• Posts Tagged ‘Vintage style’

    Country craft: framed seed packets

    by  • 20/04/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create a pretty picture with seed packets as seen on Country Homes and Interiors blog.

    Create a pretty picture with seed packets. Frames from a selection at Next.

    Sometimes seed packets are just too pretty to throw away so why not frame them and make a lovely display of your favourites as seen here in the latest issue of Country Homes and Interiors. Source vintage packets online or at antique gardenalia stores or frame up new ones by simply neatening off any packet edges and mount on card before inserting into your chosen frame.

    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 room: children’s bedroom

    by  • 18/02/2014 • Country style • 1 Comment

    We’re loving the kaleidoscope of colour and pattern in this pretty children’s bedroom. The vintage style and eclectic elements give it a grown up edge that bridges the gap between tot and teen.

    Core colours of green, turquoise and pink demonstrate that stripes, geometric patterns and ditsy florals (isn’t the bedlinen from Room Seven just gorgeous?) can be combined together if you stick to key tones. Choose a pretty French-style painted bed and you can’t go far wrong.

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    Room Seven

    Room Seven bedding collection priced from £24-£330

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    Country style: Freewheeling this Autumn

    by  • 16/10/2013 • Country moment, Country style • 1 Comment

    Autumn is very much a time of getting out and about. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy and as the leaves turn there’s something exciting about the season as Halloween approaches. A bicycle is the perfect way to run errands and view the countryside! But where do you store it if you don’t have a shed?  If your hallway is large enough then a good looking, pink shopper could be the answer adding a touch of vintage glamour to your décor, without even trying! For more Autumn decorating ideas see our November issue out now!

    Ladies Bell Bike, Beg Bicycles. Bag, Rice. Notice Board, The Dormy House.


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    Country room: faded floral living room

    by  • 13/08/2013 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Lounging on lazy summer days requires the comfort factor and this country living room, layered with pink and red Cabbages & Roses fabrics for a quintessentially English look, is the perfect place to relax away from the sun.

    I love the informal touch of throwing a vintage-style quilt over the sofa and piling it up high with beautiful faded floral cushions. Striped and checked cushions in toning raspberry shades add to the burst of colour (you can never have too many cushions!), while flowing curtains in a classic country floral frame the elegant period windows. It’s so easy to imagine yourself kicking off your shoes and settling down with a good book here… if you can find room beside that cute little Jack Russell!

    Fabrics: Three inch Stripe Raspberry, £38 a metre; Paris Rose Raspberry, £38 a metre;
    Jolly Stripe Red, £38 a metre; French Check Raspberry, £32 a metre; French Toile Raspberry, £38 a metre; all Cabbages & Roses

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    Country room: stylish summerhouse

    by  • 25/06/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Who wouldn’t love a summerhouse like this, whatever the weather?

    This room has a lovely relaxed Swedish feel with its white cladding walls. Yet it’s a country scheme that cleverly combines informal and formal, elegant and vintage. Those comfy armchairs in a smart Sanderson Home stripe create a focal point for the room, while floorlength curtains with toning striped edging add to the cosy feel. Vintage touches are provided by the upturned crate coffee table, folding stool and that fantastic aqua chest, while the enamel pendant light adds a stylish retro touch. Even the ladder tucked away in the corner is pretty yet practical – and ideal for changing the light bulb!  And,  the woodburner provides the ideal solution for those chilly days.

    Definitely the perfect place to while away a few hours and plan your garden with a cuppa…

    Chairs from left: Sutton 232663, Saxon 232682, cushion Brecon 232673, curtain Annis 232654, with Brecon 232673; all £28 a metre from the Madison and Country Stripes collection by Sanderson Home

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    Autumn craft course

    by  • 28/09/2011 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    With the kids now back at school, why not learn something new for yourself and attend a craft course. One of our favourite British fabric and wallpaper designers, Lewis and Wood are holding a series of creative workshops throughout October and November, tailored to discovering a new skill such as upholstery, block printing and lampshade making. Each day course, priced from £95, includes expert tuition in Lewis & Wood’s Gloucestershire studio, a delicious lunch and refreshments.

    Lampshade making at Lewis and Wood

    Lampshade making at Lewis and Wood

    Block printing at Lewis and Wood

    Block printing at Lewis and Wood

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    A Friday treat from Hope and Greenwood

    by  • 11/02/2011 • Country craft, Country food • 5 Comments

    This lovely book came into our office this week and I just had to share it with you. Miss Hope of the nostalgic sweet shop, Hope and Greenwood presents 50 of her favourite chocolate recipes. Beautifully photographed, each recipe looks simply delectable and I can’t wait to make something. Hooray for all things cocoa-based! Published in early March and available from all good book shops.

    Miss Hope's Chocolate Box, £12.99, Ebury Press.

    Miss Hope's Chocolate Box, £12.99, Ebury Press.

    Pink Fancies

    Pink Fancies

    Strawberry and Cream Lollies

    Strawberry and Cream Lollies

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    Revived 1950’s wallpapers

    by  • 07/01/2011 • Country craft, Country style • 6 Comments

    When this new collection from Little Greene popped in my inbox it filled me with joy, especially on a rainy day such as this! Launching this month they have collaborated with The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, home to the largest wallpaper archive in the UK. I love how they’ve taken eclectic designs from the 50’s era and applied their expert eye and use of colour resulting in a relaxed style that is really liveable today. The soft pastel palette and pretty motifs would work perfectly in a modern country home.

    Fabulous archive wallpaper prints from Little Green
    Florette Acid Drop, £38 a roll, Skirting: Pale Lime no.70 acrylic eggshell £37.50 per 2.5L; Cupboard: First Light no.49 acrylic eggshell £37.50 per 2.5L
    fabulous archive prints from Little Green wallpaper

    Herbes - Cocktail, £38 a roll

    new wallpapers little green

    Walls: Cones - Aurora, £38.00/ roll; Back of dresser: Cones - Lush £38 a roll. Paint: Skirting: Indian Sand no. 54 Acrylic Eggshell £37.50 per 2.5ltr; Chair: Orange Aurora no. 21 Acrylic Eggshell £37.50 per 2.5ltr; Cabinet: Shirting no.129 Acrylic Eggshell £37.50 per 2.5ltr

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    Letterpress prints

    by  • 08/12/2010 • Country craft, Country moment, Country style • 3 Comments

    Lovers of lettering and typography (or people who buy Christmas presents for them) need look no further. Aardvark is an artistic partnership based in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, designing quirky prints with real homespun charm. They’re printed on a proper traditional letterpress in nearby Rye. Boat of Life has some great suggestions, and The Aardvark Manifesto is a good one too.

    Boat of Life letterpress print

    Aardvark manifesto letterpress print

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    Marks & Spencer Crochet Cool

    by  • 19/11/2010 • Country craft, Country style • 5 Comments

    While the rest of the nation is settling into winter we’re enjoying a little light relief as we get stuck into our spring/summer ’11 issues. One of my favourite collections seen so far is Crochet Cool from Marks and Spencer where they’ve taken this classic technique and given it a fresh, modern makeover. Statement crochet rugs, large scale prints and crochet corsage detailing on cushions and throws all come in wonderfully vibrant colours.

    beautiful spring summer crochet home textiles from marks and spencer

    Fashion Vintage Floral Bed Set, £49.50; Fashion Vintage Stripe Bed Set, £49.50; Fashion Vintage Crochet Throw, £75; Home Text Cushion, £25; Modern Task Light, £29.50; Clock, £25; Tea Light Holders, £25 (set of 3).

    Beautiful crochet designs from marks and spencer spring summer collection

    Penrose Medium Sofa in Baker Chenille Amethyst, £499; Love Letters, £19.50; Multi Crochet Flower Cushion, £45; Fashion Vintage Print Cushion, £15; Ditsy Print Floral Cushion, £15; 3D Large Flower Cushion, £35; La Perla Cushion, £15; Round Button Velvet Cushion, £15; Fashion Vintage Corsage Cushion, £25.

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