It’s that lovely time of the year again, where the evenings are full of sunshine, the air is warm and dry, and the long bank holiday weekends are just made for country walks and lazy days in pub gardens. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year where the sunlight flooding in makes you realise the windows need washing, the dust has been gathering in the corners and the house is looking a bit tired – so it’s the perfect opportunity to combine spring cleaning with a bit of a makeover. Whether you’re looking for a complete change of style or just a few thoughtful little touches to make a big difference, we’ve got something for you.
Not sure where to start? As well as furniture, furnishings and curiosities, we also stock some of our favourite books for interior decoration inspiration. Life, Unstyled by Emily Henson is a great read for anyone who feels a little bit overwhelmed by the flawless homes you so often see in magazines – it’s an ode to the beauty of imperfection and takes ideas from all sorts of real homes, which are all the more gorgeous for being a little rough around the edges. We also love A Life Less Ordinary (by Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre), which is full of unique details and pieces as well as some excellent tips.
Spring-cleaning is the perfect time to get everything organised – but we’re firm believers that practical can also be stylish. From Dassie Artisan, we have a fabulous range of woven storage baskets with silver sequin decoration (from £19.95), perfect for tidying up in style. Or for a little detail that makes a big difference, these peacock hooks are available in a copper or brass finish & come in a set of three different sizes £48.
In search of a splash of colour? We absolutely love these throws and cushions from Dassie Artisan, which are all hand-stitched in the traditional Kantha stitching style and reuse gorgeous fabric from Indian saris. We also have a colourful range of ikat cushions – ikat is a method of tie-dying silk which creates beautiful patterns and deep colours, much prized by textile collectors and found in numerous cultures all over the world (ours come from Istanbul).
Speaking of colour, summertime makes us think of tea in the garden, and these stunning hand-painted wooden trays (£85) from local artist Pam Asanovic are the perfect combination of all of the above. Simply add Bristol ceramicist Wendy Calder’s mugs (with decoration inspired by British wildflowers, from £16.50) and a big slice of cake.
Fancy getting a little more hands-on? Why not try one of our brilliant creative courses? Our paint workshops are ideal for anyone who wants to get into upcycling their own furniture, or for those planning bigger home decoration changes – using the vintage-inspired Grand Illusions paint collection, we’ll show you how to create beautiful classic looks. Or how about our extremely popular lampshade courses? Bring along your own choice of fabric and work with local artist Sally Dove (whose lovely lampshades you can also buy in the shop). You’ll end up with a beautiful, professional-looking creation that’s just the thing to add a dash of light and colour to a room.
For more on our range of workshops, click here, or simply pop into the shop and say hello – we’ll be delighted to help you choose exactly what you need.