Spring in your step

After a few false starts in the Past month, we’re quietly confident that we can now enjoy the spring in our step that this new season brings. At this time of year, our attention invariably turns to the good old ‘spring clean’. But rather than getting stuck in with rubber gloves and a bucket full of suds, we’re opting to shake up our interiors with some super-fresh finds.
The kitchen and bathroom are obvious places to start on a mini-makeover, and although they’re the hardest-working rooms in your home, you don’t have to compromise on style for these spaces to fulfil their functional duties. I was on the judging panel for the recent National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Excellence in Design awards, and it was exciting to see just how many talented designers entered, each with innovative solutions for these rooms. You’ll find
our coverage of the winners on page 59.

“Rather than getting stuck in with rubber gloves and a bucket full of suds, we’re opting to shake up our interiors with some super-fresh finds.”

 This issue, we tasked our art director Juliette with curating an ultra-chic take on bathroom serenity in an on-trend combination of marble and green. If you’re looking for ways to make
a splash at your place, it could be as simple as revitalising your towel selection or as dramatic as a full room reno – either way, you’ll be inspired by the scenes Juliette created on page 44.
Although we set out with the intention to make this issue a kitchen and bathroom special, a second theme emerged during the process of putting it together, a growing trend that has been creeping into our work for some time now. You guessed it: plants!
The thing I find so appealing about plants is how easy they make it to enliven your interior. When we were selecting the properties to feature this issue, it became clear that all of the homeowners share our appreciation for filling their houses with botanical life. We love how a simple hanging plant can make a big impact in the bathroom – as it does at Gem and Nathan’s place on  page 106 – and the way potted plants can replace a more traditional floral arrangement on a table, like at Nico and Christo’s on page 132. And if you really want to connect with nature, follow the lead of the owners of our cover home (page 92), Susanna and Paul, and create a leafy oasis in your backyard.
We also visited fellow plant enthusiasts Lisa Davis and Jared Lockhart at their store/studio Garden Objects (page 156) to get their thoughts on the matter, and interviewed the international duo behind #urbanjunglebloggers (page 160). If you’re looking for more botanical inspiration on Instagram, check out #homestylelovesplants.

Alice Lines

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