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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – National Bed Month buys

    by  • 04/03/2017 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    pic-3Forget the old saying that if ‘you snooze you lose’… It’s National Bed Month, and NOTHING beats a good night’s sleep! We’ve rounded up our favourite edit of lie-in buys to help you drift off and dream sweetly all night long…

    Sleep naturally every night with a full fleece luxury wool mattress that regulates heat, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. This gloriously comfortable Handtufted Rollable Mattress (above), from £649, from herdysleep, is made from responsibly and locally sourced wool blended with cotton and cashmere to create a premium mattress filling – it’s the naturally soft and springy pick to ensure blissful, undisturbed slumber…zzz…

    pic-1Nestle down in beautiful, quality bedlinen that feels decadently soft and smooth against your skin. This stunning Yves Bed Linen Ink (above), £120 for a King Duvet Set, from Christy, is made with 100% Cotton Sateen with a 200 thread count. Digitally printed to capture dynamic and expressive artwork – it’s the perfect painterly pick of inky toned loveliness that will transport you to a world of rest and relaxation.

    pic-2Create a sleeping beauty sanctuary with a Scandi inspired bed that pulls off laid-back elegance with ease. This full-of-character Robin King (above), £960, from Perch & Parrow, is made from oak and features an unusual curve to the spindle headboard. With it’s unique legs and wonderfully sleek lines – it’s the must have prince charming choice to compliment any modern country, refined slumber boudoir.

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – marble inspired must-haves!

    by  • 04/02/2017 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    1Organic, natural and beautifully timeless – marvellous marble is refreshing home interiors this spring and can be seen on everything from chopping boards to wallpaper and soft accessories… We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of gleaming buys that merge this elegant material with just the right touch of modern day country chic…

    Add to your chopping board collection with these gorgeous hand finished Torri Marble Boards (shown above), £36 each, by Henry & Future at Notonthehighstreet.com. Hand finished with a unique colour contrast design, these shapely beauties are practically perfect to chop and prepare food, but also make fantastic serving platters – they’re the must-have striking dual function pick! Dimensions:Oval (dark grey and white marble): H1.5cm x L32cm x W23cm; Round rectangular (light grey and white marble): H1.5cm x L36cm x W15cm; Round rectangular (black and white marble): H1.5cm x L38cm x W18cm.

    2Lend an artisan feel to your home with these eye catching marble and ombre effect cushions (shown above) from Oliver Bonas. Fusing traditional techniques with contemporary design, these 100% crafted cotton colour pops have been hand-marbled and topped with hand painted gold foiling for a subtle midas touch – they’re the mix and match, utterly desirable collection that will scatter positivity in any room! Marble Cushions, £24 each; Velvet Ombre Cushions, £27 each; Metallic Splatter Cushions, £28 each. Dimensions: Rectangle W50 x H30cm; Square W45 x H45cm.

    3Compliment rustic with chic and opt for a hero furniture piece that combines unexpected natural materials. This lovely Hollyton Coffee Table (shown above), £1,200.00, from Anthropologie, features a beautiful fusion of honey hued oak and cool white marble – with an attractive ladder-style base, it’s the united mineral top pick to anchor any modern country living space . Dimensions: H40.6cm x W127cm x D63.5cm.

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – pretty pom pom picks

    by  • 21/01/2017 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Ready _IzziPlayful, pretty and full of personality – we all love a happy-go-lucky pom pom detail. We’ve rounded-up our favourite edit of trim lovelies just because… They never fail to raise a smile, (anything to help us through the January Blues)!

    Dream team alert! Excitedly we can report that the amazingly talented Izzi Rainey has collaborated with fellow Norfolk designer Curzon and Co to create this MUST HAVE Black Dandelion Stool, £200 (shown above). This bespoke beech beauty features a bright and contemporary print with jazzy pom pom detailing – it’s just the thing to add eye catching cheer to any countryside kitchen. Seat height 76.5 x base size 33.5 x 33.5 x seat diameter 35cm. Alternative design available.

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    For a ‘grown-up’ pom pom hit, this chic Contrast Bobble Edge Cushion, £30, by Nomadic Being at Notonthehighstreet.com, is the trendiest top trim mono pick! Made in Cheshire from 100% snuggly cotton – we recommend piling on the entire country neutrals collection (as shown above), to add subtle character and tactility to any perch in need of a little love and attention. 30 x 50cm.

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    Hide and seek clutter and make a bold statement with storage! These ab fab French inspired Colour Wrap Pom Pom Baskets, £28 each, from Bohemia (shown above), are handwoven from palm leaf with a natural sisal cord handle wrapped in soft wool – you can even pop one on your arm to jolly along trips to the local farmer’s market. H27 x W44cm.

     

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    Merry Christmas!

    by  • 25/12/2016 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    ready_shot-07Merry Christmas from the Country Days team, we hope your stocking this morning was as jam-packed as this one!

    Wishing you all a jolly holiday full of happy times, delicious food, and most of all, good cheer. We’ll be back on the 3rd January – see you in the New Year!

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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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    Subscribe at our show for amazing savings

    by  • 24/11/2016 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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    Visiting our Christmas show this weekend? We hope you’re looking forward to it, we are! Here’s a little festive tip from us to you…

    Come and see us on the Country Homes & Interiors stand (opposite the Christmas forest) to receive a very special show subscription offer. Sign up on the day and get 12 issues for just £27. That’s just £2.25 an issue, a massive saving of 52%! It’s a great gift idea, and at that price, you can treat yourself, too. Hurrah!

    Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show is taking place 25-27 November at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire. Not got tickets yet? Buy them online here.

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – bright spark bonfire buys

    by  • 05/11/2016 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    ready_gtRemember, remember the 5th November and get Bonfire ready with this week’s round-up of whiz, fizz and bang buys..!

     Enjoy a cosy garden gathering after the sun sets with a firecracker focal point to welcome and warm. This Large Foscot Fire Pit, £175, from Garden Trading (shown above), is crafted in a heavy gauge raw steel which will mature to a lovely full-of-character rusty patina over time. With two practical carry handles and four sturdy leg foundations – it’s the pop-on pick to load up with freshly cut logs and ignite that wow factor! Serve up piping hot chocs in this gorgeous Charcoal Enamel Coffee Pot and Mugs Set, £60, also from Garden Trading, for the cosiest of touches.

    ready_rubyedPrevent numb fingers and let the sparkler battles commence with the ultimate hand toasties. We adore these super soft Oyster Knit Mittens, £32, from Ruby + Ed (shown above). Gorgeously subtle in a beige hue with an opulent faux fur trim – they’re the essential pocket rocket pick to keep your manicure in check and circulation a-boost! One size fits all.

    ready_tartan-blanket-coLead the bang-on-trend mixed metallics pathway and guide guests through the dark with these beautiful Aloma Lanterns, £14 each, from The Tartan Blanket Co (shown above). Lovingly timeless and Fair Trade in nature, these handmade little light up cuties can be scattered at any level or hung from tree branches to create atmospheric displays flickering with moreish molten moments. 10.5×7.5cm, available in brass, zinc, and copper.

     Crisp air, dark night, cockle warming fire ablaze and bright stars – oh how we wish some nights could last forever… Wrap up warm and stay safe all!

     

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    Meet the winners of the My Country Business Awards 2016: Petra Hall

    by  • 26/10/2016 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    ready_groupIn May, we launched our seventh My Country Business Awards in association with Not On The High Street, a leading supporter of small businesses. Meet the amazing people who won…

    Category: Fabric, furniture and wallpaper designers
    Petronella Hall

    Petra Hall lives with her husband Greg and children Isaac, 19, and Ellana, 16, plus snow Bengal cat in a village in Kent. She is passionate about interiors and produces original fabrics and wallpapers featuring her beautiful hand-drawn designs inspired by the beauty of nature.

    Petra’s background was in fashion – designing and making wedding and party dresses, then creating designer children’s coats. In 2010 she began a degree in illustration with the aim of illustrating children’s books, but found she missed working on fabrics. While studying, she screen-printed her own designs on linen from her home.

    ‘A friend saw my work and said I should be in business designing fabrics,’ says Petra, so in 2014 she started Petronella Hall. ‘Through a friend, I had a meeting with Stephen Lewis of Lewis & Wood who suggested I put the designs on wallpaper too. I took my designs to a wallpaper manufacturer who happens to be only 15 minutes away and they asked me to do some bespoke designs for them. They are now printing my wallpapers for me.

    ‘Living in the countryside gives me a feeling of freedom and I hope my designs reflect a sense of that. I am also now offering cushions and a bespoke wallpaper service. I’m a supported of all things British, so I use local companies as suppliers.

    I was shocked and delighted to win this award, I had to reread the email. I was over the moon and it was such a lovely surprise.

    What the judges said…
    I see so much design on wallpaper and fabric, but this collection is fresh, detailed and different. Petronella Hall is definitely a talent for the future. The calibre of all the entries was excellent. It’s refreshing to see that there is so much talent and originality in our country.
    Melanie Adams, Founder and Buyer, Wallpaper Direct

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    Chicken Katsu curry

    by  • 20/10/2016 • Country food, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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    Originally a Japanese meal, chicken katsu curries have become very popular everywhere – and this recipe even has a gluten-free twist. We found it in the lovely Coconut Oil: Recipes for Real Life book by Lucy Bee (Quadrille £15).

    SERVES 2

    FOR THE CHICKEN
    1 tsp plus 1 tbsp curry powder
    50g chickpea (gram) flour
    Pinch salt and ground black pepper
    1 egg, beaten
    60g gluten-free breadcrumbs
    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    30g coconut oil

    FOR THE SAUCE
    30g coconut oil
    150g onions, chopped
    50g fresh ginger, peeled and grated or blitzed
    2 medium carrots, diced
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 tbsp chickpea (gram) flour
    375ml chicken stock
    2 tsp honey
    1 bay leaf
    1 tbsp tamari sauce

    TO SERVE
    150g brown rice
    Chopped coriander (cilantro)

    1. For the chicken, mix 1 tsp curry powder and chickpea (gram) flour together in a bowl and add the salt and pepper. Put the beaten egg into a separate bowl and the breadcrumbs into a third bowl.Dust each chicken breast first in the seasoned flour, then the egg, followed by the breadcrumbs to coat. Set aside while you make the sauce.
    2. Melt the coconut oil in a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat, add the onions, ginger and carrots and cook for a few minutes until the onions begin to soften, stirring to make sure they don’t burn. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, adding a little more coconut oil if necessary.
    3. Stir in 1 tbsp curry powder and chickpea flour and mix everything together thoroughly. Add the stock gradually, stirring continuously. Add the honey, bay leaf and tamari, bring to a gentle simmer, cover and cook over a low heat for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft (which may take a little longer). Use a hand-held blender or food processor to blend into a smooth sauce.
    4. While the sauce is simmering, cook the rice according to the packet instructions and preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
    5. To cook the chicken, heat the coconut oil in an ovenproof frying pan. When hot, place the chicken breasts in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, then transfer the pan to the oven for about 10 minutes until cooked through.
    6. Remove the chicken from the pan, cut the breasts into slices, place the slices on a plate with the rice and pour over the sauce. Sprinkle over the chopped coriander (cilantro) to serve.

    Photography Dan Jones

     

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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – creature comfort treats

    by  • 15/10/2016 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    cosy_cuddly-2As the nights draw in and temperatures begin to plummet we’re suddenly craving all things cuddly and homely. Hibernating silver linings on cue, in this week’s shortlist we’ve rounded up a trio of creature comfort items inspired to help us all relax and be happy – because when it comes down to the boil, it’s the little things that make us smile…

    For indulgent pleasure, turn a corner of your snug into a blissful haven with a super squishy and cosy cushion-come-chair. This 100% Sheepskin Beanbag, £785, from Celtic & Co, is generously sized making it the ultimate soft landing pad to sink into after a tiring day clucking around here there and everywhere. Made in Great Britain and filled with fire-retardant beans in an internal net lining – the only danger is that you’ll never want to get back up! D109 x H55cm approx.

    cosy_cuddly-1Hit the sweet-tooth spot and warm up from the inside out with a cuddle-in-a-cup hot chocolate served up in a must-have cup. This Natural Canvas Textured Large Mug, £14, from Denby, features a warm, neutral hue and subtle Chevron pattern inspired by the brand’s iconic seventies range of the same name. Handcrafted in England from high quality, locally sourced clay and expertly glazed to prevent chipping and enhance durability – it’s the loveliest addition to any teatime break, with a capacity of 300ml to allow for the full works toppings! D9 x H9.5cm.

    cosy_cuddly-3Go on and spoil yourself rotten with a real hottie on your arm! We think this Cashmere Hug A Hottie Hot Water Bottle, £89, by Plum & Ivory at Notonthehighstreet.com, is pure genius. Luxuriously snuggable on a cold day, this extra thoughtful little number includes a pocket for you to put your hands in – it’s the essential improved design on the conventional that promises to get you through any down and gloomy day. 33 x 21cm, available in dark melange grey, dove, winter white/cream and amethyst pink.

    With such soul warming delights to help us retreat and rest in style – the short days and long nights are looking ever more appealing and blissful…

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