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Country Living Modern Rustic

Modern Rustic 13

The eighth edition of Country Living's Modern Rustic series, this stylish special publication has all you need to create the contemporary country look: beautiful homes, inspiring artisans and our pick of the most desirable products.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst Magazines UK
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“january brings the snow…

Makes our feet and fingers glow”. The poem by Sara Coleridge sums up the first month of the year perfectly. As an antidote to what’s going on outside, I suggest we practise a wonderful Danish concept I learned about recently. ‘Hygge’, pronounced ‘hooga’, translates roughly as cosiness but is essentially about creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. To this end, our main homes story, Decorate for Winter Warmth (page 68), features rich patterns, atmospheric colours and inviting textures – the gorgeous blanket below can be found on our General Store*. Let There Be Light (page 79) shows how to add style to your interior at the flick of a switch, while our new food series, The Modern Pantry (page 116), turns everyday…

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emporium

COMPILED BY ALAINA BINKS. PRICES AND AVAILABILITY CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRESS. *PRICES EXCLUDE INSTALLATION ■…

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pale and interesting

OPPOSITE AND THIS PAGE Dorine’s treasures are often used to decorate the table for family celebrationsOPPOSITE, FROM TOP LEFT The monochrome kitchen has been given a prettier feel with elegant wall sconces and old stone floor tiles from an 1880s farmhouse;a group of brass candlesticks provides atmospheric lighting for family meals;an eclectic mix of tableware makes an original displayDorine Engelen definitely felt as though she was coming home when she moved into her 1930s house in the rural village of Belfeld in the south-east part of the Netherlands, close to the German border. “I was born in what was originally the property next door – later my parents bought the adjoining building to accommodate their growing family,” she explains. “Over the years, the structure had been divided and opened up…

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a month in the country

WHAT TO SEE January(COMPILED BY ANNA JURY AND CHARLOTTE DEAR)WASSAILINGsince medieval times, the long dark nights of British midwinter have been brightened by the practice of wassailing. Traditionally conducted either on Twelfth Night or ‘old twelvy night’ – a date, usually 17 January, that marked the end of Christmas celebrations before the introduction of the Gregorian calendar – its purpose is to awaken the cider apple trees and ensure a good harvest in the autumn. Although the ceremony varies from village to village, core elements include a wassail king and queen who lead a musical procession from one orchard to the next. Upon arrival, the queen will be lifted into the branches to place toast soaked in wassail, usually mulled ale, from the ‘Clayen Cup’ as a gift to the…

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a good yarn

A Gotland, the breed Emma describes as the cheekiest of her herd, enjoys an early morning breakfast;Emma sorts all the fleece her sheep produce by hand;each skein is hand-dyed before being spun in a centrifuge and air-dried in the barnEmma Boyles hauls a three-foot skein of yarn out of a steaming pot of dye and holds it up. It’s a deep sea green with lighter and darker strands where the different shades of wool have absorbed more colour. Using a smooth piece of wood, she lowers it into a centrifuge to push out the water and then lifts it out again before stepping into the farmyard to spin it round and round, sending any remaining moisture spraying out in a fan of pale droplets.Although Emma, founder of The Little Grey…

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the willow woman

LIZZIE FAREY IS SITTING ON THE FLOOR of her Kirkcudbright studio, surrounded by thousands of willow twigs and piles of tiny steel pins. With the light streaming through the large windows of the Georgian property on the high street of this beautiful artists’ town on Scotland’s Solway coast, she painstakingly shapes, curves and arranges the seemingly random assortment of materials into a striking creation that captures the beauty and movement of nature – flocks of birds massing together, swallows swooping through the sky, wispy clouds formulating, flowers and leaves intertwining, or meadow grasses rustling in the breeze. In Lizzie’s hands, willow becomes a pencil that she draws with and its soft, muted colours with evocative names form her palette – Flanders Red, Brittany Blue, Oxford Violet, Black Maul, Black Satin,…

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