Coastal is always a favourite look come holiday season, but this year I put a bit of a classic and considered twist on the traditional scheme to create and style this sophisticated decorating scheme for Country Homes & Interiors. Blue and white, of course, but black and burnt orange bring a cool and current feel to the colourways. Throw in a couple of shell craft ideas - well we all need something to do over the holidays, but all in all keeping it low key for those slow summer moments and, even better, easily transferable for holiday homes a little further from the shore. Photography Dan Duchars.
Say it with flowers
Vintage florals have never gone out of fashion, but the latest looks have been given a retro refresh in their design and palette. I loved the fabrics, papers and crocks I used to create this feature for Country Homes & Interiors. Fresh and upbeat yet with a good old nod to shabby chic style. Thanks to Sarah Hardaker, Cath Kidston, Creative Tops, Peony & Sage, Wallpaper Direct, Inchyra and Charlotte Gaisford, amongst others, for all your pretty patterns. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Everyone loves a little luxury now and again, especially when winter is in full force. This decorating feature I commissioned, co-styled and art directed for Country Homes & Interiors embraces everything that says 'spoil me' and is super snug too. Perfect for getting me through winter - what about you? Styling Sara Bird, Sophie Martell. Photography David Brittain.
Of all the Christmas trends this year the delishiously dark and handsome one was the real attention seeker, so it was great fun to go to town styling wise with look for Country Homes & Interiors. Featuring plum and conker colours, lots of luxurious velvets, metallic and leather finishes and the enticing flicker of flame and candlelight, it was a real head turner on the page and newstands. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Dan Duchars.
Everyone loves spring flowers - they bring a pretty promise of things to come. Creating these displays for Country Homes & Interiors magazine certainly brought a smile to my face, and my home! Photography David Brittain.
Not just for wall spaces, wallpaper looks amazing used around the home too. I got creative with some for Country Homes & Interiors and made these pretty projects. Easy peasy too! Photography David Brittain.
As the temperature plummets so any crafting thoughts revolve around ways to keep warm. Fortunately I found wool in this months Country Homes & Interiors and created lots of little ideas to do with yarn. Easy to make, and what's more, perfectly suited to being created whilst sitting by the fire, this craft is a real winter warming winner. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by David Brittain.
All wrapped up
Every year I want my Christmas gifts to look at least half way to being beautiful, with the packaging adding X factor to the present itself. So this year I had a little fun with fabric, paper and string for Country Homes & Interiors to help create wrapping ideas that were inspiring, fairly straight forward and stylish with out the 'stick and tangle' of the norm. Many thanks to Ikea, Yateley Papers, Hobbycraft, Linenme, Notonthehighstreet, Plum & Ashby, Emily Burningham and Dunelm for all your lovely craft and packaging buys. I hope you like what I came up with. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Hung up on Christmas
Stuck for ideas on how to make the outside of your home look the 'festive' part without the bright lights and bling? Why not take a look at these rustic decorations I made for Country Homes & Interiors. Using hedgerow and forest floor finds, these charming ornaments and arrangements bring a country look to an outdoor deck or garden area or why not bring inside to add a rural look to a room. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
A favourite fruit, found in many of our gardens or household fruit baskets, apples are a fabulous ingredient for crafts as well as cooking. These make ideas I created for Country Homes & Interiors are really simple to recreate so pick and polish up your favourites to make your own seasonal ideas. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Sacks of style
Calling all sacking cloth fans! Here's a crafting feature I created for all those who love the rustic looks of hessian fabric. Made with upcycled vintage sacks these rustic projects are really easy to recreate. Shot for Country Homes & Interiors, they will make you think again about using more humble materials in your home. Many thanks to Hobbycraft, Bourney's and Annie Sloan for their lovely crafting cornucopia. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Pick and preserve flowers and give them year round appeal in these delightful scented arrangements and ideas. I love working with flowers, each season brings something new, but it's a shame some don't linger longer. I had the opportunity to come up with some preserving and display ideas for Country Homes & Interiors magazine. I hope you enjoy recreating them for your home. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Give your home vintage appeal and have a go at these easy reinvention ideas. Readily available at many markets and reclamation yards, I found these little pieces and transformed them for Country Homes & Interiors not so long ago. A great way of using leftover paints and wallpapers too. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain
These pretty projects are the perfect present idea for plant lovers to help tend, organize and pot up in the garden. Made and styled for Country Homes & Interiors for this summer, I'm looking forward to trying them out as I tend to my own country garden plot. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Enjoy pretty picnics
Sit down and enjoy the picnic season all the more with some pretty carry and serve craft ideas. I loved making these food and drink portion, wrap and transport ideas for Country Homes & Interiors. Easy to make and create in a moment. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by David Brittain.
Go and garden
Thankfully the season to sow and grow has returned with a resounding spring in it's step. What better way to plan, potter and pot up than in your own garden space. Style up your own she (or he) shed with bespoke benches and planters or really enjoy the great outdoors and create an outside potting up area just like this one I styled for Country Homes & Interiors from school desks, metal pigeon holes and some vintage finds. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Enjoy Easter crafting
Get creative over the Easter hols and make seasonal decorations inspired by flowers, fresh eggs and fluttering butterflies. I loved making these celebration craft ideas for Country Homes & Interiors, perfect for Easter gatherings and get-togethers. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Tim Young.
February 2016 Winter warmer
Display house plants
Bring a spring feel into your home and dress with pretty potted plants. Herbs, favourite flowers, succulents or bulbs look lovely when displayed in decorative pots and planters or why not place in more unique settings such as drawers and trinkets. Keen to get crafty and bring scent into my home, here's some ideas I created for Country Homes & Interiors. Styling Sara Bird. Photography David Brittain.
Crafted from the forest
Putting up your Christmas decorations? Then why not don your walking boots and head to the woods rather than the high street to forage for seasonal forest found bounty to make into rustic ornaments and arrangements. Get the whole family involved to find the brightest berries and best tree boughs, bring home then spend the rest of the day stringing and twisting into festive decorations. Stuck for ideas? Then try these simple projects I made for Country Homes & Interiors. Photographs by Tim Young.
Bring the beauty of Autumn indoors and let it linger longer with pretty leaf decorations. Easy to sculpt and style, leaves look amazing in the home where their beauty and form can be celebrated when hung up, arranged and grouped. Try these simple ideas I made for Country Homes & Interiors. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Dan Duchars.
Ready to pedal
With our everchanging weather patterns, when the sun's out it's a lovely time to get out and about in the countryside. What better mode of transport to take than on a push bike when you can enjoy the landscapes going by at leisure. I loved creating this pretty bicycle setting with it's jolly yellow colours. Featured and styled for Country Homes & Interiors, it just makes you want to skoot and go! Thank you to Bobbin Bikes for the loan of this lovely bicycle. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Tim Young.
Enjoy holiday memories
With the summer holiday season at an end what better excuse to relive and revisit some of those amazing events and places. I hope you enjoy these display and keep ideas I made and styled for the September 2015 issue of Country Homes & Interiors. Thanks to Hobbycraft for your lovely products. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Simon Scarboro.
October 15 Autumn Trends
The latest floral designs are painterly, uplifting and very much young at heart. Coloured in pretty pastels and mid-tones there were breeze to work with on this feature created for the August 2015 issue of Country Homes & Interiors. Larger florals by Sanderson and Bennison were mixed with jolly spot and striped patterns with simple furniture pieces from John Lewis and Loaf featuring alongside decorative accessories from Nordic House and Garden Trading. The results, I hope you agree, create a fresh floral look. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Simon Scarboro.
Beach house style
Line-drawn coastal imagery, simple nautical stripes and soft weaves and cottons bring a modern touch to the mariner look as shown in this feature I did for the July 2015 issue of Country Homes & Interiors. Fabrics from Linwood, Sanderson, Romo and Peony and Sage were co-ordinated with the latest furniture and accessories from Neptune, House of Fraser, Barker & Stonehouse, Cox & Cox and The Cotswold Company to bring a relaxed and easy to live with look. Luckily the sun shone during the whole shoot too - even though it was March!! Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Simon Scarboro.
This project saw me looking for fragrance inspiration found in English gardens and the lemon and orange groves of the Med. Perfumed herbs and lavenders were blended with zesty citrus fragrances to create these easy home-scenting ideas featured in the August 2015 issue of Country Homes & Interiors. Thank you Norpar and Jane Means for your beautiful flowers, ribbons and finishing touches to help me create the look. Styling Sara Bird. Photography by Craig Wall.
The well crafted kitchen
The kitchen is now the heart and hub of many a home – I know it is for my family - so I was delighted to be asked by Country Homes & Interiors to create some little ideas to add personality and polish to this space. Featured in their June 2015 issue they are easy to make and brighten up doing some everyday chores. Photography by Simon Scarboro.
Concept, commission and art direction for March 16 Country Homes & Interiors. Stylist Sally Denning, Photography David Brittain.
March 2016 Spring trends
Concept, commission and art direction for March 16 Country Homes & Interiors. Stylist Marie Nichols, Photography Mark Scott.
January 2016 Christmas
Concept, commission and art direction for January 16 Country Homes & Interiors. Stylist Sally Denning, Photography Mark Scott.
December 15 Christmas
Dark and handsome
Concept, commission and art direction for September 15 Country Homes & Interiors. Stylist Marie Nichols, Photography David Brittain.