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HOMES & GARDENS.

IF YOU go down to the woods today you're sure of an interiors surprise! Nature is inspiring decor, and a veritable menagerie of creatures, from stags to foxes, is running wild in on-trend rooms. Stags - are a must-have accessory, either as a faux mounted head, or emblazoned on cushions and throws.

Smaller furry creatures - foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs - are just as fashionable, but if you want to create a truly traditional countryside look, include pheasants, partridges and owls too.

It's time to open your door to all creatures great and small and create your own woodland hideaway...

CLASSIC COUNTRY Hunting lodge style is wooing those yearning for a snug but up-market, rural hideaway, no matter where they live.

CREATURE COMFORTS: Young designer Lisa Bliss has created Stag or Fox Print wallpaper, PS125 a roll, from Graduate Collection, and either paper would look brilliant on a feature wall. Matching cushions, PS45 each.

Incorporate tartan with a Radlett Chair in a Tor Plaid fabric, from PS384.30, Marks & Spencer, which also has an appropriate Stag Frame Wall Art print, PS35, and Stag cushions from PS12.

Spode's Woodland china is decorated with a variety of birds including pheasants and could be hung on a wall. Dinner Plate, PS18.50.

Bag a trophy (without firing a shot) with Debenhams' Dark Red Heritage Stag Bedding Set, from PS50. Follow the theme with a cross-stitched Deer Cushion, PS49, BoConcept. HUNT DOWN A BARGAIN: You don't need a 'lord of the manor' budget to achieve the look; there are plenty of stylish steals to be snapped up, like an Antler 5 light, PS110, and a Pheasant Print Cushion, PS14, both from Next.

A collection of fir cones, and a Woodland Retreat Acorn Doorstop, PS10.99, Dunelm would be perfect finishing touches.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2013
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