The snow has passed, the evenings are lighter and there is finally a hint of spring in the air. This brings with it an invited change in focus to our instagram feed, gone are the wintery white landscapes and in their place we’re enjoying an abundance of green shoots and blooming bulbs. One of our favourite instagramers for capturing such seasonal changes is Scarlett Phoebe Lewis (@_scarlett.l). Scarlett does many things from styling to visual merchandising with a good dose of gathering and collecting in between. Her posts document home and garden life in the Costwolds, as well as her travels around the UK and occasionally overseas. Some of our favourite visuals were taken in Ile de Re where Scarlett took a wonderful series of photos of French properties with beautifully painted shutters and doors in sun bleached coastal shades, the odd one features a pop of red or pink in the form of a stray hollyhock sprouting up. Scarlett’s photos of this area of France have left us craving a visit ever since, so if you also require a little dose of French style we recommend you head over and peruse her feed here.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter from all of us at Rowen & Wren.
Enjoy a long weekend filled with family, friends and as much chocolate as you could possibly hope for!
One of the few plants that smells as pretty as it looks, Lily of the Valley is one of our favourite additions to the garden in late spring. Its scent has inspired perfumers for centuries and its delicate, white bell-like flowers make deliciously fragrant posies. In France it is known as Muguet and it plays a much bigger role than just a spring time floral, it plays a major part in their May Day Holiday celebrations, officially known as La Fête du travail. Friends and family offer each other sprigs, bouquets or potted plants of Muguet for good luck, the more bell-like flowers the plant has the better the luck, a lovely tradition that sees everyone taking a day off to celebrate with their loved ones.
If you would like to introduce Lily of the valley into your own garden it is easiest to introduce ready potted in Spring. It enjoys moist soil in either full or semi-shade so they will thrive under the canopy of trees or large shrubs with dappled sunlight. The perfect plant to pick and enjoy by your bedside, what nicer scent to wake up to…
All hail the humble egg. We are year-round fans of this perfect oval staple, done any which way, but never more so than at this, their annual moment to shine: Easter. For once, we recommend forgoing unadorned simplicity, instead reaching for the paintbrushes to hand-embellish nature’s creation. This year we are opting for loose fresh florals in a palette of subtle watercolour tones; dotted around the Easter table or hung up as decorations, they are as pretty as a meadow of wild spring flowers.
Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day…
…and as always, a special note to our wonderful R&W Mums, we couldn’t do it without you!
Introducing Rowen and Wren’s beautiful new Bathroom Collection
There are few problems in this life that a hot bath can’t cure. Immersing yourself in healing waters is one of the simplest and most enduringly necessary pleasures known to mankind; to shed the stored-up weight of the day and emerge, phoenix-like, buoyant and rejuvenated is a joy to which few can compare.
Water’s restorative power is a deep-seated wisdom handed down from the ancient world. At Rowen and Wren, our new bathroom collection echoes such sage simplicity with its unfussy furniture and fittings, its signature restrained palette and its products, created in exclusive collaboration with nature.
You can view our full Bathroom Collection here.
Wishing you all a very, very Happy Valentines Day. We hope it’s filled with family, friends and a whole lot of love!
Few things in life bring a mother more heart-bursting joy than a present handmade especially for her by one of her brood. This mother’s day, we are channelling that spirit – too often abandoned in childhood – to bring our adored mums a gift to say thank you for everything. Our delicate glass Lumley Stem Vases supply the framework to craft failsafe pretty posies, as well as more elaborate flower arrangements, so that this year we can give our mothers something that is truly made with love.
From time to time we all come perilously close to tarnishing our new years resolutions, this year (much like most years) we vowed to curtail our taste for sweet treats as much as possible. Sweetish is a blog that has become our saving grace in times of need. Founded by Robyn, the blog shares her passion for recipes with plenty of real, wholesome ingredients, avoiding complicated sugary frosting or artificial add-ins. Like robyn, we believe our sweet treats should be guilt free, simple to make but suitably indulgent. A firm favourite of ours that will prove ideal to recall for upcoming easter gatherings are her brioche hot cross buns, featured bottom, centre. As we ease out of winter and into spring, we adore the warming hint of cinnamon added to the cream cheese frosting. You can find the full recipe here on Robyn’s wonderful website and if you would like to be inspired by the occasional guilt free sweet treat, be sure to follow the sweetish instagram page (@sweetish.co).Posted by Alex.
Coming very soon to Rowen & Wren, the Bathroom Collection…
We have been admirers of Fritillaries for some time, however this is the first year we’ve attempted to grow them. As we eagerly await their little green tips to finally pop up, we thought we would share a little advice we followed on how best to grow them. It was the wise words of Monty Don that swayed us to give them a go as they’re his favourite recommendation for thriving bulbs if we’ve had a soggy spring (which seems to be a bit of a given in this country). Most spring bulbs do best in very-well drained soil but can be problematic in damper conditions and clay heavy gardens. Initially, bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and crocuses do fine, but sitting in wet soil does nothing for their longevity and over the years you may find yourself replacing them. However, Fritillary bulbs positively relishes damp conditions in both winter and early spring making them a wonderful alternative for any English Garden.
They are extraordinarily beautiful flowers with pointed bonnets and a distinctive chequered pattern. As they are native wildflowers they appear a little less cultivated than many bulb based florals, making them the perfect addition to our slightly wild (some may say too wild) country garden. If you would like more information on how to successfully grow this beautiful plant, we found this Telegraph article a great read.
Welcome the New year with our newest arrivals. With Spring just around the corner, refresh your home with our newest additions for the changing seasons.