Friday, August 21, 2015

12 Ways to Add English Country Charm to your Home






Are you looking 
for ways
to add touches 
of English Country 
to your home?





As you know,
I am a huge fan of all things
English Country.
The look is relaxed and comfortable,
cozy and layered.
The look is collected and cherished,
timeless and inviting.

What's not to love?







Here is a little list 
of 
12 
things
that you can add 
to your decor
that will bring in that
quintessential 
English country charm.





1
WALKING STICKS & CANES




The Old Painted Cottage Unique Goods and Curious Finds

Add a collection of canes and walking sticks to your entry hall.






2
STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERY




Nothing screams 
English antique collectibles
like Staffordshire pottery.

It's really a MUST if this is the look
that you wish to achieve.

It has been around for over 250 years
and manufactured and copied
on and off through the years 
so it can be found in 
a wide price range. Older rare pieces
are extremely pricey, but if you look --
you can find a piece or a collection
that is perfect for you.



Read more on collecting
Staffordshire here.



Have a pair of these sweet little lions on bases
that I bought because of their kind expressions though they are reproductions.



We found a matching pair of these large handsome glass-eyed
lions in a Paris flea market years ago. 

This little Dalmation dog has a poorly repaired  tail -- though he is very old.




3
GALLERY WALLS
paintings anywhere and everywhere



Кабинеты - Подбор мебели в кабинете. База интерьеров.
via


4
OLD TRUNKS/BOXES






5
TAPESTRIES/RUGS






A French Aubusson tapestry cartoon framed in the living room.








6
EQUINE OR CANINE ARTWORK



Southern Accents Magazine via

I have mostly equine --- for obvious reasons. :D





7
PAISLEY/PLAID/CHINTZ/TICKING





Though we don't have any chintz 
or ticking here,
we do have an abundance 
of paisleys and plaids,
tweeds, herringbones, 
and a few printed florals.


Lynn Von Kersting
Designer Lynn von Kersting via






8
ENGLISH CROCKERY




I'm smitten with the advertising print designs on old British crockery.




9
ENGLISH OAK

English oak biscuit barrel


If you are looking for 
furnishings, 
 add imported English oak to your home.

Antique English oak hutch

English oak has a warm golden-yellow tone
and takes stain well. 
Considered the most durable and beautiful of the oaks -- harder than American oak -- with a satiny finish. 

You will find pub tables, hutches, 
sideboards, side tables,
and wooden chairs in this style.
You can also collect candlesticks, biscuit jars
and lovely old wooden boxes.

English oak pub table



10
TEA SETS


Set out your teacups, tea pots, 
and tea trays for British charm.


Tea Pleasures 2015
via Victoria Magazine

Check eBook titled Suddenly here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RLYMQ8C/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00RLYMQ8C&linkCode=as2&tag=pinterestonlyforchecking-20&linkId=Z773GRWPA3FKBOHF



11
ROSES



The Polohouse: It's the little things


Wallpaper
via Victoria Magazine

You can put roses in vases, 
or add roses in the way of fabrics or wallpapers,
or framed in prints on your walls --
in any case, roses add that cozy
English charm to a room.




Tartan table setting looks very festive. I have  this tartan on my sofa, it looks like Princess  Mary
My Christmas table setting one year.



12
OLD BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS








These are just a few ways to
add a a bit of 
 English country style
to your home.

Feel free to add any additional thoughts or ideas
to your comments below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
I'll put a pot of water on to boil
if you'd care to stay for tea.

:)

xoxox
Alison 





Please note:
All photos are mine, unless otherwise marked.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

British Artist Lisa Lygo


"Chinoisserie" by  Lisa Lygo




Sharing with you today

a look

at the magical

figurative paintings

of

British artist

Lisa Lygo.







 Lisa in her studio.


You may remember seeing

 Lisa Lygo's artwork 

back in October of 2013 

when I interviewed her 

about her equine paintings.

Click here



"Bird of Paradise" by Lisa Lygo

Lisa writes

"Images of fashion and fashion models
are the inspiration for my paintings.
I like to play around 
with images,
changing clothing, hairstyles 
and makeup
to create an entirely new image
which is combined with other
decorative elements.

I love the way fashion transforms people.

I like the fantasy of it all 
and ultimately I wish
to produce paintings of beauty
with a basis in 
both reality and fantasy."






Aren't her paintings lovely?

If you would like more information 
on Lisa Lygo
and her artwork, 
please email her directly
at lisa.lygo@hotmail.co.uk

OR 
find her artwork here
www.saatchiart.com/lisalygo




"Lady with Russian Wolfhound" by Lisa Lygo

"Anna" by Lisa Lygo


Thanks so much
 for stopping by 
to see
these beautiful paintings.
Thank you, Lisa 
for sharing
your inspirational pieces with us!