• Posts Tagged ‘inspired’

    Video: Floral buys inspired by Mother’s Day

    by  • 14/03/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    As our thoughts turn to celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend, here at Country Homes & Interiors we’ve started thinking about  gifts that keep on giving…

    We decided flowers and home accessories for serving afternoon tea were a winning combination – after all, catching up over a nice cup of tea is a beloved pastime for Mums. Watch our latest video to see our  favourite new buys which tick all the boxes above….

    We’ve selected the brand new Coronation Meadow teapot design from Burleigh, featuring a botanical illustration inspired by the meadow flowers of Highgrove House. From Liberty, we’ve chosen the perfect cup and saucer for afternoon tea which features a contemporary floral design and vintage-chic rose designed coasters, from Prezzybox.com, to enjoy with your cuppa.

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

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    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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    Light up the dark…

    by  • 17/01/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments


    If ever there was time for mood lighting…it has to be the dark evenings of January! We found just the thing earlier this week in the beautifully illustrated lighting collection from A Northern Light (spotted at the Craft exhibition).

    The designs are all inspired by nature with picturesque drawings of wildlife, landscapes and foliage; we love this tall lamp featuring a Barn Owl perched on a snowy tree stump (above).  The illustrations are printed onto heavy parchment paper that allows the light to illuminate the artwork to create such stunning visuals.

    You can choose any of the designs to be made into lamps, lampshades or candle covers; all perfect solutions for adding a warming glow to your country home this winter.

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    Picture perfect designs

    by  • 27/09/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Boeme fabrics on the Country Days blogDo you have a favourite view? Here at Country Days we love sharing cherished views from up and down the country. Talented artist and designer Jo Bound has captured a beautiful serene view in the Lake District, with her new Panorama fabric design at Boeme.

    Jo was inspired to paint her surroundings on a recent trip. She recreated the breathtaking views from her fine art prints by digitally printing them onto fabrics, as seen above made into a stunning bolster cushion – that’s sure to make a statement in any country 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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    Inspired by nature

    by  • 30/08/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

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    We were captivated by these stunning wildlife designs by Samuel Winterbourn, inspired by his rural surrounds in the heart of the Cornish countryside. His beautifully intricate drawings have been turned in an accessories range by Ulster Weavers; his designs feature in striking colours on tea towels and canvas tote bags.

    The collection perfectly captures the beauty of the flora and fauna of the British countryside, with familiar country creatures including hares, foxes, owls and butterflies.

    We’d love to know which one is your favourite?

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    Country look: stunning stripes

    by  • 25/04/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Do you share our passion for stripes in soft sorbet shades? You’ll be sure to love the beautiful collection of woven homewares by Laura Fletcher Textiles, perfectly on-trend for furnishing the modern country home this season…

    Laura Fletcher Textiles on the Country Days blog

    Assorted stripe cushions, from £49, Laura Fletcher Textiles.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Laura a few months ago, to see her stunning designs first-hand. It’s clear to see her love for pattern, colour and texture running throughout the collection of fabrics, cushions, throws, kitchen textiles and lampshades.


    Mistley lamp shade, £60, Laura Fletcher Textiles

    Drawing inspiration from nature Laura photographs the simple beauty surrounding her – from tree bark to a piece of weathered rope found on the beach; she then works from those to translate the ideas into her woven textile designs.


    Chalkney stripe throw, £320, Laura Fletcher Textiles.

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    Country look: Blue Parsley

    by  • 07/03/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    This week I’m sharing the delightful new spring collection by Charlotte Macey Textiles – we love the Blue Parsley design, inspired by the beautiful countryside surrounding Charlotte’s Cotswolds studio.

    Charlotte Macey Textiles on the Country Days blog

    Blue Parsley oblong linen cushion, £34, Charlotte Macey Textiles.

    Designer Charlotte’s passion for sewing mixed with her love of the great British countryside has led to her wonderful collection of home textiles, chinaware, kitchen and fashion accessories.

    Charlotte Macey Textiles on the Country Days blog

    New Blue Parsley design; Linen cushion, £34; Mini notebooks, £8 set of four; Purse, £10; Placemats, £24 set of four, all Charlotte Macey Textiles.

    We interviewed Charlotte last year for our Earning a Living feature and she told us what she loves most about her job, ’Being able to work from home in the country and the views as I sit sewing’ – sounds idyllic.

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    Country look: Cornish landscape

    by  • 24/01/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    I’d like to introduce you to Helen Round, a contemporary textile and homeware designer who makes beautiful things for the home, all inspired by the Cornish landscape.

    I met Helen last week at an exhibition and got the chance to see how lovely her collection of hand printed cushions really are –  made using the finest quality linen and hemp, they are so tactile! My personal favourite is the Rame Head design (below). The simple illustration depicts a charming house on a hill reached by a winding path surrounded by cow parsley & grasses – it looks like an idyllic place to be.


    Hand printed ‘Rame Head’ linen cushion, from £55, Helen Round.

    With a background in fine art textiles and printmaking, Helen lives and works in Cornwall and the countryside surrounding her studio inspires her hand-sketched picturesque designs. The Rame Head, Hedgerow and Birdsong collections all feature on a selection of cushions, lampshades, tea towels and mugs – perfect for  bringing the beauty of nature indoors.


    Fine bone china Limited Edition ‘Rame Head’ mugs, £12.50 each, Helen Round.

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    Country buy: New at St Jude’s

    by  • 27/09/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Inspired by wild flowers and country fields, printmaker, painter and designer Angie Lewin has created this stunning new Meadow’s Edge fabric collection for St Jude’s. Featuring sketches of tall stalks, flower heads and plants that grow nearby in native country fields, it’s screen-printed in the UK on natural linen.

    Meadow's Edge cushion covers, £36 each by Angie Lewin at St Judes.

    Meadow’s Edge cushion covers, £36 each by Angie Lewin at St Jude’s.

    This new design, available in four earthy autumnal colourways, offers a simple way to bring nature to life in your home through soft furnishings.

    Fabric on chairs, Meadow’s Edge, col Mustard/Dawn Grey; Background fabric, Meadow’s Edge, col Charcoal/Dawn Grey, both £48 a metre, Angie Lewin at St Jude's.

    Fabric on chairs, Meadow’s Edge, col Mustard/Dawn Grey; Background fabric, Meadow’s Edge, col Charcoal/Dawn Grey, both £48 a metre, Angie Lewin at St Jude’s.

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