Monday, 23 May 2016

Book Review: Bake Me A Cake As Fast As You Can By Miranda Gore Browne

Miranda Gore Browne's second book (published by Ebury) is called Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can. This is currently one of my most reached-for recipe books for one simple reason...this book is crammed full of really yummy recipes that you can whizz up in no-time-at-all, taking literally a few minutes to put together.


Now, I do love a lazy Saturday cooking up a feast in the kitchen but there are plenty of other times when I have friends and family unexpectedly dropping in, or when I want to do some baking with my kiddiewinks, when Miranda Gore Browne's recipes, which are quick, easy and scrumptious, exactly hit the spot.

I'm still rooling over Miranda Gore Browne's amazing Chalon kitchen!

Full of ideas that need only store-cupboard ingredients, but look and taste just as good (if not better!) than if you'd spent all morning slaving over a hot stove, Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can is a total must-have!

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Great British Bake Off's Miranda Gore-Browne's Chalon Modern Country Kitchen

Who can forget the lovely Miranda Gore Browne of Great British Bake Off fame? Miranda was a finalist in the first ever series of Bake Off and has recently released her second book, Bake Me A Cake As Fast As You Can, which has turned me into a total fangirl!

Miranda Gore Browne
Miranda Gore-Browne being filmed in her kitchen

But before we get onto that, let me show you her lip-smackingly drool-worthy Chalon Modern Country kitchen...

Miranda Gore Browne Chalon Modern Country Kitchen
Miranda in her Chalon kitchen

Miranda Gore Browne Chalon Modern Country Kitchen
Perfect Modern Country Kitchen!

It's been designed with that same classic Modern Country Kitchen Colour Scheme of chalky off-white and muted grey-blue that I shared in my last post. This is a look that, given a little bit of tweaking, works fantastically well in a whole range of kitchens: small or large, cool North-facing, or sunny South-facing. These colours will be your friends!

Miranda Gore Browne Chalon Modern Country Kitchen

Miranda Gore Browne Chalon Modern Country Kitchen

And by introducing those industrial-style pendant lights, this Country kitchen is given a big shot of Contemporary...

Miranda Gore Browne Chalon Modern Country Kitchen
Modern Country Kitchen Colour Scheme

Miranda Gore Browne Chalon Modern Country Kitchen

A Modern Country Kitchen at its best!

And now, let us move speedily onto Miranda Gore Browne's new book Bake Me A Cake As Fast As You Can, before the green-eyed monster gobbles us all!.....


Images via mbptv and Chalon

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Modern Country Kitchen Lust!

I stumbled upon this gorgeous Modern Country kitchen by DeVol delight the other day and just had to share....

Modern Country kitchen

Modern Country kitchen

Modern Country kitchen

The Modern Country kitchen colour scheme of chalky white and soft blue-grey is perfection; restful and serene, which makes it perfect for a busy family home.

Modern Country kitchen

Modern Country kitchen

I adore these cabinets set in either side of the chimney breast. And it's the typically old-school country accessories, like the Sheila Maid clothes airer and Mason Jar lighting, that give this actually quite contemporary kitchen its Modern Country charm....

Modern Country utility

Modern Country utility

Modern Country utility

...and the same goes for these Chapel chairs!

Modern Country Dining Room
  
Modern Country Dining Room

Modern Country Dining Room

It's little touches like these that make ALL the difference in any Modern Country kitchen. We're currently saving our pennies for our dream kitchen so I have my tick-list at the ready!

Modern Country kitchen

Modern Country kitchen

Mmmmm....!


Images via DeVol 

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Friday, 13 May 2016

How I've Used The Perfect Jute Modern Country Rugs!!

Our new jute rugs arrived from Next this week and I could not be more excited to share them with you!

Modern Country Living Room

Remember how I talked in the last post about my top tip for finding your perfect Modern Country flooring? I'm pleased as punch to say I've found mine and I'm pretty much evangelical about them! There was even a 5-star customer review (not mine!) on the Next website describing them as the perfect Modern Country Style rug!!


And for good reasons. Every single little thing about these is perfectly Modern Country Style! Let me count the ways...

Modern Country Living Room

The colour is a gorgeous blend of woven tans and greys.

Modern Country Living Room

The price!! These Next Jute rugs are incredibly good value, ranging from only £35 to £130. I tend not to have a specific budget in mind for household items. I just keep looking until I find the right thing and then save until we can get it! It makes the whole process slower but it means I LOVE every last detail! However, when the right product comes up at these prices, it leaves me very smiley indeed!

Our English Fireplaces William IV mantelpiece

The material...the rugs are made from 100% jute, which introduces another natural material to these rooms...

Modern Country Living Room

The texture...the thick weave gives an stunning finish: chunky and luxurious. Just look at this:

Best jute rug

The craftsmanship. These babies are hand-woven so every single one is completely unique!


The fact that these come in a whole range of different sizes, making them ideal to use in adjoining rooms to visually link different spaces.

Modern Country Living Room
So, for example, here we used a 200x290cm sized rug in our living room...

Modern Country Living Room

and in he family room?
{....yes, today is your first sneak peek!!....}

Modern Country Living Room

...we used the 230x170cm size jute rug.


{More on how the family room is coming on very soon indeed!}


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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

My Top Tip For How To Choose Your Modern Country Rug!

It can be a bit daunting choosing a rug. Where do you even begin with so much choice at your fingertips? So many colours, styles, shapes and materials designed befuddle us!

Modern Country Living Room

Modern Country Living Room

If you're all of a tizz, relax with my top tip on narrowing down the Modern Country rug of your dreams!

Modern Country Living Room

Modern Country Living Room

This step is surprisingly simple! Instead of looking through shop after shop and needing a good lie down with the stress of it all...


...have a relaxing browse through images of rooms you already know you love and see what floor choices they've gone for. If you need a helping hand, take a peek at the lovely Modern Country Living Rooms I'm sharing today, or a lengthier look at my Pinterest pages.

Modern Country Living Room

Modern Country Living Room

What drew me in time after time was the look of natural materials. This is no real surprise, given that jute, coir and sisal are a complete staple in Modern Country Interiors, with their beautiful textures and lovely neutral colour range.

Modern Country Living Room

Modern Country Living Room

And what did we chose? Come back on Friday and I'll reveal all....


Images via Ballards, Pinterest, Crucial Trading, Crucial Trading, unknown, Cote De Texas, Border Oak, unknown, 1st Location

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