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.


17 comments:

Janette - The2Seasons said...

This was great. We have been taking walking tours in England and have ridden our bicycles from the very bottom at Lands' End to the top of Scotland at John O'Groat. One of my favorite parts of these excursions is staying in the old B and B's that just are loaded with this type of decor.

Susan said...

This was a very interesting and informative post about English decor. Thank you for sharing your thoughts~

My Kentucky Living said...

I have some of most...no canes, no old English oak! Ha. My heritage is almost all English...with my first family coming to Birginia in the 1650s. Not a typo...ha! I have traveled England from top to bottom via train...and love all. We downsized from our large Georgian...that people said looked like an old English estate. Now..I work on my ranch style! English furnishings/style. Great post for traditionalists like me. I worry I have too much stuff...but I guess that is part of the English look/vibe.
Sheila

laney said...

...a perfect post...more more more...please...blessings laney

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

loved this post. great pictures which I pinned away!

Karen said...

Alison,
I loved this post. I love your style and your beautifully decorated home. I will enjoy re-reading this. English style has been my style for years, there were some great vignettes to remember.
xo,
Karen

Have a Daily said...

How fun. I love the list! I only have a few of the items, but it's what I love about your beautiful home.
hugs,
Jann

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Such a beautiful post Alison...love everything you presented and showcased...and adore the crocks...i am always on the lookout for them as I have several and want more!! Have a great week!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

As much as I love French decorating I always seem to end up with a room that is more English in style...these are the things that delight me and I want to live and spend time with.

You have given us some wonderful ideas and beautiful inspirations ~ Thank you!

Nancy Roberts said...

I knew I'd love this post as soon as I saw the title pop up on my sidebar! And I was right. Love it all and agree with it all.

Thanks for sharing!

Susan Freeman said...

This is so my style. Our home is filled to the brim with all the things you have mentioned. Many of my friends decorate their homes in a more minimalistic contemporary design. Though lovely, I could never feel at home in with all the cool grays and trim furnishings. It's so comforting to know that there are others who appreciate the English Country Home style. Thanks for a delightful post!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Laurie Berglie said...

It's like you read my mind with this post - thank you! I'm always looking for ways to add that English Country style to my home. Your home looks so perfect!

sharon smith said...

Hi There! I love the collection of Blue Willow sprinkled around your post. It's a classic. I noticed a small pair of boots holing match sticks. So charming!!! Love the small details...
Sharon
The House of Hampton

therelishedroost said...

I am such a Anglophile this was a fantastic post! xo K

TERESA BAGUENA CERVELLERA said...

Simply: nice, nice and nice

Rebecca Noot said...

I have been watching for new posts for a while now. PLEASE post more! Every Christmastime I'd love to see pictures and how about now for some spring shots?

Heidi Carlough said...

I have such English style. It was completely subconscious I suppose, considering my British ancestry. I have so much of this style throughout my home. Love, love, love this post!