All posts tagged: Spring

COS x HAY spring/summer 2017 campaign

Fresh styling from COS X HAY Spring/Summer 2017

Spring is very nearly here, the days are lighter and everything feels brighter. As we look ahead to the new season, here’s some lovely, fresh, spring-like styling from COS X HAY’s new Spring/Summer 2017 campaign. The love affair between fashion brand COS and Danish design brand HAY continues with deep green accessories for the home, pared-back neutral ceramics and elements for springtime rituals. The curated collection, now in its third year, is available in stores and online, offering simple, straightforward, functional designs at affordable prices. Says Rolf Hay: ‘We want people to buy things that they can treasure for many years, not throw away.’ I’ll now let the images do the talking… Here are some of my favourites from the Spring collection, lots of fresh greens and soft neutrals: Shop the COS X HAY collection in COS London High Street Kensington, Vienna Neubaugasse and Gothenburg as well as online across Europe. What are your favourites? All images courtesy COS X HAY

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Spring bedroom updates

The sun is shining, the weather’s hotting up and I think it’s time to shed the thick wool blankets and cosy bedding in favour of soft French linen and bright pastel shades in the bedroom. With Spring in full bloom, I feel the need to refresh, de-clutter and brighten up my home. I’m thinking lots of calming natural textures, clusters of plants (if I can keep them alive) and accents of blush pink or fern green. The windows open and the sun pouring in. But, you don’t have to completely overhaul a bedroom to get a new perspective, by simply changing the bedding, adding a new print to your collection or a cushion or two, you can create an easy-to-attain, affordable update for Spring. Or simply, by rearranging the room around – that used to be my absolute favourite pastime as a teenager… At the moment, I’ve just got a new rug to go by my bedside (more of that next week) and have switched up my cotton sheets and wool blanket for much lighter and …

Easy stylish Spring entertaining

Easy spring entertaining

Hurrah, the clocks have gone forward and we have an extra hour of sunlight! As soon as the sun comes out and the light evenings last a little longer, I always feel like it’s time to crack out a cold drink and gather some friends and loved-ones together. So, today I’m showing you how to style a lovely relaxed table for some Spring entertaining, using some smart Scandi accessories from Danish brand Lene Bjerre, available at Houseology. With an other half who is French, I’ve well and truly adopted the tradition of apéro, that time around 7pm when you can sit back, forget about work, open a bottle and enjoy some great food with great company. Taking inspiration then from the French, mixed in with some tapas-style dining from the Spanish, this look is really informal and laid-back. It’s more about bringing items to the table spontaneously in the moment, rather than neat, straight place settings that have a formal atmosphere. It’s about gathering over a platter of yumminess, everyone digging in and helping themselves, drinks in hand …

Kettler outdoor furniture - LaMode 2 seater lounge

Update your outside space for Spring + giveaway

Thank you, this competition is now closed. Congratulations Jan! It’s officially Spring and now that we have lighter evenings, I’m yearning for warmer weather and long, lazy days spent outside in the sunshine. Everyone’s outside spaces take a bit of a battering over the cold, winter months, but just because they’re outdoors, exposed to the elements, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the same stylish treatment as indoors. I’ve teamed up with German brand Kettler to show you how to make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how big or small, whether you’re in the thick of the country or the tight confines of the city. At the moment we have a little sun trap of a balcony, with just enough room for one person, but soon (fingers crossed) we’ll have a garden when we move house. I am so excited to have a garden after eight years of bbqing and picnicing in packed London parks. It will be a space to relax after a long day, gather friends and loved ones, and exercise my green fingers …

Styling the Seasons: April

This month’s Styling the Seasons is just a little bit special: Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots have teamed up with at{mine} (an online community for home and design lovers – cue endless interiors inspiration – the site’s beta at the moment but there’s a special invite code ‘StylingSpringAtMine’ for you lovely readers to use here…) for the second Styling the Seasons event. They’ve asked eight lucky at{mine} bloggers (including me!) to judge a competition to win a place at a floral wreath making workshop taught by the uber-talented Caroline from Wild Rubus, using flowers from the lovely Bloom & Wild (more details on how to join in at the bottom of the post). Each judge was sent a box of beautiful Bloom & Wild flowers to use in their Styling the Seasons post for April. I don’t think I’ve ever had flowers sent through the post, so you can understand my excitement when I came home from work and saw it sitting on my doorstep waiting for me (The flowers are packaged in a thin rectangular box that can fit through letter boxes meaning you don’t have to be home to …

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Easter

The theme this month for Urban Jungle Bloggers – the monthly series hosted by two bloggers, Igor Happy Interior Blog and Judith JOELIX.com, that aims to bring some greenery into our homes  – is Easter. As Spring is definitely in the air, I wanted to style an Easter table dotted with some of the lovely, scented blooms that have been blossoming on my small urban balcony. I’m not very religious but Easter for me is a time for new life and fresh beginnings. It’s been so satisfying to see hyacinth, crocus and daffodil bulbs transform from tiny green peaks to beautiful flowers; it also seemed a shame to keep them on the balcony, where their scent can’t be appreciated and where I hardly get to enjoy them after long work days. As they’ve been slowly springing up, I’ve been snipping stems or taking whole bulbs out of their tubs to scatter around the house in glass jars or bottles (although keeping them attached to their bulb does make them last longer) – it’s lovely having a hint of Spring in the house, even when the skies …

Styling the Seasons: March

So, it’s March and here’s my Styling the Seasons for this month! While January was clean and minimal, representing a fresh start to the year, and February was floral and romantic, March has a touch of Spring in the air. I was beginning to run out of surfaces to style, so chose the chest of drawers and shelving in my bedroom – it’s right next to the window so get’s all the lovely light and sunshine, which is finally beginning to come our way (yay for lighter evenings!). March is a caring month for me, with Mother’s Day right around the corner next week. I thought I would pay a little homage to my own mummy by framing one of my favourite black and white pics of her (she’s probably going to hate me for sharing it, but I think she just looks so damn effortlessly cool!) and styling it with some of her favourite books (Virginia Woolf mainly) and some lovely plants any mother would be happy to receive on the day. The Muscari photographed so well, their tiny, magical, …

Loaf Spring/Summer 2015 collection

Hello Monday! Let’s beat the blues and pretend we’re in the French countryside… These images from Loaf’s new Spring/Summer 2015 collection are gorgeous, I love how fresh, light and airy the styling is – they look like they were taken in a lovely French chateau that’s slightly distressed and rustic in all the right places. The collection has a fab name too – Tiddlywinks – drawing inspiration on all things playful to coincide with the launch of their first Little Loafers kids’ range. There’s over 40 new pieces, from squigdy sofas and cosy beds to tactile tables and soft accessories, all handmade in Derbyshire. My favourite is the new Homer kitchen table above (from £695), did you know it’s made from old doors? What’s yours?  Homer kitchen table from £695 Spangle lamps from £65 Chook shelf, £115 Topsy Turvy bed linen from £20 All images: Loaf

Urban Jungle Bloggers: hanging planters

A day late but here is my Urban Jungle Bloggers post for this month, with the theme Hanging Planters. At first I was a bit stumped by the theme, I didn’t really have anywhere in the house to hang a planter (the curtain rail was one option but I didn’t want to take the risk of it falling down on me!) and I’m not really one for DIY. Give me a job like changing the lightbulb or doing some wallpapering and I’m fine; I’m a dab hand with polyfilla and I once took the bathroom door off it’s hinges, held it up against the bath and sawed the bottom off when it was sticking to the floor! But little, fiddly DIY projects nah. Thoughts did pop into my head, like yes, I’m going to weave my own hanging planter, but let’s face it that was never going to happen (although having seen Joelix’s post, there’s a use for fish-net tights I thought I would never see…). Instead I got two old glass yoghurt pots (these are …

I wish I lived here: a pastel Scandinavian home

How pretty is this fresh, airy, pastel-shaded Scandinavian home in Sweden’s Gothenburg with its tall ceiling and large windows? It has just a hint of Spring –I love how there are little vases of blooms, tulips and crocuses dotted around the place. The gallery wall with that pale pink ‘un, deus, trois’ print and the cosy, inviting bed with the Alvar Aalto stool for a bedside table are perfect too. It’s styled by Emma Fisher, who has a lovely Instagram account. I would love to live here, wouldn’t you? Styling: Emma Fisher, Images: Stadshem