With the sun starting to stream through our windows this Spring, a warm sense of happiness and wellbeing is flooding the Luxuriate Life office with the tempting thought of summer sunshine, warmer weather and general frivolity.
So, here is another guide to give our homes a strenuous spring-clean, waving farewell to spiders’ webs, streaky windows and clutter. A mini-interiors-makeover is just what we need to perk up the spirits by adding a little special something to our interior décor.
Luxuriate Life Spring Guide – Happiness is a freshly cleaned home
CrossWave Cordless Max
When your luxuriate life is a whirlwind then the CrossWave Cordless Max might help cut time and energy in your household by vacuuming, mopping and drying all in one go! As the CrossWave is cordless, this 3-in-one cleaning machine ensures you are not tethered to a plug socket and can roam freely throughout the house with 30 minutes of multi-surfaced cleaning power. Safe to use on tiles, sealed wood floors, laminates, PVC and more, it even refreshes area rugs. Better still, this two-tank system even has an automatic self-cleaning option.
From – Bissell
Price | £429.99
The Complete Cleaning Kit
Worried about harsh toxins? Then this might be the answer. The Complete Cleaning Kit from Clean Living offers award-winning biological cleaning products using natural formulations that are boosted by enzymes – 100% natural, biodegradable, PH neutral, vegan friendly and non-damaging to aquatic life. The kit includes odour and spot removers, cleaners and degreasers (all with refills), drain maintainer, dry carpet cleaner, cloths and a brush with a caddy – everything you need to clean with conscience.
From – Clean Living
Price | £43.99
Heyland and Whittle Geranium & Oud Reed Diffuser
As legendary editor Diana Freedland once said, “Fragrance fills the senses with the mysterious”. So Heyland and Whittle’s new eco-collection of fragrant reed diffusers might have her seal of approval – they certainly have ours.
Made from 100% recycled glass and beautifully yet economically packaged in recycled card, there are three new fragrances – Geranium and Oud, Hibiscus and White Tea and Mint and Bergamot. The diffuser vessels can also be successfully re-purposed again and again as water and juice bottles or cut flower vases.
From – Heyland and Whittle
Price | £26
LX Lab sensual luxury men’s candles
Naughtiness in spring is what we all need. LX Labs have ventured into luxury candles for the man (or men) in your life, inspired by the sheer lack of sensual male products on the market. The candles are totally new to the market and have been specifically engineered to deliver reminisces of naughty encounters. Every candle comes with an individual he-story to set the ambience and immerse you into a stimulating memory – a ‘Summer Fling’, the excitement of a ‘Steamy Shower’ or the anticipation of a ‘Dirty Weekend’ and more. There are 8 designer candles in the collection and each one has a 40 hour burn
Price | £44
For many, a scented candle offers some fragrant luxury to transform the ambiance of a room, enhancing its mood. Nostara is a luxury home fragrance brand offering scented candles (and reef diffusers) made with natural, eco-friendly, 100% soy wax, hand poured in the UK. There are a range of scents with enticing names – Lime & Jupiter, Bergamot & Black Tea, Linen & White Gardenia to name but a few.
From – Nostara
Price | £35
Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop
If the mini members of the household want to help spruce up the home, then Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House is the perfect starting point. This six-piece play set gives kiddies all the housekeeping tools they need to help you with a spring-clean – a broom, mop, duster, dust pan and brush – all neatly stored on a handy stand. It even has a classic look with bright pops of colour to ensure it’s fun yet stylish too.
From – Amazon
Price | £33.95
Nilfisk Core 140 Pressure Washer
It might be time to give the patio a bit of a boost or to refresh outdoor furniture, stripping away winter’s touch. It need not be too much of a chore however with an award-winning Nilfisk Core Pressure Washer.
The latest Nilfisk Core 140 pressure washers are multi-purpose and powerful, easy to use, store and handle and built to last. Their new improved power control system makes it easy to adjust the pressure whilst cleaning – what more can you want?
From – Robert Dyas
Price | £169.99
Luxuriate Life Spring Guide – Creating Zoom-envy interiors
David Studwell Gallery
The best way to add a pop of colour … and a touch of culture … is to purchase some quality artworks. Contemporary British artist David Studwell has released a series of beautiful prints, including celebrities and stars from Marilyn Monroe to Elton John, without the millionaire price tag.
The artist revisits yesteryear’s cult figures whilst firmly transporting them to the present with washes of retro-colour, adding his own unique modern stamp to each piece. Buy a keenly priced work by Studwell and you will join his army of admirers including the likes of Kate Moss, Sheryl Crow and Nile Rodgers, amongst others. Not only a great way to decorate our homes, but also a smart investment.
From – David Studwell Gallery
Price | £975
Frank – French bulldog geometric sculpture
Who can resist Frank, the French bulldog geometric sculpture? The perfect adornment for any modern home, Marokka’s first-ever sculpture oozes classic modernist design and a subtle playfulness which will make everyone who sees him smile. Available in an array of colours and finishes, designed in London and handmade with recyclable materials, Frank is very definitely a dog for life. Marokka also partners with the Aspinall Foundation and DOTS (Dogs on the Street) where they donate 10% of all sales. Marokka is committed to ethical and sustainable practices and giving back is at the heart of the brand.
Frank is so popular; he now has an entire collection styled around him including candles, cushions, umbrellas and wrapping paper.
From – Marokka
Price | £100
The Singing Ant Playmats
If you need a practical, non-toxic and safe floor environment for your little ones, then The Singing Ant Playmats might provide the answer. Offering stylish, contemporary designs and shades that easily fit in with your overall house colour scheme, the Spring Green playmat is reminiscent of this season’s spring-flowered meadows and warmer days.
The playmats are essentially super soft, wipe clean, interlocking squares (58 x 58 cm) which can be easily slotted together to create a contemporary playmat in an instant. Size is never an issue – rugs can be expanded with additional puzzle squares or reduced according to the environment you are in, and as they come in a handy custom travel tote, it’s fully transportable too. The perfect solution to tummy time, first steps and play dates. When the play day is done, they can be whipped away again, out of sight.
From – The Singing Ant
Price | From £59 for the four square mini
Halstead Hurricane Lamp Candle Holder
Give your lounge or dining room a more unique style with this stunning candle holder from interior design studio Margo & Mya. A statement piece with a hurricane inspired look, grey tinted glass and a polished base, it measures 25cm high with a depth and width of 22 cm. Luxuriate Life can assure you this piece will last and impress throughout generations. If you’re looking for a one off elegant and unusual piece or a completely new look for you home, Margo & Maya is the place to go.
From – Margo & Mya
Price | £50
Luxuriate Life Spring Guide – A touch of the green-fingers
My home Bundle
Bring a touch of green-fingered loveliness into your home with My Home Bundle from The Little Botanical. The perfect mix of leafy green houseplants and eye-catching succulents, these plants will look great in any room either placed individually or grouped together to add instant impact. Included in the bundle are: Calathea (Prayer plant), Chamaedorea (Parlour Palm), Medium Haworthia (Zebra cactus), Medium Crassula (Jade plant) and Echeveria Miranda (Molded Wax Agave).
Low maintenance and fairly easy to look after, the plants are already planted in signature ceramics and will even help reduce the toxins from the air all around you.
From – The Little Botanical
Price | £65
Early spring is one of the most important times to be a gardener and Fiskars new collection of planting tools can help you make your outdoor space a garden to be proud of.
Fiskars aims to make gardeners’ lives easier with its range of technologically smart tools, and the new planting portfolio is no different – each product is lightweight, durable and offers exceptional performance. Best of all, these expertly crafted tools are ergonomically designed to allow you to plant easily from a standing position so there is no need for any aching backs. Included in the new range are the Solid™ Hand Spreader, Xact™ Standing Bulb Planter, Ergo™ Standing Bulb Planter, Solid™ Hand Bulb Planter, Solid™ Planting Stick and Solid™ Seed Planting Trowel.
From – Fiskars
Price | £59.95 for Standing Bulb Planter
Apollo Banana Cantilever Parasol with built in LED lights
Rain or shine, you’ll be able to sit back and admire your spring blooms under the cover of an Apollo Banana Cantilever Parasol. A beautiful addition to complete your garden space, this stylishly designed and durable overhanging umbrella measures 3m in diameter and is easy to open and close with its wind-up crank mechanism. It is a little different however and hides a secret – rows of solar powered LED lights covering the spokes of the parasol, illuminating your evenings in an environmentally friendly way. Its contemporary style and colours (available in a range of shades) add that modern touch of style to any garden to be enjoyed any time of the day.
From – Garden Comforts
Price | £104.99
LIFX Colour Smart Bulbs
The LIFX Colour Smart Bulbs are not only colourful, offering a range of different colours to bring instant colour and joy into your homes, without any mess, and they’re also energy efficient too. Using a very small amount of energy per light compared to halogen and incandescent lighting, the bulbs can adapt to your preferred settings – from dim nightlight, to a superbright task light to mood lighting. The automatic feature means you won’t accidentally leave the house with the lights still on and thanks to the LIFX app, you can manage and schedule when the lights come on and off ensuring that you’re only using energy when needed – clearly a lightbulb moment!
From – Amazon
Price | £39.99
Luxuriate Life Spring Guide – Brightening up the kitchen
KitchenAid’s new Honey Stand Mixer
KitchenAid is known for championing the use of colour in their products and 2021 sees the launch of its latest shade – the rich, golden-orange tones of New Honey. The iconic Artisan Stand Mixer comes with standard accessories include a flat beater, flex edge beater, dough hook, wire whisk and extra 3L stainless-steel bowl.
For even more versatility there are over 15 optional, dishwasher-safe, extras for the famous attachment-ready Culinary Hub enabling everything from slicing, grating, mincing, chopping and peeling, to juicing and spiralizing, along with a Sifter & Scale. It’s the ultimate culinary companion.
From – KitchenAid
Price | £529
Luxuriate Life Spring Guide – Sprucing up the bedroom
Calvin Klein Duvet Cover
Let’s not forget to add a certain je ne sais quoi to our bedrooms this spring too. A new splash of colour can lighten up your heart and transform a room instantly. TK Maxx is always a great place to search for some designer offerings and we discovered this Calvin Klein Amethyst Watercolour Bloom duvet cover which took our fancy.
From – TK Maxx
Price | £79.99
For the kiddie connoisseur, Bloomsbury Mill’s duvet sets and curtains are extremely popular and best of all, available at pocket friendly prices. They set out to create fun, vibrant and whimsical designs that your kids will adore. Select from dinosaurs, farm and woodland animals, out of space, magical unicorns, construction vehicles and more. Match same pattern duvet and curtains to complete your child’s new bedroom look.
From – Bloomsbury Mill
Price | £18.99 – double
Price | £28.99 – curtains
Lick Venetian Blinds
Launched on the day that the UK was put into lockdown, home décor brand Lick believes that a simple change in design can have a massive impact on the way we feel about the spaces we spend our lives in. All their products have been created with the modern lifestyle in mind. From the durable and eco-friendly paints, artisanal wallpaper to the high-quality decorating tools and true-to-colour stick-on samples, which are all delivered direct to your door. Lick is making it easier to decorate than ever before and we quite fancy their Venetian blinds in soft, pretty and pale Grey 03, which thanks to lavender undertones, won’t overpower your room. These are the kind of made-to-measure shades that your windows deserve – let’s only hope that your walls won’t get jealous!
From – Lick
Price | from £54
All imagery courtesy of the brands featured. Leading image courtesy of The Dilly Hotel, London.