• Posts Tagged ‘Country Homes & Interiors’

    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    Simple pleasures

    by  • 15/11/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Devol Shaker country kitchen

    Sometimes less really is more, and we’re loving the understated feel of this beautiful country kitchen with its nod to French farmhouse chic.

    There’s a definite trend towards interiors becoming darker with rich, bold colours all the rage. These gorgeous Shaker cabinets from DeVol come in a dramatic dark bluey grey. The base cabinets make a statement, with an absence of wall cupboards and shelves keeping the look simple and uncluttered. Open cupboards allow for beautiful displays, as well as easy access. Brass handles and industrial-style pendants and copper pans provide a warm contrast to the colour of the units and really sing out.

    The rustic feel is enhanced with worktops made from reclaimed scaffolding planks, while a scrubbed wooden table and stools create a homely, informal dining area.

    A few eclectic touches – a garden tap, frayed rattan chair and weathered work table – provide quirky vintage touches that give the scheme extra character.


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    Mellow moment

    by  • 01/11/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Sanderson country dining room

    With all the gorgeous autumn foliage around at the moment, beautiful leaves are very much at the forefront of our minds here at Country Days – and we can’t get enough of ideas for incorporating such seasonal country motifs into the home.

    Not surprisingly, we’re loving the rustic simplicity of this pared-back country dining room scheme – sometimes less really is more – where the focus of attention is the stunning curtains embroidered with striking golden fern leaves.

    The fabric is Tilton from Sanderson‘s Potton Wood collection, inspired by British woodlands and forests. Keep the look calm by combining with a muted wallpaper such as the Soho Plain wallpaper in Parchment (also by Sanderson), which adds textural interest without detracting from the fabulous curtain fabric.

    For an informal feel, team with the mellow tones of a wooden trestle table and bench – you may want to comfy up the bench with a few cushions such as this one made from Cape Plain and Hockley Stripe fabrics from Sanderson.

    Then finish off the look by hanging a retro-style pendant over the table to create an atmospheric mood in the evenings.

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    Rustic revival

    by  • 25/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Make a bedroom extra cosy for chilly days ahead with the texture of beautiful wood. Here at Country Days, we couldn’t help but fall for this gorgeous modern country bedroom with its rustic, washed wooden furniture that makes a statement, yet creates a lovely, relaxed look.

    The furniture is from the Austen range by Barker & Stonehouse and works beautifully against earthy green-based neutral walls. Crafted from reclaimed timber, the chunky designs evoke a contemporary feel.

    ‘Working with wood is a great way of creating interest in a neutral scheme,’ says Claire Hornby, creative stylist at Barker & Stonehouse. ‘The rustic nature of the furniture adds depth to the look and allows the rest of the palette to remain soft and sophisticated. The beauty of this material is in its uniqueness. By adding subtle injections of colour and pattern into the layout, this charming look can be interpreted in many ways to suit the natural architectural features of your property.’

    Team with sumptuous faux fur throws and cushions, and fabulous antler-inspired lighting for a scheme that will pave the way for winter.


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