstrating how to use dried fruits, foliage, cones and berries to create your own festive woodland foliage (above, bottom left).

    Mother and daughter duo Michelle and Stephanie of Witts Design use their hand-dyed and screen-printed textiles to create the most beautiful home accessories. Together they’ll show you how to make unique baubles and wreathes (above, bottom right) – the perfect gift for family and friends.

    Feeling inspired? There’s plenty more to see and do throughout the weekend, including block printing with Yateley Papers, needle felting with Mosney Mill and landscape painting with Cathy Mcclymont – phew!

    Not booked yet? Click here to buy your tickets online.

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    Get set for Christmas with Laura Ashley

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

    Feeling festive? Then you’ll love the classic silver collection from Laura Ashley that epitomises Christmas elegance.


    Of course, the tree has to be the star of the show and beautiful decorations in classic silver, glass and white really bring it to life. Small wreathes made of bells and glittery stars add interest, while reflective baubles bounce light around the room.


    An extravagant Christmas lunch deserves a show-stopping setting. A colour palette of crisp white and shimmery silver is an instant way to create a winter woodland feel. Put a little love into your table décor with elegant runners, beaded placemats and gorgeous glassware, not forgetting the crackers of course!


    There’s something about Christmas lighting that makes a room so warm and welcoming. Create ambience with beautifully lit wreathes, glowing snow globes and flickering fairy lights, or for something a bit more playful, novelty light-up reindeer and snowmen capture the cheery mood of the season perfectly.

    Don’t forget, Laura Ashley will be joining us at our Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire on 25-27 November, decorating trees in our woodland forest, where baubles shimmer and the air smells of fresh pine! Buy your tickets online here.

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    A warm welcome

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

    Country bedroom

    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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