• Posts Tagged ‘textiles’

    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.

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    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 look: charming little birdies

    by  • 11/04/2014 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    May I introduce you to the world of Lil3birdy, the home of beautifully illustrated homewares and stationery. We love the colourful patchwork birds and scattered flower designs, perfect for adding a feel-good spring vibe to your country home.

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    Colourful birds and floral coasters, £12.50, Lil3birdy.

    Lil3birdy offers coasters, placemats, mugs, tea towels, notebooks and greetings cards all decorated with simple nature-inspired drawings, all the work of designer Clare Shields.

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    Chicks tea towel, £10, Lil3birdy.

    In addition to pretty birds the collection also features more classic country favourites; dogs, cats and foxes…

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    Dog and Fox ceramic mugs, £7 each, Lil3birdy.

     

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    Country look: simply beautiful

    by  • 04/04/2014 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    ‘Love how you live’ is the endearing sentiment behind new online homeware and gift boutique Dimity Fayre. The handpicked collection of ceramics and textiles are all chosen to make the everyday objects beautiful and functional in equal measure.

    Celebrating the tradition of the artisan – they are working with UK designers to create individual pieces to bring a touch of joy to your home. We love the sophisticated yet rustic charm of Rebecca Callis’ ceramics (below).

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    Tea cups, from £18; Blue Knives napkins, £28 set of 4, all Dimity Fayre.

    Another favourite from the collection is Jessica Hayes-Gill’s quirky cutlery designs (above & below), all hand-drawn before being hand-printed onto natural cotton and linens.

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    Civilised Cutlery apron, £39, Dimity Fayre.

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    Country look: Woven layers

    by  • 31/01/2014 • Shopping • 3 Comments

    Behind every beautiful product there’s an equally beautiful story, Tori Murphy’s collection of cosy blankets and cushions was inspired by childhood memories of exploring West Cork beaches.

    ‘Blankets were essential, whether shading from the sun or more likely for keeping warm,’ she remembers. ‘I would take the blankets to school still smelling of the sea. They reminded me daily of family and friends back home. The feeling of being enveloped by love left a deep impression and marked the beginning of my passion for textiles.’ As the weather turns colder let’s all be sure to wrap ourselves up in a little love.

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    Chevy woven cushions, from £65; Murphy woven throws, from £250, all Tori Murphy.

    Using a muted colour palette, along with a contemporary approach to pattern her collection of homewares is perfect for adding a hint of on-trend monochrome and subtle geometric prints to the modern country home.

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    Country look: Knitted accessories

    by  • 10/01/2014 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    Curling up on the sofa with woolly layers is the best way to spend dark January evenings. We’ve found the perfect luxurious blankets and cushions from Seven Gauge Studios to add texture, warmth and a touch of colour to your home.

    The collection of knitted accessories, with bold graphic patterns, are the creation of talented designer Joy Bates who loves to work with rich primary colours. Her designs are just the thing to lift the spirits; we could all do with a splash of feel-good brights at this time of the year.

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    Lambswool knitted cushions, £65 each, Seven Gauge Studios.

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    Lambswool knitted blankets, £225, Seven Gauge Studios.

     

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    Country craft: Food covers

    by  • 04/08/2013 • Crafting, Eating • 0 Comments

    Food Covers

    Simple food covers made with napkins and buttons. Napkins from a selection at Dunelm Mill. Buttons from a selection at Hobbycraft.

    Keep food fresh when eating outdoors with simple button trimmed napkin covers.

    You will need
    Napkins
    Matching cotton
    Buttons

    To make sew the buttons around the edge of the napkin. Use enough to add weight to the napkin sides. Positioning in the corners and midpoints should do the trick. Style tip – choose matching buttons for a simple look or mix it up a bit for a colourful and 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 buy: Summer linens

    by  • 02/08/2013 • Shopping • 1 Comment

    This weeks summer highlight comes from the lovely new photography that popped up in my inbox from The Linen Works. Featuring a limited edition collection of fresh and breezy linens, perfect for relaxed country living

    Biarrtiz beach blanket, 100% washed linen, from £65; Arles tea towel, £11, The Linen Works.

    Biarrtiz beach blanket, 100% washed linen, from £65; Arles tea towel, £11, The Linen Works.

    Capturing a thoroughly British summer these latest textiles, many inspired by the sea, were shot on Mudeford beach in Dorset. These idyllic images make me want to pack up a picnic and head for the seaside – when the sun has got his hat back on!

    Top from left: Arles tablecloth in Navy Stripe, £80; Taupe linen blanket, from £65; Lambswool throw in Teal, £95, all The Linen Works.

    Top from left: Arles tablecloth in Navy Stripe, £80; Taupe linen blanket, from £65; Biarritz washed linen tablecloth, £110; Pesthemel towels, from £32.50; Lambswool throw in Teal, £95, all The Linen Works.

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    Country craft: Patchwork tablecloth

    by  • 28/07/2013 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    Patchwork tablecloth

    Sew this stylish tablecloth using simple plains, stripes and checks.

    A firm favourite in the country style stakes, patchwork is an easy way to bring a colourful look to a room. We love this simple patchwork tablecloth idea taken from our out-soon September issue with its easy on the eye mix of Ian Mankin plain, checked and striped fabrics. Why not have a go and follow our 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 Buy: Rolfe & Wills

    by  • 19/07/2013 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    Looking for something bright and cheery for your home? My latest discovery is Rolfe & Wills who create vibrant, bold designs with a fabulous collection of cushions, home textiles and bespoke upholstered furniture that’s sure to make a happy colourful home .

    1. Geometric Chevron design cushion, £25 2. Jelly fish armchair, by commission 3.Goldfish dining chair, by commission 4. Park Street cushion, £25, all Rolfe & Wills.

    1. Geometric Chevron design cushion, £25 2. Jellyfish armchair, by commission 3.Goldfish dining chair, by commission 4. Park Street cushion, £25, all Rolfe & Wills.

    The story behind the brand is a charming one of two school friends, Alice Rolfe and Chloe Wills, who decided to combine their talents to create a unique homeware collection. The harmonious partnership of Chloe specialising in upholstery and Alice specialising in drawing and print allows them to produce original and creative pieces.

    The friends working in the studio; Alice Rolfe & Chloe Wills.

    The friends working in the studio; Alice Rolfe & Chloe Wills

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    Country crafts: Lavender bags

    by  • 07/07/2013 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    Lavender bags

    Make pretty lavender bags from your favourite fabrics. We used a selection from The Silk Gallery, Hobbycraft, Lorient Decor at Voyage, Sanderson, Prestigious Textiles and Casemance. Lavender from Hobbycraft. Velvet ribbon, for similar try Josyrose.

    Fragrance linens and clothes with these delightful strawberry shaped lavender bags. Simply made using favourite fabrics, they make a lovely gift idea.

    You will need
    Paper
    Pen
    Scissors
    Pinking sheers
    Coloured fabrics
    Green ribbon
    Pins
    Cotton thread
    Lavender

    To make  draw a template in a small cone shape with the pointed end snipped off – use the above photograph as guide. Fold the fabric in half, right side facing. Place the template next to the folded edge. Pin in place, then draw and cut around the shape using the pinking sheers. Remove the template and pin along the longer side edge to make a 1/2 cm hem and sew together.  Turn out the fabric. Fill with lavender. Tack around the top of the cone, push the fabric along the thread to tighten and enclose the lavender and secure in to place. Using the ribbon, make a series of loops and sew into place to make a leafy shape to disguise the top of the strawberry.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects http://www.housetohome.co.uk/crafts for you to try. And for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not buy our  Country Home Ideas app? http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZContentLink.woa/wa/link?path=apps%2fcountryhomeideas

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