Whats happening outside has always influenced how I style both my home and also professionally. I particularly find the shifting seasons an unending source of inspiration. Sometimes during the drive to and from Frankie’s kindergarten (located in a valley in the middle of idyllic nowhere) I have to remind myself to look at the road because I am lost in raptures about the beautiful pink tones of the grasses swaying by the side of the road. Weeds and flowers call to me and I am forever forming concepts for styling jobs, or thinking about colour palettes, as I take all of this wonder in.
My home always reflects the current season to a greater or lesser extent, and depending on how busy life is. I am always changing things around much to my husbands chagrin, and the change of season is always prime time for a shift around for me; often late at night when I'm supposed to be doing something else... Sometimes the season is evident in the jar of hastily picked wild flowers on the table, as life whizzes by around it. And sometimes when time is on my side, the seasons are reflected in the swapping of furniture or the change of the wall coverings and textiles around my home.
We recently got a new cabinet in our dining room (affectionately known as 'the rabbit hutch') which, after lolling around in our house for weeks, is finally set up and styled (it’s now replaced by a superfluous wooden dining table I found on the street and is in the way!) There have been many a garden posy on this cabinet over the last weeks, expertly picked by my daughter. I've also put a few favourite shells on there too.
In the bedroom, I've simplified things a little; removing the vintage print that was above the bed and replacing it with a simple honeysuckle wreath (honey scented dreams!). White linen on the bed is cool and calm. We have also got a new duvet, courtesy of Soak and Sleep, made of wool. WOOL. I realise that to some it sounds a bit odd but it's wonderful! It's a natural fibre and therefore breathable and surprisingly cool in this heat. I really care about how things feel in a home. A bedroom can't just look pretty; the mattress, bedlinen, duvet and pillows all have to feel comfortable, and the room has to be functional. The duvet and linen feel wonderful.
Simple Summer Styling ideas.
Whenever I switch things around in my home seasonally, things roughly fall into the same categories, which I thought I'd distil into a handy list. These are:
Gathering from outside.
Right now, this looks like flowers and shells. Gather flowers from the garden or the market and place them all over your home. I love multiple small vases of blooms which I can put in unexpected places. Plants are always big feature in my home, but are particularly lovely at this time of year when you can almost see them growing!
In summer I favour lightweight fabrics in pretty soft colours. Light weight curtains hang at the windows (I particularly love thin, gauzy fabrics). White linen adorns the bed but I add colour and pattern in the cushions; In summer I feel drawn to subtle florals and pastels.
Our honeysuckle has such a strong scent that when I bring it indoors our whole home smells of honey, but I always like having something lovely to burn too. Right now, I'm burning Lime Blossom incense from Haeckles and I also have Rose Geranium and Lavender burning in my oil burner too.
Seasonal wall coverings.
When I have the time and inclination, I like swapping the art in my home. Currently, my walls are sporting vintage botanical prints or wreathes made from honeysuckle vines.
All of these ideas are relatively easy to accomplish (they have to be when I'm carting a baby around on my hip!) and also vary according to the time I have, but however big or small a change I make, they make the house feel refreshed and pleasant to be in which. This feels lovely for me as I'm spending so much time here on maternity leave, but would be nice however much time you're spending at home. Maybe it'll even encourage you to spend more time at home- and bring a bit of a holiday feel, staycation style!
- Bed linen and duvet: C/O Soak & Sleep
- Scatter pillows on bed: H&M home
- Cheese plant in bedroom from Homebase
- Dressing gown on bed is by Toast.
- Incense by Haeckels in Margate.
- Sofa cushions: Blue confetti pillow from Jo Waterhouse, pink linen pillow from H&M home, blue flower pillow from Zara home many years ago, and killim cushion from Marakesh.