Rites of spring
24th March 2021
Get set for a new season inspired interiors refresh…
This spring more than ever feels like a fresh start – and that includes for our homes, where we’ve all spent a lot of time these past 12 months. From flowers and fresh air, to spring cleaning and new cushions, we’ve rounded up some quick and easy ways from local experts, to inject some of the new season’s cheer into our interiors.
Spring is a great time to clean and clear, says Jo Griffiths of Joyful Living. “I love to have the windows and doors open as much as possible during spring to refresh the air throughout the house. It’s fantastic and makes such a difference to my mood even if it’s chilly.
“I always have a deep clean late winter/ early spring; it’s a great start to the new season and usually involves decluttering. Cushion and sofas covers get a deep wash, and all the non-washable rugs spend a few days blowing on the line. I don’t have carpets, so this is a great time to deep clean the tile floors underneath.
“My home has very light colours all year round – a mix of white, and natural linen – so I love to bring a yellow or pink accent with cushions and bed throws; hardly daring I know but it really makes the otherwise white interior sing.
“Spring bulbs indoors are amazing value and last ages; I ordered a huge enamel bowl of narcissi from Jo at Constance Rose for my sitting room, I always have loads of British spring flowers for the kitchen – parrot tulips are a favourite and of course daffodils and hyacinths.”
Flowers are one of Janie Thompson of Thornham Deli Interior Styling’s spring essentials too, to bring the freshness of outside inside.
“When the nights begin to draw out and my home is generally brighter for longer, I get out my brighter pink patterned tablecloth and napkins, add a cream vase of fresh flowers and change my diffuser from a musky heady fragrance to a more citrus flowery fragrance. This gives my dining and kitchen area a complete lift and matches the greener bushes and bluer skies outside.”
Birdie Fortescue’s spring to-do list also includes bringing in spring flowers, plus a cushion refresh, wide open doors to let the fresh air in, getting the garden furniture out, and planting tubs in the garden.
“I have different collections of spring/ summer and autumn/ winter cushions and rotate them as the seasons change. For spring summer, I love bright and playful colours in linens and light fabrics. Our new Birdie Fortescue spring summer Damascene collection featuring cushions in Anatolia, Arabesque and Aegean Chevron prints are perfect for this!
“I’m also looking forward to alfresco drinks and lunches in the garden as the weather gets warmer using our beautiful new Havada range of rattan furniture and outdoor cushions.”
Laura Tipple of Tipple & Co Decorators will also be switching up her home accessories for the new season.
“Throughout the winter we have a massive shag pile rug in our living room, so every year when the weather gets warmer, we send it away for a clean, then store it in the loft until the autumn.
“I will put away most of our blankets and furry cushions, replacing them with lighter/ floral print cushion covers. This applies to the bedroom too; we have a teddy bear duvet cover set that we have for the winter. I will be putting that away and bring out my lighter sets. We also change our living room curtains to a lighter, thinner set.
Spring is also a time for bigger home improvements, and Laura has a few up her sleeve. “We are actually going to have a freshen up in our kitchen and hallway soon, so I am looking for some new home accessories. I am keeping my eye out for some bright eye-catching pieces; once all the shops open again, I will be going on a bargain hunt.
“As we have been renovating our house, we are going to start on the back garden soon. We are planning on having a big patio, and I am wanting an outside living room sort of vibe. Who knew that outside rugs were a thing?!”
Janie is currently mid a revamp. “My project is to completely refurbish my downstairs cloakroom. I have sprayed the wooden tongue and groove in a gloss rich green paint, and above this I am hanging Cole & Sons’ Miami wallpaper. This will be embellished with an over-sized gold framed mirror with a cluster of smaller mirrors on the other wall. I want it to be a real statement – it’s a small room and I have gone completely over the top with it!” Watch this space!
Birdie Fortescue, www.birdiefortescue.co.uk
Joyful Living, www.joyfulliving.co.uk
Thornham Deli, www.thornhamdeli.co.uk
Tipple & Co Decorators, www.tippleandco.co.uk