Guest Picks: English Country Decor
A lovely and simple settee is a prim yet classically inviting piece to sit on while conversing with a friend.
Wallpaper is a must to add a touch of regal and rich warmth to the room. Look through Candice Olson's wallpaper offerings to meld a traditional approach with contemporary designs.
Aged to perfection, this leather tufted ottoman would be the perfect addition to a den or living area.
A cast-iron claw-foot bathtub is sure to help the day melt away and add even more charm to an English country decor style.
The rustic English country charm is topped off with a braided rug placed either in the kitchen or underneath a cozy arm chair or rocking chair.
A cozy tufted sofa not only fits the decor, but also beckons guests and homeowners alike to sit down and rest.
Nothing hints at English country decor like a welcoming fire that is framed by a beautiful marble mantel in the living or family room. While the guests sip wine and conversation is sparked, it's a wonderful way to spruce up the decor.
There is something about heating up water while you wait to enjoy a cup of tea and listening to the wood crackle in an old wood cook stove. It's a soothing, tranquil and lovely place to be on cold mornings.
A wooden chopping table is a wonderful place to prepare food. Knowing that more use will make the table become even more beautiful is a wonderful reason to cook at home more often.
And the decor of an English country home wouldn't be complete without the most loyal of companions: dogs. Be sure to have a soft place for their naps within your home.
Antique school lighting adds an aged touch, but also adds warmth. Place this in an entryway or kitchen for a wonderful English country effect.
With a touch of curiosity, yet tradition as well, this birdcage would be lovely placed on a console table.
Soup served in such a luxurious serving bowl is a splendid idea on foggy, rainy days.
You must make time for tea whether you live in England or not. Choose a lovely cup and saucer and some time in the afternoon to relax and rejuvenate for the evening and plans to come.
Don't forget the matching teapot, of course!
Perfect for teatime, this tiered serving stand with petite sandwiches and other delectable nibbles would make a wonderful presentation.
The beauty of an Adirondack chair placed in the backyard is perfect for summer reading during warm days on a shaded lawn.
And if the day has been long, you will need a place to rest your feet as well.
One of my favorite decor magazines is The English Home. Full of peeks into homes I dream of living in, they offer wonderful ways to bring yard-sale finds into the home and help welcome a touch of English country charm.
Inspiration will be readily available with Ros Byam Shaw's book Perfect English. When you're finished reading it, place it on your coffee table.Next: Add a Dash of Downton Abbey Style