Spring will soon be in the air! If this stirs you to clean and declutter, don’t overlook kitchenware and dining accessories. Bright colours get us through winter, but lighter shades and organic materials such as glass and wood, are more in keeping with this season of renewal.
Scarlet Willow‘s glass platter Salad Days sets a pattern of cream radish leaves on a soft green background, while Connie is pale mossy green, like newly sprouting undergrowth in a wood. The leaf pattern on Phoebe looks stunning against a pale sky blue. The Salad Days design is lovely on a glass bottle for oil or vinegar, too – or both, if you prefer a dressing. On other glassware, filigree vases and jugs sprout clusters of wild flowers.
Natural materials do seem appropriate at this time of year as things start to grow. Our own mighty British oaks are the source for egg cups and stands, pizza boards and wine racks, while an ingenious swivel lid on the olive wood salt keeper is invaluable to the cook of the family.
Trays are essential for moving food and drink. And then transform them into occasional tables by adding stands – go for stunning Susan Crawford horse paintings that cover ebonised oak glass bottomed trays. Or choose the Walnut Tray in dark walnut wood, with lime green or pale blue trim, ideal for displaying bottles, etc. on your table or in the kitchen, or as an accessory on a side table. Never mislay your keys again! Chopping boards with white trims complement this range. Don’t forget to wear a personalised apron as you serve!
Spring is filled with birdsong! Scarlet Willow’s collaboration with Anna Wright has produced placemats, servers and coasters whose exotic prints will look as good on your dinner table as on the dresser. Her matching mugs feature goldfinches, and three that we’re unlikely to encounter on a springtime walk in the UK – bee eater, blue cockatoo, and sunbird – but they will brighten your day, nevertheless. A jug sporting a rather dapper quail completes the set.
Set your table with prints of mouth watering pears, quinces, raspberries and strawberries, bursting from Kitchen Garden napkins and tea towels. Complement them with a curvy translucent acrylic jug in a fruity red that is the colour of opening buds, and contrast it with the lush green of an acrylic oil dispenser. Place silver plated fern tea light holders along the table, and you’re ready to celebrate the arrival of spring with Scarlet Willow!