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Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Nature is springing back to life and animals are coming out of hibernation. Flora and fauna; birds, bugs and butterflies; are offering the perfect backdrop and colour schemes for fabrics, accessories and furniture. 

 

Browsing around the latest collections, I hope that some of my top picks will give enough inspiration for your new spring interiors.

 

 

 

DON`T MISS

 

This new `Kid on the Blog’ is an absolute must see for anyone who loves and needs artwork for their interior or is looking for a very special and unique present.

I had a sneak-preview and the pieces I saw were absolutely lovely and very original.

Here are details of date and venue, so do take a look!

 

Spring 14: Traci Invitation Pic Canton People 21 

 

Please Join Us at Our Inaugural Open House

 

May 14 (0900-2100), 15, 16 (0900-1800)

& 17 (1000-1600)  

Route de Coppet 26A, Commugny

 

 Spring 14 4: Traci -2147441441

Welcome to Crossroad Collection, a new small business in the Geneva area. We specialise in ‘one of a kind’ Swiss-related art.  We have scoured marches’aux puces, brocantes, old barns, and homes around Europe and have given our treasures new life. We are excited to share our wonderful finds with you.

In addition, we offer personalised ink-washed portraits of memorable venues - your home or chalet, a neighbourhood café, a favorite landmark etc. (from a photo you provide).

We invite you to come and discover more about us and our products.

Traci & Lauren

 

 

 

 .......AND MORE NEXT DOOR

 

 Spring 14: Summer Sale 2014 2

While you are browsing through Traci`s and Lauren`s lovely collection, don`t miss  the opportunity to be the first to source that perfect seasonal outfit next door at Mac & Fred`s latest summer collection. Mac and Fred are offering a good mix of everyday wear and outfits for special occasions plus a lovely selection of accessories. 

 

 

 

TOP PICKS FOR SOME COLOURFUL AND FUN SPRING INSPIRED FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES

 

 

 

Spring 14 2: Tom Dixon IMG_1365_h

For a fresh and contemporary look, Tom Dixon has a lot of really stylish lighting products on offer, EUR 500, 630 and 430, www.tomdixon.com (dealers across Europe)

 

 

Spring 14: Retro cushions-2315508

Lovely retro design by Jonathan Adler, which looks good throughout the seasons, Bargello Multi Weave Cushion, £135, www.amara.com 

 

Spring 14 1: bell_table_grey_copper_2013

Love the simple but elegant design with an interesting copper and glass mix, www.sebastianherkner.com 

 Spring 14: Multi Colour Chandelier andromedaglassshades_1600x21821 

This mid century inspired ceiling light with mixed colour glass shades is the icing on the cake for any retro room scheme, www.heathfield.co.uk (orders via www.browellinteriors.com)

  

 

Spring 14: Butterfly table e31ace2a15a7c70645ad83df9ecd43b0_L 

If you just can`t get enough of butterflies, you can admire them all year round in your own four walls,  www.joyderohanchabot.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: Multi colour tables 70_mgimage-1normal 

This family of tables, part of the Constance Guisset Ankara Collection, offer a wonderful assortment of colours and shapes which are juggling for position, www.constanceguisset.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: Moissonnier Bird Bench 3 143BIS C       

If you are looking for one statement piece to inject that spring element into your interior, the French high-end furniture company Moissonnier, has come up with a bright idea and created this unique pink bench backed up by a feast of colourful birds, EUR 5.300, orders via www.browell@bluewin.ch 

 

Spring 14: Tree stem console primitive_console 

Bring the wild side of nature into your living room with this quite unique console table. It is part of the Ginger & Jagger`s Earth to Earth collection, transforming the aesthetics of nature with unique design ideas, www.archiproducts.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: Moissonnier 556 CHINOISERIE FOND CLAIR 

This beautiful Chinoiserie chest is a perfect example, that Moissonnier have their uniquely decorated pieces of furniture down to a fine art. For orders please contact me on [email protected]

 

  

 

Spring 14: Glass Lamp 3 anyapeacock_1600x21823Spring 14: Glass Lamp 2 anyaolive_1600x21823 

One of Heathfield`s finest and a very classy way to add some colour to a neutral interior, £778, www.heathfield.co.uk  (for orders in Switzerland please contact me on [email protected])

 

 

 

Spring 14: Mult col cups LWR119MLT-0_01           Spring 14 1: Mugs LWR120PRD-0_L

This set of colourful Esme espresso cups, will inject some fun into tea time, EUR 19 for a set of 4, www.okadirect.com

 

 

Spring 14 2: Wall Chart wpx9000-lr-ls

This Butterfly Wall Chart is not just educational but also very decorative, 117cm x 92cm, £140, www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring 14: Geometric Design Chest _JMP5696-1 

Show your guests that you have a good eye for cool design and colours with this very stylish geometric sideboard, £1.850, www.sophieandgeorgie.com

 

 

Spring 14 2: Butterfly Shelf kda5433-lr-ls-1

Every little gir`s dream to have a pretty butterfly on the wall, H 85cm - W114cm - D14,5cm, £240, www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

 

 

Spring 14 2: Floor Cushion cwt6987-lr-ls

These super comfortable looking orange/blue floor cushions are are a very stylish solution for additional seating, £114, www.grahemandgreen.co.uk 

 

 

Spring 14 1: Tripod Tables 64c489fb09e420942846b834bcd341fd

These Tripod Tables by Matthew Williams add a cool element to any retro interior, www.mathewmatthewmatthew.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: Moorish cushions-2333797 

Add a touch of seasonal colour to your sofas with this pretty cushion by Jasmine Way, £43, www.furnish.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring 14: Aubergine Table 575ec4a43b7da2266d056364ef442d1c 

For a statement retro design, my pick would be this `Artichoke` table by David Rasmussen Design, www.drdcastomfurniture.com

 

 

Spring 14: Green Sofa 01A1 

If you can`t do without stylish green colour blocking, this retro Tradition Mayor Sofa will not disappoint, £4,299, www.occa-home.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring 14 2: green-candle-holder-27262-p[ekm]335x502[ekm]

If you are looking for just one colourful accessory this decorative colourful candle holders would certainly be one of my prime choices, £29, www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk 

 

 

 

Spring 14 2: Mirror aho2198-lr-ls

The Honeycomb Mirror features 19 mirrors with antiqued gold gilding, 60cm s 110cm, £195, www.grahemandgreen.co.uk 

 

 

 

Spring 14 1: boxing-hares-fabric-slide-01

This `Boxing Hairs`fabric is printed on natural undyed linen using traditional printing techniques, £48 per meter, www.barnebygates.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: Painted Chest _JMP5640-1 

A very special piece of furniture for those, who like a touch of romantic, Tree Scape Side Board, £2,750, www.sophieandgeorgie.com

  

 

 

      Spring 14: Bird Wallpaper DVOY213400_zoom          Spring 14: Bird Wallpaper 2 Picture-Gallery-WP-Multi-Main-Portrait

This is one way, to bring the outdoors indoors and not lose sight of your favorite birds, bugs and butterflies. This pretty wallpaper (part of Sanderson`s Voyage of Discovery wallpaper collection) would be perfect on a feature wall, www.sanderson.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: Green side table olivia_table_lowres_1 

For a touch of spring, this pretty table is a lovely choice, showing off a lovely green which works with a lot of other colours, Olivia Occasional Table, £195, www.alisonathome.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring 14 2: Chair Pink ndx4675-lr-ls    Spring 14 2: Chair beige nlw9236-lr-lsSpring 14 2: Chair yellow nwy1792-lr-ls

For a trendy look, these deconstructed Hoxton Armchairs would be a perfect choice, £575, www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

 

Spring 14: DG Candle 2leopold-scented-candle 

You just need a couple of these candles to add a touch of seasonal colour to your living room, www.designersguild.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: Moissonnier Yellow Chest 672 MOSAIQUE 

This stylish chest will add a wonderfully fresh element to your room, introducing a bright sparkle, even on a gloomy day, Moissonnier, enquiries and orders via [email protected]

 

 

 

Spring 14: hive_vases_img35j 

These hive vases look rather fun as a set on a console table or sideboard. They are ideal to jazz up any neutral interior, £24-£34, www.westelm.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring 14: Floral side table 2 Trend-EDC-04-14-30-xln-lgn   Spring 14: Floral side tables moroso_mk7-204-ukiyo-xxx-300_big 

With bold graphic florals springing up everywhere, these fun Ukiyo Tables by Tomita Kazuhiko add vivid colour to the design landscape, from EUR 306, www.einrichten-design.de

 

 

 

Spring 14: Ceramic Lamp 1 woodstock_azure_1600x21821Spring 14: Ceramic Lamp 3 woodstocktangerine-1Spring 14: Ceramic Lamp 2 woodstocklime_1600x21821 

The Woodstock table lamp comes in bold spring colours, £294,  www.heathfield.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring 14 1: An-Apple-Green-Lacquer-and-Polished-Steel-Light-Box-1970s-8779

 

This Apple Green Lacquer and Polished Steel Light Box adds a wonderfully fresh element to the new seasons room scheme, www.talismanlondon.com  

Spring 14: ming-candle-221255876 

The Ming Candle Collection is as chic as it is modern with its dynamic geometric pattern, $19.95, www.zgallerie.com (ship to Europe)

 

Spring 14 3: Chandelier villaverde-House-14Apr14-pr_b_426x639

Inspired by nature, the Foliage Chandelier would look perfect in an entrance hall, £2295, www.villaverde.com 

 

 

 

 Spring 14: Leaf Dining Table amazing-leaf-table

For that leafy dinner party atmosphere, with this unusual dining table, you will not fail to entertain your guests on, www.johnmakepeacefurniture.com

 

 

Spring 14: orla-kiely-scribble-stem-tool-box-1-    Spring 14: orla-kiely-3-herbs-pots-with-tray-1-

For a fun vintage look I would go for these Orla Kiely Herb Pots and the Scrobble Stem Tool Box, £44,95 and £39,95, www.amara.com

 

 

Spring 14 2: Beige Chest min9048-lr-ls

The Julian Chest of Draws is finished in natural linen with a glass top. A lovely statement piece for a bedroom, H 87cm  - W 104,5cm - D 46,5cm, £1095, www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

Spring 14 3: Mirror2_EL_22aug12_pr_b_426x639

This decorative gold leaf mirror with cranes and exotic foliage works with classic and more contemporary furniture,  Gaulden Mirror, £135,  www.thechandelierandmirrorcompany.co.uk

 

 

Spring 14: fornasetti-scented-room-spray-flora- 

Not just a touch of `hippie` but also hip is the Fornasetti Scented Room Spray Flora. This, as well as all his other designs, never fails to stand out, £85, www.amara.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: dressedupfurniture-3 

These dressed-up tables can be opened and closed by using buttons and magnets for special effects, www.kam-kam.org

 

 

Spring 14: pols-potten-bubbles-bottles-set-of-f

The Pols Potten Bubbles & Bottles Set of four glass bottles provides a lovely display of colours and stylish storing, £206, www.amara.com 

 

 

 

Spring 14: Tree Sofa borghese- structure noire 570     Spring 14: Tree Sofa Grey borghese compo escalier

 

Borghese is a light sofa inspired by the pine trees of the Villa Borghese in Rome, creating a very comfortable landscape. If green is all a bit too much, there is always a grey colourway available, (H: 85cm, L: 188cm, D: 83cm), www.lachance.fr

 

  

 

Spring 14: Throw produkt_bild_02_280x350 

This is the one plaid, which clearly stands out and works well with contemporary and classic interiors, EUR 804 (1,30 x 1,80) www.creationbaumann.com

  

Spring 14: branch-wall-sconce-140948878 

Bring the outdoors indoors with this very authentic-looking silver Branch Wall Sconce, £129,95,  www.zgallerie.com (ship to Europe)

 

 

 

Spring 14 1: B/W stripe Rose Chair 563a5f213f3dc053977d74fa135a950b

 

The Rosa Chair by Studio KMJ (Zurich) is a fabulous design and a real statement piece. It features acoustic absorbing foam and fabric, www.kurtmerkijr.com

 

 

Spring 14 2: Placemat Spoon avenida-home-spoons-placemat-luna-jp

Perfect for a relaxed kitchen dinner! Spoons Placemat by Avenida Home, £12, www.amara.com 

 

  

Spring 14: Retro Console 1 Coleman1     Spring 14: Retro Console 2 Coleman4 

For a light and airy look, I absolutely adore this console table by Guiseppe Scapinelli 

 

 

 

Spring 14 2: Lamp chy3610-lr-ls

This Durry Wire Lamp is made of woven durry rugs making each lamp quite uniqe, H 47,5cm - W 27cm - D 27cm, £95, www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring 14: A-Set-of-Sixteen-Ebonised-Swedish-Empire-Dining-Chairs-circa-182 

This set of ebonised Swedish Empire dining chairs (ca 1820) are a really stylish way to break up an all black colour scheme.  They will not sit around for too long as there is only this one set on offer, www.talismanlondon.com

 

 

Spring 14 1: midc_desk_black_3q_j

 

A desk that`s no wallflower, Mid-Century Desk, £499, westelm.co.uk 

 

 Spring 14: branch bookshelf

This great branch bookshelf by Sebastian Errazariz called Methamorphosis 2011, is made of carved and stained plywood, www.christinagrajalesinc.com 

  

 

Spring 14: chests-of-drawers-2214764 

An interesting design and more contemporary alternative to the traditional bone inlay chest of drawers which are currently popular, £2.825, Rocorama at www.furnish.co.uk

 

 

Spring 14: Black/Yellow painted chair IMG_0453 

At the annual Coppet flower show, I came across this lovely artist who specialises in furniture painting. This is just one of her very unusual models and she has much more to offer, CHF 190, Lois-Jeanne Amar, www.lesitedelois.ch

 

 

Spring 14: White Mug 2 09855azz-i-mug-copy-jpgSpring 14: White Mug 1 09855ara-i-mug-copy-jpgSpring 14: White Mug 4 09855ver-i-mug-copy-jpgSpring 14: White Mug 3 09855gia-i-mug-copy-jpg 

Start your morning drinking from these refreshing mugs, which should get you into the right frame of mind for the rest of the day, £17, www.amara.com

 

 

 

Spring 14: B/coral stool il_570xN.441878578_2ayj 

Give your bedroom a lift and add this king-sized ottoman bench to the end of you bed, CHF 535,82, www.etsy.com

 

 

Spring 14 2: jonathan-adler-rococo-accent-table-rSpring 14 2: jonathan-adler-rococo-accent-table-aSpring 14 2: jonathan-adler-rococo-accent-table-c

For a splash of colour these Jonathan Adler Rococo Accent Tables create a fun display. The tables are upholstered in hand-dyed cotton linen with a glass top, £395, www.amara.com

 

 

 

UPCYCLED FURNITURE AND A TOUCH OF DYI

Upcycling is more popular than ever. I found some lovely examples of how to give your old or unloved pieces of furniture a new lease of life. 

 

Spring 14: Painted chest Recently Updated11

Bring an old vintage chest back to life. If you rather get someone else to do it,  take a look at www.sophieandgeorgie.com 

 

Spring 14 2: Retro Sideboard lucy4

Lucy Turner has ideas for upcycling furniture down to a fine art, Nathan Sideboard, via midcentury magazine

 

 

 

Spring 14: Grey bird chest il_570xN.562463522_k11j

Vintage desk/dresser with drawers and secret compartments, bornyhocks, www.etsy.com 

 

 

Spring 14: chalkboard-headboard1

All you need is a wooden bed head cut out, white paint and chalk paint.  You can also use the chalk paint directly on the wall and paint a nice bed head silhouette. A fun and stylish way to get the kids to start writing, Maireen Toribio from HGTV.com, via decoist.com 

 

 

Spring 14: Cabinet with bird wallpaper 3591bee1b5f5ba3ccb766786c42f066d

A lovely way to spruce up any cabinet. Create a feature by covering the inside walls with decorative wallpaper, media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com 

 

 

 

ROOM INSPIRATIONS FOR SPRING AND BEYOND

 

 

Spring 14 Room: hbx-gold-and-white-striped-daybed-0912-Dhong-06-lgn

Via House Beautiful / Lisa Romerein 

 

 

Spring 14: Chinoserie Room 1687ac4e901d09e34bffb640b844fec6

Via House and Garden 

 

 

Spring 14 3: Room beige éSimon-Upton-3-house-7may14_pr_b_639x426

Via House & Garden

 

 

Spring 14 Room: Bench/Silouette Wall Deco 65fb2556fdc0851ed78c9ae4c686ca34

Via Pinterest / Heather 

 

 

Spring 14 Room: Green Bathroom e2d1bdac59fbadf2ca650bc04975e2f3

Via Pinterest 

 

  

 

Spring 14 Room: Pink chair against green wall 62b5c0f62c30fc2f9b3777546917e

Via Pinterest / eclecticrevisited.com 

 

 

Spring 14 3: Room G/P Home-Updates-1-Easy-Living-Simon-Brown_b_426x639

Via House & Garden

 

 

Spring 14 Room: Turquoise Retro Room 605338fa4ca16b808f1331dff87d33b2

Via Pinterest / Elle Decor India 

 

 

Spring 14 3: Blue Room Ali-Allen-2-tatler-10feb14_pr_b_426x639

Via House & Garden

 

 

Spring 14: Yellow chairs against turquoise wall 0bdc5088274943f61bb9ad8a737

Via Pinterest / goodwithstyle.typepad.com 

 

 

Spring 14 Room: Green Sitting Room 0dae3d5687b8e89f2561d107e179197c

Via anindiansummer-design.blogspot.com.au 

 

 

Spring 14 Room: Green Bedroom 759832fb8eefbd357bb1d5c517634949

Via Pinterest / House Beautiful 

 

 

Spring 14 Room: Green Sitting Room 1464042_10152108326173402_2130466216_n

Via Pinterest 

 

 

Spring 14 3: Room Strong-White-Hallway-And-Stairs-easy-living-10jun13_pr_b_ 

Via House & Garden

 

 

Spring 14 3: Room leafy green easy-living-13mar14-Lucas-Allen-2_b_426x639

Via House & Garden

 

 

Spring 14 1: Room f1ec1f91874f020c85eccca2cb8db8e8 

Via Pinterest 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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