Though the government has recently postponed the full easing of lockdown restrictions, people are still allowed to visit each other indoors (*rule of 6, or 2 households apply as per guidelines in England). Whilst the extroverted are already jumping back into the throes of pubs, post-lockdown parties, and shopping trips, their introverted counterparts may be anxiously treading the water.
If you fall into this category, it’s important to take stock of how you’re feeling and ease yourself gently into the world as it opens up again.
A recent UK survey by the Office for National Statistics found almost half (49.6%) of the population had high levels of anxiety about life after lockdown, which shows just how important self-care is right now. For many of us, the idea of having a few friends over for dinner and some light conversation is a lot to look forward to; in fact, new YouGov research revealed that 42% of British people prioritised seeing their friends and family again over everything else, with only 10% prioritising going to the pub.
Have you done your spring cleaning, and even ordered some paint swatches to mark a fresh start? Maybe you’re ready to give your home the finishing touches before opening the doors to your friends and family again.
To mark your ‘new beginnings’ with a warm, welcoming home, we’ve rounded up some brilliant pieces that will liven any space across a range of budgets.
What better way to begin the rundown by welcoming one of our newest artists, Alena Carvalho. Her work such as The Grand Canal exudes that certain “non so che” that we’ve all sorely missed from our balmy, care-free trips abroad. It comes as no surprise that Alena’s inspiration comes from her walks around various European cities (especially London), which is perfectly encapsulated in this print.
Keeping in line with new beginnings, our other new artist Heather M Nisbet offers a more rural perspective of vast open spaces with her piece Tractor's Tea Break, depicting vibrant colourful landscapes under a rare, shining sun. The limited edition print offers similarities to award winning British writer and illustrator David Mckee’s pieces with its patchwork fields and characterful cottages that brings a certain sense of nostalgia to a contemporary piece of art.
New original paintings from Anthony Dobson or Bev Davies are perfect for adding some character – or a wonderful talking point – to your décor, with their beautifully portrayed animal subjects, each in a style all their own. Check out Bev's He's Got the Look and Did They See Me? and Anthony's Red Fox Study and Splosh! for two different takes on a fox and hare theme.
Prints from Sam Toft could help deliver just the right touch of sentimentality and humour needed when opening our homes to loved ones. From the bright and cheerful And Then the Sun Came Out, to the earthy-hued and reflective In My Thoughts Always, there is something that is sure to hit the mark.
Perhaps you’re more interested in soft furnishings to go with that new sofa or bookcase in your home. At Collier Dobson Interiors we offer everything from cushions and mirrors, to cabinets and floor lamps with a particular emphasis on British and European textiles.
Our green wooden lacquer tray offers a rustic twist on the usual breakfast/dining tray. Not only is it practical, but it also offers a stylish alternative when paired with a vase of vibrant flowers or even your favourite candles and incense.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you find the right piece of art or furniture for your home. Even better, if you’re in the Fordingbridge area give us a call and visit our gallery in person - you never know what interesting piece of art might jump out at you!