I always feel that as the Christmas decorations come down, a home can look a little sorry for itself. However, there are lots of ways to inject a little New Year optimism and to start to look forward to the spring. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!
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Replace your Yuletide floral decorations with some hyacinth bulbs which come in lots of different colours, although pink, blue and white are the most common. Match your colour to your room scheme and as they flower, their familiar smell will fill your home.
Candles are great in your home all year round and give a lovely light at this time of year. You can get just about every scent your heart could desire but I love the idea of this Lemon Drizzle Cake candle from Cox and Cox – although it could be fatal for those New Year diet resolutions!
With the weather still on the parky side, make sure your stock of logs is going to make it through to Spring. I love this log basket from Graham and Green which will enhance a fireplace and keeps your winter fuel immediately to hand.
It’s never too early to get your nesting box ready to give our garden birds a safe place to procreate in the spring and this handsome trio from Sophie Conran gives you a nesting box, a feeding table and an insect hotel – fantastic!
When you get the urge to spring clean, there are some lovely products on the market to make the task less painful and more productive. This great feather duster from Baileys Home and Garden not only works well but has a touch of humour about it too.
New storage is always welcome at any time of year, but if you are thinking of a bit of a sort out before the spring cleaning commences, these lovely zinc storage units are stylish and function. Available from the Holding Company in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Cox and Cox Three hyacinth vases £18.50
Cox and Cox Lemon Drizzle Cake Candle £20
Graham and Green White log basket £95
Burgon and Ball Sophie Conran Wildlife Havens £14.95
Baileys Home and Garden Ostrich feather duster £19.50
The Holding Company Zinc cabinet with drawer £239