So here we are again! Spring has arrived and thank goodness for sunshine and lighter evenings. In a couple of weeks Easter will be here and for some of us this means welcoming family and friends into our homes over the long weekend.
Easter is great time to let the light back into our homes and refresh our spaces ready for warmer weather. There’s some really simple and inexpensive ways to bring a fresh Spring feel into your home and make it feel inviting ready for your guests.
Obvious I know but nothing feels more Springlike than fresh flowers. From a simple bunch of daffodils in a rustic jug to a more formal arrangement in vibrant bright Spring colours – fresh flowers immediately lift a space.
Don’t forget about greenery either – a bunch of eucalyptus in a statement vase is an easy way to bring Spring indoors (and I love the scent!).
If you have visitors staying with you over Easter don’t forget to put a couple of stems in the Guest Bedroom – a simple but welcoming touch.
Fragrance is an important element in how our living spaces make us feel. Using candles and reed diffusers is a great way to bring scent into your space and I use them all year round but I keep it seasonal. The heady spices that define Winter should be replaced with a fresh light scent that will evoke feelings of Spring. Light floral based scents work well at this time of year. There’s some delightful designs too that can really cheer up our spaces. With candles and reed diffusers buy the best you can afford. The candles burn down better and the scents are just more authentic.
Top Left: Jo Malone Nectarine and Orange Blossom Home Candle, available from John Lewis, £44
Top Right: The White Company Four Seasons Votive Candle Collection, on sale at £28
Bottom: Fornasetti Scented Candles, available from Amara, £140 – £530
Easter is a great time to get together with family and friends but without all the pressure and formality of Christmas. I love to bring informality to the table. Adding some colourful plates, using mismatched glassware and cutlery are fun ways to create a different vibe around your table. It’s likely that you have some heirloom tableware lurking at the back of the cupboard, but if you don’t then vintage shops are great place to pick up pieces.
Pip Studio Tableware, available at John Lewis.
Floral patterns are an obvious choice for Spring – pick a colour scheme and pull together a few different pieces that are mismatched but harmonious. Your guests will be delighted by your creativity and feel relaxed and at home which is exactly what you want.