Country Homes & Interiors

Country Homes & Interiors April 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 期号


food notes

We want this now... Cheese graters aren’t usually the most inspiring of objects, which is why we love this option from Sagaform. The stainless steel grater is dishwasher safe, and easily lifted out of the oak frame, which allows your guests to help themselves to cheese directly from the holder. Now we’re off to buy some artisan Parmigiano-Reggiano to give this a(nother) test run… Nature cheese grater, £23, Forma House. OUR FAVOURITE GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY HONEYBUNS After completing her degree, Emma Goss-Custard decided to swap academia for baking, and started making cakes for cafés and delis in Oxford. A yearning for a farmhouse she could convert into a bakery led to a move to the tiny village of Howell, Dorset, still home to Honeybuns bakery 20 years on. Emma tells us more... What’s so special about your…

mood of the moment: craving happy colour!

Pinging awake to spring sunshine at the weekends can result in all kinds of spontaneous schemes, from stomps through the bluebell woods nearby (something designer Sophie Allport loves, too – see her favourite view on page 158) to tackling those satisfying spring-cleaning jobs wearing a pinny like a Fifties housewife (if you’re interested in making your own, natural, cleaning products, see page 123), or simply scooping up armfuls of £1-a-bunch daffs at the supermarket to fill every nook and cranny of the house with gorgeous colour and scent. Last time I was gripped by spring fever, I painted my kitchen-diner window recesses yellow – just a little pop of colour against the white walls that gives me joy every day. You’ll find lots of ways to use paint to give…

louis xv-style chair

With comfortable curves in all the right places, these elegant designs date back to the 1700s when Louis XV’s reign aligned with the intricate ornamentation of the Rococo period in Europe. Telltale characteristics include rounded seat backs with decoratively carved wooden frames and angled cabriole legs and feet. Modern designs honour this iconic silhouette, offering painted finishes and quirky upholstery options for a little extra flair. Where to buy… • Out There Interiors for old-meets-new designs. • Oficina Inglesa for a stunning collection of handcrafted pieces. • Swoon for pared-back, modern adaptations.…

the icing on the cake

Ifthere was an award for the most dramatic house façade transformation, it would surely go to Miranda and Edward Gore Browne. ‘We simply couldn’t find a Georgian property within our budget, so we decided to create a lookalike,’ says Miranda, who readers may remember for her appearance on The Great British Bake Off. What they won’t have seen is her talent for doing up houses, which she and Edward have honed over the years. ‘This is the fourth house we have renovated together,’ she says. It all began when Miranda was taking a walk with her son, Thomas, and noticed a breathtaking view of the South Downs from the boundary of a Thirties rectory in a pretty West Sussex village. ‘I discovered the house overlooked the church where EH Shepard, the…

it started with the table…

PROJECT PROFILE Owners Elizabeth Watkins and her fiancé Robert Parkes live here with their dog, Monty, and two cats, Walter and Clement. House A detached, three-bedroom, 18th-century stone cottage in North Yorkshire. Project A rear extension was built to accommodate a large kitchen-diner with a better connection to the garden. Kitchen size 6.5x5.1m Designer Alan Jones of Harvey Jones Kitchens. Cabinetry The Original Range by Harvey Jones Kitchens, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Mole’s Breath and Dulux’s 88BG. Instead of the usual kitchen island, Elizabeth Watkins chose to place a large dining table centre-stage in her new kitchen. ‘I know it’s a bit controversial, but I’m really not a fan of island units,’ she says. ‘If you’ve got plenty of worktop space, a dining table is far more practical, not to mention sociable.’ It was the pursuit of…

garden plots & topiary tales

Warton , a small village near Carnforth in Lancashire, has an intriguing claim to fame. It is said to have been home to ancestors of George Washington, and their family coat of arms – on display in the local church – is believed to be the inspiration for the design of the flag of the United States of America. Here, on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, overlooked by the wooded heights of Warton Crag, is an historic main street with buildings from different eras, including three pretty cottages from around 1800. One day in 2004, Claire Spendlove stood in the sunny back garden of one and knew that this was the right place to make a fresh start. ‘The cottage was small and needed renovation,’ she says,…