Come into Bloom
One of the things that I love about John Lewis Home (and there are many, believe me) is the curated collection of products that are introduced every so often: The Home Edits. I've covered these before, here and here. There is always a story behind them and this month's Edit is no different, drawing inspiration from the Leckford Estate in Hampshire (also known as the 'Waitrose Farm').
Leckford Estate was purchased by John Spedan Lewis in 1929 and remained his home throughout his life. Located near Stockbridge in Hampshire, the Estate occupies approximately 4,000 acres and is home to one of the finest water gardens in the world (Longstock Park Water Gardens)
The breathtaking colours of the flowers in the gardens - when in full bloom - have been interpreted in John Lewis' latest collection for Home, with vivid fuchsias, magentas and pinks setting the tone for Spring 2017. It is like a watercolour painting has come to life.
My country cottage
Not one to miss out an opportunity to try new John Lewis products in my home, I ordered online and had them delivered within two days at my nearest Waitrose store. I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep the new products in my bedroom or the guest bedroom but would love to hear your thoughts.
I even toyed with the idea of bringing this beautiful oil painting from the living room and having it permanently in the guest bedroom. This is painted by a relative and is a painting I love, depicting wild roses from a climbing rose bush.
A lick of paint and the previously vivid blue side table was transformed for Spring 2017 with bright white chalk paint. The metal frame of this bed is the perfect backdrop for the Longstock duvet cover set (£55-85). She how I used 'broderie anglaise' pillow cases for my second set of pillows, to keep with the country cottage theme. This is the John Lewis brass rabbit candle holder (£20) which is a very generous size.
Purple tulips are used in a small vintage German vase. You can download watercolour paintings and frame them or hang them asymmetrically on the wall. The drawer knobs are from Anthropologie.
This is the Penelope task lamp with a typical 40s style (metal, arch frame). It comes in slate and teal as well as 'quince' which is a yellowy colour that would work great against a grey wall like this (painted in Farrow and Ball's Moles Breath).
One of the key pieces is the boucle cushion in 'dahlia' which is now one of my favourite cushions. Because it combines many different colours it could work with pinks as well as blues. Although subtle, there is a hint of light blue in there too - very similar to Farrow & Ball's St Giles Blue. Try the 'eucalyptus' colour if you fancy green more. The texture is lovely.
Here I have paired it with the Design Project by John Lewis No.033 Cushion in 'Plaster'. If you are not familiar with the Design Project collection (which launched in September 2016), you can read more about it here.
The second look was in the master bedroom. Here the rose horizontal scalloped headboard of the bed (DFS) and the metallic surfaces (side lamps, bedside table) complement the pinks in the duvet set and the cushions while my little rabbit candle holder is at home next to the quirky bird feet of the bedside table.
The green/blue of 'Dix Blue' on the wall (Farrow & Ball) works with the similar colour on the duvet while deep purples are paired with the Christy Bedspread.
Shop the Edit
Shop my favourite products using the links in the post or go to the 'Inspired by Spring' Edit here.
This is a sponsored post; all opinions my own.