• Posts Tagged ‘fabrics’

    Country style: pastel stripes

    by  • 16/04/2014 • Living, Shopping • 0 Comments

    Welcome a refreshing touch of spring into your home with on-trend shades of pastel.

     pastel stripes on the Country Days blog

    Pastel perfection

    Pairing simple patterns with a palette of soft blues, greens and pinks is the perfect way to achieve that classic country look. This photograph was taken for our ‘Pastel Stripes’ feature in the latest issue of Country Homes & Interiors. Here’s how to get the look in 3 simple steps…

    Choose a sofa with a relaxed stripe pattern from Sofa Workshop and match it with pastel floral cushions from Cloth & Cover.

    Accent the patterns by adding simple decorative china pieces from Emma Bridgewater.

    Pull the whole look together by adding a rustic coffee table from Nkuku or a fun patterned rug from Woven Ground.

    Oh and, if you’re a fan, the wallpaper is Ditton Stripe by Colefax and Fowler.

    by Alexandra Wallace

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    Country style: Town and country.

    by  • 26/06/2013 • Living, Shopping • 0 Comments

    At Country Homes and Interiors we love designs that are good value, seasonal and inspired by nature so when this new collection by silk screen artist Emma Hardicker arrived on my desk I thought I would share it. Emma draws upon her surroundings in the rural midlands to produce a range of fabrics, ready made cushions, lampshades and limited edition prints that combine rustic imagery with a touch of city chic.

    Cushions £45, fabrics start at £48 per metre, but can be bought in fat quarters too.

    Cushions £45, fabrics start at £48 per metre, but can be bought in fat quarters too.

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    Art house

    by  • 13/02/2013 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    When its dark and gloomy outside its nice to add some warmth and inspiration to your home. A dab of colour and a smattering of collage inspired fabrics for curtains and upholstery and wallpapers used in quirky ways, quickly add style and spontaneity to any décor in the manner of an artist’s brush. You can afford to be bold. These fabric designs use the natural colours of original oil paints pigments such as cadmium reds, viridian greens and ochres, a refreshing change from pastels, neutrals and colour pop that we are used to seeing in decorating.

    Turn to pages 64-70 in our march issue (out now) for more inspiring ways to decorated in an art house style.

    On walls: Antiquity, LW1462C/1, Linwood. SR2 stationery rack, £19, Scumblegoosie. Covered in Penaholic, LW1452C/1, £75 a roll, Linwood.

    On walls: Antiquity, LW1462C/1, Linwood. SR2 stationery rack, £19, Scumblegoosie. Covered in Penaholic, LW1452C/1, £75 a roll, Linwood.

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    Artisan designs from Original Little Bird

    by  • 13/04/2012 • Living • 0 Comments

    A pretty postcard caught my eye on a pinboard last week, leading to the discovery of talented artisan designer Gabi Bolton and her company Original Little Bird.

    I love the originality of Gabi’s designs, especially Bunny Scrapbook, which features an adorable collection of hand-drawn rabbits (below). Available as a digitally printed fabric or screen-printed wallpaper, the design is ideal to add a touch of nature to a country kitchen or for a more grown-up fun factor to a child’s bedroom.

    Bunny Scrapbook fabric, £55 a metre, Original Little Bird.

    Bunny Scrapbook fabric shown in Turquoise, Brown, Faded red and Dark purple, £55 a metre, Original Little Bird.

    As well as the cute bunnies, Gabi’s designs also feature pretty birds and old maps – adorning bags, suitcases, tea towels and cushions. The earthy colour palette along with the contemporary drawings gives traditional styles a more modern feel – resulting in the perfect rustic treats for your modern country home.

    Various fabrics, from £40 a metre; Burlington satchel, £175; Upcycled vintage cases, from £150, all Original Little Bird.

    Various fabrics, from £40 a metre; Burlington satchel, £175; Upcycled vintage cases, from £150, all Original Little Bird.

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    Magical Moroccan-style bedroom

    by  • 21/02/2012 • Living • 1 Comment

    I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours curled up on this bed with a good book or magazine. I love the mix of different colours and textures used in this stylish bedroom look by Oka. The subtle cream on white embroidered fabric used as drapes is the perfect contrast to the ethnic style throw on the bed. All that you would need is some refreshing fresh mint tea served in a Moroccan tea glass to feel right at home. Now back to reality…

    Single divan bed with drawers, £799. Upholstered headboard, £295. Off-white plain linen headboard slip cover, £95. Gunnebo bedside table, £265. Elephant lamp, £220. Cream card rectangular shade, £66. Roslin throw, £290. Urla rug, £725, all Oka. Similar drape fabric can also be found at Oka.

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    Autumn craft course

    by  • 28/09/2011 • Crafting • 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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    Pretty craft kits

    by  • 20/04/2011 • Crafting • 2 Comments

    I’ve just found these gorgeous craft kits put together by Diane Dawton at Wonderstuff. Containing everything you need to make them up, plus step-by-step instructions, there are lots of kits to choose from including lavender bags, egg cosies and interior decorations. Perfect for giving a handmade touch to your home – I particularly love this jolly pin-cushion and cute brooch.

    Pin cushion craft kit, £6.50, Wonderstuff

    Blue felt flower brooch kit, £5.95, Wonderstuff

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    John Lewis royal wedding fabrics

    by  • 16/03/2011 • Crafting, Living • 4 Comments

    I’ve just seen this new fabric called ‘Royal Wedding’ from John Lewis. Priced at £14 per metre, it comes in both navy and cream and features delicate florals and flags. I love the bunting idea – perfect for creating street party decorations – or try giving your home a regal touch with some home-sewn soft-furnishings.

    Royal Wedding fabric, £14 per metre, John Lewis

    Royal Wedding fabric, £14 per metre, John Lewis

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    Hand-printed fabrics

    by  • 02/03/2011 • Crafting, Living • 1 Comment

    I love these pretty hand-printed fabrics made by Sarah Waterhouse. Screen-printed in her Sheffield studio, there is a range of distinctive designs with fabrics featuring motifs such as birdcages, brollies and beehives. Not only does she sell fabrics by the metre Sarah also makes some into hand-sewn accessories. These lovely needle cases took my eye – perfect for organising my sewing box!!


    Needle case

    Needle case, £6, Sarah Waterhouse

    Bird Brolly Fabric

    Bird Brolly fabric in sunshine, cherry red, lime and teal, £7 for 47 x 47cm pieces, Sarah Waterhouse

    New fabrics by Sarah Waterhouse

    New fabrics, £7 for 47 x 47cm pieces by Sarah Waterhouse

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    Easy appliqué cushion

    by  • 05/01/2011 • Crafting, Living • 1 Comment

    Turn your hand to this quick craft idea by Deputy Editor, Sara Bird, and jazz up a plain cushion in minutes.

    Choose a pretty patterned fabric with different motifs and designs, such as flowers and birds. Using fusible webbing iron on to the back of your patterned fabric paper side up. Turn your fabric right side facing and cut out your selected designs. Work out where you want your patches to go on a plain cushion case. Peel off the backing paper and iron onto the cushion case glue side down.

    You can leave this as it is, or add a few little embroidery stitches like here for added decoration

    Fusible webbing and coloured embroidery threads from Sew Essential, 01922 722276

    Find similar fabric from Northlight, 01865 248850

    Plain cushion cases from House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073

    For more craft projects visit housetohome.co.uk

    Easy applique cushion


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