Friday, 11 March 2016

lovely things for spring #1

I honestly can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to the arrival of spring; I know technically it's here already, but I don't think the weather got the memo. Down here in the south, it's still cold, wet and rainy, and not even in the slightest bit spring-like - we're still bundling up in hats and coats for the school run, and choosing to stay huddled under blankets at the weekend.

I've found a few lovely things on the internet over the last few days, which are all very spring-like - the shops know the new season has started, even if the weather doesn't!

Woven Magazine, £18, The Future Kept
I discovered Woven magazine via the Instagram feed of The Future Kept, but by the time I actually got round to ordering it, they were out of stock. Wah! Luckily, there are more on the way, so if you've been as slow as me, don't panic. It sounds like such a great read; aimed at makers and thinkers, it's a collection of stories, inspiration and advice. Can't wait.

Monarch Print, £20, The Hambledon
I think this is the most spring-like print I've seen so far this year; beautiful flowers and butterflies, a sunny yellow background and the instantly recognisable style of Rifle Paper Co. What's not to love?

Moroccan Rose Bath Salts, £8, The Future Kept
Baths aren't just for winter; I love finding lighter, fresh scents for a long soak in the warmer months - settling down for a read in the bath after a day in the woods or gardening is the absolute best. These contain Himalayan pink salt, which is said to be healing, detoxifying and renewing - just what you need after a hard day digging and weeding!

Hanging Glass Picture Frames, £18, Loop the Loop
Loop the Loop is a shop that's relatively new to me; I only came across it on Instagram a week or so ago, but it is SO good. Full of lovely vintage and contemporary homewares in that rustic style that I looooove, they stock everything from kitchenware to storage, and some ace decorative accessories - these picture frames are great for displaying flowers, leaves and pretty prints.

Geo Shape Mugs, £28, Rose and Grey via Not on the High Street
In reality, I need more mugs like I need a second head, but I saw these a few days ago and just love them - they're decorative but still pretty subtle, which is what I like. And who doesn't love a good geometric?

Vilda Vaxter Wild Mountain Foraged Perfume, £20, The Future Kept
I don't wear perfume much, but I do like a nice light scent for the warmer months - I've put this on my shortlist simply because it's described as 'the Nordic summer in a bottle'. It's 100% natural and vegan, and is made in the forests of Sweden. Yum.

Botanical Style by Selena Lake, £16.58 for Pre-Order at Amazon
Selena Lake has written some of my favourite interiors books, but I know already that this is going to be my absolute favourite - a whole book about decorating with plants! If I only buy one book this spring, it's almost definitely going to be this one.

Candles by Essence and Alchemy, various prices
I've been umm-ing and ahh-ing over which one of these to get for the spring, because they all sound so lovely - if you're in between flowers, or you've got some that don't smell, a scented candle on a warm spring evening is heavenly. My shortlist has been whittled down to tranquility, sleep and roses - which apparently has the heady scent of a whole rose garden.
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