Bring the wildlife indoors

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Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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It’s been a long, cold, winter but spring is on the way. Here’s how to welcome in some of nature’s smallest critters:

Inspired by spring blossoms, designers have opened the back door to find garden life is a rich source when it comes to brightening the home.

With an endless variety of decorative details on offer – botanical prints, birds, bees, butterflies and bugs – there’s no better time to start accessorising the home with the first signs of spring.

“Nature in all its forms is always popular in interiors – they are universal symbols – everyone loves the butterfly for its incredible fragility and beauty,” says Liam Butler, brand director for luxury lifestyle store Achica.

“This spring, the butterfly will be adorning cushions, rugs and other fabrics for the home, combining pattern with the finest texture.”

According to ceramicist Hannah Turner, who features fairytale toadstools among her tableware collection, garden-inspired green and copper tones are bang on trend for 2015.

“Leaf, floral and insect prints are making an appearance on everything from ceramics to sofas,” she says.

“Nature gives us the best in terms of colour and pattern in birds, bugs and bees. I need to look no further than the natural world for my spring trend theme.”

If you want to refresh a room but your existing scheme is neutral or monochrome, plenty of designers have pencilled black insects onto a white background, to make it easy to include the bug trend, without going crazy with colour.

Sharon Jervis, founder of bee-friendly homewares company Beefayre, says she’s not surprised by the popularity of bee motifs in interiors.

“During recent years, when money has been tight, people have spent much more time at home and become more aware of their home and garden environments,” she says.

“Bee and bug interior designs say… ‘I am aware and I care’! Brits and bees go together like scones and strawberry jam.”

GET THE NATURAL HISTORY LOOK

:: Pot Mitt, £3, Tea Cosy, £5, Double Glove, £5.50, Gauntlet, £5, Cotton Apron, £7, all from the Ulster Weavers Butterfly Collection, Achica (www.achica.com) – available from March 13

:: Papilio 120344 botanically-drawn butterflies, arranged like a collector’s specimen box, £56 per metre, Amazilia Collection, Harlequin (www.harlequin.uk.com)

:: Linden Blossom Large Scented Candle, £16.50, Reed Diffuser, £14, Scented Tea Lights, £7.50, Scented Votive, £8, all Bee Garden Collection, Beefayre (www.beefayre.com)

:: Toadstool Mug, £13.99, Toadstool Creamer Jug, £15.99, both from the Toadstool Collection, Hannah Turner Ceramics (www.hannahturner.co.uk)

:: Birdsong fabric from Chivasso Living by JAB Anstoetz, £74.90 per square metre, JAB (www.jab-uk.co.uk)

:: Large Butterfly Double Sided Frame, £49, Joanna Wood (www.joannawood.co.uk)

:: Set of Six Butterfly Coasters, £11.50, Joanna Wood (www.joannawood.co.uk)

:: Lewis Children’s Prints Ladybird: 50cm x 50cm, £50, Neptune (www.neptune.com)

:: Memo Block, £14, A5 Box file, £20, Letter Tray, £24, A4 Box file, £30, Waste Paper Bin, £60, all from the Farfalla Desk Accessories Collection, Nina Campbell (www.shop.ninacampbell.com)

:: Day Birger et Mikkelsen Ceramic Wasp Vase, £46, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)

:: Day Birger et Mikkelsen Egg-Shaped Moth Votive, £21, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)

:: Birdy Tall Tins, £14.50, White Stuff (www.whitestuff.com)

:: Ted Baker Bug Enamel Espresso Set £25, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)

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Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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