Bright green palm leaves, swaying against a gentle breeze; peonies bursting out in bloom; the smell of freshly cut grass — it’s all deliciously relaxing.
Very much at the heart of our green and pleasant land, we British have always loved botanicals: on our walls and upholstery, framed or on frocks, we are instantly captivated by plants and flowers
If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea as we do here, you can’t help but love a bit of nauticalia.
But whether you are channelling (geddit!?) anchors, Breton stripes or deck shoes, the nautical look has edged its way into your wardrobe. Every summer it’s everywhere — fashion’s catch of the day!
Join Sarah Jane Wilson as we get ship-shape!
Let us set sail on a voyage across the fair seas of vintage.
Fringing ‘n’ flares suede skirts ‘n’ shaggy styles. oh yes, Boho 1970s is a major 2015 trend!
The 1970s are often referred to as “the decade that taste forgot” and “a hangover from the swinging sixties” yet they brought us the Pompidou centre in Paris, The Magic Roundabout in full colour, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Carole King’s Tapestry and Joni Mitchell’s Blue albums. Hmm, maybe enough said.
Coloured flokati rugs and even indoor hanging plants are being hailed as the homeware heroes of the season! Spider plant, anyone? But, wait, why buy new?
For an authentic 1970s vibe, Sarah Jane Wilson makes some groovy suggestions.
Glamour and sophistication were keynotes of the 1930s. People reclined, dresses got longer (after the roaring 1920s), you danced like Astaire and Rogers and you swung and sang to Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman.
Two key styles emerged from the 1950s: American Diner and the Designer Look, focusing on furniture and textiles.