Since I started joining in with Styling the Seasons five months ago, two things have become very apparent. Firstly, there is no surface in our house that my two boys cannot reach if they put their minds to it. Chairs will be dragged and climbed upon if standing on tiptoes doesn't reach the desired goal. They're quite the little climbers. And two, I cannot undertake a single project in daylight hours without their assistance. This is sometimes infuriating but often, very, very cute. So, in summary, I've stopped fighting it and this lovely monthly project has become a family affair. Still, I'm learning as I go so why not the little ones too? A future career in design is no bad thing. It's got to be more interesting that Finance and Communications where I spent too many years, right?
But back to February. Well ... let's start with a note about January. For us, January passed in a dark, germ-ridden haze. It was a dreary, dismal month with barely a ray of sunshine but a horrendous amount of coughs, sneezes and sleepless nights instead. January was not fun. We were not sad to say goodbye to January. Therefore, we want February to be lighter, brighter and a lot more fun. February HAS to be lighter, brighter and a lot more fun. And it was those three sentiments that I had in mind when styling my side of our super king-size bed (the third best thing we brought back from Switzerland ... my two cheeky monkeys taking first and second place, of course) and the little table that sits next to it.
We chose items for their colour (the beautiful pale blue and white of winter skies), their warmth (the vibrant blanket designed and made by my mother and the pot of tea for one) and just because we love them (the two little characters and two tulips). I made box frames out of wallpaper to hold my favourite Instagram prints (if you'd like to know how to make these, let me know and I'll put a 'how to' post together); prints that also serve as a reminder of what we want to do more of this month ... have fun by baking (and eating) cakes, building dens, and visiting the beach. And my eldest added the shells, placing some in the frame and some on the table ... 'it's like they've fallen out of the photograph, mama'. It's a collection of colours and things that is still making me smile a few days on although, as I write this, I'm aware that a couple of toy cars have been added and a shell taken away.
If you haven't already heard or noticed, there's something a little bit special about this month's Styling the Seasons and that's because super lovely Laura Ashley kindly offered fourteen of us who regularly take part, a chance to use pieces from their SS15 collection (I chose the hydrangea tea-for-one and the Summer Palace wallpaper). You can see all of the posts on the Laura Ashley blog (my personal favourite is Charlotte's from Lotts and Lots) and if you pop on over to choose your favourite, you could be in with a chance of winning a £50 Laura Ashley voucher. Told you they were super lovely!
Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots run a monthly blogging series called Styling the Seasons. You'll find the most beautiful images and inspiration by searching #stylingtheseasons on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
I'm linking this post up to the #LoveYourHome linky run by Jen from Love Chic Living. It's a weekly linky for all things homes and interiors related. It's definitely one to check out if you love a nosy around other people's homes.