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Country Homes & Interiors Jan-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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the mood of the moment: ready to relax into christmas

When I read Susanne Wells’ story in this issue – her gorgeous Essex cottage is featured on page 24 – I loved what she said about taking the time to forage for greenery to decorate the house at Christmas: ‘After all the work we’ve had to do on this house,’ she says, ‘it’s nice to be able to finally kick back and fiddle with foliage rather than doing DIY.’ After a couple of chaotic Christmases since my family moved into our Hertfordshire home, I’m feeling the same! Desperately putting the last coat of paint on the walls or hanging curtains as guests start to arrive… I’ve been there. Last year, things were so disorganised, I was still baking my youngest niece’s birthday cake (she was born on the Big…

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things we can’t live without january

1 Toasty-toes stocking filler! Fleece-lined pom-pom slipper socks, £18, White Stuff. 2 Defrosting fingers around a cup-cuddle of seasonal blends. Tea 24 Advent calendar & tea selection gift, £20, Tea Revv. 3 Planning ahead with animal favourites. Top of the Pops calendar 2019, £15, Anna Wright. 4 A hand-blown beauty to illuminate the night. Flute table lamp with shade, col Graphite, H55xW35cm, £195, Loaf. Getting wrapped up in sophisticated style (and wrapping presents)! Wool side-tie knitted dress, £110, The White Company. Nordic living-inspired space to relax and entertain. Pre-lit 6ft grandis fir tree, £250; Swoon Porto two-seater sofa in Hunter soft wool, £999; Arlo floor light, £150; Nkuku hurricane, £60; wire star, £20 each; Nkuku rectangular lantern, £50; white wool tree, £15; bark tea light holders, £10 each; gold…

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home notes

Personalised charity Christmas cards, £16 for eight; gift tags, £11 for 10. Magical mindfulness Unwrap the enchanting Liberty at Christmas colouring book and discover the story of the beloved emporium at the most wonderful time of year, through more than 70 colouring prints and exclusive poems. Liberty at Christmas Colouring Book, £9.99, published by HarperCollins, Liberty London. OUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER HoneyTree Publishing It was the discovery of a memory box in her mother’s desk, bursting with papers, envelopes and cards, that brought home the importance of putting pen to paper for British artist and illustrator, Lizbeth Holstein. From this encounter with the past, HoneyTree was born, with the idea to record special moments in one’s life in a beautiful and meaningful way. Lizbeth and…

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food notes

We want this now... Mason Cash mixing bowls are a stalwart of country kitchens – the classic earthenware has been around since 1902. The new In the Forest collection embosses the bowls and basins with delightful woodland characters. Matching teapots, mugs and cake tins are also available. In The Forest mixing bowls, £17.50–£29. OUR FAVOURITE SALMON SMOKERS MARRBURY SMOKEHOUSE Husband-and-wife team Vincent and Ruby Marr started their business in 1996, fishing the River Cree in southwest Scotland. Their salmon is served in Michelin-starred restaurants, but you can also buy it through their shop, bistro and website. Ruby tells us more... What’s so special about your salmon? Vincent cures and smokes it by hand over whisky cask chippings and juniper berries and it’s his care of…

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garden notes

PERFECT FOR... WINTER SCENT Folklore has it that witch hazel was a cure for broken hearts and illness. But even without its exciting back story, these winter-flowering plants grab our attention at this time of year. They are hardy, deciduous shrubs, best planted in a sunny spot in an acid-to-neutral soil. Then simply wait for the spidery flowers to fill the air with scent. We recommend Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ (shown) for its fiery dark orange blooms. Q&A WITH A SHARING GARDENER How to keep warm in the garden this winter We asked Louise Wright of The Woodee how to stay warm when outdoors. How do you light a fire? Make a tepee out of kindling over a…

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our favourite shop for fashion, gifts and furnishings sue parkinson

The inviting store feels like home, making it easy to imagine the wares in your own house. Built in the charming Cotswold stone, Sue Parkinson blends in beautifully with its surroundings. (FEATURE PATRICK HAMILTON COURTNEY) Sitting pretty in an old stone cottage is beloved Cotswolds stalwart Sue Parkinson, a stylish store full of gorgeous clothing and homeware. We caught up with Sue to get the full story… WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN SUE PARKINSON? My daughter Sally and I love interiors and wanted to offer an edit that reflects our own taste rather than the formulaic style available on the high street. I opened Sue Parkinson in 1973, initially selling clothing and gifts, but soon added a line of eclectic pieces for the home, too. WHO VISITS YOUR…