Ah, spring. Never have we had a stronger craving for the Mother Nature metaphor of new beginnings.
Still emotionally thawing out after a truly dismal, dark and dreary winter, we are finally presented with the promise of longer and lighter days; the smell of freshly cut lawns and butterflies fluttering from the blossom that tickles the branches of trees which have been bare for months. It’s enough to make you throw out a picnic rug and want to run through sun dappled fields, isn’t it?
Except that life is not a butter commercial. Especially for those of us for who springtime is served with a side of pulverised sinuses, watering eyes, runny noses and a fear of the outside world as it morphs into a pollen-laced torture chamber.
Unless you are willing to stuff your pockets with tissues and track the daily pollen count with a smart phone app, debilitating sinuses can derail your lifestyle with your allergy flare up can render you homebound.
Luckily, this seasons’ homewares trends are making it easier than ever to bring a sense of springtime into your homes- and it’s not limited to the oh-so-predictable floral prints.
From natural, tactile fibres such as linen, raffia and cork to a Mother Nature-inspired colour palette of bark, cotton and straw as well as hay fever free floral arrangements; it’s springtime without the sneezes, or the swooping maggies.
Think dried flowers are only good for potpourri or outdated ‘70s-inspired arrangements? Think again. One of the year’s biggest floristry trend has dried flowers dusting off their dehydrated, retro reputation to revive the romance of forever-flowers. Helping the growing trend along (pun intended, and relished) are Melbourne company Everbloome. Their preserved posies are picked, plucked and sorted individually before they are deliberately discoloured and recoloured in pretty pastel shades and freeze-dried in their beautiful flower bar. From dried grasses to botanical blooms, these arrangements are affordable and sustainable options to brighten any home.
Like Spring itself, there’s a certain sense of hope and a reward for patience in rainbows. Small business Trudy Jane have woven up a neat little side hustle with their custom creations. Hand twisted from wool and rope, the tonal wall hangings are the perfect addition to nurseries and kids bedrooms.
This Brissie-based ceramics brand was built on a love of pink, flowers and a desire to bring beauty and joy to the everyday. From unique vases for flower lovers, trinket plates for jewellery collectors, pots for plant parents and kitchenware for foodies, every item is hand moulded and glazed by owner/creator, Cas Thompson.
Founded by Aboriginal mother and daughter, Lauren Jarrett and Melissa Greenwood in 2018, this Indigenous Australian art business has won fans all over world for their contemporary paintings and hand-woven baskets. A celebration of rich cultural history and our connection to Mother Earth, Miimi & Jiinda creations are distinctive for their bright colours and bold texture, telling visual stories that reflect the artists unique perspective and experience as Aboriginal women and the beautiful Gumbaynggirr country upon which they live.
Pop those chunky wool throws and plush velvet cushions in the cupboard with spring heralding in a new season of tactile fabrics. To create a relaxed, resort like vibe, it’s hard to top naturally woven, washed linens. These blush pink, 100% washed European linen floor cushion covers are the perfect solution to extra seating or adding texture and layers to any room. With that scrumptiously crumpled look that only comes from pure linen, these cushions can complete a classic, boho or Hamptons look with a simple scatter.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Anna Byrne grew up in Bendigo in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne where she enjoyed a decade-long career as a columnist for the Herald Sun, becoming one of Australia’s most recognised lifestyle voices. Renowned for her insightful and humorous musings on the world of fashion and beyond, her take on style is both witty and refreshingly non-elitist. Anna loves musicals, McLaren Vale Chardonnay, the Melbourne footy club and can quote Muriel’s Wedding, verbatim. A passionate campaigner for small business, Anna is excited to join Buy Aussie Now as a freelance contributor.