HOW TO GIVE YOUR HOME A SPRING REFRESH
BY JO MCCARTHY - INTERIORS EDITOR
Springtime has arrived and whilst we busy ourselves with the perrenial 'when do you swap thick black tights for bare legs?' debate, spare a thought for your home.
Now is the time to fling the windows open and make a few tweaks to enjoy the longer evenings and bright sunny days.
Even if you are in SE19 and not St Tropez, you'll find some simple, practical ideas to get you inspired.
ADD SOME GREENERY
Plants add texture and interest to a home and London has some amazing plant shops to get you started. Forest London is an IG favourite of mine (I'd love to try one of their classes) and they sell some of the prettiest terrariums which are great for small space gardening. Also have a look at Geo Fleur which has a whole section for 'weird plants'!
I've been living in the USA and Puerto Rico over the last few years and took a few snaps of beautiful greenery I've seen on my travels. Check out my little prints at Gathering Gorgeousness at Society6
H&M are on fire this season with some homewares that verge on the right side of tropicana. I love these green vases - buy a few and display single stems of tropical leaves or English blooms
Hanging your plants is such a simple way to lift the eyes up and make a space look more open. Macrame planters are everywhere; I prefer solid textures like this gorgeous copper black stone hanging pot from (my new obsession) Trouva
You've made it this far into the post and you've realised - you just aren't green fingered. Fear not - Abigail Ahern and her amazingly convincing faux plants have you covered.
Fold away the chunky knits and layer up your home with some of these beautiful light, breezy spring textiles.
Before we talk textiles, check out Bxxlght who make fun lightboxes to literally lighten up your home. I love these chunky greetings. James Design at Not On The High Street can personalize a wooden version for you
Its impossible to change everything about your home for spring, but using linen fabrics around the home will definitely lighten the mood. This one from Etsy seller We Are Chilpa is perfect and can be used as a tablecloth or in the garden
Linen cushions will last forever if you treat them well and don't let the cat near them. These from The Conran Shop are beauties
These throws from Cissy Wears are from Ferm Living and add a more modern touch to a springy interior.
I will always be a sort of tidy-ish maximalist. With simple storage ideas you can have a relaxed, welcoming home but still be able to find your car keys in the morning and avoid stomping on your kids toys during the night. If you are ready to go really minimalist, follow Scandinavian Stylist on Instagram for daily tips on how to live beautifully with less junk.
We've all seen these images on Pinterest but in reality do open shelves like this really work? I've tried it and I love it. The secret is keeping your stuff lined up and clean. Buy a load of KORKEN jars from IKEA and use a Sharpie or blackboard style labels to organize what goes in which jar. Or get these super cool stickers from Etsy seller We Are Bread And Jam and stick to any old jar
Especially in small kitchens, arrange things that are frequently used together within a basket or crate so you can grab the whole thing and take it to the counter or table. If it looks nice, you'll use it, so invest in a basket like this copper one from Made.com
We have two of these RASKOG trolleys in our home in Puerto Rico and use them for everything: bedside tables, mobile bars when we have parties and as guest storage. Buy one - or five - today, before they are inevitably discontinued
Organise your frequently used beauty essentials onto a tray. This one from Urban Outfitters is my favourite at the mo because you can't overload it leading to yet more tidiness!
If you just need a bit of extra space, consider these amazing clamp tables from Present and Correct. The clamp part will fit almost any shelf. Maybe thats where the car keys could be kept?
What tips have helped you during the dreaded spring clean? Any lovely products we've missed?
For more interiors inspiration, follow Jo on Instagram @gatheringgorgeousness.