• Posts Tagged ‘mugs’

    Pop the kettle on…

    by  • 29/11/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Garden Trading enamelware on Country Days blogOn our wish list this week are these gorgeous new accessories from Garden Trading, who has teamed up with contemporary designers MissPrint to add a touch of pattern to its traditionally plain enamelware. The design is taken from a wallpaper called Muscat, inspired by abstract organic forms.

    You can dress your country kitchen with the complete set, from canisters to store teabags and cocoa to the kettle and mugs for making a warming brew! (Prices start at £12.50).

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    Meet Anna Wright

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

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    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 style setter: Hinchcliffe & Barber

    by  • 09/07/2014 • Country business, Country style • 1 Comment


    True Blue mugs, £18, jug, £30. Dorset Delft cockerel jug, £27.50; all Hinchcliffe & Barber.

    We talk to the designers who are defining the latest looks for our country homes

    We chat to Georgia Hinchcliffe whose father, John, and mother, Wendy, set up design brand Hinchcliffe & Barber in the 1980s. After the untimely death of her father, Georgia joined the family business and now works alongside her mother, splitting her time between their two studios in Dorset and Wiltshire. Having made the change, she feels she’s finally found what she was always meant to do.

    What techniques do you use in your work?

    Every piece is created using a variety of traditional craft techniques. For example, our new range of printed cushions was made using a block print, and our new ceramic ranges involve a mix of potato print, paper cut and wax resist designs. It’s important to continue using original techniques, otherwise everything will look too computer generated – there’s definitely a balance to be had.

     How does the countryside influence your designs?

    My late father was a real countryman. He walked every day, loved his garden and observed the seasons carefully. This is reflected in his glorious designs that focus around the sea, flowers and animals. In many ways, I’ve inherited his appreciation of nature and feel soothed by open, empty spaces and long views.

     What’s your working space like?

    My husband and I have just bought a new house, nestled in the Wiltshire countryside, with an old chapel for me to convert into a studio and showroom. My mother and I need lots of space to work – we’ve folders and folders of work from the 1980s, so much of the time we play around with older designs, updating and reworking them for today.

     What’s next?

    It’s an exciting time for us. Our new range featuring mugs, jugs, aprons and other kitchen textiles, in four new designs, launches this month at Harrogate Homes & Gifts Show in association with our licensee MyGiftsTrade. Working with another family business has been fantastic. With their input we’re in a position for the first time in 10 years to supply our products to retailers however small or large. We’re already working on our next collections so watch this space!

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    Country look: pretty patterns

    by  • 09/05/2014 • Country business, Country style • 1 Comment

    Duckydora is the home of exclusively designed textiles and ceramics, by talented sisters Sally and Judith. The aspiration behind the brand is to create accessories that are beautiful, practical and (where possible) ethically made by British artisans.

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    Look glamorous and stay safe! Oven gloves featuring the Amalfi stripe, Florence floral & Sienna print, £18 each, Duckydora.

    I’m always intrigued by the fabulous names given to so many country businesses. So I asked Sally… ‘the name was the easy bit,’ she told me, revealing that the sisters were affectionately called duckydora by their beloved granny. With a homely feel and personal touch, it was simply the perfect name.

    Here’s more from their charming collection…

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    Breakfast is served. Amalfi placemat; Amalfi bowl; Sienna side plate; Sienna mug, all £8 each, Duckydora.

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    Country look: adorable pet prints

    by  • 21/02/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Do you have a pet with personality in your country home? You’ll love this fabulous collection of homewares from Bottle Green Homes…

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    Fine bone china mugs, £12.95 each, Bottle Green Homes.

    The silhouette drawings of cute creatures adorn mugs, tea towels and aprons, all designed by Kate – inspired by her own beloved pooch Jackson, a very determined Dachshund. Which design best suits the pet in your life?


    Pet inspired tea towels, £9.95 each, all Bottle Green Homes.

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    Country buy: Decorator’s Notebook

    by  • 04/10/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country Homes & Interiors is excited to share news this week of a fabulous new online store, Decorator’s Notebook – a refined selection of handmade treats for the home.

    The collection of beautiful home accessories has a strong emphasis on natural materials, traditionally crafted items and simple designs that all have a story to tell…

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    The perfect snuggly blankets, made in one of the last remaining woollen mills in Wales, £230 each, Decorator’s Notebook.

    I particularly love the rustic feel of these wooden bowls (below), made with a ready supply of foraged wood by Hatchet & Bear in rural Somerset.

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    [1] Dipped Terracotta mug, £12.95 [2] Lakeland landscape cushion, £60 [3] Wooden bowl & spoon set, £65 [4] Leather kindling bucket, £70, all Decorator’s Notebook.

    These wooden light shades are an ingeniously bright idea! They’re made by Christopher Berry, in his Sussex workshop, using salvaged pallet wood.

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    Pallet light shades, from £30, Decorator’s Notebook.

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    Country buy: Animal prints

    by  • 21/06/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Creatures, great and small, remain popular when it comes to decorating our homes this season – with more and more dogs, cats, birds, hares, stags and foxes adorning homewares.

    RawXclusive is well ahead of this much-loved trend with a fabulous collection of linen fabrics, mugs, comfy cushions, lampshades and accessories all featuring bold and beautiful animal motifs.

    The bone china mugs with a touch of wit are the real stars of the show. For cat owners we’ve found the ‘Purrfect’ mug and if you’re ‘Totally Dotty’ about dogs maybe the Dalmatian design is the one for you!

    Animal mugs, £9 each, all RawXclusive.

    Animal mugs, £9 each, all RawXclusive.

    The country inspired collection is the work of talented artist Rebecca Winter. Her hand-sketched designs feature on all the products, each lovingly printed and made here in the UK.

    Linen cushions, from £29.95 each; Bird cosmetic bags, from £19.95; Hare printed lamp shade (coming soon); Egg cosies, £7.95 each all RawXclusive.

    Linen cushions, from £29.95 each; Bird cosmetic bags, from £19.95; Hare printed lamp shade (coming soon); Egg cosies, £7.95 each all RawXclusive.

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    Farmyard inspired homewares

    by  • 29/03/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Cluck Cluck is a charming homeware collection by artist Victoria Hall, inspired by her childhood growing up on a farm surrounded by hens and cockerels.

    Victoria’s simple, yet beautiful ink drawings of her favourite farmyard birds adorn earthenware mugs, screen-printed tea towels, oven gloves and limited edition art work. We love the prints and cards that are all hand-finished with watercolour paints, to add a splash of colour, and feathers to bring them to life – perfect to decorate any country home.

    Cockerel mounted print, £30; Feather Oh La La card, £3; Chicken tea towels, £7.50; Chicken mugs, £14 each, all Cluck Cluck.

    Victoria sketches all her designs from the chickens she now has of her own, having returned to her country roots in Suffolk. See her work in progress below…

    Behind the scenes in the studio.

    Behind the scenes in the studio.

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    Bespoke Cornishware

    by  • 15/10/2010 • Country craft, Country style • 0 Comments

    The distinctive blue and white banded pottery is a highly regarded British design classic. ‘Type on a stripe’ is a novel idea where Cornishware are offering a bespoke lettering service on their mugs and storage jars. Such a great gift idea! Or tailor your kitchen storage to meet your exact needs. All can be done online, simply choose up to 12 letters and write whatever you like!

    Mugs from £16 plus £1 per letter

    Mugs from £16 plus £1 per letter

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