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As the sun starts to shine again it’s about this time of year I always get the urge for a bit of a rejuvenating splurge. After all, Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal and it’s the little luxuries in life that make it worthwhile!
Unlike some who choose to celebrate the season with an old fashioned Spring clean, I prefer to splash out on a few stylish new touches to add some flair and fresh colour to my home. A great believer in design by accessory, and being as artistic as a plank of wood, I also love nothing more than an independent artist who is able to create something truly special and unique, that visiting friends will covet and caw over.
In London we’re blessed with many of these creative types, none more so than the zeitgeist-defining designer Kristjana Williams, whose artwork is no longer confined to pictures as she also creates wallpaper, cushions, ornamental globes, pouffes and even armchairs. With her designs commissioned for, among others, last year’s Rio Olympics, Fortnum & Mason & Penhaligons and four key pieces hanging proudly in The Shard, her nature-inspired pictures with vibrantly coloured details guarantee that no owner will ever get bored, nor visitor fail to be impressed. My favourite ‘Wild Blue World’ and ‘The Knowledge’ cushions start at just £125 each.
If Spring light is what you’re craving, London artist Rosalind Freeborn’s new Papershades has harnessed that power to bring out her inaugural collection of spring floral lampshades – which incidentally are a snip a just £20 each, handily come flatpack by mail order and are remarkably easy to assemble, even for Ikea-phobes such as myself.
Forget satin and silk sheets – it’s so 80s – for a touch of modern luxury take a look at Lula Green’s sustainably sourced and handwoven organic linen in 500 or 600 thread count. Founded just a year ago by a former City worker, Lula Green‘s handmade sheets and duvet covers are created in a family-run Italian mill and are as soft as a cloud on tired skin. Being bespoke, they can be designed to complement or match your bedroom’s colour scheme and can be embroidered with insignia or monogrammed as per your wishes. Prices start at £84 for pillow cases, £696 for duvet covers.
And finally, to complete this whirlwind interior accessories tour, I love nothing more than a rug. Not the Trump kind but the floor varietal and Sonya Winner’s multi award-winning London design studio nails it for fresh Spring luxury. With brilliantly vibrant, highly original, statement designs, they provide a unique focal point for homes utilising shapes and geometric patterns with colour manipulation to create real impact for any room, from bijou hallways to expansive, open plan living and entertaining spaces. Particular favourites are her new season Colourwheel and Jewel rugs which start at just £960.
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