May began this week, officially bringing the start of Spring. I don’t know about you, but I’d quite like the weather to catch up and realise this fact! Instead of celebrating outdoors amongst the flora and fauna, why don’t we bring the May Day celebrations inside the home this year?
Historically at this time, according to ‘The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of May Day‘ by Peter Linebaugh, ”Everywhere people ‘went a-Maying’ by going into the woods and bringing back leaf, bough, and blossom to decorate their persons, homes, and loved ones with green garlands. Outside theatre was performed with characters like Jack-in-the-Green and the Queen of the May. Trees were planted. Maypoles were erected. Dances were danced. Music was played. Drinks were drunk, and love was made. Winter was over, spring had sprung.”
Mydeco is home to some great floral pieces with vintage influences, helping you bring ‘leaf, bough and blossom’ into your interiors too. One such piece is the May Vintage Tree Wall Decal – a wonderful design by Inke Heiland. Made up of 7 parts and 90 leaves and cut from vintage wallpaper, each one is supplied with comprehensive instructions, brush and adhesive. The adhesive supplied is an ecological product without any additives or solvents and is therefore nursery safe. This is a limited edition so you can really make your room unique and the decal is available in several different colours, each showing the tree at a different stage of the year (choose from March, April, May, June, and October).
If you want to bring vintage-style floral designs into your home you need look no further than Cath Kidston fabric. This beautiful lampshade is made using vintage Rambling Rose fabric. Each of Cath Kidston’s lampshades is handmade in carefully selected materials and fabric and can be made to order for a ceiling or table lamp fitting.
Bombus create unique art and furniture by upcycling ephemera. Discarded maps, long-forgotten books and antique atlases all provide the perfect starting point for a bespoke design. This framed 3D floral butterfly is made from a delicate, vintage floral illustration and being framed simply on a white background keeps this design fresh instead of twee.
Just bringing a few floral items and perhaps a couple of house plants into your home is enough to feel that Spring has permeated. This set of placemats adds a bit of vintage charm without being overwhelmingly chintzy – with each coaster featuring a different decorative floral image.
Whatever your style, a subtle floral touch can brighten any room. Bring some spring indoors – and let’s hope that the weather outdoors catches up soon!
Sophie brings a love of design, styling and interiors to her blog - always with a vintage, eclectic twist. She prides herself on finding and unveiling beautiful and unusual creations and ideas. Take a look at her blog here - hiddenblossom.com. You can follow Sophie on Twitter @ahiddenblossom. Read more posts by Sophie.