Turn bedroom storage into a window seat. This window recess has been fitted with a built-in cupboard and a comfy seat cushion. A smart Roman blind and a trio of scatter cushions have been used to create a lovely nook for enjoying the view or a favourite book. Look for pretty cornflower blue floral and flock fabrics and bring a country feel to a little alcove...
Modern Country Make… Bespoke panelled chair

Add wow factor to a plain old chair with a panel of wallpaper. Ideally you need a chair with a semi-solid back, but it looks equally fabulous on just the seat.
1 If not painted, give the chair a couple of coats of Chalk paint following the manufacturers instructions.
2 Make a template for the areas you are going to cover with wallpaper. To do...
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Create a warming country bedroom scheme with faux-fur throws and plenty of cushions – heaven for curling up on a cold night. Neutral paint on the walls allows flexibility when decorating, but provides a warmer look than white tones, which is especially important in a country cottage, where you want to feel snug...
Take a modern approach to decorating a country kitchen with a grey and white palette commonly found in Scandinavian decor. Natural materials, such as the granite and wood worktops, tie in perfectly with this Nordic take on the scheme. This kitchen has nothing superfluous about it, and is meticulously planned to ensure easy access to cabinets and plenty of space to move around the island...
Shopping Shortlist… Mother’s Day Treats

This Sunday, show your favourite super-heroine just how much you adore her with a unique and thoughtful gesture or gift to make her smile. Set the tone of the day (and win mountains of brownie points in the process), by greeting her morning wake-up with a frothy heart felt cappuccino and break-all-the-rules breakfast plate of sweet treats…...
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Frame a range cooker with splashback tiles that pick out the colour of your cooker while providing contrast at the same time. Bespoke oak cabinets give the solid feel you’d expect from a country kitchen, while various trinkets make the space homely...
Inject some colour into a neutral country living room with a large red patterned rug – it’s a classic look for a room of this style. The last thing you want to be concerned about in a country home is footprints on a cream carpet so a rug like this makes a practical choice, too...
The finishing touches in a bedroom make all the difference to the scheme. In this neutral space, the decorative armchair, cushions, rugs and star decoration all play a big part in creating a homely atmosphere. Lettering adds a personal touch, too...
What to do this weekend…

Why not have a go at growing a miniature garden? Tiny Tabletop Gardens (£14.99, CICO Books) offers 35 small-scale gardening projects for outdoors and in. Try your hand at tin-can planters, place-name pots, flourishing flower lanterns and more, all with handy instructions and aftercare tips from expert gardener, Emma Hardy. Good things do come in small packages, after...
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Paint Shaker kitchen units in a soothing neutral shade. The look is far warmer than white, but just as versatile. Here, worktops in wood and granite show how a variety of finishes will tie in with the scheme. Wood panelling above the sink injects some ‘country’ into the space...
Blend spicy cinnamon shades with soft blues for a restful retreat. A naive floral on the wall sets the scene for a folky mix of woodland motifs, embroidery, weaves and knits. Furniture has been kept simple so that the prints can be the centre of attention...
A two minute chat with our favourite… Butter makers

In the beautiful hills of Co Down, Alison and Will Abernethy hand make traditional country butter using her great granny’s churn and now supply Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.

What’s so special about your butter? The cream we use is the very best and results in a lighter, creamier butter. We add a pinch of salt and nothing else, so it’s very...
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Thanks @tomhowley and @nigelsmithfood for delicious scallop, bass and apricot soufflé lunch at kitchen showroom. #tomhowley #tunbridgewells
Add elegance to a country hallway with interesting pieces of furniture that wouldn’t look out of place in a townhouse. Here, the console table and starburst mirror provide interest as you walk through the door, while the reclaimed flooring enhances the rustic feel. Fun touches such as the wicker goose and love heart add character to this welcoming home...
Hallways are high-traffic zones that can be tricky to keep tidy. But as with every room, good storage is the key. This shelving unit is filled with storage boxes that will hide all the bits and bobs you’d rather were kept out of view. A wooden bench is an ideal spot for putting on wellies (or for petting pooches)...
This country bathroom has very clean lines, thanks mostly to the tongue-and-groove panelling that surrounds the bath, lower walls and vanity unit. The plantation-style shutters are a sleek addition, too, which ties in with the scheme. An old wooden corner cupboard is handy for displaying smart toiletries...
Make life lovely by… Listening out for the call of the cuckoo!

Traditionally, the cuckoo’s call is the first sign of spring. If you hear it, turn over any loose coins in your pocket – drawing the bird’s attention to your money is thought to bring you riches.
Artworks speak volumes about your tastes, interests and preferences, and make a big impact in any scheme. The walls here have been painted in a pale shade of green, which is the ideal backdrop to this neutral print. Furniture has been kept similarly simple, but a variety of prints and patterns are dotted about to create a cosy feel...
Create the ultimate pet corner with leads, toys and feeding essentials in one compact space. Think about flooring in a boot room, especially if you have a wet or mucky pup running around – easy cleaning is vital. Here, wooden floors match the grey-painted tongue-and-groove panelling for a relaxed, rustic finish...
With the hour 'springing forward' for British Summer Time on Sunday, this week's modern country classic just has to be a vintage-style clock. Show it off to its best advantage on a blank wall where it's the star of the show! Clock, sofa, herringbone cushion, side table, rug and floorlamp all Barker and Stonehouse #springmoderncountryclassic #moderncountryclassic