It’s time to make the most of the sunshine days and the beautiful green landscapes by adding our own summer sparkle to our homes and gardens. Here’s how…
The Power of Yellow
Bring the sunshine indoors with this season’s fabulous array of furniture in shades of yellow. Not an easy colour to use in too much quantity, but used in signature pieces really will make your room “pop”. From citrus to mustard, the mood enhancing power of yellow is undeniable. Whatever the British summer brings, you will always feel uplifted with yellow in your life, and I particularly love this striking velvet Lola armchair from Atkin and Thyme. If you are unsure of what other colours and textures should sit with this dominant colour, I advise pale or charcoal greys, navy or white for walls, natural light to medium wood for floors and furniture and navy, blush or soft purples to accessorise.
Bling up your outdoors
Take the inside out and bling up your garden room and outdoor space with accessories normally associated with plush, sparkly interiors. Create a beautiful contrast with opulent chandeliers hanging from rustic tree branches, textured cushions on natural wood furniture, lush green plants in shiny metallic pots and beautifully patterned rugs on distressed flooring or straight on to the grass when the sun is shining. Beautifully draped sumptuous throws will complete the look and will be gorgeous to snuggle under when the sun goes down.
The botanical theme is still inspiring interior trends this summer and I love the huge variety of beautiful accessories across the market with ideas to complement all interior styles. A couple of my favourites are these antique silver pineapple ornaments and storage pots from Lene Bjerre – they are not only shiny and fun but trendy and tasteful to boot! Also these Nkuku rust finish zinc hanging baskets, designed for outdoors that would be beautiful indoors too, bringing some of your summer garden into your home.
Drinks on display
Last year we saw the revival of the drinks trolley and that trend continues throughout 2017, with many designers producing contemporary twists on this classic interiors accessory. If the drinks trolley is just that little bit too retro for your taste then just think “drinks on display” and find your own way to proudly show off your beautiful glass ware, wine buckets and ever evolving new designs of spirit bottle. Coloured and cut glasses displayed on a tray in your garden this summer will reflect the sun and add sparkle to your alfresco entertaining, or when the sun has gone to bed, display on lit shelves for an enticing effect.
I always talk about how just changing cushions can transform a space, not only do they liven up your furniture but allow you to enjoy and indulge in current trends without having to break the bank. These Oliver Bonas cushions will brighten up any furniture, both indoors and out. The beautiful summer fresh tones of sage, blush and copper are the height of fashion and the metallic splashes and summery soft textures create a feel of pure luxury and indulgence.
Of course the most popular and most effective ways to add shine and sparkle to any space is with the subtle soft glimmer of candlelight. No matter how many hundreds of votives I have bought over the years for both the hotel and home, I still get ridiculously excited when I find a new design I love. My current purchase for Yorebridge House are these Garden Trading Cornbury votives, named after the Cornbury festival due to its chic wilderness and stylish glamping. This vintage votive comes in clear and blue, and the ribbed glass creates a stunning glow across whichever surface it is placed. My other indulgence has been in these Nkuku garden lanterns which can be placed directly in the ground or into planters. They are a perfectly pretty way to light paths and gardens, to take camping and on picnics, and to add warmth and shine on our long summer evenings. My favourite is the chic and elegant Jasmine lantern, inspired by an old fashioned champagne glass.