• Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

    Style up stairs with wallpaper craft

    by  • 12/04/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Resized_APRIL-MAY DECO STYLEGive personality to painted stairs by adding wallpaper to the risers, as featured in our May issue. Soft pastel patterns (we chose Fretwork, £39 a roll, Sanderson and Capello Rose, £80 a roll, Liberty) bring a relaxed charm to any room, perfectly complimented by a striped runner in similar hues on the floor. Here’s how…

    Carefully measure your stair risers and cut out pieces of wallpaper to fit. Stick in place using a thin layer of PVA glue; smooth the paper, pushing out air bubbles and creases. Wait until the glue is completely dry (about 24 hours) before using a soft-bristle brush to apply a light coat of clear water-based varnish, to finish.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Click here for creative inspiration.

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    Video: pretty cushions

    by  • 21/02/2015 • Country style, Country Videos • 0 Comments

    Cushions are an easy way to update a decorating scheme, adding pattern and colour instantly. With country style being a big trend on the high street, it’s now easier than ever to find beautiful cost effective designs to dress your home.

    We love traditional embroidery for adding an extra decorative touch, watch our latest video to see our hero buys from the high street.

    Thank you to Neptune, Hobbycraft, Garden Trading, Berry Red, Nordic House, Vanessa Arbuthnott, Butlers and Next 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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    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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    Treasure memories

    by  • 22/10/2014 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Style setter Hannah Brown | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Hannah set up her online shop Hannah Brown Interiors in 2011, selling decorative wall art designed to capture and preserve special moments and memories. She also offers a bespoke service and has framed all manner of nostalgic pieces for her customers, from fishing flies to maple leaves.

    What do you love about what you do? 

    Creating bespoke pieces for people is wonderful as they always share their stories with me. It’s often something that really means a lot to them, for example, one customer wanted framed Gingko leaves because their father  planted a Gingko tree in every house they lived in. It’s the personal memories behind my pieces that really make them special.

    What techniques do you use?
    Waxing, painting, sawing, gluing… all sorts! A lot of the preparation is making the frame itself, I always make them by hand. I like to make a home for the objects I frame, a home that does them justice.

    Where do you work?
    I don’t have a studio, I work from home. We have a four storey house so there’s plenty of room. I mostly work in the kitchen, but on a warm day I’ll open the doors and move everything outside. This is where I most love to be, outside with a pot of coffee, waxing wood for my frames and taking in the wonderful view of trees in front of me – one of the reasons we bought the house!

    What do you hope to achieve with your products?
    I want my pieces to not only fill a space on the wall but evoke real emotion in people, like refreshing a memory.

    Where’s your favourite view?
    In Anghiari Tuscany where I got married – not telling you where though because it’s mine!

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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.

    Duckydora accessories on Country Days

    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…

    duckydora accessories on the Country Days blog

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

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    Country look: Woven layers

    by  • 31/01/2014 • Country style • 3 Comments

    Behind every beautiful product there’s an equally beautiful story, Tori Murphy’s collection of cosy blankets and cushions was inspired by childhood memories of exploring West Cork beaches.

    ‘Blankets were essential, whether shading from the sun or more likely for keeping warm,’ she remembers. ‘I would take the blankets to school still smelling of the sea. They reminded me daily of family and friends back home. The feeling of being enveloped by love left a deep impression and marked the beginning of my passion for textiles.’ As the weather turns colder let’s all be sure to wrap ourselves up in a little love.


    Chevy woven cushions, from £65; Murphy woven throws, from £250, all Tori Murphy.

    Using a muted colour palette, along with a contemporary approach to pattern her collection of homewares is perfect for adding a hint of on-trend monochrome and subtle geometric prints to the modern country home.

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    Country buy: inspired by nature

    by  • 09/08/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    The Yorkshire countryside provides the inspiration for Textile Artist Catherine Green’s collection of vibrant artwork, greeting cards and home accessories. The most recent additions are the screen-printed Lavender bags that Catherine’s created to add a touch of nature to any home, ‘The beautiful smell of the lavender is perfect for the summer, reminiscent of parks, sunshine and nature.’

    Catherine’s original work incorporates built up layers of dye, both printed and painted, with stitched details on a selection of sumptuous fabrics to give them a beautifully tactile quality.

    From top left: Bright Poppies greeting card, £2.50; Poppy lavender bag, £10; Flowers greeting card, £2.50; Birds mug, £10, all Catherine Green.

    From top left: Bright Poppies greeting card, £2.50; Poppy lavender bag, £10; Flowers greeting card, £2.50; Birds mug, £10, all Catherine Green.

    Below is one of Catherine’s limited edition giclée prints; original devoré artworks that have been professionally photographed to capture the depth and vibrancy. Reproduced onto canvas, each design is then individually machine stitched to add the finishing touches.

    Stitched giclee print in Intense Red, £60, Catherine Green.

    Stitched giclee print in Intense Red, £60, Catherine Green.

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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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    Mild country tones

    by  • 20/08/2012 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Decorating with neutrals doesn’t have to mean plain. It can be the opportunity to layer up patterns with very soothing results. Because we love pattern at Country Homes & Interiors we loved doing this story for our August issue. The beauty of a style like this is it can be organic – you can build up a collection of patterned accessories over time, from ceramics to cushions, mixing well thought out purchases, such as wallpaper, with more impulsive buys such as holiday finds, such as Hamman towels and tablecloths.

    Florette throw, as a cloth, Les Indiennes.

    Florette throw, as a cloth, Les Indiennes.

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