• Archive for July, 2010

    Make a headboard slip cover

    by  • 28/07/2010 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    Just before I go… as a little preview of our up-and-coming September issue I thought you’d like to see this lovely idea for an easy-to-stitch headboard cover. It’s made in a simple stripe by Harlequin and has side panels in a contrasting fabric. The head and foot boards here are quite chunky so the covers need the side panels, but if you have a metal bedstead you can omit them altogether and add hemmed facings instead – just insert ties into the seam allowances. It’s a great way to tailor a mismatching bed into a decorating scheme. Click here for instructions. For more stitch and craft ideas visit our sister site House to Home.

    Use our instructions to make a head or foot board cover – or both!

    Stitching the hemmed side panels and ties to the main fabric.

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    Happy holidays

    by  • 27/07/2010 • Out and About • 6 Comments

    Sorry I have been a bit remiss about posting anything this week. I have been rushing around trying to get everything in order before I go on holiday tonight to Devon and Cornwall. Not sure what the weather is like down there at the moment, but can’t wait to get there. I am back on the 5th.

    Rhoda

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    Kitchen storage

    by  • 23/07/2010 • Living • 1 Comment

    I have been looking for the perfect kitchen sideboard and really like this one from Alison Capeling. Ideal for that little extra workspace we always seem to need! She has a little shop in Truro but you can also buy online. Have a peek at her range which includes country style furniture and home accessories with a coastal influence.

    Kitchen Sideboard, £470, Alison Capeling.

    Kitchen Sideboard, £470, Alison Capeling.

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    Paper butterfly glass decorations

    by  • 21/07/2010 • Crafting, Living • 4 Comments

    Deputy Editor Sara Bird has made these pretty paper butterfly decorations – perfect for party drinks in the garden. Simply fold coloured card in half. Along the folded edge draw two joined loops, like a curly ‘M’ shape, and mark a small line parallel to the fold. Cut out shape and cut down the line with a crafting knife then unfold to create a butterfly. Thread ribbon through the two cut parallel lines and tie to a glass. If you’re more confident you can cut shapes from the butterfly to create patterned wings. For coloured card visit Hobbycraft. For coloured ribbon try John Lewis. For glassware try IKEA. For more summer craft ideas visit the House to Home website.

    butterfly glass decoration

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    Cath Kidston chairs

    by  • 20/07/2010 • Living • 4 Comments

    Painted furniture pieces are an easy update for any room and a quick way to introduce a fresh new pop of colour. Cath Kidston has expanded on her much-loved fabrics, wallpapers and accessories collection with a new range of  handpainted chairs. I think they would look adorable in a country kitchen. Available in eight pretty colours, it’s tempting to mix and match for an added fun factor.

    Cath Kidston Baby Blue Painted Chair

    Painted kitchen chairs, H87cm, £65 each.

    Baby Blue
    Cath Kidston Striking Red chair

    Cath Kidston Striking Red chair

    Cath Kidston Pretty Pink chair

    Cath Kidston Pretty Pink chair

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    Elderflower champagne tasting

    by  • 19/07/2010 • Eating • 0 Comments

    On Saturday, we cracked open the first bottle from the batch of Elderflower champagne that I made a few weeks ago. Thank you for all your recipe suggestions. I used Sarah Raven’s version from her new book Food for Friends & Family in the end, which has quickly become a favourite of mine. Her ‘quick’ recipe suggested the use of a teaspoon of dried yeast.

    I must say the bottle opened with a gutsy pop and had a lovely zingy and refreshing taste. It was enjoyed by all – young and old. Even my other half, Justin, who will only usually let Budvar pass his lips was impressed!

    Sarah Raven's Food for Friends & Family

    Sarah Raven's Food for Friends & Family, £25

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    Weekend recipe

    by  • 16/07/2010 • Eating • 0 Comments

    We have some friends staying at the moment so I thought that tonight I would make this Baked Dover Sole with Brown Shrimp Butter recipe from our August issue (on sale now). I know my local fishmongers on the quay will have Dover sole and local shrimps so it will be quick easy and delicious.

    Baked Dover Sole with Brown Shrimp Butter

    Baked Dover Sole with Brown Shrimp Butter

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    How to make bunting

    by  • 14/07/2010 • Crafting • 3 Comments

    I love this pretty pastel bunting, which was shot by stylist Carol Wortley-Bishop for the next issue of Country Homes. ‘Decorate outdoor dining areas and decking with bunting for the appeal of a regatta,’ says Carol. ‘A lilac and pistachio colour scheme gives classic striped fabrics a softer feel.’

    Now is the perfect time to make your own bunting and add a little country style to outdoor dining and garden parties. Or to buy ready made, try Jonny’s Sister or The Cotton Bunting Company. Here’s to lazy summer days in the garden… 

    How to make bunting

    Make pretty country-style bunting

     

    For more craft ideas and inspiration visit Housetohome.co.uk.

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    Win Cornishware mugs

    by  • 11/07/2010 • Living • 0 Comments

    Well-known for its blue and white stripes, Cornishware recently went multi-coloured with two new mug sets.  With four mugs in each set, one is entitled ‘For the girls’ with soft ice-cream shades reminiscent of faded seaside bunting, whilst the other -‘For the boys’- comes in a rich, bold russet red, teal green and jet black as well as the classic blue.  

    The lovely people at Cornishware have offered one set of each as a prize. Simply answer this question: In what year was Cornishware first produced? 

    Cornishware mugs

    Top shelf: For the boys. Bottom shelf: For the girls. Mug sets, £40 each

     

    To enter, simply call 0901 609 1199 or text CHICOMP followed by a space and your answer, then your Full name, house number and postcode to 86611 (eg, CHICOMP answer b Chloe Smith 16 NN32 6PX). Competition close 25 July.

    BT calls cost 60p per minute and last approx 2 minutes. Cost from other networks may be higher. Texts cost £1 per text plus network charges. When you enter by text, you may in future get SMS marketing messages from IPC and Country Homes & Interiors magazine,  if you don’t want to please end your text with NO INFO. SP: Eckoh 0870 880  4869

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    Space saving storage

    by  • 09/07/2010 • Living • 1 Comment

    This simple shelf from Tidy Books popped into my inbox this week and I love it. It’s such a great storage solution, especially for small spaces. It fits neatly on the wall and frees up valuable floor space, it would look lovely in a bathroom filled with your favourite potions or by your bed for books and a mug of tea. 

    Bunk bed buddy, £44.99, Tidy Books.

    Bunk bed buddy, £44.99, Tidy Books.

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