• Posts Tagged ‘country homes’

    Step inside a writer’s country house

    by  • 25/09/2015 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Shaws Corner | Writers Home |National TrustWhether you’re a budding author or love literature, be inspired by a visit to one of our celebrated author’s homes in Hertfordshire, Cumbria and West Yorkshire. Get a glimpse into their creative lives with elegant house interiors surrounded by personal treasures and outdoor scenery which influenced the settings in their novels.

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    Country look: festival spirit

    by  • 04/07/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    The weekend is nearly here, what lovely things have you got planned? Will you be hosting a BBQ with friends, wearing flowers in your hair at a country style festival or watching the Wimbledon final, feet up with a glass of Pimm’s? Whatever the weather, we hope you have fun!


    Summer days fun!

    Where to buy from our Moodboard; White melamine cups, £2.50 each, Rockett St George. Camping stool, £35, Garden Trading. Abacus flower radio by Orla Kiely, £150, Pure. Spotty picnicware, from a selection at Sainsbury’s. Penguin Classics deckchairs, £69, Cocoboat. Cobweave blanket, £50, Baker & Bell. Croquet set, £199, available at Jaques London.

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    Country style setter: Sarah Watkins

    by  • 25/06/2014 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments


    Embroidered linen cushions, £45 each from Salt and Buoy.

    We talk to the designers who are defining the latest looks for today’s country homes
    A prison manager by day, Sarah Watkins initially launched Salt and Buoy as a creative release. Each cushion design is hand-sketched and then translated into embroidery, resulting in two nostalgic collections inspired by Sarah’s love of all things coastal. She lives with her boyfriend and two chinchillas in Kent.

    What seaside memories inspire your designs?
    My ship collection is based upon Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria. I would sit by the sea when I was little and watch the ships sail by, imagining all the adventures they were having. My promenade collection is inspired by what I see on my Sunday afternoon walks along the coast in Whitstable and Herne Bay.

    What sparked your passion for textiles and sewing?
    After a particularly stressful day at work, I decided to bring my mum’s old mustard sewing machine down from the loft. Not knowing the first thing about sewing machines at the time, there was an awful lot of trial and error! I became hooked on immersing myself into a world filled with beautiful fabrics and happy memories.

    What do your products say about you as a designer?
    I always make sure I love what I do – if a design doesn’t make me feel happy it doesn’t make the cut. I’m all about experimenting with colour and love to have a bit of fun with my ideas. I definitely don’t take myself too seriously!

    Sum up your creative style in three words…
    Colourful, intricate and nostalgic.

    By Tara King.

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    Country look: things we love

    by  • 14/02/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    We’re feeling the love today here at Country Homes & Interiors. We asked you over on our Facebook page what you like most about February, your fantastic response inspired us to create this cosy moodboard to celebrate all the things we love this month…

    Things we love about February on Country Days Blog

    Home is where the heart is.

    We love…snuggly blankets, warm fires, cups of cocoa, home cooking and curling up with our favourite mag.

    Where to buy; Zig Zag throw, £35 Marks & Spencer; Heart soup bowl, £17.95 Emma Bridgewater at Blubell Homes & Gifts; Cambrifge slipper bath, from £1,870, C P Hart; Cast Iron Casserole dish, £160, Le Creuset; Giant magazine rack, £32, The Cotswold Company; Worcester fireplace, from £589, Fireplaces Are Us; Paisley Rose tea cup, £9.95, Dot com gift shop.

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    Country style: Spring refresh

    by  • 12/02/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Transform your home for Spring with uplifting paint shades

    Get the look in three steps

    • Paint walls in a soft catkin shade to give the impression of spring sunshine
    • Hang full length curtains with a loose floral pattern and make the most of windows
    • Invest in a vintage chair painted in a historic green or some glass flask bottles and instantly transform the look of a room
    • Spring refreshFor more Spring decorating ideas see our March issue, out now!

    Paint, Linnet, The Little Greene Paint Co. Desk, chair, Pimpernel & Partners. Curtain Fabric, Busby. Cushion fabric, Sanderson. Drawers, Cox and Cox.

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    Country look: Festive lights

    by  • 06/12/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Christmas is the perfect time to go all out with lighting. Use twinkling lights on the tree, pre-lit wreaths hanging on doors, and windowsills dressed with decorative candles to create the perfect mood for the season.

    This charming set of ceramic houses by Cox & Cox, with snow topped roofs and little windows to let candlelight flicker through, are one of my favourite festive buys for this year.

    For more inspirational ideas on decorating with festive lights, visit Housetohome.

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    Ceramic Tea Light Houses, £35 set of 3, Cox & Cox.

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    Country style: Patchwork pieces.

    by  • 07/08/2013 • Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    Organic home style is a favourite at Country Homes, where you accumulate as you go along, reinventing, adjusting, repainting, and up cycling old things. We love the idea of giving new life to pieces of fabric, a cherished art of the patch-worker, who turn tiny fabric off cuts into beautiful heirloom quilts. With this in mind we decided to do our own fresh take on this traditional decorating style in our Patchwork pieces feature, (September issue out now!).

    Whether its using vintage quilts to give new life to a sofa or a pair of casual curtains, as seen here, we hope there are plenty of ideas for you to take away, do take a look!

    Curtain made up in Pavillion MLF 2193, Baldaquin MLF2190, Louisiane MLF2194, all £42 per m, all Osborne & Little, Skye check flax, £39.50, Angus Stripe Flax, £39.50, per m, Hopsack Stripe Mint, £32.50, per m, all Ian Mankin. Madurai Fuchsia Spring, PP50355, £89 per m, Baker Lifestyle.

    Curtain made up in Pavillion MLF 2193, Baldaquin MLF2190, Louisiane MLF2194, all £42 per m, all Osborne & Little, Skye check flax, £39.50, Angus Stripe Flax, £39.50, per m, Hopsack Stripe Mint, £32.50, per m, all Ian Mankin. Madurai Fuchsia Spring, PP50355, £89 per m, Baker Lifestyle.

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    Winter berries and Hellebores

    by  • 21/11/2012 • Country style • 0 Comments

    It may be a bit early to get set for Christmas but if you want a head start on decorating themes or simply enjoy creating picturesque settings for your home then take a look at our December trend feature p67-77, which is packed with ideas from decorating with knitted winter whites, Midnight blues, inspired by the Polar nights of Scandinavia, to more pagan Forest greens as well as theatrical schemes featuring gilded roses.

    This picture shows one of my favourite Christmas colour schemes based on ditsy florals and scattered berries with faux Hellebores, a welcome change from more traditional Christmas flowers. This look also gives you chance to get crafty, by customizing shop bought wreaths to creating window displays with origami, paper birds and moss filled teacups decorated with sprays of berries and flowers.

    Plain mistletoe wreath, Tesco, faux Hellebores and berries, Withycombe Fair.

    Plain mistletoe wreath, Tesco, faux Hellebores and berries, Withycombe Fair.

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    English eccentric

    by  • 31/10/2012 • Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Its Halloween! And we’ve gone all Victorian Gothic at Country Homes. In our Trend feature p67-72 November issue, out now, we pay tribute to Mary Shelley, writer of Frankenstein, with these characterful, hybrid trays, depicting half man, half bird, off set by midnight blue walls and gothic roses.

    We really do like this trend which is popular with artisan designers as well as the big high street retailers and you can have fun with it, whether its adding a small touch such as a single cushion or going the whole way with lush velvet upholstery and opulent wallpapers decorated with parlour dogs and peacocks, birds that epitomized the Victorian love of the exotic.

    In the rest of the feature we concentrate on the Victorian quest for science, natural history and collecting global artifacts and exotic memorabilia and show how to incorporate Victorian staples such as collector’s cabinets and statues into a modern country interior.

    Oval Achille tray, £57.80, rectangular Bernardo tray, £112, both Joanna Wood.

    Oval Achille tray, £57.80, rectangular Bernardo tray, £112, both Joanna Wood.

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    If money were no object…

    by  • 08/03/2012 • Country style • 1 Comment

    When I read about people winning the lottery, I am always surprised that they don’t make more drastic changes to their lives i.e. swap their home for a country estate etc. If I had a spare couple of million pounds, I could definitely see myself splashing out on a 4-6-bedroom waterfront home at The Lakes by yoo, a private estate, set amongst 650 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside. As you can imagine, the properties are the height of luxury, and are the brainchild of yoo, which is a collaboration of property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and world famous designer Philippe Starck. I just love this fabulously funky Jade Jagger designed kitchen, with the turquoise aga and cool lighting. The vibrant glassware on the table contrasts perfectly with the black kitchen surfaces. The doors also open out onto a terrace, perfect for sipping cocktails on a warm summer evening. Now, I must stop daydreaming…

    This funky Jade Jagger designed kitchen is enhanced by the turquoise aga and brightly coloured glassware.

    Could you see yourself living in this waterfront property with the amazing view?

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