STYLE SE­CRETS

Style at Home (UK) - - COUNTRY CLASSIC -

Recre­ate Mil­lie’s warm and wel­com­ing coun­try style

Make DIY bunting

Add a pretty touch to rooms with bunting made from fab­ric scraps in co-or­di­nat­ing colours. Start by cut­ting a tri­an­gle tem­plate from stiff card and use this as a guide when cut­ting fab­ric. Cut your fab­ric tri­an­gles us­ing pink­ing shears to pre­vent fray­ing, then sew them onto a length of bias bind­ing tape, leav­ing a cou­ple of cen­time­tres be­tween each un­til you reach your de­sired length.

FIT a MAN­TEL SHELF

A fire­place makes a great fo­cal point in a liv­ing room, but can feel a lit­tle bare with­out a sur­round. A painted shelf on wooden or fret­work brack­ets makes a dec­o­ra­tive op­tion in a coun­try scheme, or for a more mod­ern look, con­sider a sim­ple float­ing shelf with con­cealed sup­ports.

ADD a Touch of FROST

For an al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tion­ally fes­tive red and green, give flo­ral dis­plays more of an icy, frosty fin­ish in­stead. Use sil­ver-toned fo­liage like eu­ca­lyp­tus, mixed with blue-toned fir, white berries and snow-dusted pine cones.

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