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Country Homes & Interiors June 2016

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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things i’ve seen, done and loved this month...

When it comes to decorating today’s country home, many of you tell me that ‘easy elegance’ is top of your style wishlist. Low-key living spaces that express your love of colour, pattern and craftsmanship sing through in our beautiful house features this issue. From period village houses with conservatories and summerhouses to oak-framed new-builds with hot tubs, this desire to create relaxed places with modern, luxurious and classic touches are what downtime living in the countryside is all about. Turn to page 24 and be inspired!This summer, modern vintage florals teamed with spots and stripes are much in evidence on the new retro-style fabrics, wallpapers and homewares, so take a look at ‘Say it with flowers’ (page 66), where we show you how to pretty up rooms with blooming lovely…

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things we can’t live without june

1 Serving cool drinks on a rustic tray. Dara tray, 30cm sq, £36.95, Dassie Artisan. 2 Potting up herbs for the windowsill. Purple Allium pot, H13cm, £4.99, Homebase. 3 Café-style metal chairs. Scroll-back chair, £135, Out There Interiors. 4 Hands-on planting. Blooming Lovely gardening gloves, £14.50, Caroline Gardner.Getting busy in our borders. Chippenham mirror, £200; Haddon small mirrors, £100 for 4; Bug and Bee house, £25; Wild Meadow gardener’s bag and tools, £40; gloves, £30; bird bath, £30, all Laura Ashley.PINTERESTFor more things we can’t live without, follow us at countryhomesmag Saying hello to summer with flowers and butterflies embroidered on a pretty skirt. Herby skirt, £59.95; Little Rose cardigan, £45; Ava tee, £17.50, all White Stuff.5 Making outdoor seating comfy with cheerful cushions. Peregrine fringed cushion cover, 51cm sq,…

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colour of the moment


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home notes

Cool Britannia... red, white and blueCushions, from £20 each; throw, £70; hamper, £70; bottle holder, £25; vases, from £20 each; rope jar, £45; lanterns, from £50 each; basket, £50 for 2; towels, from £10, House of Fraser.We want these now...We can’t resist a pop of summer colour! The new Flowerdrop collection from Collier Campbell gives a colourful update to one of the brand’s original handpainted designs. Beautiful country-inspired blooms in vibrant shades adorn melamine plates, bowls and beakers – perfect for picnic season. Prices start from £5, Not on the High Street. OUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERSJane Tobitt & David WardleThe husband and wife team set up Bold & Noble in 2008. They use traditional screen-printing methods to bring their designs to life on artwork, calendars, tea towels and, most recently, wallpaper.…

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garden notes

Take a leaf... s0w little and often…BE BOLD WITH COLOURThe purple flower spikes of S alvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’ make this perennial a fabulous choice for adding vertical interest to the front of a border in sun or light shade. Plant it in bold drifts for a powerful hit of midsummer colour – if you dare, alongside contrasting orange echinaceas. It’s a firm favourite with bees and other pollinators, too. A 9cm pot costs £4.70 from Claire Austin. OUR FAVOURITE PLANTSWOMANRosy HardyThe nursery owner of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants has won 20 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for her floral displays. This year she’s designing her first-ever Chelsea show garden.Tell us about your design for Chelsea? Inspired by the chalk downs where I live, in Hampshire, it’s a…

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food notes

Keep the fronds… and use as you would herbs for extra colour and flavourEnglish craft lagerCreated from locally sourced ingredients, Green & Pleasant beer, especially the lager, hits the spot on a hot summer’s day. With a toasted malt aroma, spicy hops and light citrus in the mouth, it’s brewed with water from the Trent hills. Honey from Yorkshire bees adds a soft finish. Fleur Emery used crowdfunding to get the beer into production at the Freedom Brewery near Burton-on-Trent. Natural Lager and Golden Ale, both from £15 for a 6-bottle case, Green & Pleasant. OUR FAVOURITE CHEESE PRODUCERStephen Fletcher of BerkswellThe Fletcher family started making ewe’s milk cheese on a small scale in their 16th-century farmhouse at Ram Hall in Warwickshire when a local farm shop lost its supply…