• Posts Tagged ‘Cushion’

    Video: Painted florals

    by  • 07/02/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    Here at Country Days we love all things floral. Whether adorning fabrics, wallpaper or home accessories, beautiful blooms perfectly complement the country home. Watch our latest video to see our pick of the best painterly floral buys from Caroline Gardner.

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

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    Mak a festive moodboard

    by  • 20/12/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments


    With the big day just around the corner, it’s still not too late to add those special finishing touches to your home. Here at Country Days, we’ve been busy putting together this moodboard to inspire you to create your own unique look this Christmas.

    Team traditional reds and greens with crisp whites by mixing a selection of cosy knits and quirky pieces for a modern country look. Finish by styling up your mantle piece with woodland-inspired stockings and lavish winter greenery.

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    Pretty panelled cushion craft

    by  • 23/11/2014 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Panelled cushion made with easy steps by Country Homes and Interiors Blog

    Make a decorative panelled cushion following Country Homes and Interiors instuctions

    There’s no easier way to perk up upholstery and room décor then by adding a stylish panelled scatter cushion. They can bring a fresh splash of colour, add in interesting dimension of pattern or lend a new look to a scheme. Or even do all three! This lovely cushion features in our December issue and is made with a glorious embroidered fabric panel of Braemar Hawthorn, from £75 a metre, Voyage Decoration and bordered with Corin Cranberry 7697/05, £60 a metre, Romo all which adds jolly tones, texture and pattern in one go. To learn how to make your own panelled scatter cushion click here and follow these easy instructions for a similar style.

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

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    Toasty layers

    by  • 22/11/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Mourne Textiles on Country DaysAs temperatures drop our thoughts turn to spending nights in snuggled under cosy layers! The perfect excuse to indulge our overwhelming fondness for luxurious throws & blankets; our hearts feel a little warmer at the mere sight of this beautiful woven range by Mourne Textiles.

    The collection features premium throws made from the softest Pure Merino wool and Mohair yarns. These are handwoven on a traditional Donegal Loom at the foot of the Mourne mountains, the idyllic location of the family-run workshop.

    To ensure a totally toasty home why not add a selection of the complementary cushions and rugs.

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    Time to hibernate

    by  • 25/10/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments


    Here at Country Days we are loving autumn and looking forward to winter – the perfect excuse to layer up and hunker down. As the clocks go back this weekend and the nights draw in, it’s time to get cosy with roaring fires, flickering candles, snuggly throws and luxurious rugs. Take inspiration from our moodboard to help you make the most of the darker evenings when the only place you really want to be is relaxing in the comfort of your own home.

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    Tea for two…

    by  • 06/09/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Jo Clark Design on Country Days Blog

    This week the object of our affections is Jo Clark Design’s quirky illustrations, notably the two owl friends (above) who’ve found the perfect spot for a lovely cup of tea! Owls are set to be a big trend this season, making these screen-printed tea towels one for our wish list.

    ‘My designs are hand drawn illustrations inspired by my garden, what lives in it, and the beautiful British countryside that surrounds me,’ says Jo.

    In addition to the owl tea towels our favourite picks from the home accessories collection are the adorable Cat Nap cushions and the array of Floral art prints.

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    Country Style Setter: Poppy Treffry

    by  • 02/07/2014 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments


    Bicycle cushion, £21, boats tea towel, £8.50; both Poppy Treffry.

    We talk to the designers who are defining the latest looks for today’s country homes

    Designer maker Poppy Treffry set up her company in 2004 making quirky gifts and homewares on a ‘cranky Singer sewing machine’. Since then, her business has grown into a happy team of eleven, a shop in St Ives, and around 100 stockists across the world including Fortnum and Mason, Bettys and Anthropologie.

    Tell us a little bit about the making process involved in your designs.

    I treat my sewing machine as a sketchbook really. Rather than spending lots of time drafting ideas, I’ll hoop up some fabric, cut some appliqué pieces and set to. I spend so much time thinking about my collection I find a lot of the planning work gets done in my head. If it’s a whole new product I’m designing then I prefer a trial and error approach – I like to be doing!

    What is it that you love about crafting?

    It’s all about freedom for me ­– and accidental results! We create a lot of our range in small batches which means we can constantly evolve products depending on reaction from customers; we’re not tied to 1,000 products arriving on a ship that we need to sell before we can change our collection!

    What inspires you?

    My inspiration comes from all around me. Our favourite company saying is ‘we stitch what we see’, so I always have a sketch book with me when I’m out and about. A camping trip in my van with the family by the seaside can be the spark behind a new tea towel design, or some free time to sketch in St Ives can become a poster collection or a big one off embroidery piece.

    What’s your favourite thing about the countryside? 

    I grew up in Cornwall on the edge of Bodmin moor so I’ve always been a country girl, proved to me when I lived in London for a short while! I need the space and the open air and I like to walk, to sketch a hedgerow and watch the birds!

    Describe your artistic style in 3 words… 

    Quirky, simple and colourful.

    By Tara King.

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    Country look: strawberry delights

    by  • 27/06/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Nothing signifies the start of summer fun quite like the traditions of Wimbledon; quintessentially British sportsmanship, delicious strawberries & deckchairs on the green! Celebrate the occasion with these tantalising Strawberry prints by Thornback & Peel


    Strawberry Napkins, £40 for 4, Thornback & Peel.


    Strawberry linen cushion, £68.50, Thornback & Peel.

    Brand new for summer is this jolly print (below) featuring Tortoises plodding towards a clump of deliciously vivid dandelions, available on deckchairs, tea towels, aprons and oven gloves.


    The perfect place to sit & watch the tennis! Tortoise & Dandelion deckchair, £135, Thornback & Peel.

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    Country style: vintage lace

    by  • 04/06/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Who says a home office has to be plain. Add a feminine touch with a vintage lace look.

    Decorating-with-lace-country-days-blogHere’s how to achieve this pretty look in 3 easy steps…

    Decorate the walls with a subtle filigree printed-paper and finish with a lacy boarder – both of the above are by Borastapeter.

    Choose a vintage inspired desk, dressed with a classic desk lamp (such as this one by Cologne & Cotton) and team it up with a metal chair softened by a lace cushion, try Ahilya.

    Perfect this look with lace voiles from John Lewis for the ultimate feminine feel.

    For more lacy decorative ideas see our July issue, out now!

    By Nikki Bradley

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    Country look: floral dining

    by  • 22/05/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Our main talking point this week has been the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with its array of beautiful blooms in stunning colours.  Feeling inspired, we’ve made this moodboard to show how pretty florals can be bought into the home…


    Bring florals indoors

    Where to buy; Medina tealight holders, Dotcomgiftshop; Vintage style plate, from a selection at BHS; Polka champagne flute,  LSA; Littalia Kastehelmi bowl, Cloudberry Living; Kew Stripe fabric, Cath Kidston; Eclectic cutlery, £30, The Contemporary Home; Trug, from a selection at David Mellor; Antique oak table, Alexander Paul Antiques; Colourful glass vases, Tiger;  Floral cushion, from a selection at Marks & Spencer; Kaustby chair, £40, Ikea; Box-pleat tablecloth, make your own with our step-by-step guide.

    Feeling inspired? Why not get creative with our moodboard tool for yourself and share with us on housetohome.

    By Nikki Bradley

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