Friday, April 29, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #35 British Country Living

Hey Everyone!
I'm excited, after 12 days of non-stop rain and chill,
the sun is shining and my deck is begging for some sweet blooms.
Hopefully, this weekend I can get some potting done.

Are we ready for the wedding?
I can't say I'll be up at 3 am,
but I'm planning on catching it on all the news stations.

And since we've been celebrating "All things British" this week
I wanted to share with you a great magazine that I subscribe to.

I'm sure many of you subscribe or find it at Barnes and Noble,
and love it as much as I do.

It's a publication that I look forward to and savor over and over.
It's similar to our stateside Country Living Magazine,
but it really celebrates the "country" and rural lifestyle of Britain.

I'll take this one, please!!

And since I've always dreamed of living a country life in England,
well then you can just imagine,
that's it's really my "cup of tea".

The latest on home furnishings and decor trends, with a vintage feel,

Gardens from formal to wild...

Features on artists and craftspeople...

And wonderful layouts of country food and recipes;
Rustic to refined.

It's a little pricier than our American mags
 but really worth it if you like a fresh take on "English Country".

And here are a few posts from last week's
Vintage Inspiration Friday.

reminded us that Easter is all about "the Lamb"

Babs At Upstairs Downstairs gave us some Vintage Inspiration 
from a wonderful book.

Cami from Creating Yourself

shared this wonderful photo of Bleeding Heart
 and the story behind these lovely flowers.

Hope you'll join in today,
Anything vintage or vintage inspired!

Please remember to link up or share the button within your post.

Hope you're having a great week.
Tomorrow my sis and I are heading to
The Seed Box Spring Open House and Barn Sale.
You know what that means...
awesome overload!!!!!
Lot's of photos next week!

Thanks to all of you who leave comments or join in for the party!
I appreciate you all and love seeing what you're up to.


  1. It's one of my favorites also. I study it over and over. (I get it on my iPad so I can enlarge and study the details in the's delicious!)


  2. This is one of my favorite magazines and I almost like it better than the American version which I subscribe to. Which reminds me I haven't picked up that April issue you have yet! I may have missed it and will have to get May's issue! Tomorrow. Have a great day. Pamela

  3. Hi Debra...I have definately been here before but it was not showing me as a follower. Well! I took care of that, I love your blog and must follow! lol Im a lover of all things, old, vintage, chippy, junky. Ive recently come out about my love for it's not to big in New Jersey. I feel liberated now and found some fabulous junky sistas!

    Lucky 7 Design

  4. I love that magazine too:) Your post is just beautiful today.
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  5. Hi Debra:gardens,country cottage,nature,birds....a dream for me!!!.I hope the weather will be nice where you live.Also I'm a bit bad,I hope to be better tomorrow.See you...I'm curious to see the wedding tomorrow!.

  6. Beautiful post!!! I used to subscribe but haven't in years. Will be picking up a copy!

  7. Hi Debra... I love the British edition, so much more so than what our own Country Living magazine has turned into these days... I just got my April edition like yours and especially LOVE all of the Nature and country things they share... I believe I told you, two of my nieces live in London now and they email me wonderful updates about the goings~ons over there this week... how I would love to be there as well!... I love your special collection you shared of all of you British vintage treasures... xoxo Julie Marie

  8. Debra,
    I love the British edition of Country Living. I pick up a copy everytime I go there. Wonderful pics you featured here! Thanks for hosting!

  9. Oh... I could absolutely park myself in that red toile chair and not get out of it for DAYS!!! I love that room!

    Have a wonderful week-end!
    ;-D robelyn

  10. Oh Debra,
    Those photos are so beautiful!! Someday I will move to a quaint little English cottage in the countryside!
    I'll be up watching the wedding tonight, hopefully I can stay awake! :)
    Have a lovely night.

  11. Debra, I love that magazine more than our version. I didn't know you can subscribe to it though. I have been going and buying it occasionally. Thanks so much for hosting.

  12. Beautiful images! Thanks for hosting the party.

  13. our posts are very similar this week...
    wouldn't i love to live in the British Countryside!?!
    love Country Living UK too :)

  14. I'll be sure to pick up a copy after seeing this! Thank you for hosting!

  15. I get the U.S. version of Country Living and will certainly have to see if I can get the British version in our area. Looks amazing. Love seeing all the British treasures. I Cannot wait til the wee morning hours to see the big event. Thanks for featuring my Bleeding Hearts they are my treasured flower. Hope to get my Vintage Inspiration Friday item up tonight. I am a florist and Easter just comes to close to Mothers Day this year so I have been very busy this week. ~~Sherry~~

  16. Debra I just got my copy of BRITISH COUNTRY LIVING the other day, I love it and so glad I can get it at just about any Store that has a Magazine Selection around town... I so enjoy the Mags from Europe, even those that aren't in English because the pictures transcent Language Barriers and a great picture speaks 1,000 words.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  17. Being 1/4 British (my Grandfather), maiden name Bedford, I have loved your Royal posts! I have always dreamed of a cottage in the English countryside! Beautiful photos!

  18. It does look more interesting than our version! I've picked it up and thumbed through it at B&N but never bought it. I may just subscribe!

  19. Hi Debra! This post just took me back to our trip to England several years ago. It was like a dream come true to walk through the Cotswold villages and pretend like I was in a Jane Austen novel! :-) Those were fabulous features this week and we are so thrilled to get to join the party with you!

  20. ...LOVE IT!
    That cottage looks like the one from "the holiday"!!
    and yummy pie:)
    thanks for hosting VIF!
    xo, Rosemary

  21. I can not throw away my old copies of English country living.

    Why don't we just move over there for 1 year then come back to our homes here? Anybody want to go with me?

    I will visit you at your cottage and expect tea

  22. Hi Debra,
    Thanks for hosting. I just became a follower and linked up. Love your blog and foundation. I'll be back.

  23. I must check out this magazine...your photos alone have me hooked! Also,I love your new blog look Debra!

  24. Hi Debra! Thank you for sharing your delightful magazine with us and for being our lovely hostess too!!

    Susan and Bentley

  25. Hi Debra,
    Love your photos, as always... I have to look for the British CL when I am at the book store... I will be up early in the morning to go to the International Women's Show, so I think I will catch a bit of the Wedding festivities before I leave at 6:30am... Have fun at The Seed Box, I look forward to All your Fabulous Photos~ Great Weekend to You

  26. Beautiful photos -- makes me want to crawl right in and snuggle up with a nice, hot cup of tea! Heading to a Royal Wedding Party at 4:00 a.m.--I'll be wearing my tiara and my p.j.s :)

  27. Oh how I love this magazine too Debra! I think you and I have been sharing a dream if you have also wanted to live life in the English countryside.
    Hey! we could then each have our own little flock of sheep with only a little stone fence separting them. Wouldn't that be great?
    sending hugs from here...

  28. I am going to have to check this one out, Debra! It looks like my cup of to speak! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

  29. Am I the ONLY one who didn't know there was a British version of this magazine? These pictures are so breath taking, I must go search for my own copy. Thank you for sharing and introducing me to this publication. I'm linking up again today. :)


  30. Hi Debra! Thanks for another fun VINTAGE party! I always go to the newsstand to have a look at this FAB MAG! It's great to see the English version of Country! xx

  31. Hi Debra ~ I am a magazine hound and I don't think I have ever seen that one. Thanks so much for the tip. Im off like a prom dress to buy one. I love the red toile comfy room. Im in the process of a major re-styling of our common rooms and every bit helps.

  32. That's a great magazine, I was just looking at it on the newsstand the other day.

    I'll give ya a call tomorrow! :-)


  33. This magazine is such a treat! I think I will subscribe! Thanks for sharing! Christie

  34. Hi Debra, Love the British inspiration and the toile.
    Thanks for hosting each week.
    ~ Julie

  35. I've long enjoyed Country Living magazine! And the pics with the pops of red in the furnishings are really doing it for me today! I've got lots of red in my dining room!

    Thanks for hostessing this fun party!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  36. I love to browse through that magazine when I'm in a Border's or Barnes and Noble. I'm recording the wedding, can't wait to watch. Unbelievable it was 30 years ago when Diana and Charles got married! Thanks for hosting, Marcia

  37. I'm with you on the British Country Living!

    I pick it up whenever I'm in the "big city" and I save them all and never get tired of going back and looking at the old issues......

    I have thought about subscribing, but I don't want that gorgeous magazine all beat up and that tends to happen when the mailman shoves my other magazines through the mail slot on the door..........

  38. Debra, I too, buy that,-it is beautiful, and filled with all kind of inspirations,-the photoes you show here, are wonderful-and I love your bird header- so very sweet. I wish you a beautiful day,wit wedding and all, sweet friend-I`m ogg to turn on my TV now :)

  39. What a charming, lovely collection that made me feel very British! Definitely inspired.

  40. This is one of my favorite magazines as well. Thanks you for hosting. Have a wonderful weekend!

  41. I've never seen this magazine but can't wait to check it out. Your photos are so beautiful and so full of inspiration.

  42. I'm a newbie to blogging and I share your love for all things English,,I too love Country Living magazine but here in Canada, in our town its not always available,, the British one , I mean,, thankyou for sharing the lovely post,,

  43. Fabulous magazine and such beautiful inspiration. Love the pics you chose. Thanks for hosting such a fun party. Hugs, marty

  44. oh, that is one of my favorite magazines!!!!!

  45. Debra,
    What a lovely magazine! Dreamy.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  46. I'd love to pick that magazine up...looks so pretty!
    Have lots of fun tomorrow and take lots of pictures!

  47. I have dicovered English Country Living and many other British magazines. I have been inspired by their English gardens as of lately. Have a wonderful weekend.

  48. I am a CL fan. Loved these gorgeous photos you shared!

  49. Sorry I am late to the party! We just got phone/internet back early am today after the tornado.
    The British magazines look great. Love your sheep!
    And, the red toile in that photo is delicious!

  50. I think I hit the jack pot finding your blog..LOVE IT..thanks sooooooooooo much...its beautiful!!!!!

  51. Hi Debra,
    I so have this magazine, I get the Living and the Home magazines and English Gardens. I just love the British UK magazines, they just seem to so get it, they truly live it not just create it:)

    My ex-inlaws were British and lived in England, she said she felt at home in my home :)

    Thank you for sharing.
    Love your header girl!


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