• Posts Tagged ‘designs’

    Meet Anna Wright

    by  • 24/09/2014 • Country business, Country style • 2 Comments

    Anna Wright Style Setter | Country Days | Country Homes & Interiors

    Anna studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London to pursue a career in fashion and interiors. After a brief few years, she moved back to Scotland to set up on her own. Her delightful illustrations now adorn prints, cards, mugs and table mats – with more lovely collections in the pipeline!

    Where do you work?
    In the beautiful Pullens Yards in Kennington – they’re work spaces originally built for craftsmen in the Victorian era. Not much has changed since then which is wonderful.

    What inspires your designs? 
    Too much! Costume, flowers, gardens, people, culture, stories, animals… I get in a pickle trying to focus myself sometimes.

    What made you decide to set up your own business? 
    I always loved design, craft, colour and textiles, but I knew that to make a living out of my passion would be difficult. Luckily, people picked up on my drawings, and it has all evolved from there. Working with other people has always been important to me. As an artist your lifestyle can be very solitary, so setting up my own business has allowed me to meet and converse with other creative people on a daily basis.

    What’s your favourite view?
    There are many, but I love going home to my parents in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.  They live in a beautiful spot, there is something about the lie of the hills and the way the light falls on them that takes me to such a happy place. 

    Describe your creative style in three words. 
    Character-based, colourful and free.

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    Paws for thought

    by  • 02/08/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Fenella Smith Dogs Trust Collection on the Country Days BlogFenella Smith Dogs Trust Collection on the Country Days Blog

    Here at Country Days we love the beautifully illustrated work of Fenella Smith. Her latest collection to win our hearts features a pack of quirky canine friends, exclusively designed to help the Dogs Trust with 25% of proceeds going directly to the charity. The loveable pooches adorn mugs, jugs and dog bowls…with a stationery range launching very soon!

    Having two rescue dogs herself, it was a natural decision for Fenella to use her stunning ceramics to help raise awareness of a charity so close to her heart. A wonderful collection supporting a very worthy cause, we’re sure you’ll agree.

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    Country buy: Munch goodies

    by  • 31/05/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    For a quirky assortment of ink, paper and cloth items for the home, browse away online at the delightful collection at Munch. Founder Sarah started the Munch empire with a selection of appliquéd designs on Harris tweed cushions — shown below is Bold Basil the charming country squirrel! As time has gone on the collection has grown to incorporate bone china mugs with friendly characters, a variety of wooden flowers to decorate walls and pretty tea towels and notebooks. Here’s a pick of my favourites…

    Just Jonty bone china mug; Crocus blue wall flower, £13.50; The Biggest bunch A5 lined notebook, £5.25; Bold Basil cushion, £26, all Munch.

    Just Jonty bone china mug; Crocus blue wall flower, £13.50; The Biggest bunch A5 lined notebook, £5.25; Bold Basil cushion, £26, all Munch.

    Munch is supporting The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds by donating 10% of each Colour Munch wood original work sold.

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    Statement Homewares by Karin Akesson

    by  • 22/02/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Using feel-good graphics to decorate our interiors is a trend that continues to go from strength to strength. I recently discovered the work of Karin Akesson, a Swedish born illustrator who produces fantastic on-trend home accessories featuring memorable phrases and happy sentiments.

    Karin’s designs emphasise the sunnier side to life, from fun artwork that cheers up walls to comfy cushions featuring pick-me-up quotes.

    I love the canvas tote bag that has 10 fun excuses for shopping, I confess to being a repeat offender for using all of them – it’s as if it was made especially for me!

    Which design is your favourite?

    'Laughter is the best medicine' print, £20; 'YOU look amazing' print, £20; 'A reason to SMILE' print, £20; Compliment card, £13 set of 4, all Karin Akesson.

    ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ print, £20; ‘YOU look amazing’ print, £20; ‘A reason to SMILE’ print, £20; Compliment card, £13 set of 4, all Karin Akesson.

    1. 'Home Sweet Home' print, £25; 2. 'Love to Shop' canvas tote bag, £15; 3. 'I Adore You' cushion, £37; 4. 'Choose a Job You Love' print, £25, all Karin Akesson.

    1. ‘Home Sweet Home’ print, £25; 2. ‘Love to Shop’ canvas tote bag, £15; 3. ‘I Adore You’ cushion, £37; 4. ‘Choose a Job You Love’ print, £25, all Karin Akesson.

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    Artisan designs from Original Little Bird

    by  • 13/04/2012 • Country style • 0 Comments

    A pretty postcard caught my eye on a pinboard last week, leading to the discovery of talented artisan designer Gabi Bolton and her company Original Little Bird.

    I love the originality of Gabi’s designs, especially Bunny Scrapbook, which features an adorable collection of hand-drawn rabbits (below). Available as a digitally printed fabric or screen-printed wallpaper, the design is ideal to add a touch of nature to a country kitchen or for a more grown-up fun factor to a child’s bedroom.

    Bunny Scrapbook fabric, £55 a metre, Original Little Bird.

    Bunny Scrapbook fabric shown in Turquoise, Brown, Faded red and Dark purple, £55 a metre, Original Little Bird.

    As well as the cute bunnies, Gabi’s designs also feature pretty birds and old maps – adorning bags, suitcases, tea towels and cushions. The earthy colour palette along with the contemporary drawings gives traditional styles a more modern feel – resulting in the perfect rustic treats for your modern country home.

    Various fabrics, from £40 a metre; Burlington satchel, £175; Upcycled vintage cases, from £150, all Original Little Bird.

    Various fabrics, from £40 a metre; Burlington satchel, £175; Upcycled vintage cases, from £150, all Original Little Bird.

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    Scion launches country inspired collection

    by  • 02/03/2012 • Country style • 3 Comments

    This week I attended the launch of exciting new fabric and wallpaper brand Scion, with its fabulous debut collection Melinki. Scion is the trend savvy sister brand to Harlequin and aims to create a fresher, more fashionable modern feel to interiors.

    Drawing inspiration from the countryside the core designs are a fun interpretation of all things woodland ­– from furry creatures to abstract leaf prints.  Overall this debut collection is an eclectic mix of feel-good graphics with a nod to Scandinavian style. Team with jazzy stripes and block colours to bring an element of fun to any room in your home.

    I think the fantastic Mr Fox is my personal favourite, which is yours?

    Lampshades (left to right)  Mr Fox, £25 a metre; Sorbus, £25 a metre; Woodland, £25 a metre; Blocks, £25 a metre; Lunaria, £25 a metre; Strata, £29 a metre; Rosehip, £25 a metre, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    Lampshades (left to right) Mr Fox, £25 a metre; Sorbus, £25 a metre; Woodland, £25 a metre; Blocks, £25 a metre; Lunaria, £25 a metre; Strata, £29 a metre; Rosehip, £25 a metre, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    Fabrics, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    Fabrics, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    p.s Feel-good factor- all its fabrics and wallpapers are manufactured here in the UK!

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    Christmas inspiration

    by  • 23/11/2011 • Country style • 1 Comment

    One of the nicest things about my job is that I get to see loads of wonderful designs and products and decide which ones to put in the magazine. Two things inspired our  ‘Welcome to Christmas’ feature on pages 55-62 of the December  issue - a beautiful piece of fabric from Pierre Frey depicting snow covered ski lodges and downhill skiers, having fun – and a red, cast iron fondue set from Kitchen Craft. Put these together and you have the start for an après ski-style decorating story packed with snuggly sheepskin throws, vibrant reindeer cushions, mulled wine and dressing up boxes Hopefully it’ll give you plenty of ideas for Christmas!

    Fabric, Tyrol Original by Pierre Frey.

    Fabric, Tyrol Original, £208 a metre, Pierre Frey.

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