• Posts Tagged ‘natural’

    Meet Nikki Szabo…

    by  • 26/11/2014 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments

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    Nikki Szabo’s country fabric collections go down a treat here at Country Days. Light-washed watercolours of cute country critters sit beautifully against natural fabrics in subtle pastel shades, creating timeless designs for curtains, cushions and more.

    What made you want to become a designer?
    I set up a curtain-making business with my mother and, over time, I came to realise there was a big demand for beautiful and original fabric prints. I got out my paintbox, started designing and it went from there! I’m most creative at night so the freedom of working for myself is brilliant. I love the hands-on process of printing the fabrics too.

    What inspires you? 
    I spend a lot of time wandering around flea markets, and often come across unusual objects. Many of my designs have also been inspired by nature.

    What ethos do you work by?
    I really care for our environment. I only use lovely natural cotton and linen blend fabrics which are all digitally printed to order in my small studio in Chobham, Surrey. Our eco-friendly pigment dyes are water based, solvent free and environmentally gentle.  We print the exact amount needed to fulfil each order, so there is no unnecessary wastage of fabric or inks.

    Describe your favourite country moment.
    I love spending time by the sea. I often take myself away for the weekend, book into a local dog-friendly hotel (my pup Pixie has to go everywhere with me!) and spend time meeting friends, relaxing and sketching.

    What’s next?
    I’m currently working on a floral collection. I visited Kew Gardens Summer Festival in September and picked up loads of inspiration – I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

    Describe your creative style in three words.
    Fluid, underworked and spontaneous.

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    Country style: natural storage

    by  • 23/04/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Transform hard working hallways with smartly crafted storage solutions.This photograph was taken from our ‘The Potager Home’ feature in May’s Country Homes & Interiors. Here’s how to get organised in 3 easy steps…

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    Get organised

    Store all those shoes neatly away in this multipurpose 2 seater storage seat, from Garden Trading.

    Save on endless trips up and down stairs, collect small items together in a handy shoulder basket, to take up in one go. A fishing creel basket makes a great alternative, try Chairworks.

    Add some fun into your hall by using a recycled tyre planter, from Hen & Hammock, to keep brooms, brushes and cleaning equiptment in.

    P.S Bird boxes aren’t just for outside, use them indoors too for a quirky wall feature.

    Post by Nikki Bradley.

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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: Summer linens

    by  • 02/08/2013 • Country style • 1 Comment

    This weeks summer highlight comes from the lovely new photography that popped up in my inbox from The Linen Works. Featuring a limited edition collection of fresh and breezy linens, perfect for relaxed country living

    Biarrtiz beach blanket, 100% washed linen, from £65; Arles tea towel, £11, The Linen Works.

    Biarrtiz beach blanket, 100% washed linen, from £65; Arles tea towel, £11, The Linen Works.

    Capturing a thoroughly British summer these latest textiles, many inspired by the sea, were shot on Mudeford beach in Dorset. These idyllic images make me want to pack up a picnic and head for the seaside – when the sun has got his hat back on!

    Top from left: Arles tablecloth in Navy Stripe, £80; Taupe linen blanket, from £65; Lambswool throw in Teal, £95, all The Linen Works.

    Top from left: Arles tablecloth in Navy Stripe, £80; Taupe linen blanket, from £65; Biarritz washed linen tablecloth, £110; Pesthemel towels, from £32.50; Lambswool throw in Teal, £95, all The Linen Works.

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