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Bal­ance a sense of her­itage with con­tem­po­rary play­ful­ness to cre­ate a fresh-feel­ing English coun­try re­treat. Fill a pared-back space with fun prints, heir­loom ac­cents and cosy blan­kets.

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We’re ob­sessed with cosy coun­try re­treats this month

01 Na­ture? Tick. Sub­tle pas­tels? Tick. Art prints are fan­tas­tic for set­ting the scene, and we love the calm­ing tones of this Ri­fle Pa­per Co. botan­i­cal beauty by the queen of painted flo­rals her­self, Anna Bond. www.bery­lune.co.uk

02 Coun­try kitchen, yes, but Welsh dressers and ging­ham seat pads this ain’t. Try a fresher ap­proach with bleached tim­ber and a goes-with-ev­ery­thing vin­tage paint fin­ish – nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als with breath­ing space. www.loaf.com

03 Layer ditsy flo­rals with neu­tral cot­tons for the kind of nest that Sun­day morn­ing cup­pas are savoured in. And we’d cheer­fully give our right arm for that handquilted blan­ket, in­spired by clas­sic ei­der­downs. www.camomile.lon­don

04 Keep fur­ni­ture un­fussy so it won’t jar with any pe­riod fea­tures (the cot­tage we’re furnishing in our dreams has beams aplenty). This dresser’s the right height to work as a shelf or chang­ing sta­tion too. www.oeufnyc.com

05 In a kid’s room or over your desk, cheery rain­bow wall art acts as a wel­come flash of colour and a punchy

modern up­date. And this one’s from an ace in­de­pen­dent de­signer-maker, natch. www.the­lit­tlewagon.etsy.com

06 When you’re done styling your home, start on this mini ver­sion. Or, just scale down your vi­sion to start with. The Dart­mouth Doll’s House is a thing of won­der and has all the mak­ings of an heir­loom. www.wood­en­toyshop.co.uk

07 It al­ways tastes bet­ter from the pot, doesn’t it? Then there’s that the­ory – the pret­tier the teapot, the more sat­is­fy­ing the brew. Get your­self some full-bel­lied ceramic eye candy. www.emmabridge­wa­ter.co.uk

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