There’s something about these turn-of-the-year months that make us hanker after a relaxing rustic idyll. Contemporary country style is all about the sort of relaxed simplicity that works as well in a modern urban apartment as it does in a traditional but and ben.
ALT COUNTRY There’s not a chintz curtain in sight in this pared down contemporary country dining area where metal furniture such as the zinc stool (£215) meets mellow textures and colourful ceramics. All from www.pedlars.co.uk
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Add textured timeless underfoot luxury to wooden floorboards with a flatwoven Persisk Kelim Gashgai (£259) from IKEA (www.ikea.com). Each rug comes with its own unique, traditional Persian pattern.
Whether it’s town or country, this Dualit four-slice toaster in canvas white (£79.95) is a pop up classic. Exclusive to John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com).
The industrial style of this durable zinc topped dining table from www.pedlars.co.uk, melds with rough hewn rustic edges. Available in three colours and sizes with prices ranging from £850 to £950.
Contemporary country isn’t a decorative style that you can buy wholesale in a single store. Combine old and new pieces, such as a sculpted modern light on top of a stack of battered leather suitcases. Mix rough textures with smooth, elegant with earthy and hi-tech with downhome.