• Posts Tagged ‘home’

    Country style: casual chic

    by  • 02/04/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Relax and unwind in a hue of soft neutrals with the brand new Croft Collection by John Lewis, perfect for the modern country home.

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    Water hyacinth basket, £30; Tunstall floor lamp, £180; Berwick medium sofa including-cushions, £1,300; serving bowl, £28, all from the Croft Collection at John Lewis.

    Here’s how to create this look in 3 easy steps…

    Add a scattering of pale blues, pinks and greys for a desirable infusion of gentle colour; which can be achieved by the addition of cushions, throws and rugs.

    Build a subtle contrast of textures by including natural wood, with a floor lamp and a wooden bench or table to complement the soft touches of light fabrics.

    Shaded ceramics with a handmade feel add an artisan touch to the croft inspired style of utilitarian and nostalgic trends.

    by Nikki Bradley

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    Cosy weekend moodboard

    by  • 22/11/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Cosy weekend

    Set the scene for a cosy warm weekend with lazy lie-ins and breakfast in bed!

    I don’t know about you but I long for my lie-in on colder winter weekends.   This cosy looking moodboard encourages those well-deserved hours in bed.  Make sure to wrap up warm with extra thick socks and buy a woolly hot water bottle guaranteed to keep you warm ‘til morning.  Neutral colours and soft tones will help create a tranquil, calm ambiance.  Mix in knits and textured throws to add comfort and extra warmth.

    Perhaps even treat a loved one to breakfast in bed too or be treated yourself!…which for me is the perfect way to kick start my wintry weekend!

    Mmmm…maybe the winter months aren’t so bad after all ;)

     

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    Country Shop: Barker and Stonehouse

    by  • 16/08/2013 • Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    New Baker and Stonehouse store opens.

    New Barker and Stonehouse store opens.

    Barker and Stonehouse have recently opened a new and exciting store in Battersea.  Take a visit to view all the fantastic modern country style furniture and accessories, exclusive to Barker & Stonehouse and to appreciate the fantastic 25,000 sq ft across two floors in one of the most historic buildings south of the Thames – the old Candle Factory on York Road.

    The Social Fuel café is also a fantastic touch, a great excuse for a cheeky slice of cake!

     

     

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    Country buy: happy homewares

    by  • 13/06/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    If you’re looking for fun home accessories with a difference, look no further than the brilliant collection at Catherine Colebrook. Practical and guaranteed to make you smile, Catherine has created a fabulous, somewhat eccentric collection of kitchen textiles, cushions, art prints, mugs and much more.

    Piped edge cushions, £33 each; Pop oilcloth in yellow, £18 a metre; 'You are what you eat' tea towel, £9.99; Alphabet Coasters, £3 each, all Catherine Colebrook.

    Piped edge cushions, £33 each; Pop oilcloth in yellow, £18 a metre; ‘You are what you eat’ tea towel, £9.99; Alphabet Coasters, £3 each, all Catherine Colebrook.

    Passionate about supporting British business, the entire collection is designed and made in the UK ­— the tea towels are printed in Wales, the mugs are produced by a family run business in Scotland and all the textile printing and sewing is done in-house in Cheltenham.

    I love this gorgeous mug that stands proudly on my desk. I can assure you it’s always brimming with tea, not a bubble in sight…

    Fine bone china mug, hand finished in Stoke on Trent, £9.50, Catherine Colebrook.

    Fine bone china mug, hand finished in Stoke on Trent, £9.50, Catherine Colebrook.

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    Rustic animal print cushions

    by  • 18/05/2012 • Country style • 2 Comments

    I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many cushions. Not only do they provide a bit of extra comfort, they’re also a great way of adding pattern, texture and colour to your home.

    My cushion crush this week is the fabulous collection from Helkatdesign at Two Red Trees. Animal motifs are big news in the interiors world and these rustic, hand-printed cushions are a perfect way to embrace the trend.

    These designs are so adorable, which one is your favourite?

    Hand printed rustic cushions from top left; Wading bird pair, £40; Piggy, £38; Beagle, £40; Butterfly & dragonflies, £50; Trotting horse, £39; Mouse, £38, all Helkatdesign at Two Red Trees.

    Hand printed rustic cushions from top left; Wading bird pair, £40; Piggy, £38; Beagle, £40; Butterfly & dragonflies, £50; Trotting horse, £39; Mouse, £38, all Helkatdesign at Two Red Trees.

    Two Red Trees actively supports and promotes talented Artisans, within the UK, producing a wealth of beautiful handmade items for the modern country home.

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    Say it with words

    by  • 18/04/2012 • Country style • 4 Comments

    There’s been a massive boom in the written word as a decorative motif recently. Whether it be sentimental sayings and phrases carved in wood on swing seats, printed on teacups and textiles such as cushions and tea towels as well as on posters and accessories such as rubber stamps and pencil cases. It’s a nice way to create an ambience, or set the scene at home and let your loved ones know how you feel without even being there!

    If you love the written word then you can obviously find it anywhere and everywhere. Old love letters and the backs of vintage postcards translate into fabulous wallpaper designs, such as the one shown here. Old maps and music scores can be equally as decorative and the beauty of these designs is they are subtle and nostalgic. If you don’t fancy wallpapering a whole wall then how about framing a page from an old song sheet or an out of date map?

    Wallpaper, ref 313000, £305 per roll, Brian Yates.

    Wallpaper, ref 313000, £305 per roll, Brian Yates.

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    Vintage chic at DesResDesign

    by  • 06/03/2012 • Country style • 3 Comments

    I love the discovery of a new website to browse and escape into a dreamy world of fabulous finds! The object of my online affections this week is DesResDesign, a treasure trove of unique homewares for the relaxed country home. The eclectic mix of contemporary lighting, chic accessories and rustic furniture offers something for everyone.

    I’ve been admiring the vintage style collection and wanted to share a few of my favourite pieces, particularly the metal lace edged pendant. A great example of modern country style, with its delicate vintage design in a sleek contemporary finish – it really is a thing of beauty!

    With butterflies, flowers and birds all set to be big trends for interiors this summer, these beautiful accessories are sure to add a pretty touch to your home.

    Top from left; Vintage style washbag £21.95; Lace metal pendant light in pink, £79.50; Vintage style cup & saucer in Olive, £11.95; Vintage style botanics cake stand, £24.95, all Des Res Design

    Top from left; Vintage style washbag £21.95; Lace metal pendant light in pink, £79.50; Vintage style cup & saucer in Olive, £11.95; Vintage style botanics cake stand, £24.95, all DesResDesign

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    Country chic designer Helen Stevens

    by  • 02/02/2012 • Country style • 1 Comment

    I recently visited the ‘Home’ exhibition at Earls Court in London on the look out for up-and-coming talented designers. One exhibitor that stood out for me was textiles and surface design graduate Helen Stevens, who launched Surfacephilia in September 2011.

    Her debut collection of wallpapers and ceramics offers an eclectic twist on the Navajo trend, taking inspiration from nature with birds and feathers, beautifully combining them with geometric patterns and hints of fashion detailing, such as sequins.

    Helen’s unique designs are made using layers of hand-drawn illustrations, painting and collage. Adding her glamorous touch to everyday objects makes them stunning country chic pieces.

    Jaegar wallpaper, £175 a roll; Plates, £20 each; Mugs, £22 each, all from the Navajo collection by Surfacephilia.

    Jaegar wallpaper, £175 a 10 metre roll; Plates, £20 each; Mugs, £22 each, all from the Navajo collection by Surfacephilia.

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