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    The Country Decorator’s shopping shortlist – rustic wooden boards

    by  • 19/09/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Ready_wooden boards groupChop chop Country Homes & Interiors readers! The country kitchen beckons us for a flurry of chopping, slicing and general prepping in anticipation of Autumn’s fruitful harvest.

    In this week’s shopping shortlist we’ve rounded up the top crop of rustic wooden boards to help you dice and serve­-up in true prairie style!

    Introduce a touch of nature indoors with beautiful platters featuring natural finishes and raw edges. The unique Leather Strap Bread Boards from Rowen & Wren (above top) are handcrafted from alder wood – ­ brimming with character, and just like us ­ they only get better looking with age! Delight dinner guests with a heaving cheeseboard centrepiece, and when not in use hang on your kitchen wall to create a striking feature – practical and oh so charming! Small: £38, L30 x W18cm approx; Large: £48, L48 x W20cm approx.

    Chopping boards can be elegant too don’t you know! Sophie Conran’s delightful Dot and Dash collection, designed in collaboration with T&G Woodware (above right), showcases organic beech engraved with a delicate pattern. The perfect shape for both serving and chopping, ­ these durable lovelies also look picture pretty stacked on the country parlour counter. Medium Long Handled Board: £25, L46 x W16 x H2cm; Large Long Handled Board: £35, L60 x W20 x H2cm.

    If it’s a modern twist on a traditional design that you’re craving ­ then look no further than Dassie’s Marble Two Tone Pizza Paddle Board, £18.50 (above left). This comfort food companion is made by artisans using wood harvested from ancient mango trees. It’s super smooth surface is perfect for pizza making and serving – ­ bon apetit! Dimensions: 38 x 32 x 2.35cm.

    Versatile and unique in every way, ­ you simply can’t beat the honest and hardworking nature of a lovely rustic board. Prep, serve and save precious time on the washing up with the help of these wooden wonders – ­ here at Country Days, it’s an enduring romance!

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    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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    Celebrate Britain’s harvest

    by  • 26/09/2014 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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    This week saw in the autumn equinox, marking the end of a long summer and an abundant growing season. Traditionally a time for giving and sharing, communities across the UK are coming together to reap what they’ve sown and enjoy the fruits of their labours – head to one of our top three harvest festivals to join in the celebrations.

    Harvest Food and Drink Festival
    Eden Project, Cornwall, runs until 5 October
    Go along to Britain’s biggest greenhouse and enjoy a host of harvest activities including home brewing, apple pressing and corn dolly making. Every day at 1pm, the Cornish custom of ‘crying the neck’ will be performed, traditionally done to celebrate the cutting of the corn – don’t miss it!

    Harvest Festival and Harvest Home 
    Beamish Museum, Durham, 4-5 October
    A real ‘hands on’ event put on by this fantastic living museum as part of the Festival of Agriculture, a whole season celebrating the agricultural and rural heritage of North East England. There’ll be lots of culinary activity on their 1940’s farm as they get ready for the harvest supper displays and a short service is set to take place with traditional harvest hymns on the agenda.

    RHS London Harvest Festival Show
    Lindley Hall, London, 7 October
    Get ideas for making the best of autumn produce, as well as great advice for late summer gardening and growing fruit and vegetables. Plus, enjoy apple tasting, foraging and talks from a range of exciting food and drink exhibitors.

    To celebrate the great British tradition of preserving, lifestyle brand White Stuff is launching a ‘Top of the Pots’ campaign to find the most coveted jars of jam and chutney across the UK in order to raise £30,000 for the White Stuff Foundation. What are you waiting for? Dig out your favourite recipes and get involved – the winners will be featured in an exclusive recipe book sold for charity in the run up to Christmas. For all the details, click here.

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    Celebrate the beauty of rustic Welsh design

    by  • 17/09/2014 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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    Denise Lewis set up Blodwen in 2010 with an aim to showcase the best of Welsh design. From the pretty seaside village of Aberporth in Cardigan Bay,  Blodwen works with local artisans, providing an online platform for their hand-crafted homewares, furniture and textiles.

    What’s a normal day like? 
    To be honest, there doesn’t appear to be a normal day at Blodwen HQ! We’re either dashing around visiting artisans, up in London pitching to stores like Liberty and The Conran Shop or visiting stockists around the UK. At the moment, we’re getting ready to show our Heritage Blanket Collection at Tent, part of the London Design Festival.The double-cloth textiles have been resurrected from a weaver’s pattern book dating from 1760.

    What makes Blodwen special? 
    Each Blodwen piece is handmade and unique, using only the finest local materials and talent. We’re extremely passionate about Wales and about preserving country ways and traditions. By  nurturing local artisans, we hope to provide rural communities with an opportunity to maintain their rustic way of life.

    What inspires you?
    We take our inspiration from the heritage and historical hinterland of rural Wales – we’re dedicated to celebrating the countryside and country ways, the beauty of our surroundings and the rural way of life and work. Blodwen was founded on the desire to preserve and revive rural skills, so with this in mind, I design exclusive collections which fuse together traditional craftsmanship with contemporary style and utility.

    Describe Blodwen’s creative style in three words.
    Rustic, utilitarian and modern.

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    Meet Stephanie Cole

    by  • 13/08/2014 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments


    Designer-illustrator Stephanie Cole creates quirky home textiles and art prints inspired by her love of the British countryside. She splits her time between the flat she shares with her partner in Helsinki, Finland and her family home in the Cotswolds.

    Tell us a little bit about what you do.
    My designs all start from hand drawings. If I want to screen print I will paint the design in black ink, otherwise I’ll paint in gouache and watercolours. A little tweaking on my laptop and it’s then sent off to small UK manufacturers. It’s important to me that it’s all made here in the UK – I like to support companies and have more control over the quality and work conditions.

    What inspires your designs?
    A real mix of ‘happy places’ ­– the British countryside and coast, an interesting proverb or quote, unexpected colour combinations and pattern.

    What do you love about the countryside?
    I love the seasons the most; each has its own beauty. Living in Helsinki, I’m starved of country fields, animals and hedgerows, so I love to go for long walks when I’m home.

    Describe your creative style in three words.
    Whimsical, illustrative and cheery.

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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.

    Decorator's Notebook Country Homes and Interiors

    [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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    Feel-good homeware from Nkuku

    by  • 09/11/2012 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Eco-chic is how I’d best describe the collection of Nkuku goodies below. Gone is the stereotype that by being environmentally friendly you have to compromise on beauty. Take for instance the rustic farmhouse Bantham table, made entirely from reclaimed timber sourced in South Devon or the useful braided storage baskets, crafted on an age-old loom using eco-friendly hemp – they are the perfect example that you can have something gorgeous while still being good to the planet.

    Nkuku’s desirable selection of fairly traded and eco-friendly homewares and gifts is made from natural materials by artisans using sustainable methods of production. It’s a collection that really puts the feel-good factor into furnishing your country home.

    [1] Bantham table, £595 [2]  Daha ceramic door knobs, £4.95 each [3] Lamu metal basket, £16.95 [4] Kiko glass frames, from £9.95 each [5] Locker room shelf, £59.95 [6]  Braided hemp storage basket, £69.95, all Nkuku.

    [1] Bantham table, £595 [2] Daha ceramic door knobs, £4.95 each [3] Lamu metal basket, £16.95 [4] Kiko glass frames, from £9.95 each [5] Locker room shelf, £59.95 [6] Braided hemp storage basket, £69.95, all Nkuku.

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    Contemporary country dining room

    by  • 09/02/2012 • Country style • 4 Comments

    When it comes to décor, sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most beautiful and effective.  Using reclaimed wood in your kitchen or dining room is not only environmentally friendly, but also gives the room instant rustic charm. Marks & Spencer has a great new Orchard collection for spring that is crafted from solid reclaimed pine with a subtle whitewash finish. Opt for accessories in natural shades such as creams and whites to complete this elegant look. As much as I love colour and all things floral, there are days when I feel that less is definitely more…

    Extending dining table, £699. Dining chair (set of 2), £479. Bench, £199. Diner pendant light in Cream, £49.50, all Marks & Spencer.

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    Country kitchen you’ll love

    by  • 01/02/2012 • Country style • 2 Comments

    I couldn’t agree more with the saying that ‘a kitchen is the heart of the home.’ Long gone are the days when all you did in it was prepare and cook meals. Today, people want it to be a multi-functional space, i.e. a room for entertaining, a possible play area for your kids, and simply, a place you feel good in. If you are fed up with the recent plummeting temperatures (I am!) and can’t wait for spring, you are sure to be inspired by Designers Guild new ‘Country collection,’ (pictured below). Using a mix of small-scale prints and ticking stripes, it is effortlessly fresh and undeniably feminine, perfect for any home. I’d be interested to hear what you think of it…

    Designers Guild new Country collection

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    Rivièra Maison at Loft Living

    by  • 11/11/2011 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Here at Country Homes & Interiors we get rather excited when we find new pieces that evoke the modern country style that we love. Last week’s visit to Loft Living in Selfridges hit the spot, when we were introduced to the exclusive range of furniture and accessories from Rivièra Maison.

    The collection captures the essence of rustic living, with casual

    slouchy linens on upholstered sofas, woven rattan chairs and beautiful reclaimed wooden tables. The painted dressers and cabinets featuring shutter details on doors was one of my favourite things, great as part of a trend we’re seeing for the shabby chic look.

    All the furniture pieces mix in well with the smart silver storm lanterns, decorative glass jars and sleek china – giving the collection a touch of understated elegance.

    Driftwood Dining table by Riviéra Maison at Loft Living.

    Driftwood Dining table, £1199; Chairs from a selection all Riviéra Maison at Loft Living.

    Cedar point sofa by Riviéra Maison at Loft Living.

    Cedar point sofa in Flax, £2199, Riviéra Maison at Loft Living.

    Rivièra Maison collection at Loft Living in Selfridges

    Rivièra Maison collection at Loft Living in Selfridges

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