Bring the Outside in!


Its the time of year to shake off the winter cobwebs and spring clean your home for the lighter days ahead. The perfect time for starting some up cycling projects, decluttering and getting ready for summer!  Swap over heavier fabrics in your home with lighter, brighter fresh light colours with accents of something stronger.

Here we share some ideas to bring the outside in and freshen up your home for spring!



If you like the Botanical trend but are looking for something a bit different then why not source some free printable Botanical illustrations and group them on a feature wall.  Choose from nests, coral, vegetables, florals in fact anything you like the look of.



Bring your favorite natural scene into your own space to enjoy all year round or go for a huge scale nature inspired piece of art.

Jasmina Water Garden by Tracey Johnston



Freshen up your old tired furniture and upcycle to give them a new lease of life!  We love the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Range and with the new Farmhouse White it couldn’t be easier to quickly and easily brighten up your furniture.  Recommended shades for spring are Boxwood, Dried Lavender, Eulalie’s Sky, Grain Stack, Ironstone, Marzipan, Mora, Mustard Seed Yellow, Layla’s Mint, Linen and Luckett’s Green.

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With the addition of the new limited edition Lavender Furniture Wax  your furniture will not only be looking but smelling good too!



We just can’t get enough of these beautiful plants.  Plant up some interesting glass containers, vintage tea cups or hanging lanterns to create a succulent terrarium and bring the outside in. Why not try and make a vertical garden?


Introduce key pieces of furniture, and objects made from natural materials. Rattan, Wicker, Cane and lots and lots of baskets!

Apartment Therapy



Choose natural linen to add accents to your soft furnishings in the dining room, bedroom and lounge.




Dining with Art and Soul

Image: Apartment Therapy

If you are lucky enough to have a separate dining room or you just have space for a table incorporated into another room then the same interior rules apply. This is the space to be dramatic, glamorous and create a little magic more than any other space in your home. This can be easily done simply with clever use of colour and art.  Create a statement gallery wall, be dramatic and show one large piece of art like the image above, or be eclectic and group a selection of your favourite things that you can change around easily if you get bored.

Here are a few different styles  to get you inspired.

Salon Style. This dining area doubles up as a formal dining space and family area.  Dramatic dark walls are the perfect background to display art work in the gallery or salon style.  Crisp white frames, perfectly spaced showcasing black and white family photos reminding us of happy times and the ones we love.  Easy to re-create and can be done inexpensively if you are watching the pennies!

Image: Dwell Magazine

Collected.   Display your collection in an interesting way.  Whether its china, baskets or vintage bathing suits – get it out and on display.  Enjoy it!

Image: Design Sponge
Image: Apartment Therapy


Image: Desire to Inspire

My Space.  My dining room has one large dramatic wall painted in Pelt by Farrow and Ball and showcases one of my favourite paintings ‘Winter Garden’ by the artist Maggie Savage. A really versatile room and my favourite in the whole house.

Image:  Tracey Johnston