After an extended winter, spring is finally here and designers are revelling in the great outdoors, with painterly florals, birds and butterflies creating a whimsical ‘secret garden’ effect within the home.

Florals are always a huge trend in the spring and summer months, but this season’s flowers have a soft, smudged almost painted-on look to them.

The Tropics TS10 is a beautiful 100% wool hand tufted rug with a four large decorative blooms in pastel shades, while the Accessorize pink flower mugs offer a more contemporary take on the look. The mugs also come in their own fab metal tins, so they make great gifts.

This look is also ideal for giving a bedroom a new lease of life – we love the V&A Aquarella bed-linen range, with its painterly florals in bright spring hues and contrasting striped reverse.

Continuing the nature theme, birds have been winging their way across a whole host of furniture and accessories recently, with everything from hummingbirds and nightingales to ducks and owls popping up.

Cushions, such as the Wise Guys ducks cushion from Fishpools are an easy way to try the trend.

Particularly in oriental style prints, birds are often accompanied by butterflies and whether together or as a stand-alone motif, butterflies continue to be big news this season.

The Accessorize range from Fishpools is adorned with pretty butterflies and hummingbirds and with prices starting at just £2.99 for a Petit Four plate it’s perfect for garden parties and picnics with added pizazz.

Or for a more colourful butterfly fix, the Yasmin multi-single quilt set by Zandra Rhodes features large scale butterflies and swirls in a mix of black and flashes of colour.

Fishpools is located on the High Street in Waltham Cross and boasts 200 room sets for garden, dining room and living room along with home accessories, gifts and cook and dine departments and a pictures and mirrors gallery, so you’re bound to find inspiration. Plus there’s a great in-store coffee shop and ample customer parking.

For more ideas visit Fishpools, or look online at where you can now browse and buy from the comfort of your own home.



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