March sees the heralding of spring; a time of awakening and optimism, of earlier mornings and later evenings. It brings new life and a renewed sense of adventure after a winter of hibernation. At Taylor Howes Designs we have been embracing the promise of spring with renewed colour palettes and suppliers. This month we share our favourite spring colour which comes directly off the fashion runways and is the perfect shade for the upcoming season. We also delve into the fabulous floral world of Marci Rusak Studio, who cleverly incorporate floral design into resin panels, which then form the foundations of usable furniture. Finally, we spring into the new season with a fresh look at our latest interiors for our charity endeavour, Rest Nest. Read on to discover more. 

Cornflower Sowing Season  

Stepping off the ever glamorous runway of Osca de la Renta, jewel-tone Cornflower Blue is brimming with vibrancy and spring-like ambience. Evolving from its older sister, Sky Blue, Cornflower Blue lends a deeper edge and harks back to memories of early summer garden borders awash with delicate Love in the Mist and spiky Cornflowers. The fashion houses have embraced this colour trend in recent months and we are seeing this transition from the couture houses to our own houses. Our studio is enjoying experimenting with this palette at our latest project, a family townhouse, which sees Cornflower Blue framing the drawing room windows whilst being echoed throughout the wider roomscape in the upholstery.

The new romantics

Florals are often an integral part of home interiors and whilst we absolutely love this look, we’re always seeking new and refreshing ways in which to incorporate them. We recently discovered the whimsical work of Marci Rusak Studio who combine resin panels with decorative joinery. The result are furniture items which fuse real florals with more traditional design. We love the somewhat romantic idea behind this studio’s work – the idea that these flowers and foliage were once lovingly collected and then captured and preserved indefinitely within the framework of furniture. Flora Cabinet 190 is composed of intricate stainless steel frames which support a translucent amber resin body whose curves softly mimic the organic elegance of the natural world. 

The Rest Nest Revolution 

Finally, we’re excited to be working on the latest collection of staff rooms and relaxation spaces with our work for Rest Nest, Karen’s charitable initiative. Designed in collaboration with the NHS, Taylor Howes Designs create truly relaxing and restorative spaces for busy and exhausted NHS staff. This has been such a rewarding experience for the studio and so we look forward to drawing up spring-fresh interiors for our latest hard-working NHS heroes. We’ll update our newsletter subscribers on progress throughout the year and look forward to adding a little light relief for those who truly benefit from even 5 minutes of peace and comfort during a long – and often stressful – shift.