Spring clean

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Spring is definitely nearly here and it’s one of my favourite times of year! When the days get slightly brighter and a new life starts to appear across the countryside. Spring fills me with a refreshing feeling and excitement for new starts. Plus time for an interior refresh!

Spring cleaning can seem like quite a daunting prospect leaving you unsure of where to start. I’m definitely not one of those people who can say they live in a perfectly clean home all the time, even though I do like to try! However, after jumping on the band wagon and getting stuck into the book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying‘ by Marie Kondo I now feel inspired to organise and refresh my home! Here are some steps that I feel are a good starting point.

Open all the windows!

Although it may still feel a bit fresh outside, I promise you that by letting fresh air into your home it will not only help clear your mind but will also encourage you to declutter and sort out any mess as well.  Making sure lots of natural light comes into the home will make you see anything you’ve been ignoring a tad too much over those dark and dingy winter months.

Add a touch of green

Plants and flowers are both amazing ways to introduce some life in to your home as well as offering the perfect excuse to buy yourself that nice bouquet of flowers you’ve been hinting about for weeks to your boyfriend or husband! At the moment I’m particularly liking succulents, areca palms, cacti and aloe vera plants but any type of greenery will instantly bring some life into your interiors.

Dust

Pretty self explanatory to be honest, but one thing I can recommend is working top to bottom, that way you’re guaranteed not to miss anything. Why not put some music on whilst doing this to help pass the time more quickly.. who knows how much fun you could have whilst ‘dust dancing’ to The Spice Girls!

Buy yourself a new duvet set

I always feel there’s no better way to welcome a new season than by purchasing some lovely new bedding. Try opting for slightly lighter equivalents so as things don’t start getting too toasty at night time. All old stuff should be folded away in storage bags for safe keeping until the nights start getting frosty again.

Have a clear out

Don’t keep items that you no longer need or want. You should only have things that you have a connection with, you love or you use. Why not put any unwanted items up on ebay or take to some charity shops. You’d be surprised how much you can get rid of and you will feel so much better about it once you see all the extra space you have.

Have fun embracing those marigolds and feather dusters!

 

 

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This month I’ve caught myself pinning a lot of plant orientated photos and have been reading up on the benefits these can bring to your home, not just as aesthetically pleasing decorative elements but also their ability to reduce stress in our homes. Indoor plants can make a great decorating tool and you are able to create a great look in a very affordable way with a grouping of small plants or a single larger plant. They can help to soften a space, add variety in colour and texture and bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. These examples above are the ones that I’m particularly drawn to. How do you like to display plants in your home?

  1. Plant ladder with various different textures and colours going on. 
  2. Simple minimal arrangement on sideboard.
  3. Herbs in the kitchen.
  4. Plants + vintage side table
  5. Coloured step ladder with ferns and pot plants

My love is like a red red rose

Tonight I will be celebrating Burns Night! For those of you not so familiar with the Scottish tradition, this is a celebration of the life of Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns. It is celebrated each year on the 25th January, the anniversary of his birth. His life and works are commemorated through recitals of his poems, songs, plays and of course, the traditional Burns’ Supper. Join in with the fun at various events around the city or host your own Burns’ Night at home. I thought this would be a good excuse to find the loveliest Scottish inspired accessories and interior ideas for your homes!

Burns

  1. British Made Heritage Lambswool Blanket in Black Watch Tartan
  2. Bog Myrtle & Fresh Mint Isle of Skye Candle
  3. Ruaridh Waugh Large Milk Jug
  4. Seascape Vessel by EC Ceramic Design
  5. Lolo Design Stag Fine Art Print