Bringing The Outside In

April Showers bring forth May Flowers.... but this month’s rainfall was starting to feel like a monsoon season without the tropical heat.

So it seems appropriate that this month we talk about bringing the outside in so I'm sharing some little tips to make it look like spring has arrived in your home, even if it doesn't feel like it outside.

It may seem obvious, but the easiest and most obvious way to bring a little bit of spring indoors is through plants and flower arrangements.  If getting to a garden center fills you with dread or overwhelms you, try one of the new online plant shops like Patch Plants... they offer great advice on what works well and where and deliver within 24 hours. But don't worry if, like me, you don't have green fingers.  You can fake it!   Good old M & S are doing a great line in artificial plants this season and you really can't tell the difference! The greener the better we say, for that true spring like feeling at home.  Add them everywhere, from the hallway to the bathroom and beyond.

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Alternatively, fill your home with spring blooms- Daffodils and Tulips are in abundance at this time of year, and even available on your weekly shop from all the supermarkets. Nothing says spring more than a vase of white tulips! Fill as many vases as you can.  Or why not try your hand at an herb garden in your kitchen?  If nothing else the greenery will inject a lively bit of colour to any worktop or windowsill.

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You could go one step further and really bring the outside in with a picture display like the one below... take some leaves and ferns and have some fun pressing them into glass frames for an eternal spring display. Or snip some of the budding branches from your garden and add into a vase for a more rustic display. A budding Magnolia or any fruit tree about to bloom work well.

 

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Botanical bedding is also a great spring upgrade. Using brighter colours in your bedroom can really help lift your mood when you wake up to a gloomy day. I love the idea of scattering the botanical cushions below onto fresh white sheets for n instant spring fix.

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If you want to invest in something that will work all year round, why not try the latest trend for rattan furniture?  There's something really elegant about a rattan chair in the corner of a sunny room. The perfect spot to research your next holiday?

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Finally, get your summer props out. Why not hang a sun hat and scarf or your fave summer dress and make a statement in a corner of your room.  If nothing else it will channel the summer vibes in your head. Add in a seasonal candle in a flowery scent like Peony from The White Company, and those warm, heady summer nights won't feel too far away.

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Photography: Lime Green | Amara | Homedit | DIYS | Due Home | Labioguia | Cox & Cox | Emma Lewis | The White Company 

I am a PR and Marketing Consultant by trade, having spent the last 20 years honing my skills in the corporate world working in TV, Gaming, the travel industry and management consultancies.  I still run a consultancy, specialising in small businesses and brands and really enjoy helping independent businesses to make a name for themselves in the public arena.

However, I am also passionate about all things interiors! And last year launched a new venture which aims to make it easier for shoppers to find unique products from small brand owners and creatives by curating the best of Instagrams small businesses to bring shoppers beautiful brands all under one roof.

 I love searching out new brands; working with them and giving them another platform help raise awareness.  But most of all, I just love interiors. I could scroll through magazines and websites looking at all the beautiful home-wares, all day long.

I've had this passion since I was a child, leafing through the latest Grattan catalogue at the home section, and then getting all giddy at the prospect of a trip to Habitat- for a treat.

These days I'm always on the look out for items for our converted Victorian coach house.  There's always something to fix and faff about with.  We've replaced drains, re wired, added log burners, replaced floorboards, insulated, plastered, painted, sanded, and grafted... the list goes on! But nothing gives me greater pleasure than finding new cushion covers, or a new rug. It's these details that really make a house a home.

And so I hope to bring a little of my passion to you, to share the things I've found on my endless searches, and to help inspire any other interiors fans.