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Emily Sayles

A Slice of Suffolk's Spring Refresh | Win the Look Worth Over £300

We've been big admirers of Emily Sayles, founder of A Slice of Suffolk, for a while now; enjoying how she uses our products to help style her beautiful home.

And so, when Emily said she was up for adding a little bit of Spring freshness to her living room, we couldn't wait to see what she did with her choice of Garden Trading products.

Read on for a behind-the-scenes peek at how she created the look and if you'd like the chance to win the products Emily used, simply enter the competition below.

Spring Fresh with Garden Trading

At long last the days are lengthening, the trees are now covered in a blanket of lush greenery and the blossom is in abundance. Spring, it’s got to be one of the most joyous seasons of the entire year and after a long unpredictable winter, we certainly welcome it with open arms. April officially marks the season of new life, the bulbs begin to push through the once sodden ground and the anticipation of new life comes into fruition. Ranunculus , Peonies, Hyacinths and Daffodils fill our homes with a sweet aroma as our thoughts turn to refreshing our living space for the season ahead.

Pink, white and green flowers in white kitchen sink next to window

For me Spring ignites the desire to clear away anything that’s been hoarded during the winter period and breath new life into a room.

I have been working with Garden Trading to add a little ‘Spring Fresh’ into my living area and to create a sanctuary of seasonal bliss. My sitting room upholstery needed cleaning and the chimney sweep gave the log burner a thorough going over! Albeit happy with the general decor of the room it was looking tired and in need of new life. I kept hold of the pink velvet cushions and a pale grey wall colour but wanted to add further points of interest {and a place to enjoy a coffee with friends}.

I was keen to add some more texture to my sofas, I wanted them to look cosy but still very fresh.

Neutral sofa with diamond blanket draped over arm, next to nest tables with vase of spring flowers and desk lamp

I chose the Recycled Diamond Blanket in grey and woven from 100% plastic bottles, so if you decide to use it outside for picnics too it dries out really quickly. Alongside it the Charlton Cushions in Linen with a gorgeously heavy weight, they’ve added just the right level of texture whilst still harmonising beautifully with a neutral colour scheme.

Botanical decor is a big factor in any room revamp, a seasonal style is never complete without blooms to accent the time of the year. Soft Early evening lighting is my favourite, with the correct level of lighting it can really complete a rooms atmosphere.

Chalk Bermondsey Table Lamp and Broadwell vase filled with spring flowers on side table

The Bermondsey Table Lamp with its rustic raw oak and contemporary coated steel and a movable arm, I just adore this and the Broadwell Vase, large enough to house even the biggest of bouquets. These completed my coffee table look perfectly.

We always have logs on on the hearth, even in Spring~ I’m inclined to light the burner on a chillier evening to add cosiness.

Logs in woven tapered basket in lounge setting

The Tapered Basket certainly brings the wow factor, a striking shape and hand woven in rattan; it makes the log run SO much easier and much less plentiful due to its capacity, my husband is over the moon!

Finally, candles….I’m a candle junkie, I’ll admit it. A Spring aroma complimenting my seasonal blooms makes me VERY happy. What works better than ‘Sea Salt?’ This is the Sea Salt House Candle.

Sea salt candle with two candlesticks on a mantelpiece next to mirror

Inspired by windswept beaches, large open spaces and the salty spray of British coasts, this is perfection. Along with the fact that they are poured by one of my absolute favourite candle companies St Evals.

The prettiest of Spring revamps, I hope you’ll agree?

Garden Trading have very kindly offered one of my lucky readers the opportunity to ‘win the lot’. All of the new items featured on this blog could be coming directly to you, for your very own Spring revamp! 

Emily x

You can learn more about Emily and A Slice of Suffolk at www.asliceofsuffolk.com and follow her on Instagram at @asliceofsuffolk. For your chance to win Emily's Spring Fresh look (Bermondsey Table Lamp in Chalk, Diamond Blanket in Grey, Tapered Basket, Sea Salt House Candle and 2 x Charlton Cushions) simply enter via the form below. 

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• Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and not employees of Garden Trading, A Slice of Suffolk, their immediate families or anyone else connected with the promotion or either business

• Winner must be 18 or over and have a UK postal address

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• Entry into the competition is valid from 19.03.19 to 23.59pm on 28.03.19

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