The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Interiors

£110 books to giveaway today; plus a new winner

15 Dec 2016

New day, new prize! Today on my Christmas bumper giveaway it’s the turn of the bookworms for some pleasure. I have two sets of beautiful hardback books from high-end publishers Prestel worth a collective £110.

I’ve worked with Prestel for a couple of years because I find their books are just so beautiful and thought-provoking. Great Pubs of London, The Monet Cookbook and It’s A London Thing will be one bundle giveaway (£67)  and Oskar, Great Works: Encounters with Art and Before I Wake Up will be a second literary lot (£42.50).

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Secret Messages sale is (quietly) on!

18 Jul 2016

You have to admire a shop that makes the switch before anyone else. Secret Messages Interiors in Buckingham was an elegant gunmetal grey for a while. then everyone else cottoned on and it wasn’t fun any more. So now they’re a fetching pistachio green instead.

I like pottering around North Buckinghamshire, where the pace of life is slower, the shops are quirky (I’m guessing the proximity to Milton Keynes helps this creativity along) and people appreciate a good thing coming along when they see it.

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New season cool at Secret Messages Interiors

26 Apr 2016

What a difference a year makes. I came across Secret Messages Interiors when they were a newly formed emporium last year, just finding their feet, trying different things and getting to grips with a massive, almost immediate popularity.

Into 2016 and a new Spring season of interiors, and now Secret Messages have ditched the various collectors and are now a serious retro/cool/interiors player, not just in Buckingham but online.

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Let’s PARTY!!! Cornwall Manor opens for guests

18 Apr 2016

Whoo-hoo! I’m so excited to tell you about this because I know Cornwell Manor – I had a sneaky peaky around it last year (friend of a friend stuff) – and I’m not kidding, it’s one of the loveliest manor houses in the Cotswolds. It’s a total stonker.

Cornwell Manor is close to Chipping Norton in stunning rolling countryside, a 2000 acre estate with a Jacobean manor house (updated with a Georgian facade in the 18th century), a petite Norman church, lakes, wood, streams and gardens designed by Clough Williams-Ellis who created the brilliant Italianate gardens at Portmeirion in North Wales.

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