Photo Courtesy: Kendyl Young It’s no secret that for a lot of homes the kitchen is very much the center of great amounts of activity, especially for family homes or house shares where a large number of meals will be cooked and eaten over the course of a single week. It’s also often one […]
Sustainable design by Mazzali With Global Warming and the environment on everyone’s mind of late, people are trying to find more ways to be “green”. Sustainable living seems to be a growing trend, and can be applied to nearly every aspect of our lives. Don’t keep the tap running while you’re brushing your teeth, use […]
Choosing the furnishings for every room in your country home is, perhaps, the highlight of your home decorating process. Rather than hard physical labor, you must use all your mental energy to decide what sofas to have, or where the new rug should go.
Eco-friendly furniture can be found in all sorts of places – you can seek out the latest sleek Eco-gadgets to deliver long term affordability to your home’s energy needs, or look for pre-loved furnishings in garage sales or auctions that will give your home a lived-and-loved personality, full of stories and character, as well as being fabulously green.
Truly interesting and unique furniture can be found in thrift shops. Of course, to find any thrift furniture that’s perfect for your home will take some time, but it will be worth it. It’s very environmentally friendly, and a great way to explore your interior design personality.
Vintage crockery and tableware are easy to find and a very practical yet aesthetically pleasing addition to your country home. For a particularly modern approach, search out blue and white china patterns but for a more antique, chintzy style, mix and match crockery colors.
An ideal setting for a nice cottage is within a nice garden. The cottage and the garden may be small, but they complement each other very well. Make your cottage garden look outstandingly beautiful by making sure you plan it. Draw a sketch of what plants you will put where, and make sure that you are working with the seasons.
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is both a challenge and a pleasure and it’s also a fantastic way to create a productive but beautiful garden. A kitchen garden, or potager (from the French) is a fantastic thing – it produces food for you to eat, keeps you occupied on long summer days and looks beautiful at the same time.