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Country Homes & Interiors February 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: keeping things simple

Launching yourself into a new year full of positivity and good intentions, it can feel like the never-ending winter weather is trying its best to cramp your style.So, the fight-back starts here!My tried-and-trusted cure for the winter blues is to walk them off. Yes, spring and autumn are supposed to be the best seasons for walking, but the bleak beauty of the north Norfolk coastline, where I grew up, is worth braving the elements for at this time of year. As Alfred Wainwright said, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing…’ At least grey skies give you the perfect excuse to spend as much time as possible snuggled up by the fire nursing a delicious glass of red or pottering happily around the kitchen concocting satisfying,…

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things we can’t live without february

1 Creating cosiness and warmth inside with an artisanal bamboo and glass design. Allegra lantern, H25xDia30cm, £60, Lene Bjerre at Banbayu. 2 Tactile tassels on cuddle-me cushions. Chateau cushion, 45x45cm, col natural, £53, Bloomingville at Amara. 3 Luxurious, hygge feet warmers! Elskling natural wool felt slippers, £60, A Andreassen. 4 Popping the cork for Valentine’s celebrations. Duet bottle stoppers, L13cm, £16 for two, Anthropologie. Walks wrapped-up in reversible sheepskin layers for the best of trad and modern looks. Sheepskin box jacket, £625; slouchy fine-knit roll-neck jumper, £92, cashmere wrist warmers, £42, all Celtic & Co. Getting toasty fireside with a handcrafted, contemporary update of a traditional favourite. Harp chair, £1,200; foot rest, £599; Gabro rug, £550, Ansel floor lamp, £175; Lyle cushion, £40, all Croft collection at John Lewis…

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home notes

Seriously strokable fabrics British furniture brand Willow & Hall has launched three new fabric collections – House, Signature and Heritage. The selection ranges from sophisticated neutrals to opulent rich hues, as well as elegant florals, soft stripes and coastline-inspired shell prints. We’re declaring our love for the high-back Kingswood sofa in Cotton Mulberry, £1,209. Fireside hibernation... Lodge tool set, £85; Ash shovel, £15; Jutland tool set, £85, all Garden Trading. Keep logs burning and flames crackling through the lingering cold with Garden Trading’s modern take on traditional fireside essentials. The tools are inspired by Austrian ski resorts and feature antique brass coatings and powder-coated carbon colourways. Prices start at £5 for the steel match box, increasing up to £90 for the wrought iron woodburner set, which…

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melanie porter

Hardy, £2,600, Melanie Porter. Born into a family of skilled crafters, Melanie uses the same tools that her relatives have used for generations to create her unique knit upholstery designs for customers looking for truly individual, handcrafted items. From knitted  upholstery panels on vintage furniture, to giant knits for throws and cushions and innovative wrap lighting, every piece is lovingly handcrafted, creating a beautifully bespoke work of art, tailored to the customer. What inspires you? I love learning new techniques and looking at how I can use them in my collections. I obsessively collect old craft magazines from the Seventies and constantly delve into them for inspiration. What makes your designs so special? Most of my work is handmade to order. While I have a…

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food notes

Perfect as a starter, or serve with salad and potatoes for a hearty main We want this now... An essential for all Aga owners, Louise Walker’s newest book, The Traditional Aga Cookbook (£30, Absolute Press), offers more than 150 recipes, all created specifically for the famous range cooker. As well as covering the classics, the book puts to bed the myth that you can’t bake well in an Aga, and provides how-tos for everything from breads and brownies, to bagels and biscotti. This is one you won’t ever want to put away! Tuck into these spiced pear and Stilton tarts To make four tarts, start by heating the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Roll out 300g chilled puff pastry on a lightly…

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clonakilty food co

Forty years ago in the small town of Clonakilty, in Ireland, Colette Twomey and her husband, Edward, took over the local butcher’s – inheriting a secret black pudding recipe originating from the 1880s with it. After falling in love with the product, they started selling it across the country and abroad. Edward sadly passed away in 2005 and today Colette is the only person who knows the exact secret recipe. She tells us how they spread the word about their product… What’s so special about your black pudding? The taste, the texture and our secret blend of spices. Why did you decide to start making black pudding? We realised how special it was and how popular it was locally. What’s the best way to serve/eat…