Photo above: Throws by the National Trust
Article by Barbara Chandler
Get ahead of the curve and prepare now for spring with a home interiors makeover. As the daffodils burst into life, let big, bold floral patterns on mugs and cushions, lively, zingy lime green throws and citrus-coloured bed linen inspire you.
As the light streams in through those tall and wide Weston Homes windows, lifting winter’s depressing gloom, go on a fun tour of the high street for chic and price-friendly homeware with your Weston Homes Life and Style Guide.
The affordable Anyday own-label at John Lewis has décor treats carefully concocted in-house to fit your budget, so you’re just a click away from an instant refresh. Hang a lively, large floral wallpaper behind your bed and swap a dark duvet for a pastel hue. Desert Palms soft teal wallpaper costs £15 a roll, with palm tree cushion at £25 and pyramid reversible duvet cover, £35. Get all this and more at www.johnlewis.com
Next Home’s latest Medley collection is brimming with new design. It’s a low-key look in powder pink, sage and stone, with scallops, faded florals and pale wood… and this rug for your living room at £95; www.next.co.uk/homeware
The National Trust has the perfect pure wool throws, and all profits will support conservation of our land and history. Delos fishbone-stripe multicolour throw is £45. Illusion sea blue and cream throw is £42. Golden Chenille throw, £48, is made from recycled plastic bottles mixed with cotton. Twill throw in yellow is pure new wool at £42; www.shop.nationaltrust.org.uk
You can soon store the heavy curtains and hang floaty voiles to filter spring sun and soften summer glare. These superbly simple Ombre Ghost voile curtains cost from £58 and are machine washable and no iron. hillarys.co.uk
Fresh pastel table mats and/or napkins in subtle duck egg grey have a print of charming “boxing hares,” as seen by artist Sophie Allport around the fields of Lincolnshire. They are made from specially stiffened cotton that can be wiped clean, and you can also buy the fabric by the metre. Price is £11.50 each; sophieallport.com
Habitat is reliably on form for bright design. This one’s called Abstract, a jaunty pick-me-up with surprise flashes of brilliant glaze inside bowls and mugs. Bowls from £3.75; teapot, £5.25; four napkins, £10; 12-piece super-white dinner set, £18; 16-piece Infinity cutlery set, £18; emerald set of three chopping boards, £28; bamboo tray, £10; www.habitat.co.uk
Lamps should look light and pretty, whether they are on or off. This neat little number is so on trend with its scalloped shade and checked base. It costs £59; www.marksandspencer.com
Invest in pretty vases for a big bunch of spring flowers. The shops are full of glass – buy three and group them together for maximum effect. The vases here cost from £27.50 to £49.50; www.oliverbonas.com
Drink to the season with this beautifully drawn bouquet of daffodils and narcissus on a set of two one-pint mugs, £46; www.daisypark.co.uk
Scatter your sofa with a new edition of vintage floral cushions from The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady. Think buttercup yellow, grass green sky blue and pastel pinks with delicate petals and butterflies. Printed on soft faux suede or on cotton/linen mix, prices from £29.99 at www.perkinsandmorley.com
Add a touch of spring greens to your table or sideboard with a quirky cabbage salad bowl, which costs £22 from www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk
Cook up some glamour in the kitchen with Habitat’s Global Ochre cast-iron casserole, £45 – smart enough to bring to the table; www.habitat.co.uk