Country Homes & Interiors June 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Relaxed living…comfortable style Country Homes & Interiors is the magazine that celebrates the best of modern country decorating style. Inspired by the spirit of today's relaxed living, you'll find page upon page of gorgeous real homes, plus a fresh take on country decorating.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the mood of the moment shaking things up for summer

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that this issue looks a bit different. In the same way that you suddenly notice that the wallpaper you loved a few years ago is looking dated or that you’ve been defaulting to the same haircut every time, we realised it was time for a makeover. Don’t worry – we haven’t ripped out the original features that give this place its character, but just modernised and updated it here and there. We hope you’ll find it easier on the eye and a more enjoyable read. There are a few new things in the mix – my personal favourite is our ‘Local Heroes’ series (page 131), dedicated to inspiring people who are building country communities. Have you found us on Instagram, yet? Follow @countryhomesmag to get…

2 min
things we can’t live without in june


1 min
design news

Garden lighting gets Curiousa Bring a little night-time glamour to your garden with this colourful cluster light from Curiousa & Curiousa. The company produce a selection of its lights to IP45 standards, meaning they’re suitable for outdoor use. Each design is made to order in the Peak District, using centuries-old glassblowing techniques. Harlequin chandelier, £1,725. NEW BEAUTIES FROM BLINDS 2GO Frame your favourite views with uplifting prints from Blinds 2Go, starring patterns inspired by nature, from trailing leaves and blowsy florals to luxuriant foliage. Made-to-measure options for Roman or roller blinds and curtains in a variety of fabrics start from as little as £21.95. PINTEREST-WORTHY PROJECTS DIY furniture made from wooden pallets is a much-searched-for topic on Pinterest. This new book has 20 step-by-step projects to try, with styles from Scandi simplicity to rustic retreat.…

4 min
close to home

Having a separate home to spend the summer in usually involves a holiday let or owning a second property abroad. For Sally Bourne, it means travelling just a few steps across her garden to the green oak barn adjacent to her main home. ‘I moved to East Sussex from London in 2009, buying an Arts & Crafts-style Thirties house with this old barn on the one-acre site,’ she says (we featured this house in our November 2018 issue). By 2012, she had already begun to think about converting the barn into a workspace. ‘It hadn’t previously been a dwelling – I think it was used as stables or to store hay,’ she explains. ‘The supporting framework had deteriorated and the only option was to rebuild it. I commissioned a new frame,…

1 min
on my doorstep...

Visit… ‘The Bluebell Railway (01825 720800, for a trip on a traditional steam train running between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, and enjoy a traditional cream tea on the way.’ Shop at… ‘Plaw Hatch Biodynamic Farm (01342 810201, for locally grown fruit, veg and dairy products, including their own cheese. Great coffee and freshly baked croissants on a Saturday morning, too.’ Go for a meal at… ‘The Cat Inn (01342 810369,, a 16th-century village pub with great food cooked using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.’…

1 min
living the dream

Why did you leave London? ‘I wanted to stop relying on supermarkets, and grow my own food. I also wanted to be near the woods, and this place on the edge of the Ashdown Forest ticked all the boxes.’ Why is your garden special? ‘I believe bees bring a garden to life. I learnt how to make a sun hive from straw and cow dung, and I collected a swarm that has lived in it ever since. Then I bought some old cork hives in Portugal. I don’t take any of the honey – I see myself as a custodian, not a farmer.’ What do visitors enjoy most? ‘It’s lovely to see how much people appreciate the garden, and seeing city children around the chickens and collecting the eggs is a joy.’…