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    Update fabrics with pretty potato prints

    by  • 17/05/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Decorate fabrics with pretty potato prints

    Relive childhood crafting memories with this playful idea for updating tablecloths, tea towels and other home textiles. No fancy tools required, the humble potato comes into its own – with a firm texture it can easily be shaped into sturdy stamps and it’s smooth interior is perfect for coating in fabric paint.

    Create your design and blot away any moisture with a paper towel. For a homespun feel, use a knife to carve out rustic shapes such as this lovely leaf design featured in the June issue of Country Homes and Interiors. If you’re after a more structured look, invest in a cookie cutter or kitchen mould – Lakeland have a great selection including flowers, animals and decorative bunting.

    Spread a thin layer of fabric paint on a paper plate and place your potato shape-side down, moving it around to ensure an even coat. Wipe off excess paint from around the sides and press down firmly onto your fabric for five seconds.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects to inspire you on the Country Homes & Interiors homepage.

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    Gardening buys to behold…

    by  • 11/04/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    The sun has got his hat on hip-hip-hip-hooray! Perfect as we head outdoors to enjoy a spot of gardening, made all the more enjoyable when basking in sunshine.

    If like us you’ll be busy pottering, planting and tidying your garden this weekend don’t miss this latest video, we’re sharing our pick of the best gardening buys…

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    Everyday life sorted, with these handy home office buys

    by  • 21/03/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    The key to organising a busy lifestyle is staying on top of things! In the new issue of Country Homes & Interiors we share our pick of the best keep-the-chaos-at-bay buys!

    In our latest shopping video we share an edited selection of our favourite buys to help organise your work, family and household admin in style. Watch below to see the items we’ve chosen…

    We’re coveting a fabric-covered memo board, to hang and merrily pin with invitations and appointments for all the family to see.

    Plus beautifully illustrated botanical print weekly desk pads for the home office, that will not only look great but will keep your diary in-check…simply tear off the pages as the weeks pass.

    Lastly the simply stunning country classic wallpaper covered box files for hiding away important household papers, the perfect accompaniment to any home office.

    Thank you to Neptune, Hobbycraft, Garden Trading, Berry Red, Nordic House, Vanessa Arbuthnott, Butlers and Joules for all your help.

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    Walk a literary trail

    by  • 06/03/2015 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Literary trail | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Looking for a novel way to explore outdoors? Walk in the footsteps of great writers this weekend and discover the beautiful landscapes that have inspired countryside settings for some of Britain’s best-loved literary classics, from the rugged moors in Wuthering Heights to the enchanting Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie-the-Pooh!

    Bronte Walks, Yorkshire
    Choose from an abundance of moorland walks surrounding the valley-set village of Haworth, home to the  Bronte sisters. Visit the Parsonage, where Anne, Charlotte and Emily grew up, before heading off on a guided tour to Top Withens, thought to be the inspiration behind Wuthering Height’s rustic setting.

    Jane Austen Trail, Hampshire
    This self-guided tour begins at Chawton Cottage deep in the Hampshire countryside. Jane lived here for the last eight years of her life from 1809 to 1817, writing and revising six great novels. Now a museum depicting her life, it’s well worth a visit. Stroll past inspirational scenic spots mentioned in Jane’s various letters and works, including the pretty village church where her mother and sister, Cassandra, are buried.

    A. A. Milne: ‘Pooh’s Forest’, Sussex
    Immerse yourself in the magic of childhood classic Winnie-the-Pooh on this circular walk through Ashdown Forest and the small village of Hartfield. Visit iconic locations including Eeyore’s Sad and Gloomy Place, Roo’s Sandy Pit and Hundred Acre Wood, before crossing Poohsticks Bridge where our favourite country game was first played by Milne and his son Chris – the original Christopher Robin! For specific trails, click here.

    Do you have a favourite literary walk? We’d love to hear about it…

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    Craft a pocketed wall organiser

    by  • 28/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Make this handsome pocketed wall organiser following Country Homes and Interiors easy instructions

    We love an organised home and what better way to plan and sort family affairs than with this smart pocketed wall organiser. Creatively made combining an upcycled picture frame and gorgeous tweed fabric this organiser is lovely to look at with it’s handsome braid finish and serves a practical purpose with deep pockets and plenty of places to clip notes, invitations and must-keep paperwork. As featured in our soon-to-be-seen February issue it is very simple to make. To craft your own click here and follow the simple instructions.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, see our latest issue.

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    Create a festive floral centrepiece

    by  • 21/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create this festive floral centrepiece using Country Homes and Interiors blog

    Here at Country Days we love arranging pretty flowers into festive decorations come Christmas time. This stylish potting up idea is a simple way of adding colour and scent to a room in the prettiest of ways and yet, due to the nature of how it’s made, the flowers stay looking at their best for longer, too. Simply size some florist’s foam to fit the bottom half of a terrine. Soak in water laced with some cut-flower feed, then place inside. Next take three long stems of jasmine and starting from the top push the stems into the foam so they measure approximately two-thirds the height of the vase. Next take the roses and strip them of any excess foliage and thorns with some florist’s snips. Cut them one third shorter than the jasmine and push the stems individually around the oasis to form a soft dome shape. Add volume to the arrangement with the hypericum berries, flowerless rose stems and more spriggy jasmine. Finally fill any spare gaps with ivy trails. The flowers should keep for a couple of weeks if the foam is regularly topped up with water.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Style up a light

    by  • 14/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Style up a light using Country Homes & Interiors blog instructions

    Get everyday lamps and lighting in on the Christmas act and style them up to add a festive glow to the proceedings. We love this pendant shade idea, as featured in our January issue, which uses already hanging over-the-table pendants, to add to the wintery woodland look of the table setting. To make loop the pedant light cables around and over a silver birch branch to hold in place horizontally over the table then add ivy swags and bauble decorations to finish.

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    Christmas dining & entertaining buys

    by  • 13/12/2014 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Occa Home country Homes & Interiors product EditHere at Country Days we’ve teamed up with Occa-Home, one of our favourite online destinations for country-loving brands, to shortlist our very own edit of Christmas dining and entertaining buys.

    Check out why we’ve hand-picked these buys (above), for creating the perfect frosted country look this Christmas:

    Toast the season with elegant long stemmed wine glasses, we love the silver polka dot detailing on this design, £19 each, Lene Bjerre.

    Keep refreshments topped up with this beautiful floral porcelain jug, in striking dusk-blue tones, £41, Lene Bjerre.

    This hammered stainless steel Sauce pourer & Trowel set is just the thing for adding an extra special touch to serving cranberry sauce with Christmas dinner, £29, Culinary Concepts.

    Dress the table with a delicate hint of mint with this 100% cotton tablecloth, £75, Lexington.

    To shop for these buys and more visit our page here to take advantage of the exclusive 20% saving!

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