The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Homes & Interiors

Alternative Christmas ideas you’ll love…

13 Dec 2016

So, did you watch the grand finale? No, not X Factor – the last episode of Planet Earth 2 – of course! Sir David Attenborough delivered a stunning, unforgettable and emotionally charged swan song to the series. (If you missed it, you can watch it here.) Anyway it made me think that this year’s Christmas Gift Guide could be a little bit on the greener side. So here’s some ideas that are stylish, original and a bit thoughtful all wrapped up in one… Ta-da!

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Perky, little pop up Christmas Shop, in Sutton Valence

7 Dec 2016

Sutton Valence, you saucy little thing, I’ve discovered your secret! For three months of the year The Old Butcher’s Shop in this pretty rural village, between Maidstone and Headcorn turns into a perky, quirky Christmas pop up store – and it’s soooo worth a visit. Wander down the narrow street into the heart of the village (it feels very quaint – possibly Medieval?) and you’ll find it packed with gorgeous unique decorations – think wreaths, garlands, baubles, lights and ornaments of every kind, all hand-made and cute-as-they-come.

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Heart-warming goodies for your home

31 Oct 2016

The Danish concept of hygge is quickly spreading its warmth across the world.

From slipping your feet into warm slippers to snuggling up on the sofa in a candle-lit living room – add these things to your home and create that cosy feeling that, up until now, we’ve never really had a name for…

And here’s where you can buy the goodies:

1. Faux Fur Throw, Cox & Cox, £225.00

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Affordable art ALERT

20 Oct 2016

Mr Muddy Kent and I were given some art as a wedding present. At the time we barely owned a full set of cutlery, so it seemed mighty extravagant (if you’re nosey, like me, and would like to see what it looks like, click here, to see this post featuring my sitting room). It’s a beautiful canvas by a Vietnamese artist (I know nothing about art or Vietnam) but of all the things we own it has probably brought me the most enjoyment over the years.

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10 beautiful portrait photos that will melt your heart

18 Oct 2016

There are some posts that I just love putting together – and this is definitely one of them. When I asked top portrait photographer Emma Freeman (we are so lucky that she happens to live in the Weald of Kent) to select just a handful of the favourite family photos she has taken it was no easy request. She had to trawl through 40, 000 of them to make her selection for a start. 

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Cool interiors alert: new VintageVibe showroom

27 Sep 2016

It was an unusual shopping list. A mannequin head and a bench for the bedroom. Not your every day essentials it has to be said. These were the couple of bits of furniture my friend and I were seeking in our quest to, you know, zhush up our houses just a little, to distract from the stained coffee tables and Weetabix crushed into the carpet. And we definitely didn’t want to spend a lot.

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