Otago top of pageAs we move towards Spring and the days get longer, I feel such a need for brighter, lighter colours, both to wear and around the house.  I’ve had my fill of black and grey (much as I love them).  But we’re still hostage to the unpredictability of the British weather. Recent days gave us blue skies and sunshine with some real warmth to it, albeit accompanied by a cutting, chilly wind. And there’s still March to go, so we can realistically expect our share of grey, drear and cold days, which means not abandoning the winter clothes just yet.  The spring ranges are already in the shops, but often looking just a bit too pastel and light, and ahead of the actual calendar.  What’s needed are true trans-seasonal colours and textures, both for the wardrobe and the house.

So I’ve been on the hunt for colours, patterns and fabrics that will take us through these next few months of transition.  Bright, fresh colours that satisfy cravings for the hues of spring and summer, but that will hold their own against the darker shades of the current season.  Plus materials that are cosy and warm enough to comfort us through the end of February and March, but won’t look amiss in the Spring and Autumn either.  And may even possibly see some use through the Summer too – that’s British weather for you.

Here’s my pick of true transition accessories, rich with colour and pattern, to brighten our homes and wardrobes.

Feb-BANNER-cushionsStylish geometric cushions designed in Denmark, from shopfolklore.com.  Wool and cotton fabric provides the cosy factor, whilst the colour palette hits all the right notes.
591819-736Crushed, piece-dyed 100% Belgian linen bedlinen from Loaf.com available in dusty pink, light grey, natural plus classic white.  Timeless colours plus crumpled comfort for when crisp, white cotton is that bit too glacial.

625line1Reversible 625 Line 100% Wool blanket by Eleanor Pritchard. I have this blanket on the back of the sofa, and have it turned to the cheery, orange side for the winter whilst the silver grey and white side is perfect for the summer months.

Al Fresco Baking DishEating outside definitely isn’t on the agenda yet, but this sunshine-bright Al Fresco Oven to Table Baker from John Lewis will dish up winter warmers until then.  Add healthy greens in the Bedouin Salad Bowl below.

Bedouin Salad Bowl

samson-soyboy-otago-11Warm brass tones combine with dusty pink woven grass in the hand-crafted Shabba Bowl by Otago. I think this combination would look stunning set against the deep inky blues that are current now. It also comes in black and teal blue.

Simi Suede Ankle BootThat’s the house sorted, and so to our wardrobes … Grey Suede Ankleboots = Perfect Transition Footwear.  And here they are again below with the Delia Seam Detail Coat, a lovely pale mint wool-mix coat that’s perfectly at home with darker shades (thanks to the clever button choice). Both L K Bennett.

Delia Coat full length

Abstract Paint Loop ScarfFilly Crossbody BagThe Abstract Paint Loop Scarf is both colourful and practical, and will work hard in any season.  And I’ve been coveting this pony skin Filly Crossbody Bag by Owen  Barry for weeks.  Again, it’s a winner year-round. Both from Anthropologie.

SD_01_T41_5353N_F0_X_EC_90As seen in Vogue (apparently – I just saw it in the store) this Linen Shirt from Marks and Spencer is made from a brilliant quality linen, and comes in this gorgeous dark indigo blue plus white, turquoise and pink.

Images: brands and stores as credited above



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