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The spiralling popularity of succulents in the interiors and fashion world seems in part down to their sculptural appeal and in part down to the fact that they are hard to kill even for the blackest of thumbs.

Nevertheless without finger pointing [you know who you are] I can attest to the fact that there are some ‘charred thumbs’ out there that can do a lot of damage to even the toughest of plants! For those hapless customers I was excited to discover a new trend for extremely lifelike faux succulents that will always look perfect and are risk free!

Online home decor brand Nordic House‘s faux flower collection includes large succulent rosettes that can feature as striking table decorations or still life displays around your home.

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Berkshire based Beaux Faux gives new life to vintage books using them as planters for whimsical displays of artificial succulents. These would make such a beautiful gift!

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And Etsy has a plethora of succulent designs from felt succulents by Ordinary Mommy  and Miasole to artificial components to create your own elaborate and maintenance free displays.

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I have to admit I unashamedly stole this post’s inspiration from my friends at The Women’s Room Blog because I just love a party decor web-shop.

The Americans do party decor really well, with design doyennes like Martha Stewart and Grace Bonney making crafting and entertaining a national institution. Across the pond, the online landscape is filled with inspiring offers from the likes of BHLDN, department stores like Target and not to mention Etsy’s covetable craft shops.

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The UK on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired with creative shoppers left to cobble together their decorations from uninspiring resources like Ebay and Amazon.

Enter Pea Green Boat a beautifully executed online store founded by friends Tessa and Zoe based in North London.

Drawing on their backgrounds in interior design and film production, their decor collections are fresh, modern and on-trend. Divided into inspiring sections like Decorate, Lay The Table, Gifts, Accessories, Vintage and by curated Theme, covetable products like bunting, cake toppers, giant balloons and table decor are sourced from all over the world and where possible, made in the UK.

Now all I need is an excuse for a party…

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As much as I love the buzz of a luxury splurge, who can say they don’t prefer the thrill of a bargain? Over the past few years we have been spoiled by national supermarkets launching their own homeware collections which have made food shopping for people like me a feverish pleasure.

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With a new Head of Design and beautifully themed collections, affordable. My picks from the collection all come under £50 and honestly I could not tell the difference in quality between these products and a more high end brand – the ceramic glazes appear handcrafted, textiles are beautifully tactile and glassware thick and luxurious. I cannot wait to ‘splurge’ on more in the collection.

Above: Dip Dye Utensil Holder £6, Stoneware Fish Platter and bowl £7.50 each. Below: Tie Dye Cushions £10 each, Hurricane Glass Lanterns £10 and £12.

If you can’t wait till your next food shop, take a look at the catalogue online here

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…it would be rocking these ridiculously beautiful accessories – in fact I have a mind to just get them for myself… or for my baby…!

Adding to its pet product collection DOnG at Milan Design Week this week, Japanese accessories brand Sfera is launching new products designed for dogs and those who admire them. In the collection are exquisite copper and brass dry food caddies, handcrafted walnut wood brushes and dog toys, woven dog beds and brass trimmed dog beds, handmade dog bowls and kidskin and calfskin collars in stylish hues.

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What is it about Spring and its charged tendrils which permeate sneakily under thresholds and curl through the cracks in windows to make us feel restless and impatient for the new. Is it a natural instinct of re-birth and renewal that resounds in our bones like in animals and plants?

A literal sweeping of cobwebs, I am all about the Spring update. It is the bane of my husband’s life that there is a constant flux of homeware products in our household – I am forever buying new glassware and tableware [luckily for me he breaks a lot of it] and if something hangs around for more than two years and is looking a bit knackered [cheap bedside tables i'm looking at you] out it goes.

I believe it’s not my fault and re-invention is in my blood. Every Spring since I was a child my grandmother in Calcutta has re-painted her entire home, re-upholstered her furniture and updated her soft furnishings including curtains for a new season – now that’s my kind of lady!

So in homage to a new season, here are five of my Spring essentials that will go a long way to make your home feel refreshed even if you can’t afford an entire image re-haul.

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I have had my eye on Ferm Living’s mid-century style Plant Stands since their launch this Winter. I’ve always had an issue with plant pots cluttering up window sills, especially since we have a lot of blinds and this very retro and elegant way of displaying plants seems the perfect solution. The Plant Stands come in two heights priced from 30 Euros. The Brass Hexagon Pots are sold separately and priced from 36 Euros.

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Tableware is my Achilles’ heel and frankly I don’t have enough of it to my liking. The Eve collection at Toast is constantly evolving in seasonal hues and although pricey at £28 for a Dinner Plate, these large plates look great as serving dishes. With a juicy matt pink top glaze and partially glazed underside it’s just the right amount of pretty to brighten up a buffet table at a gathering.

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As much as I like things, the frequent rotation of items [by this I mean the inexpensive fun stuff, textiles, crockery and decor] at home means we never feel cluttered – because we live in a flat, I work really hard to make sure that we do not have more of what we can use. Bedding is one of those things – I buy one set of bedding that I really love and wash, dry immediately and use it to death. Bedding, thrifty and fun from Ikea or a splurge from John Lewis is the perfect Spring rejuvenator. Nothing better than sliding into clean new sheets. On my wishlist is this beautiful Metallic Stripe and Dots Set from £22 at Pottery Barn Teen [who ship to the UK]. Part of a collection inspired by whimsical vintage Americana by US stylists Emily Current & Meritt Elliot I love the simple graphic layering of the ever popular dots and stripes in a subtle metallic finish.

 

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I usually have very pared back taste but often an update deserves something crazy to add to the mix. I love a new water pitcher for the warm months, it just makes my day seeing something pretty and eccentric dotted in the middle of a sophisticated spread. This pretty and playful Leaf Jug is 29.99 at Zara Home made of luminous green glass with raised leaf details it makes me want to clap my hands in glee! I must have it! Great value as usual at Zara Home for such an original piece.

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Finally, there is a strong division of camps that think wind-chimes are either super beautiful or super creepy. I am of the opinion that they evoke memories of lazy summer days in English gardens with a tinkling sound carried down through the thick summer air from a neighbouring garden – or beachside bars on exotic holidays as the sun sets and the evening air passes through the trees - essentially all things good. Anthropologie have an array of beautiful chimes in store this season from stoneware and jute Teaflower Chimes priced from £18, to exotic Manali Charm Bells from £14 in varying metal shapes.

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