March 30, 2023
The weather might not be playing ball, but spring is finally here and with it comes our appetite for spring cleaning, decluttering and a general refresh of our homes. I don't know about you, but this time of year sees me pulling all our dusty old objects out of the loft to donate or sell, removing about a million pieces of paper that my daughter has "crafted" on and looking at quick and easy ways I can restyle my home for a fresher feel.
However, much as I would like to completely redecorate certain rooms (our kitchen is in dire need of a revamp), time and budget means I have to focus instead on simple ways to add some spring colour and freshness to my interior.
Here's how I'm doing it...
We visited Paris in February and had a wonderful visit to the fresh market at Bastille which takes place every Sunday. We were quite frankly, dazzled by the array of fresh fruit and veg (no tomato shortage there!) and the artisan food products. The salted caramel sauce is still lingering on my tongue and we bought more than one jar back in our suitcase!
But what really stopped me in my tracks were the flower stalls, in particular the vibrant yellow and fragrant mimosa, dazzling on a grey day and bringing so much joy to everyone who walked past! I smuggled a few branches home and whether dried or fresh, it looks fabulous draped over statement bowls (as the picture below shows) or used in a rustic spring dining tablescape. It just adds a hit of joy and vibrancy that sings spring to me.
I'm also using yellow as an accent colour elsewhere in my home, for example, as the colour for a frame around my vintage artwork. It brings this vintage bee anatomy print to life and is a more unexpected colour than the usual black or wood. As there are yellow tones in the print too, it ties it all together in a subtle way.
My final tip is to take advantage of all the wonderful blossom out there on the trees at the moment. Bring the outside in and wait for the compliments! (Psst, it's super cheap too...)
Do make sure you have permission to forage your blossom if it's not from your own garden and make sure you cut enough to have an abundant display.
My favourite thing is to pair delicate blossoms in pink and white with warm rustic wood tones. I layer antique cutting boards, using them as styling pieces on the kitchen or dining table, then festoon the blossom. It looks super natural, rustic and very pretty. Perfect for a spring lunch or dinner.
I hope you found these tips helpful! For more spring home inspiration, visit the rustic collections in the store and enjoy that sunshine!
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