Posts Tagged ‘country style’

Fresh take on scenic toiles

May 5, 2011

I’m not an overly traditional gal but I can really get into this quirky toile decorating scheme.

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Citrus brights keep this toile scheme current

By breaking a few decorating rules and mixing up toile patterns in both neutrals and zesty brights, this bedroom has been elevated from stuffy and ‘blah’, to fresh and ‘tres-chic’! Florals and toiles are in vogue for spring, so why not be brave and try something similar at home?

Friday’s fetish: woodland-inspired decorating

October 22, 2010

Thought I’d give you all a break from my Christmas decorating looks on the high street addiction. I’m not the biggest fan of getting really excited about something and realising I have to wait 3 MONTHS for it, so I think it’s best I end the week inspired by something that is a bit more current.

Country Homes & Interiors‘ latest decorating trend is all about taking cue from the Autumn forest with its turning leaves (although the closest tree to my home in London is a mug tree) and abundant wildlife and creating your won cosy nest in rich, warming colours.

Check out these beautiful schemes.

Combine a plain sofa with an armchair in a tree-print fabric for an informal snug-style living room. Add a selection of cushions in different fabrics and a rug in a bold design.

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Country-style living room from Country Homes & Interiors

Dress a French-style bed in crisp linen, smart stripes and cosy throws. Bring in the woodland element with curtains and scatter-cushions in embroidered leaf, tree and animal designs.

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Rustic, woodland-inspired bedroom design idea from Country Homes & Interiors

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Colourful nature-inspired hallway decorating idea from Country Homes & Interiors

Make a wooden-topped Gustavian-style table the centrepiece of a dining room using teal as the accent colour, dress chairs in loose covers, and of course, choose a fabric in a warm Autumnal pattern.

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Elegant country-style dining room design from Country Homes & Interiors

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Friday’s Fetish: Country cottage crafts

October 15, 2010

I LOVE everything homespun style! It’s such a cosy and warm look and really gives your home a welcoming, ‘lived-in’ feel… as opposed to a home that screams ‘Oh this? I only use this to sleep?’ or ‘well it’s better than sleeping outside!!’

The cottage craft look is a big country-style trend this year. It’s all about funky patchwork, eclectic embroidery and pretty knits in the latest feel-good fabrics.

Check out these cosy decorating schemes

Create a patchwork-effect feature wall using two different colours of a vintage floral wallpaper

 

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Pretty up a bedroom with country-style patchwork quilts and colourful wallpaper

At the table, lay a cloth hand embroidered in orange, turquoise and red, and stencil roses on to the chair…

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Update your dining room with cosy country craft accessories

Choose fabrics with decorative bobbles, ribbons and tassels, or add them to a plain blind. Complete the look with crochet towels and stylised posy patterned wallpaper.

 

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Liven up your country-style bathroom with a colourful wallpaper

Cheer up walls with a display of handmade needlework birds, alphabet tapestries and canvas signs…

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Add colour to a neutral hallway with colourful homespun accessories

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Friday’s Fetish: Quirky country style

October 8, 2010

Back to ye olde Englishe roots (although it is always fun to dream about a celebrity lifestyle in Miami) I’ve found some pretty country decorating ideas from Ideal Home. They’re really getting me in the mood for a sunny weekend  – that’s right a sunny weekend??

Country style doesn’t have to be all about chintzes and pastels. Keep the look traditional with a brown leather sofa, wood-burning stove and a mix of ticking stripes and checks. I love the unexpected quirky details in this living room – that bird wallpaper is fantastic!

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living room | living room design ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

And if you’re going for elegant country cottage style, start with simple, hard-wearing basics like natural-fibre flooring, a large, sturdy dining table and  chairs wih removeable covers. Hang tonal wallpaper for soft, barely there colour, then add a few vintage-style accessories.

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dining room | dining room decorating ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

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Create a country-style home office

September 28, 2010

I love this new country decorating idea from Country Homes & Interiors. An office should be organised, relaxed and inspiring with inviting personal touches. These ideas would be enough to sway me to work overtime!

Place a trestle table next to a window so you can admire the scenery, plus, it can be stowed away if you need the space. Use recycled glass containers and plant pots for storage.

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roomenvy - home office decorating idea

Pretty painted and rattan letter racks are perfect for storing cards and stationary.

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roomenvy - home office stationary

Keep notes and personal mementoes organised with wire and mini pegs. Simply attach craft wire to nails and then peg on your favourite pictures and postcards for a personal touch.

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roomenvy - keepsake feature wall

A striking green filing cabinet can be customised with rustic baskets and handmade signs held in place with magnets.

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roomenvy - home office storage

Use blossom and bird stickers to add a personal touch to an oak cupboard – a storage space large enough to hide away the shredder.

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roomenvy - home office sideboard

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Friday’s Fetish: Autumn impressions

September 24, 2010

If you’ve stepped on a crunchy leaf, it means it’s Autumn! No longer am I longing for hot sunny weekends, I’m now embracing the snuggley, cosiness of the Autumn months when the sun’s still shining, but your cheeks and nose are chilly, and where you are surrounded by the beautiful colours of nature… don’t I sound profound!?

This season, the decorating world is ready for rich shades of hedgerow fruit and leafy woodlands will be captured on watercolour fabrics and artisan ceramics. Just add warming wools and painted furniture for a free-spirited bohemian look.

See for yourself with these stunning country-style schemes

Use painterly fabrics in the latest shades for curtains. Team with homespun-style accessories for an easy-to-live-with living room.

 

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roomenvy - colourful living room decorating idea

 

Mix and match colourful painted chairs, rustic crockery and pressed glass to create an eclectic country-kitchen look.

 

roomenvy - autumnal country kitchen

roomenvy - autumnal country kitchen

 

Snuggle up by the fire with a cosy chair and punchy floral upholstery and soft furnishings.

 

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roomenvy - cosy living room fireplace

 

 

roomenvy - harvest festival dining room

roomenvy - harvest festival dining room

 

Grey painted bedroom furniture works beautifully with bedlinen in subtle floral fabrics.

 

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roomenvy - autumn bedroom design

 

 

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roomenvy - country-style laundry room

 

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Country-style decorating trend – monochrome

September 23, 2010

I love the monochrome look, but as country-style decorating girl, it can be difficult find a black-and-white decorating scheme that would suit the rest of my home – it’s sits pretty as a contemporary type of look.

However, Country Homes & Interiors has made me eat my ‘modern monochrome’ words! Black and white is getting a country twist this season on toiles and hand-blocked patterns. Yippeeeee! Be inspired by these beautiful schemes on how to get this classic colour palette in your home.

Mix small and large-scale designs with an upholstered headboard against a statement wallpaper…

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roomenvy - statement wallpaper bedroom design

Choose an elegant toile wallpaper and cushion fabrics and team with ticking cushions and a white linen sofa cover for a classic country look

roomenvy - monochrome ideas for decorating a living room

roomenvy - monochrome ideas for decorating a living room

Use a beautiful patterned carpet to define areas such as stairs. Keep the look up-to-date with decorative wall stickers

roomenvy - autumnal hallway decorating idea

roomenvy - autumnal hallway decorating idea

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Bank holiday lust: Ditsy florals

August 26, 2010

Thinking about redecorating over the bank holiday? Sweet small-scale flower designs are huge this season, so why not create a country look with pretty chintzy patterns?

All you need is a little imagination (courtesy of Country Homes & Interiors), a sprinkling of 1950s florals and a hint of nostalgia…

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Mini-prints, pink 1950s florals and bright graphics on cushions make for a homely corner when piled on a daybed.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Working from home over the bank holiday? Create a cheerful workstation with a collection of floral box files and notebooks.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

A tied headboard and layers of cushions, pillows and quilts create the perfect look in the bedroom.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Cute, cute, cute! I love this cottage-style curtain. Simply tie in place with ribbon for an informal way to hide clutter. Complete the look with a bunch of fresh flowers.

So there you have it – ditzy florals in a nutshell. For more inspirational country schemes check out Housetohome.co.uk.

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Friday’s Fetish: Cosy vintage decorating

July 30, 2010

It’s not often I get myself into a pickle in a newsagents, but when I had the cover of Ideal Home July issue to my left and a magazine with Bradley Cooper on the front to my right, I simply had NO IDEA where to look!

See, this cosy lived-in living room oozes vintage charm. I think it’s just soooooo pretty, and love that (having got my hands on the issue) inside they have a fuss-free alternative for those who find the romantic fairytale vintage look a bit too much.

Faded, worm furniture pieces are mixed with faded fabrics and comfy seating packed with cushions.

roomenvy - vintage living room

roomenvy - vintage living room

And if you find romantic vintage too busy, go for faded vintage appeal with subtel colour and white-painted furniture. Included a mix of patterna dn texture and don’t go too overboard on the floral front.

roomenvy - leafy green dining room

roomenvy - leafy green dining room

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Home office organisation tips

July 26, 2010

Organising your home office is just SO easy when you have BEAUTIFUL accessories and pretty country-style finishing touches to complete the look – and that’s EXACTLY how I’d justify (to a boyfriend, husband … or to HSBC) spending money on a study clear of clutter!

Country Homes & Interiors editor, Rhoda Parry, has some GREAT ways to keep your paperwork in check, your events calendar up to date, oh and how to create a home office that’s not too … ‘officey’ … After all, you’re gonna have to have somewhere to retreat to when your other half sees the shopping bill!

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