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Flora and Fauna

The first signs of spring are emerging, and this spring it is all about florals and the birds and the bees!

Take your cue from Kew Gardens, and this spring let flora and fauna into your home for an instant update and refresh. I am not just talking about living plants; leaf, fern, floral and insect prints are currently adorning everything from sofas, cushions, wallpapers and you’ll even find floral accessories this season. So go green, bring the outdoors in, and embrace organic floral decor this spring.

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Who knew bugs were all the buzz? Well judging by the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion catwalk shows they are, so we cannot afford to be squeamish this season! At Burberry’s show Christopher Bailey evoked an idealised version of an English summertime, setting the catwalk show in a vast greenhouse tent, with stained-glass dragonflies and bumblebees adorning the ceiling. Whilst on the catwalk models graced down the runway in ruched and tiered delicate tulle dresses, layered with wasp-waisted denim jackets, in addition to blurred, watercolour flowers drifting across summer frocks.

Elsewhere in other Spring/Summer fashion shows florals were a key statement. Designers Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Maxmara, Miu Miu and Simone Rocha all showed us flower power is blooming and here to stay, adding a feminine and romantic touch this season. (Just in time for Valentines Day!)

So rejuvenate your home this spring, and bring in the sense of a fresh English meadow with flora and fauna pieces, here are some ideas to sew the seeds. For moss-green velvet sofas, fern printed bedding, butterfly wall prints and cushions buzzing with bees and moths, make a beeline to Marks and Spencer, and check out their Botanical collection. Whilst at Liberty, The Secret Garden collection of fabrics and wallpapers is due to launch, and unlocks inspiration from the classic 1911 novel, and all its colour and design references. The textiles in this range include a diverse series of flora, foliage and textures, and will reflect the hues of the changing seasons.

For floral accessories Cath Kidston offer their bright Paradise Fields fine china trio set, to bring springtime freshness to your kitchen, as well as a matching printed cushion. Or for a more exotic take on this trend, try Laura Ashley’s Palm House range, in apple green and aqua shades. The collection motifs consist of palm tree leaves, adorable hummingbirds and bold tropical flowers, all of which will leave your heart aflutter.

So bring life, nature and buzz into your home this coming spring with some flora and fauna inspired décor; and give your home a sense of calm energy and greenery, be it in the city or the countryside!

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