Friday, 12 January 2018

I'm On Instagram!!...And Modern Country Front Garden Design

Yes, it's true! Two pieces of excitement here today....I've FINALLY joined Instagram AND I'm sharing a gorgeous Modern Country Front Garden!

You see, when I started first Modern Country Style, I had no idea that it would take off in the way it did. It was all I could do to keep on top of the blog, and then Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest came along (not to mention our five kiddiewinks behind the scenes!!)......and I just came to the conclusion that I couldn't do it all so it was better to do a few things well, rather than a lot of things badly! Roll on a few years, and things seem to have settled down, at least for a while, in terms of new social media to keep up with so I'm ready to launch forth!!! 

Front Garden design lavender topiary

I'd LOVE you to join me over on Instagram. I'm there as @modern_country_style

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

And of course I'll still be over in all the usual places too!!

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

In the meantime, I'm LOVING this front garden design by Steven Kelvin, featuring the gorgeous combination we were talking about last time of lavender and topiary....

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

Take Care Until Next Time....
Sarahxx

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

As I shared in the last post, we're currently completely renovating our garden, so I'm all about outside spaces at the moment.  I thought we'd have a chat about favourite Modern Country Garden planting combos....

Lavender and Bay Trees in Modern Country Front Garden

Let's start off with topiary and lavender.

Clockwise from top: this aged brick house is set off beautifully by dusky grey paint on the doors and frames, allowing the drainpipe and rendered base to fade into the overall scheme...white hydrangeas and lavender, contrasted against smart clipped box, keep this home looking firmly Modern Country....for full details click through to Modern Country Style blog: Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Clockwise from top: this aged brick house is set off beautifully by dusky grey paint on the doors and frames, allowing the drainpipe and rendered base to fade into the overall scheme; box topiary in a zinc planter, box balls sit perfectly alongside a whole range of different architectural styles; Colours to try alongside this look include Dulux White, Farrow and Ball Cabbage White, Farrow and Ball Calluna, Little Greene French Grey, well thought-out details inside tie your interior and exterior together with aplomb..... 


.Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Whether you prefer yew, or boxwood, or photinias or hollies.....topiary and lavender go together like clotted cream and jam in a freshly baked scone. Utter Modern Country Garden perfection!

Try Little Greene Juniper Ash, Zoffany Sung Mauve, Fired Earth Sea Lavender, Fired Earth Gentian Violet; a beautiful Modern Country planting scheme with four clipped box hedges enclosing swathes of lavender, and boxwood balls nestled within....Full details over on Modern Country Style blog: Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary



Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

My personal favourites for topiary are box balls, or low boxwood hedges...

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

....or standard lollipop trees (bay and privets work well)....

Gorgeous Modern Country Back Garden from Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

So how does this look tie in to Modern Country Garden perfection? 

Ina Garten's garden from Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Well, the lavender provides that perfect Country softness, while the topiary gives a perfect formal framework which gives a more contemporary feel.

For front garden: Boxwood, lavender and roses from Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

I am absolutely loving planning our Modern Country garden - it gets me through the ridiculous amount of digging out that needs to be done. Who needs a gym when you have a garden reno?!

consider a country-inspired feminine palette of Farrow and Ball Pelt, Dulux Linnet, Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone, Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose. Full details on Modern Country Style blog: Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Consider a country-inspired feminine palette of Farrow and Ball Pelt, Dulux Linnet, Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone, Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose; lavenders look gorgeous on paintwork alongside plenty of green planting, a circular pond wrapped with low box hedging is set off with a ribbon of lavender plants; topiary balls in old pots

Oh, and did I say I've just joined Instagram....come and follow me as I try to find my feet in this new Social MEdia playground.....



Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

Images via Belderbos, Fake IT Flowers, roden burgtuinen, Jinny Blom, Jinny Blom, , Landform, unknown, unknown, David Herbert, 

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Modern Country Gardens: A Cotswold Gem

Aaaah, welcome to another New Year!!
January is always a time for me to stop and reassess and see where I want to be focusing my energies in the coming year.

When we moved into our new home, we inherited the world's worst garden: full of concrete, battered sheds and ugly raised beds. It was enough to make me feel as though my world had come to a standstill.

Since then, we've been doing a huge amount of work behind the scenes and we're making progress, albeit slowly. What I need, in this January time of reflecting,  is a lovely bit of inspiration to remind me about where I want to be heading....

And I'd say this gorgeous Modern Country Garden just about fits the bill...

Modern Country Garden in the Cotswolds

Nestled in the Cotswolds, not a million miles from where we live, this beautiful space is jam-packed full of beautiful roses...

Modern Country Garden in the Cotswolds

...wherever you look! 
It's perfected the look of gentle chaos but, if you know anything about gardening, then you'll realise that it takes a LOT of work to appear this relaxed!

Modern Country Garden in the Cotswolds

Gorgeous places to sit and enjoy the view are tucked away in every nook...

Modern Country Garden in the Cotswolds

So, what shall we take away from this stunning garden? I love the carefully curated colour scheme: all soft pinks and purples and mid-greens.

Modern Country Garden in the Cotswolds

And it'll come as no surprise that I'm a massive fan of this formal informality. A perfect mix of tumbling Country exuberance, restrained by its Modern framework....

Modern Country Garden in the Cotswolds

And now to crack on with my very own Modern Country Garden in the making!


Images via Strutt and Parker

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Poncho

Let's talk Modern Country Fashion for 2017...
This winter I'm all about my ponchos.

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Poncho

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Poncho

So much Modern Country Poncho goodness...!
I don't care whether they're in or out of what's trendy and hip right now; I'm interested in warmth, snuggliness and how many layers of thermals I can hide under those bad boys.

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: Camel Poncho

My current favourites are a mix of naturals and nudes. I'm talking camels, charcoals doves and creams...

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: Cream Poncho

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Western Poncho

...and in a variety of textures too. Some ponchos are classically plain - in which case I love a sharp shape to give a bit of contemporary interest....

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Sweater Poncho

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Sweater Poncho

...some are cable knitted for that gorgeous country vibe....

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Cable Knit Poncho

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Dove Grey Poncho

Perfect, no matter what you're shape, or height..
(how cute is this...?)....

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Girl's Poncho

The poncho is one Modern Country Winter Fashion look that just keeps on giving...

Winter Fashion Modern Country 2017: The Burberry Poncho

So you have a favourite Modern Country Fashion piece?
I'd love to hear....

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahxx



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Monday, 18 December 2017

The BEST Christmas Craft Ideas!

The kiddiewinks have broken up from school, and, in this magical week before Christmas, I always love to have a bazillion awesome Christmas Craft Ideas.

Here are ten of my favourites for you to dive in and enjoy....

1. Make a Christmas wreath. 
To get you on your way, here's a link to a post I wrote about creating your own wreath base cheaply and easily from your own back garden...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Wreath

Making your own wreath is a lot more fun and a lot less work than you'd imagine. The hardest bit is persuading yourself to get out there in this cold weather!

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Wreath

2. Gorgeous angel's wings...
Wouldn't these look amazing up on your wall? Perhaps with fairy lights woven around?

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Angel's Wings

3. Rudolph Wall-Mounted Stag's Head
Make a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer stag's head. Let's move swiftly on from the idea that it looks as though you've shot Rudolf....and onto the idea that this would be great fun to make with children...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Wall-Mounted Rudolph

4. Christmas Pudding Cooking
I'm not a fan of traditional Christmas pudding but look at this! What a great alternative: a Malteasers and white chocolate look alike!

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Malteaser Christmas Pudding Cake

5. Felt Christmas Pudding Decoration
Here's the link to the full tutorial on how to make my felt Christmas Pud...Another quick and easy and oh-so-effective raft (can you see a theme emerging here about type of crafts I love?!)...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Felt Christmas Pudding

6. Cookie Bag Gifts
This is a perfectly presented present! An easy-to-make hand-sewn bag containing, within, all your lucky recipient needs to make a tasty batch of Christmas cookies! Extra thoughtful touches like the cinnamon sticks, berries and wooden spoon set this off to perfection.

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Cookie Gift Bags

7. Vintage Candle Jars
Lighting makes the biggest difference to the feel of a room and, at Christmas time, candles say it best. My Vintage Style Candle jars  (tutorial here) make a big impact and will get your guests oohing and aahing at their gorgeousness....

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Vintage Style Candle Jars

8. Handmade Present Tags
A little extra time and effort goes a very long way, and here's a great idea to do just that. These tags are little rectangles of cardboard with hand drawn designs, completed with a small scrap of fabric. Wowzers!

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Gorgeous Christmas Tags

9. Cinnamon and Heart Garland
This is still on of my favourite completed crafts. Several years after I made it, I still have it displayed - a sure sign of a winner! Yes, it does take a little time to make those hearts but it's oh-so-worth-it! (Full tutorial for my Cinnamon And Heart Garland)

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Heart And Cinnamon Garland

10. Simple Felt Nativity Scene
I didn't mean for two of these Christmas Craft Ideas to be felt-related but in for a penny, in for a pound and all that!? This simple felt nativity scene could easily be popped inside your Christmas cards to your nearest and dearest for a beautiful Christmas tree ornament gift...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Felt Nativity Scene

And how could I leave off the deeper meaning of Christmas? It's so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of busy-ness at this time of year but, if you're able, take asome precious moments alone to think about this amazing gift....

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners...Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever." 1 Timothy 1: 15

May you know God's wonderful love at this special time, and in the eternal years to come....

Until next time,
Sarahx

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