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    Make a personalised chalkboard mug

    by  • 01/02/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Chalkboard mug | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Ensure smiles all round at your next teatime get-together with this fun little craft idea. Cover the top third of a white porcelain mug (try Habitat or Ikea for a selection of styles) with duct tape. Using a soft bristled brush, coat the bottom with porcelain chalkboard paint –we like Pebeo’s Porcelain 150 paint, £4.10, Fred Aldous. Remove the tape and leave to dry for 24 hours. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 150ºC to make it dishwasher and microwave safe. Leave to cool before chalking your personalised messages. Serve with a homemade biscuit for best results!

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Love beautifully painted furniture

    by  • 28/01/2015 • Country business, Country style • 1 Comment

    Clementene Coates | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Up until a year ago, Clementene Coates was a solicitor working in a large law firm in the city. Today, she’s fulfilling her creative dreams, running an online business restoring, up cycling and painting vintage furniture. The finished pieces are simply stunning. She’s stopped by for a quick chat…

    What inspires you?
    The beautiful furniture I restore inspires me. I’m often in awe of the skill and artistry of cabinetmakers from days gone by. Their stunning pieces have endured years of wear and tear, and are capable of doing the same for many more years to come.

    Where do you work?
    I work from a studio in a converted wool mill situated on the famous ‘Yorkshire Mill Mile’. It’s quite fitting really, because like my furniture, the mill has been given a new lease of life.

    What’s your favourite painting technique?
    There are so many wonderful and varied methods, I love to experiment! My favourite technique is to create texture and depth of colour with glazes and tinted waxes (a process where I mix different paint colours with wax). I do this on a lot of my pieces as it makes them really stand out and look utterly bespoke.

    What makes your furniture special?
    Today, so much furniture is mass-produced, ugly and generic with no individuality, character or charm. What I offer is something very special. Pieces of the past restored for the future, real keepsakes, beautiful one-off pieces of furniture that you won’t find anywhere else – all at affordable prices.

    What’s next?
    I’m thrilled to be expanding my services to kitchens and fitted furniture. I’ll be adding photos to my website soon, so do keep a look out!

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    Country style setter: Annie Sloan

    by  • 16/07/2014 • Country business, Country style • 6 Comments


    As well as paint, Annie has also created fabric and fragrance collections.

    We talk to the designers who are defining the latest looks for today’s country homes

    Annie Sloan has dedicated her life to inspiring others through her lively approach to painting. As well as developing her very own brand of decorative paint, Chalk paint®, she has written over twenty books covering a range of creative subjects from interior design ideas to specific painting techniques. In 2000 she set up shop in her hometown Oxford, where she works alongside husband David showcasing her paint range and running interior design courses.

    How did you get into decorative work?

    After art school I wondered what to do with my life. I absolutely loved painting and I decided this was a way to continue pursuing my passion. Paint is amazing stuff, it’s cheap and available to everybody. People find painting such a therapeutic process and it can be the most rewarding feeling when you’ve given a piece of furniture a new look.

    What inspires you?

    So much inspires me! Listening to music, art, fellow artists… life is inspiring! My parents had a farm in Kent and when I was a child I used to spend my days collecting flowers. I loved taking them home, looking them up and pressing them. I find the countryside so relaxing and take a lot of inspiration from it.

    What is your business ethos?

    Chalk paint® is only stocked in small independent businesses. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with my family and have a great team who share my passion for paint. I like to keep in touch with my grass roots, inspiring and informing people about paint and the history of colour.

    Describe your artistic style in three words.

    Intuitive, free and informed.

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    Country look: sunshine yellow

    by  • 02/05/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Thinking about doing a spot of decorating over the Bank Holiday weekend? Why not brighten up your home with an injection of yellow, the big colour trend this season; it’s the perfect shade to bring a little ray of sunshine indoors. You can be brave with bold wallpapers and paints or add cheery smaller touches with cushions, rugs and accessories. Happy decorating!

    Decorating with Sunshine yellow on Country Days Blog

    A little ray of sunshine for your home.

    Feeling inspired? Why not get creative with our Moodboard tool for yourself and share your ideas with us on Housetohome. We’d love to see how you’re using colour in your home.

    Where to buy: Bagsie love seat by Loaf. Kinvara Distressed Wall Mirror, Oka. Mirrored lamp and Butterfly shade, Berry Red. Happy Daze matt emulsion paint, Crown Paints. Moss stitch cushion, £35, Joules. Summer meadow vintage cushion, emmalovesretro. Elveden Camomile wallpaper, Laura Ashley. Garden rug, Marks & Spencer. Conker sideboard, from a selection at Porta Romana. Fabrics, sayuri, £15.99 a metre, Prestigious Textiles; Linara, £31.25 a metre, GP&J Baker.

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    Country look: A touch of colour

    by  • 17/01/2014 • Country style • 2 Comments

    In this month’s issue of Country Homes & Interiors our main decorating feature explores using rich, warm colours to give your home the feel-good factor. I’ve been busy making moodboards to banish the January blues and share some further ideas on how to use colour – whether it’s adding small touches with cushions and throws or being brave with bold paints on furniture and walls.

    Feeling inspired? Why not get creative with our Moodboard tool for yourself and share your ideas with us on Housetohome.


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    Country craft: trompe l’oeil headboard

    by  • 12/01/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Paint your own headboard with Country Homes and Interiors blog

    Bring a handpainted look to a bedroom with a decorative trompe l’oeil headboard. Wall, Soft Maplewood; Headboard, Chalky Downs, Nordic Bliss, Roasted Pumpkin, Gipsy Bloom and Inky Tales all from the Urban Folk palette, priced £14.89 per litre, from Dulux.

    We love this decorative trompe l’oeil headboard idea as created using Dulux‘s Urban Folk palette which features some of the most homely and harmonious shades. To recreate this at home simply  sketch out half the design over a bed with chalk. Copy the design onto tracing paper. Flip over vertically and recreate the other half. Infill with the main paint colour adding details and motifs using complementary shades. For this and more hand painted ideas visit Dulux.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Country buy: Farrow & Ball

    by  • 24/05/2013 • Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    Farrow & Ball is one of the most iconic names when it comes to country decorating. Earlier this week I visited the head office in Wimborne, Dorset, to go behind the scenes and see where the magic happens!

    I was given a guided tour of the whole process: from where the creative team enthusiastically brainstorm new colours and designs, to where the experts mix the paints and print the wallpapers. It was fascinating to see just how much dedication goes into every step. Be it the paints or wallpapers, the team takes tremendous pride in ensuring each batch, however large or small, meets Farrow & Ball’s high requirements.

    Snaps from my day at Farrow & Ball; 1.The paints being made 2.Some bespoke artwork in the creative studio 3.The many samples of wallpapers 4. Printing blocks ready to print wallpapers.

    Snaps from my day at Farrow & Ball; 1.The paints ready to go out on order 2.Some bespoke artwork I loved in the creative studio 3. Samples of the many wallpapers 4. Printing blocks used to create the wallpapers.

    A small selection of happy colours from the edited palette of 132 colours available at Farrow & Ball.

    A small selection of happy colours from the edited palette of 132 colours available at Farrow & Ball.

    With interior and exterior, modern and traditional finishes available, all of Farrow & Ball’s paints are created to shape the home. This weekend’s Bank Holiday is the ideal time to get decorating, if you’re looking for paint inspiration why not get on board with a big trend this season for having fun with floors…

    Have fun on the floors; Floors are painted in Pavilion Gray with a border in Cook's blue, both £55 for 2.5 litres of Floor paint, Farrow & Ball.

    Floors are painted in Pavilion Gray with a border in Cook’s blue, both £55 for 2.5 litres of Floor paint, Farrow & Ball.

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    Homespun ornament

    by  • 30/01/2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The runaway success of Historical dramas, in film and on television, has spurred on our love and interest for nostalgic interior design. Liberty’s department store was, and still is, famous for its fabulously intricate and ornamental fabric patterns and we took this as our starting point for our Cottage chic story (February issue p68-72) to bring you a fresh modern take on the style. In our version the traditional fabrics designs, used for upholstery, curtains and cushions, also feature on accessories such as wellies and crokery and are teamed with furniture roughly painted in luminescent paint tones, such as aqua, Mediterranean turquoise and pea green. The result is a rustic version that is easy to achieve in today’s country home.

    Fabric, Clothkits. Cabinet, Ruby Rhino. Wellies, Webury.com.

    Fabric, Clothkits. Cabinet, Ruby Rhino. Wellies, Webury.com.

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    High days and sundaes!

    by  • 01/08/2012 • Country moment, Country style • 1 Comment

    Now its holiday season its time to pack up and head for the coast and indulge in all the delights of the British seaside, whatever the weather, such as ice cream cones, rock pooling and donkey rides. If you are staying at home over the holidays and thinking of doing a spot of interior design then why not take inspiration from the high days of summer and sorbet shades. A simple lick of paint can transform an old chair and a feature wall painted in a fresh shade will add new life to a room. For more decorating inspiration with sundae and sorbet shades please take a look at our September issue, p56-63.

    Bollo folding table, £15, IKEA. Painted in:  Sadolin, My Garden ,wood stain, Amelia's Sun lounger, £15.98 for 1 litre, Sadolin at B&Q. Chair painted in:  Sadolin My Garden, Wood stain, Mary's Watering Can,£15.98 for 1 litre, B&Q.

    Bollo folding table, £15, IKEA. Painted in: Sadolin, My Garden ,wood stain, Amelia’s Sun lounger, £15.98 for 1 litre, Sadolin at B&Q. Chair painted in: Sadolin My Garden, Wood stain, Mary’s Watering Can,£15.98 for 1 litre, B&Q.

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    Pretty paint colours

    by  • 05/04/2012 • Country style • 0 Comments

    There’s something about a bank holiday that seems to get everyone itching to decorate. If you’re looking for some paint inspiration this weekend, look no further than this stunning new photography from Little Greene.

    The fantastic new colour chart has ‘flying chips’ that allow you to view any chosen colour away from the stark white background of a typical paint chart. What a simple, yet genius idea! It’s handy for holding directly over fabrics, wallpapers and existing paint colours to get the perfect feel for the country look you’re after.

    The newly designed colour cards showcase Little Greene’s 164 shades. I particularly love the four new delicate pastels shown below- Drizzle, Mono, Mirror & Pink Slip, all perfectly on trend for summer.

    Which colour palette is your favourite?

    Spring brights inspiration from Little Greene.

    Spring brights inspiration from Little Greene.

    Sugary pastels from Little Greene.

    Sugary pastels from Little Greene.

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