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    Country craft; ribbon chair decoration

    by  • 20/07/2014 • Country craft • 1 Comment

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    Try these colourful ribbon chair decoration idea for adding a jolly look to outdoor dining.

    Looking for easy and almost instant outdoor party decoration ideas? Then you’ll love this ribbon chair decoration idea which adds a quick pop of colour with a few loops and lengths. Simply cut a long length of ribbon and fold in half, loop over the chair back, pull the loose ends through the loop and tighten. Add lots of colourul lengths across the back of the chair to give real impact especially as they catch and wave in the breeze.

    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 craft; handkerchief bunting

    by  • 13/07/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

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    Peg up handkerchiefs or fabric remnants to make pretty bunting decorations.

    We love this easy bunting decoration idea as seen in our latest issue- a great way of displaying favourite handkerchiefs, hand-me-down scarves or even squares of pretty fabric. Simply gather your squares (they can be any size and hem finished or raw edged) and give them an iron. Hang a length of string or ribbon where the bunting is to go then peg the squares along it’s length using dolly or pincer pegs. Use wooden styles for a rustic touch or colourful plastic for a jolly look.

    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 style setter: Hinchcliffe & Barber

    by  • 09/07/2014 • Country business, Country style • 1 Comment

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    True Blue mugs, £18, jug, £30. Dorset Delft cockerel jug, £27.50; all Hinchcliffe & Barber.

    We talk to the designers who are defining the latest looks for our country homes

    We chat to Georgia Hinchcliffe whose father, John, and mother, Wendy, set up design brand Hinchcliffe & Barber in the 1980s. After the untimely death of her father, Georgia joined the family business and now works alongside her mother, splitting her time between their two studios in Dorset and Wiltshire. Having made the change, she feels she’s finally found what she was always meant to do.

    What techniques do you use in your work?

    Every piece is created using a variety of traditional craft techniques. For example, our new range of printed cushions was made using a block print, and our new ceramic ranges involve a mix of potato print, paper cut and wax resist designs. It’s important to continue using original techniques, otherwise everything will look too computer generated – there’s definitely a balance to be had.

     How does the countryside influence your designs?

    My late father was a real countryman. He walked every day, loved his garden and observed the seasons carefully. This is reflected in his glorious designs that focus around the sea, flowers and animals. In many ways, I’ve inherited his appreciation of nature and feel soothed by open, empty spaces and long views.

     What’s your working space like?

    My husband and I have just bought a new house, nestled in the Wiltshire countryside, with an old chapel for me to convert into a studio and showroom. My mother and I need lots of space to work – we’ve folders and folders of work from the 1980s, so much of the time we play around with older designs, updating and reworking them for today.

     What’s next?

    It’s an exciting time for us. Our new range featuring mugs, jugs, aprons and other kitchen textiles, in four new designs, launches this month at Harrogate Homes & Gifts Show in association with our licensee MyGiftsTrade. Working with another family business has been fantastic. With their input we’re in a position for the first time in 10 years to supply our products to retailers however small or large. We’re already working on our next collections so watch this space!

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    Country craft: doily table runner

    by  • 30/06/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Discover how to make this doily runner with Country Homes and Interiors blog

    Create a charming doily runner for an outdoor dining table following Country Homes & Interiors simple steps.

    We love a bit of paper craft especially anything involving a doily. In celebration of this normally quite humble cake and bake serving accessory we thought we’d style them up into a rather splendid doily table runner to add a decorative touch to an outdoor table. Check it out in our soon-to-be-seen August issue. To discover how to create your own bespoke style click here.

    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 craft: bobble trim throw

    by  • 08/06/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

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    Make this bobble trim throw following Country Homes and Interiors easy instructions. Image by Simon Scarboro

    We love trimmings and they are a simple way to update plain linens or bring a new look to soft furnishings. Here we’ve updated a vintage linen cloth (from Beyond France) with some stylish bobble trim (from a selection at Macculloch & Wallis). To make simply follow our easy instructions.
    Measure and cut the trimming to fit all away around the cloth or blanket edge plus 2cm hemming. Pin to the underside of the cloth turning over 1cm at either end for a neat hem finish and sew in place either by hand or with a machine. A quick iron over the seams will finish the job to perfection!
    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 craft: shell tie-back

    by  • 01/06/2014 • Country craft • 2 Comments

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    Shoreline inspired curtain tie-back. Image by Simon Scarboro.

    Give curtains a coastal feel with a tie-back made with shoreline inspired treasures. This one is a bought garland from Coastal Home but it’s easy to make one at home with some twine and some shop sourced shells and starfish. To make simply thread and knot them onto the twine and loop around a curtain. (Try Dorset Gifts for a range of different types.)

    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 craft: bench cushion

    by  • 18/05/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Comfy bench cushions as seen in our May issue or Country Homes and Interiors.

    Comfy bench cushions  as seen in our May issue. Made with Polka Stripe light green and duck egg, £35 per metre, Emma Bridgwater for Sanderson.

    We love this comfy rectanglar cushion that tops this banquette seating as seen in our May issue. A great and versatile design, why not make a similar bench cushion to add a comfy layer to a settle or window seat too. Easy to make and adaptable – they make a great outdoor floor cushion when made in suitable fabric (we particularly like the new outdoor fabrics by Ralph Lauren). Click here to see Country Homes & Interiors easy to follow instructions to find out how to make a similar style.

    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 craft: calendar noticeboard

    by  • 11/05/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create a colourful feature wall with a handy calendar noticeboard

    Create a colourful feature wall with a handy calendar noticeboard

    Never miss a date or event with this fantastic homemade noticeboard as seen in the latest issue of Country Homes & Interiors. Ideal for busy Easter holidays it is easily made with a shop bought cork board some twine and numbers.  To make follow these easy instructions;

    You will need
    A corkboard (we used one from Boards Direct)
    Paint (we used Hot Paprika 4, £1 for a 30ml tester pot, Dulux)
    Wooden numbers (we used some from Hobbycraft)
    Safety pins (try Hobbycraft)
    Red twine (we used some from Pipii)

    To make divide the corkboard evenly up into squares for each calendar day, measuring 7 squares across and 6 squares down to show a full month. To separate each square or day vertically, take a length of twine and pin it from the top and bottom of the board. Next divide the board horizontally by pinning and threading through another length of twine across the squares. Pin numbers to the board to correspond with different calendar dates and days then fill with invites, tickets and social reminders to create a decorative and informative display.

    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 craft: envelope cushion

    by  • 04/05/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Cushion craft Country Homes and Interiors

    Cushions made in fabric by Emma Bridgewater for Sanderson.

    Homemade cushions are the perfect way to add a favourite colour or pattern to a room, instantly lift a tired scheme or inject an individual style to a setting. We love these handmade envelope cushions as seen in our May issue. To find out how to make follow this link to see Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions.

    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 craft: valance curtains

    by  • 27/04/2014 • Country craft • 3 Comments

    Make these pretty valance curtains with Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions.

    Make these pretty valance curtains with Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions.

    Bring a botanical look to windows with a pair of pretty valance curtains. This decorative window treatment, as seen in our soon to be seen June issue is really easy to achieve and can be easily made by following Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions. Click here to find out more.

    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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