It’s very nearly Spring. Hurrah to that, in two weeks time official British Spring time will be upon us and I am so ready. I love the change of seasons, all of them, the contrast always jolts me into thoughtful mode as I anticipate the months to come. And, like many of you, there’s no new season I love more than the start of Spring, especially this year after an especially dark and overcast winter, I love the fresh colours stirring after a long sleep and the interludes of bright clement weather. Whilst official Spring may be a few weeks off, I have been watching the mimosa in our garden for some months, since its first few buds in December, the many more in January and the buds that turned to yellow in February, gradually getting fluffier and more pompon like until finally they are almost all out in full bloom in the garden and I know that Spring is at last on its way. I just love the early flowers of spring – crocuses, daffodils and muscari, followed by tulips, bluebells and finally white lilac and ranunculus, it’s a great season for cheerful blooms. The houseplants are all doing really well at the moment, but I really wanted to bring some colour and floral elements into the house as a celebration of the new season.
Image: Design Soda
Everyone has their go-to Spring flowers that give them an instant hit of sunshine, right? My mother’s are daffodils, mine are Mimosa. Our Mimosa tree was the first shrub I bought when we moved and finally had our own garden, and over the last year it has grown far beyond what I had anticipated. I bought both a mimosa and a white lilac tree primarily so that I could make bouquets of cut flowers for the house that would mirror my choices at flower stalls and save me money. The mimosa is so abundant that it’s been a staple as foliage pretty well all year, so when it started to bloom I knew it was just the thing to bring indoors as an early spring celebration. You may remember that back in November I made a couple of fresh flower wreaths for the Christmasperiod and I mentioned then that I’d like to do one for each season. They were so incredibly easy to make and we could do with a spring centrepiece indoors to cheer us up after the cold dark winter so I thought as the mimosa is in such abundance at the moment and yellow is surely the colour of spring I would make a wreath entirely of mimosa.
It’s two weeks til the start of advent and I have started thinking about how christmas is going to look in the home with more intent. I am also entirely ready for mince pies and advocaat (but that’s a whole different post). I tend to allow total freedom with Christmas decorations, no themes for me, just a smorgasbord of things I love with a little nod to the nostalgic and kitsch.
So, I haven’t done a d.i.y post in a while but I’ve been up to quite a few things round the house in recent months so expect a possible flurry of them soon! I find these kinds of post slightly daunting as I’m terrified of patronising people. But actually I got to thinking about why I feel like this and concluded that I google ‘how to…’ all the time so this may be silly. Do you find that you get straight jacketed by an inner voice on things? Anyway, onto the post in hand. So what I wanted was a tablecloth for our summer party last weekend which had to fit a large trestle table for food (we had nearly 60 people). I wanted to find something that didn’t cost the earth or was so bold a look that it drowned out the pretty party pieces I’d decided on. I had a vague dream based on this beautiful renovation by Royal Roulotte and I kept coming back to the idea of monochrome polka dots, they seemed versatile, fun and not too girly. I wanted something a little less straight or standard than this, in my mind black confetti! This may not come as a surprise but I struggled to find monochrome confetti fabric anywhere. After a little hunt around on Google ‘how to paint polka dot fabric’ I realised that it’s enormously simple and most people just use the eraser part of a pencil to impress their circles. I was really pleased with my intentionally asymmetric rustic result so I thought I’d share it with you.
Last weekend I enrolled on a day course to learn hand weaving. I’ve been a big fan of the bohemian home trend with a tribal twist for a while now and admiring the various wall hangings I’ve come across. So when I saw a course come up in one of my favourite London design stores – Smug, it was a bit of a no brainer. It was a fantastic thing to do, contemplative and relaxing in a way I’d liken to gardening which is in contrast to my experience of sewing or cross stitch which I find a bit frustrating. Weaving is therapeutic, it has less maths and more fun than other techniques I’ve learnt before so I thought I’d share my experience on the blog today. Read More
So, last week saw me do a couple of exciting new things, one was to help with the styling of a project in Fulham and the other was to attend a wallpaper screen-printing demonstration from the very talented Daniel Heath at his studio in Walthamstow. I was invited by new social platform In The Window and have liked Heath’s illustrative designs for a while. The first time I saw them in real life was at Decorex this year and they really are joyful, his Art Deco, taxidermy and circus motifs work exquisitely on both paper and furniture.Read More
Nothing says chic to me quite like a white floor and alongside polished cement and Moroccan tiles it is a staple of good taste in flooring choice for me. White floors are amongst the most versatile of flooring because there are so many looks that can be projected and changed around it without loosing it’s edge or integrity. One of the most beautiful elements of this flooring is how it projects light onto the ceiling whilst blanketing the floor in a foamy cleanliness mirroring the delight of snow.
Maybe it was the nesting instinct or maybe it was preparation for all the kiddie crafts ahead of me but today I thought I’d share a few of the bits I made for our bedroom none of which are clever or complicated but fun mini attempts at homespun items.Read More
So, whilst planning our kitchen I have been looking for some new dining chairs. I love French Tolix cafe chairs but alas budget does not stretch that far. So I switched to looking at examples of the current zeitgeist – mid-century modern. A few places are selling neon bright plywood chairs – Habitat have some really nice ones called Hester at £95 and Bloomsbury&Co are selling similar Canteen chairs for £200 a pop.Read More