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Hannah Bullivant's 3 ways to style spring flowers

3 WAYS TO STYLE SPRING FLOWERS

There’s something about those first blooms of the season. The sudden sight of daffodils, the arrival of picture-perfect blossom overhead and the flower market fracas when the first peonies appear – they’re all synonymous with spring itself. Here’s how to style flowers in your home with stylist and blogger Hannah Bullivant’s crash course in flower arranging.


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Scandi inspired spring table

 


1. SET A SPRING TABLE


Here’s a table setting with serious Scandi appeal. Soft pink linens, neutral plates and a simple striped napkin are ideal for balancing bolder blooms, like these mood-boosting pops of orange geraniums and purple fritillaries.

“It’s a sweet and simple way to lift the everyday.”

A subtle use of texture keeps it feeling casual, from the stoneware plates and brushed steel cutlery to the ceramic vases and slightly creased linen. And the stylist-approved way to add the flowers? A selection of mini vases, each filled with just one or two – it’s a charming alternative to one big show-stopping – but conversation-hindering – arrangement.

 

Have them in the hallway

 


2. HAVE THEM IN THE HALLWAY


If flower arranging isn’t your forte (yes, we too have prodded and poked for hours until the whole thing collapses) then blossom is your fast track to floral success. In bloom for just a few short weeks in April and May, our association with spring is all the stronger due to its tendency to drop en masse the second warmer weather arrives.

“Snip a couple of blossom branches, bring them indoors and watch them open with glee.”

Add a second or third vase to give some variety in height, and look for tapered vase shapes to ensure branches stand to attention - anything too wide or shallow is a recipe for some serious sagging.

 

Set a spring table

 


3. Make a mantlepiece display


This wonderfully wild display is designed to fill the space above a wide mantelpiece. Start with the longer stems, like the foliage and pussy willow branches, looking for a ‘V’ shape to create some structure. Hannah’s top tip? If you’re not a fan of floral oasis, use a metal pin holder to secure these at the bottom of the vase.

“Passing a bunch of garden blooms on a sideboard is like getting a small floral hug.”

When you’re happy with the first stage, add your flowers one by one to create a burst of colour in the centre of the arrangement. Hannah’s mixed pink poppies in with the orange geraniums and purple fritillaries – relaxed shapes that suit the country garden feel.

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8 bed linen sets for spring

8 bed linen sets for spring and beyond

Set your sights on a spring home refresh? Start with the bedroom. The humble duvet set has maximum impact with minimal effort - especially when we’re talking punchy prints, embroidered details and splashes of mood-lifting colour. Here’s our pick of the best (with no clean whites in sight).

 


1. Flower power

Olivier Desforge Eugenie Duvet Cover

 

There are floral prints, and then there are floral prints. This joyful, painterly option captures the mood of a wild meadow carpeted in the vibrant hues of hydrangea, anemone and eglantine.


OLIVIER DESFORGES, Eugenie Duvet Cover, £100

 


2. Tribal touch

Linea Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set

 

We’re championing all things artisanal, and this set gets top marks. Alright, so it’s technically white – but the ethnic-inspired embroidery adds just enough colour and texture. Pair with rattan accessories.


LINEA, Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set, £55

 


3. Wild side

Biba Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set

 

Animal print might not be totally traditional for the warmer months, but this new take on leopard print is a little bit special. With a blush base and hints of electric blue, it feels totally fresh.


BIBA, Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set, £75

 


4. Colour me happy

Linea Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Set

 

Sometimes a sunshine hue is all you need. This Egyptian cotton set has plenty to choose from - we love dusky Rose, on-trend Coral, or this punchy Chartreuse. Just don't forget the matching pillowcases.


LINEA, Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Cover, £59

 


5. Grey area

Murmur Scribble Duvet Covers

 

This Japanese-inspired abstract print is subtle enough to drag Scandi superfans away from their plain grey linen sets, but still lively enough to inject a bit of interest. Layer it up with contrasting cushions and a chunky knit.


MURMUR, Scribble Duvet Cover, £42

 


6. Retro revival

Orla Kiely Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover

 

Orla Kiely’s retro-inspired patterns and cheerful hues were made for spring. With a masterful mix of blush, citrine, olive and marine blue, this update adds a little flower power to her signature stem print.


ORLA KIELY, Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover, £75

 


7. Eastern promises

Sanderson Paper Doves Duvet Set

 

When it comes to creating a calming space, it doesn't get much dreamier (pun intended) than a flock of doves - especially when they're printed onto 100% cotton. Check out those polka dots on the reverse, too.


SANDERSON, Paper Doves Duvet Cover, £45

 


8. Word up

Donna Wilson Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set

 

It might be scrawled all over, but 'blah' is definitely not how we feel about this quirky duvet set from Donna Wilson. There's a cool, contemporary dash print on the reverse, too (and oh how we love a two-in-one).


DONNA WILSON, Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set, £53

 

Get ready to embrace opulent dressing this spring

Get ready to embrace opulent dressing this spring

 

Are you feeling what we’re feeling? The weather’s not great. Holidays feel like a world way. You look at your wardrobe and you’re hit with a sea of old jumpers and the same four colours you’ve worn for the last four years. It’s all, well, a bit bleak. So this new season, we’ve decided to put the spring back in our step. Amazing suiting, print clashing and more, we’re forming an anti-minimalist movement to put the fun back into getting dressed. We recommend you join us.

 

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The who, what, why


Menswear is having a quiet re-evaluation. After seasons where the buzzword on everyone’s lips has been ‘streetwear’, for Spring/Summer 2019 ‘craft’ and ‘haute couture’ are starting to be whispered.

The epitome of old-fashioned elegance, the suit dominated the shows. Even designers known for their casual collections dabbled in tailoring LIKE WHO. Neon suits, head-to-toe pastels, oversized double-breasted jackets, you name it, it was on the catwalk.

Print clashing also remains a key trend, with the likes of Versace and Valentino leading the way, we’re adding it to our suiting wardrobes.

Our key takeways for the season? Fun, maximalist and elegance rule supreme.

Simon Carter Liberty floral crocker suit jacket £395 / trousers £100 / Liberty painted journey print shirt £130 COMING SOON

 

 

 

The how

 

The key to our mantra this season is it’s never too much. For smarter occasions, pick a floral suit and pair with an even more botanical shirt. Alternatively, go for boldness in the colour department with a two piece suit in a full-on tone – a rusty red, an olive green or a pastel which feels thoroughly on-trend for this season.

For smart-casual, go for an amazing printed shirt. Dress it down by teaming with relaxed joggers or up with checked suit trousers cut to show off a great pair of loafers.

In all your ensembles, think popping. Take a simple tee a step further with a standout graphic; for a shirt, go bright; and for a work look, pick an amazing clashing tie. Remember, it’s only OTT when you say it is.

Skopes Milo suit jacket £90 / trousers £45 COMING SOON. Diesel T-DIGO-YA t-shirt £45 in-store now.

 

 
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Bags to brag about

Bags to brag about

 

We may have to wait a good few months before we can really embrace spring’s latest looks (without also accessorising with goosebumps, that is), but there's one fashion item that we’re adding to our wardrobes imminently: handbags. Impatient types are in luck - many of our favourite 2019 bag trends are already ripe for the picking on the shopping circuit. From ladylike top handle bags to luxe-look croc-embossed styles, we've rounded up the spring bag trends we can't wait to get our hands on this season.

 

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Tote 2.0


Micro handbag trends are great and all, but if you're the kind of person who carries their life in their bag from dawn to dusk, you need a sidekick that doesn't mess around. You’re in luck - the roomy tote bag trend is on the upswing for SS19, and not only are they back, they’re supersized enough to accommodate the woman that wants to take everything with her – and we mean everything. If the parachute-sized bags of the runway are a little OTT for your morning commute, a sizeable tote will do the trick.

 

 

 

Slouchy grab bags

 

Whether it’s an oversized tote or a diminutive bucket bag, the range of slouchy and hobo bags on the SS19 catwalks suggests a definite move away from the ultra-structured handbags of seasons’ past toward styles that are a bit more laid-back. Soft, supple and perfect for slinging over your shoulder as you dash out of the door, these styles will be the perfect partner to those dreamy boho dresses and rope sandals come spring.

 

 

 

Top-handle bags


Many a fashion throwback will be trending this year - ‘80s power suits and bleached denim are just two of our favourites. In the world of bags, however, stay poised for the return of the ladylike top-handle handbag. These super sophisticated shapes will add a practical and charming detail to any outfit. They work with pretty much any get-up, but we're teaming them with a checked, oversized blazer and some pearl-adorned hair slides to really channel your inner ‘extra-from-The-Crown’.

 

 

 

Bucket bags

 

Bucket bags were high on the fashion agenda last year and our penchant for this shape shows no sign of waning - when a bag is just as fashionable as it is functional, what's not to love? Whether you’re drawn to a sleek, minimal design or want to be bold with a trail of tassels, there's a bucket bag for us all. If you need extra incentive to take one for a spin, don’t forget that they’re deceptively spacious - so forget packing light and fill ‘em up.

 

 
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