A few weeks ago, the folks at Wayfair challenged me and some other bloggers to select some products, and style a 'spring shelfie', based around our idea of what makes a great spring interior. I went a bit mad with the flowers, but to me, that's what really marks the end of winter and the beginning of the warmer months; plenty of petals, plenty of colour and a little bit of greenery thrown in for good measure. I displayed them in the Fairmont and Main canteen jug, and the Faber bottle, then paired up a feather and a DIY botanical print in the Nkuku photo frame and finished it all off with the Esti succulent pot for a bit of variation. Plants, flowers and a nice print - what could be more spring?!
I always look forward to spring; as soon as the evenings start to stay that bit lighter, I can feel myself beginning to get excited for the warm days (hopefully!) ahead. Spring and summer are my favourite seasons to decorate and faff around with things at home, so I thought I'd include some of my favourite tips for freshening up your home.
Because it's spring, and what else is there?! If you're looking for seasonal blooms, Iris, Ranunculus, Tulips and Hyacinths are all around at this time of year, and can be found in most good florists and even some supermarkets (Waitrose always have some lovely tulips!) Alterntively, if you're out foraging, you'll find plenty of branches with pink and white blossom - so make sure you carry your secateurs, and stick to public trees. No scaling peoples fences!
2. Add Some Greenery
Spring is the perfect time to bring some plants home; nothing is quite growing in the garden yet, and a selection of leaves will add a bit of variety to all those flowers. I've not got a great track record with plants, but my favourites are the Boston Fern (lovely, frilly leaves), Ivy (great for trailing from hanging planters), and the humble Spider Plant (apparently impossible to kill, but I've managed it!) - I'm also a big fan of succulents and cacti, simply because they require very little maintenance! (You could also fake it with some artificial plants - they require even less care, and a lot of them are just as convincing as the real thing!)
3. Choose Pastels
After all the dark, rich colours of winter, I always think it's nice to freshen up with some lighter, brighter colours. A few geometric cushions, the odd garland here and there, a new print... anything goes as long as it's pastel coloured and makes you feel cheery.
4. Press Some Flowers
Flower pressing is one of the most addictive and versatile spring crafts around; once your leaves and flowers have had their time in the flower press (or microwave!), you can do pretty much anything with them - stick them carefully to plant pots for decoration, make cards, make jewellery, pop them in a frame... the list is endless. Certain flowers press better than others - you're basically looking for anything with big, open petals; Pansies, Calfornian Poppies, Daisies, Buttercups, Larkspur... although it's more down to what you can find at this time of year.
5. Try a DIY Botanical Print
I love botanical prints, and the best thing about them is that there are absolutely heaps on the internet that make great printables; there are millions of search results on Google, but my favourite ones have always come from The Graphics Fairy or Vintage Printable, which have literally thousands to choose from. Print them onto A4 card, cut them out, and then place them in a large frame with some of those flowers you pressed earlier!
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