Botanical Dining with M&S

April 6, 2019

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With Easter soon upon us I’m getting ready for Spring festivities and (a lot) of chocolate consumption!

I’m also sharing my dining room in blue for the last time (sob) with a collection that really pops against the dark wall colour. My latest homewares edit from the new M&S collection focuses on beautiful botanical pieces which are perfect for this time of year. I absolutely love the pieces selected, they are just so pretty with pattern, and I can see us using these well into summer, and for years to come.

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I often use very natural handmade pieces with imperfections to boot on our dining table, so these are a little off piste for me but I can’t help but admit they really do look so refreshing here and I am more than a little attracted to the joyfulness of this collection! Actually, I think this is a great way of introducing pattern to a scheme without the commitment. As you have probably noticed if you’ve been following along over the years, I am a huge pattern lover, but I tend to use restraint introducing it quite sparingly around the house – cushions, small sections of wallpaper, blankets, kitchen textiles – items that can be swapped in or out according to mood and whim. I am also really into both mark making and botanical shapes so this range ticks all the boxes and is pretty perfect for me to inject some fun spring time vibes into our dining space.

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Introducing small pieces like this into a particular area of the home is a great way to welcome in the new season and these feel the definition of Spring and Summertime conviviality to me.


I love the mix and match options with this range, it isn’t a ‘set’ per say, so you can choose the most useful items to you and whilst they are linked in theme they work equally well on their own as they do together. This linking of theme is really pleasing if you want to create a more layered effect. Something a little bohemian that displays a tapestry of pattern without disturbing the equilibrium of design on the table setting.


This collection has some of the same artisan qualities as pieces I have previously highlighted, the layering of pattern with marks, abstract strokes and more structured design, but this range feels more polished. I love the hand painted abstract jug which I am choosing to use as a vase, it looks wonderful with the vibrant ranunculus on the table, but it also feels really special with the plain white daffodils I currently have in it in the bedroom.

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My two favourite pieces (though it’s hard to choose) are this hand painted abstract platter (above) and the glasses (below). We can’t have monstera in our house, because they are poisonous to cats, so anytime I get my hands on a pattern that involves monsters leaves I’m happy. The use of so many collage-like layers of pattern is so gorgeous and it’s a very stylish piece for the price point.

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The brush stroke pattern on many of the pieces from this edit are lovely, and nowhere more so than on these cute little glasses which are quite charming and perfect for summer afternoon drinks, gin and pink lemonade optional!

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I can’t wait to set the Easter table with these pieces. I have used a selection of M&S confectionary to style my table here but on Easter Sunday it will be the setting of an Easter feast and I can’t think of anything more upbeat and fun to lay the table with. What are your favourites from the collection? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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Items featured in piece: Hand painted Abstract Jug // Oval Platter // Abstract Tumbler // Print & Stitch Leaf Cushion // Hand Painted Abstract Salad Bowl // Abstract Side Plate // Abstract Dots Nibble Bowl //

This post is a paid collaboration with Marks & Spencer. I only choose to work with carefully selected brands that I love and think you will too. As ever, thanks for supporting the brands that support me.

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