7 stunning country home looks inspired by the great outdoors

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  • Love the warm-sun-on-your-face feeling you get from spending time in a country garden? Bring the outdoors in by recreating that natural high in your home with beautiful room schemes from Country Homes & Interiors featuring flora and fauna...

    Sink into a love seat
    Opt for an oversized armchair, such as this Saturday love seat from Sofa.com,
    in a statement woodland fabric – perfect for a snug or in a cottage.
    Arrange mix-and-match cushions for a cheery pop of colour.

    Brighten a window
    Go for a blind with a flying dove design to frame a window. This is Doveflight by Mark Hearld from St Jude’s. Simple furniture with a modern twist, such as an oak table with zinc top, keeps the scheme fresh. Add seat pads in the same bird-print fabric to complete the look.

    Add pattern to walls
    Block-print wallpaper (here, Brightwood by Jane Churchill depicting jumping hares and nesting birds) brings a fun touch in a kitchen or utility room. Complement with an ironing board cover in a toning fabric.

    Enjoy a moment of reflection
    For a quiet moment with a book choose an armchair, here Iggy from Sofa.com, covered in an artisan fabric celebrating the countryside. Add a super-soft mohair throw in a co-ordinating hue to snuggle down in comfort.

    Display beautiful birdhouses
    Plan your garden at a rustic desk or console table alongside bird-inspired artwork and ceramics. Group a trio of painted birdhouses (similar from Petersham Nurseries) for a unusual feature wall.

    Take in the view
    Arrange a pretty pile of cushions in bold floral designs to create a casual window seating area overlooking the garden. The cushions seen here include Sparrows by John Lewis, Peony by Georgia Wilkinson Designs and Bird Garden by Mark Hearld, from St Jude’s.

    Sleep simply
    Let colourful fabrics take centre stage in the bedroom – tongue-and-groove panelling and weathered wood create the perfect backdrop for a vibrant fabric-covered headboard. Make up the bed with a pretty duvet cover such as this Orla Kiely Tiny Stem Jacquard design.

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