‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’… it’s also one of the busiest! If you’re looking to retain your crafty side but time is of the essence, we’ve found the perfect thing with Friday’s Child stocking kits. The no cutting, no sewing and no pinning kits are ideal for achieving a homemade, unique stocking to treasure and hang on the mantelpiece year after year.
Available in two designs – Reindeer and Tree, each kit comes complete with a plain pre-made stocking, pre-cut fabric motifs and simple instructions so all you need is an iron and a quiet half hour to create your stocking in time for Christmas.
Friday’s Child was set up by Eileen and Wendy, two mums with a determination to spread the joy of crafting – the kits are a great way to get the children involved by helping to design their own stockings.Read more →
I do have to say I absolutely love a Christmas wreath. No longer just for front doors, these little rings of seasonal loveliness have made their way inside to adorn fireplaces (see our front cover this month), cupboards and windows.
What’s also worth noting as far as style trends are concerned is that textures and shapes are a big part of this year’s offering as you can see from this picture below. Berries, cones, wicker, twig and hessian give that hint of the wreath’s rural origins, but the simple use of just one or two of these materials give them that modern country look that we love so much here at Country Homes & Interiors. So whether it’s a circle, a heart, or a spray, hang a wreath – it says Christmas to me as much as the tree. Click here for our Top 10 Christmas wreaths.Read more →
As a professional shopper I don’t really need much of an excuse to go shopping, but with Christmas just round the corner it’s time to spring into action and find gorgeous gifts for all. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of finding that perfect present for a loved one – to ensure beaming smiles all round on Christmas morning.
In this month’s issue of Country Homes & Interiors you’ll have seen our pick of the best beautifully crafted gifts, but because we see so many lovely things and can only select a small amount to squeeze onto our pages, we’ve decided to share a few more of our favourite gift ideas…Read more →
Walking along the street, when the sky is dark and clear, and house lights and Christmas lights seem extra bright and the air is extra crisp and fresh with expectation, that’s when it feels like Christmas is coming. That’s the magical feeling we’ve tried to conjure up in our Enchanted nights decorating feature p 65-71 Jan issue (out now) which explores the visual imagery found in Christmas story telling, legends, fairytales and folk tales, from the dark arts of spell casting to The little matchstick girl and Hansel and Gretel.
Our story features Bohemian pinks and wolverine faux furs and is rich with mythical imagery such as wild boars, twinkling stars and Magical golden balls and is packed with Christmas decorating ideas from wall art to card display.Read more →
The countdown begins tomorrow, and I’m rather excited about entering into the spirit of Christmas this weekend! How many of you, like me, will be venturing up into the loft to dust off the box of heirloom baubles and decorations. Despite having our timeless favourites, it’s always nice to add a few new pieces each year to refresh your existing collection.
Having been inundated with gorgeous products since we started working on our Christmas issues back in July, I’ve had plenty of time to ponder my decorating plan of action for this year. I’ve decided to opt for a few of these vintage looking gems from The White Company, the soft golds and iridescent finishes are perfect to add a touch of decadence to my festive decorating scheme. For more seasonal inspiration don’t miss our January issue of Country Homes & Interiors, packed full of beautiful decorating ideas.Read more →
It may be a bit early to get set for Christmas but if you want a head start on decorating themes or simply enjoy creating picturesque settings for your home then take a look at our December trend feature p67-77, which is packed with ideas from decorating with knitted winter whites, Midnight blues, inspired by the Polar nights of Scandinavia, to more pagan Forest greens as well as theatrical schemes featuring gilded roses.
This picture shows one of my favourite Christmas colour schemes based on ditsy florals and scattered berries with faux Hellebores, a welcome change from more traditional Christmas flowers. This look also gives you chance to get crafty, by customizing shop bought wreaths to creating window displays with origami, paper birds and moss filled teacups decorated with sprays of berries and flowers.Read more →
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Moors Valley country park and forest in East Dorset, a wonderful place for an active family day out with cycle trails, woodland walks, fishing and wildlife, all surrounded by acres of lofty woods. Live wires of all ages should brave the popular Go Ape! tree top adventure – there’s a version for younger children and grown ups from which you can have a birdseye view of the forest…
Or, if swinging from trees isn’t your thing then check out the Moors Valley Railway which runs along a track round the lake and back on steam and diesel locomotives with proper signals, toots and turns…
With all that exertion you’ll need somewhere to eat and sleep. Moors Valley Seasons restaurant comes up trumps with simply delicious lunches and firm favourites for children. Stay nearby in cosy woodland lodges at Merley Court - close to historic Wimborne and the stunning Dorset coastline… a weekend stay perhaps?Read more →
This month, I visited the beautiful region of North Norfolk where I found this fabulous emporium of home interiors overlooking the village green of Burnham Market.
Norfolk Living offers an abundance of home and garden gifts including cushions by Linum and Norfolk’s VH Designs; Ruby & Ed slippers; Avoca candles; John Hanly merino throws and Heyland tweed rugs. The shop also opens on to a large courtyard where garden lovers will delight at the mix of practical garden solutions and gorgeous decorative finds in the stables…
Read all about Burnham Market in Country Homes & Interiors March issue – now on sale!
Do you have a favourite country shop or market town we should visit? Tell us more…Read more →
This month, Country Homes & Interiors writer Sarah Warwick visited the historic market town of Amersham in Buckinghamshire where she discovered Su Chases Interiors.
‘Set in a magnificent Georgian townhouse with original period features, the shop is an inspiring showcase for everything from furniture and fabrics to linens and paints from favourite designer brands, including Zoffany, Colefax & Fowler and Jane Churchill. There are plentiful smaller gifts and pretty stationery too so its worth visiting for all occasions…’
Take time to enjoy this historic town and its gorgeous surroundings – we recommend a trip to Renaissance-style château Waddesdon Manor, The Horse in Art exhibition at Obsidian Art (until 5th February), or kickstart those new year’s resolutions with a healthy winter walk in the Chilterns.
Read more about Amersham in the February issue of Country Homes & Interiors now on sale!
*Do you have a favourite shop or market town? If so, we would love to hear your recommendations…Read more →