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    Pave the way for sweet dreams

    by  • 23/06/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    French style country bedroom

    If you’re hunting for inspiration for an elegant country bedroom scheme, look no further than this beautiful French-style bedroom with a contemporary twist.

    At its heart is a stunning French upholstered bed and a Louis chair re-covered in a plush velvet that up the comfort factor. A tranquil colour palette comprising evocatively named shades such as vintage rose, pebble and shell ensures the decor is super soothing.

    But it’s the wealth of subtle patterns that catch the eye as they work beautifully together to create a modern look. Archive motifs inspired by lace emblems and floral trails have been reworked for contemporary appeal – from the stunning skeleton leaf using pointillism and beading on the feature wall that’s the backdrop to the scheme, to the embroidered Jacobean motif of the bed throw. Lustrous satins and sumptuous velvets add to the understated opulence. (The fabrics and wallpaper are all from the Purity Collection by Harlequin.)

    This is a look that demands a luxe window treatment. Layering is a great way of adding interest, as well as keeping light out for a good night’s sleep, and a combination of a linen Roman blind and floor-length curtains make for a practical and timeless dressing.



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    Country style: Leafy loveliness

    by  • 05/03/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    leafy loveliness

    leafy loveliness

    Decorate with soft, scaled-up leafy pattern and refresh your home in time for Spring

    Get the look in three steps

    *Paper the walls with mild, hued wallpaper decorated with ferns to create a backdrop for showcasing artwork in bolder colours

    * Team with furniture in mid toned wood and quietly, neutral upholstery for a breezy Spring-time effect

    *Add more giant sized leafy patterns with scatter cushions and vases of ferns

    Wallpaper, Harlequin. Sofa, sofa.com. Tables, Brissi. Cushions, India Jane, John Lewis, Clarissa Hulse, Clarke and Clarke.

    For more decorating ideas using gentle leafy patterns see our April issue out now!

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    Country room: pretty children’s room

    by  • 22/10/2013 • Country style • 2 Comments

    Country Homes and Interiors blog, Country Days, country children's bedroom

    Rug: Abacus Calypso 42102,  £149, wallpaper: Candy 70507 and Best of Friends, both £30 a roll, curtains: Best of Friends 120128, £30 metre, upholstery: Mimi Check 130780, £26 a metre, cushions and throw: a selection of fabrics from the Mimi Checks & Stripes Collection, all Harlequin

    Put the fun into a country children’s room with lively mismatched patterns and punchy colours to chase away those ‘grey day’ blues. And here’s a scheme that’s sure to appeal to little girls who are past the princess stage but still want a girly and cute space when their friends come round for a sleepover.

    This is a room that’s full of ‘must-have’ ingredients. Stylish young ladies will love the feature wall and curtain fabric by Harlequin that’s adorned with rows of hand-holding friends, while a plain wall is great for showing off children’s treasured artwork. A country feel is added with colourful checks and stripes, a statement Louis XV chair and traditional-style cast iron beds. Don’t forget to make playing on the floor extra comfy with a rug inspired by abacus beads and plumped-up floor cushions.

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    Best of country style

    by  • 24/09/2013 • Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    Decorex and Focus, two of the key interior design events of the year, were inspiring places to be yesterday. Humming with stands and showrooms previewing the best fabrics, wallpapers, paints, lighting and furniture, these shows are a melting pot of  home-grown talent and global brands and the places to shortlist the best emerging trends for country style. Here’s a quick sneak peek at some of the things I loved…

    The beautiful mineral colours of the Aegean Fabrics at Sanderson

    The beautiful mineral colours of the Aegean Fabrics at Sanderson

    The pretty freshness of Celeste from Villa Nova

    The pretty freshness of Celeste from Villa Nova

    Linwood's Roots & Fruits from its fun Ephemera wallpaper collection

    Linwood’s Roots & Fruits from its fun Ephemera wallpaper collection

    The rustic luxe of Leonida from Harlequin

    The rustic luxe of Leonida from Harlequin

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    Country room: romantic bedroom

    by  • 27/08/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Understated natural shades are ever popular and this gorgeous country bedroom incorporates a delicate colour palette of whites, neutrals and soft limed pastels to create a relaxing, pared-down retreat.

    The fabrics and wallpaper are from Harlequin‘s new Poetica collection, which is sure to appeal to nature lovers as they are inspired by the English countryside. Reminiscent of a nature lover’s scrapbook, whimsical prints include botanical studies with a contemporary edge, plus distressed-look textured printed plains, embroideries, weaves, appliqués and floaty linen voiles to accompany them. Wallcoverings, such as this weathered wood-effect design, form an eyecatching backdrop to the botanical motifs.

    For maximum effect, make the centrepiece of the scheme a beautiful cream wrought-iron bed and add extra character with eclectic pieces such as the wonderful vintage wirework table.

    Wallpaper: Drift 110562 £44 a roll; voile curtain: Poetica Voile 141053 £38 a metre; curtains: Floria 120243 £42 a metre; bed throw: (front) Papier 120236 £38 a metre, (reverse) Anouskha Pewter 130052 £44 a metre; cushions on bed (l-r): Papier 120236 £38 a metre, Poetica Weaves Caneva
    130942 £45 a metre, Poetica Weaves Cheviot 130928 £45 a metre, Caprice 130900 £52 a metre, Papier 120236 £38 a metre; cushion on floor: Poetica Weaves Parquet 130918 £45 a metre; all Harlequin. Available from September.

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    Country room: stylish boy’s room

    by  • 14/05/2013 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Decorating a child’s room can be such fun, and here’s a little boy’s room that ticks the boxes for its mix of coastal and country style and is guaranteed to appeal to both kids and the young at heart.

    The sailboat wallpaper and curtain fabric from Harlequin will get certainly get little ones in the mood for summer holidays, while the sail hanging from the ceiling is a simple yet eyecatching way of giving an ordinary bed the wow factor. Adding in toning striped and checked fabrics varies the look and prevents it from becoming overthemed.

    When it comes to country children’s rooms, toy storage is always an issue and these lovely lidded wicker under-the-bed storage baskets fit the bill as they’re attractive as well as practical. Perhaps a room like this will even make bedtime more appealing…

    Curtains and bedlinen: Sail Away 120231 £30 a metre; Blind: Boogie Woogie 130766 £26 a metre; cushions: from a selection from All About Me; sail above bed and upholstered cube: Mimi Check 130783 £26 a metre; wallpaper: Sail Away 110531 £30 a roll; all All About Me by Harlequin
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    Cosy dining room

    by  • 29/01/2013 • Country style • 1 Comment

    When it’s cold and grey outside, the perfect antidote is to decorate with comforting rich and warm colours.

    And if you’re planning a spot of entertaining, these opulent weaves from Harlequin, with a nod towards global style and a vibrant twist of colour, help create a cosy atmosphere that’s perfect for a modern country dining room.

    Complete the look with dark grey or black furniture to give a contemporary edge and team with a stunning metallic texture wallpaper for an opulent backdrop.

    Curtains in Array 130738, £36 a metre; upholstery in Chevron 130663, £46 a metre; Twill in 130639, £40 a metre; wallpaper in Element Texture, £45 a roll; all Harlequin

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    Make a glamorous Christmas stocking

    by  • 28/11/2012 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    If the usual shop-bought felt stockings feel a bit uninspiring, why not have a go at making your own? This fabulous trio feature in our new January issue and are made from a heady mix of faux fur, designer fabrics, bobble trims, fringing and beads.

    They’re so glorious they make decorations in their own right – hang them in the hallway and they’ll be a wonderful welcoming sight for guests and visitors.

    Our instructions are for the design on the right, but you can easily adapt them to make any – or all! – of the three shown. Happy sewing!

    Our designer stocking (on the right) features a Romo fabric and trims from Designers Guild and Harlequin

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try and for those who love country recipes, craft and room ideas, take a look at our new Country Home Ideas app.

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    Window dressing

    by  • 13/06/2012 • Country style • 3 Comments

    With the weather misbehaving this week it’s nice to be inside, but since it’s summer it’s also nice to look into the garden, even if it’s too rainy to actually go out into it. It makes our window dressing feature, page 62-67 in our July issue of Country Homes & Interiors all the more relevant. We came up with lots of ideas for linking the home to the garden through innovative and pretty ways to dress the windows, from café and ribbon curtains, to indoor window boxes, to stickers, to design your own digital blinds. We hope you’ll enjoy reading our feature as a great antidote to the naughty English weather!

    Café curtain, Zosa, ref120127, £37 a metre, Harlequin.

    Café curtain, Zosa, ref120127, £37 a metre, Harlequin.

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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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