Spring is around the corner

There is a definite feel of spring in the air at last, after what has proved to be one of the wettest winters in the UK for hundreds of years!

I love the feeling of optimism that spring brings with it, the light mornings & evenings driving to and from work or doing the school/college run, is so much easier and you suddenly seem to have more energy.

Its good to harness this energy and make changes in the home by laundering and putting away all the winter cushions and throws and replacing them with lighter colours and textures. There are some lovely linens and pastel cotton accessories around this season in all the High Street stores and if you can sew, there is nothing easier than making your own cushion covers, two squares sewn together and you’re done! If you can’t sew a zip in, which is tricky, you can make an envelope opening, like a pillow slip or add ribbons to the opening to tie the cushion at one end.

If you fancy making one of these tie sided cushions but are not sure how to, take a look at the tutorials posted by the BBC on The Great British Sewing Bee site. The second series of this show is now airing and is a brilliant watch for amateur and more professional sewing enthusiasts alike.

I know I sound like my mother, but there’s nothing that beats putting your washing out on the line on a spring day.

M&S have these gorgeous soft pastel linen cushions in store. Other lovely linen cushions can be found at H&M and Zara Home.

Continuing with the theme, replace throws and quilts, with light linen and cotton bedding in soft tones.
This is a shot I styled, for a client, yesterday using stone coloured bedding, with white & pale blue pillows and throws.

Fill the house with spring flowers, such as daffodils and tulips and plant spring bulbs such as crocus and hyacinths into containers, crates and jam jars.

This was bought from Sainsburys last week, already done for us.

Whilst out and about the other day, I passed this nursery and couldn’t help but stop and take a picture of all the daffodils outside. If that doesn’t say spring is here, I don’t know what does?

For anybody who has been through the bleakest winter physically or mentally I’ll leave you with this proverb.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  ~Proverb

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