Spring shopping ideas... for Mother's Day and every day

Spring shopping ideas... for Mother's Day and every day

With Mother's Day hoving into view you may be inspired to buy more than flowers for your mum...a vase to put them in perhaps, or a rose scented candle. We've also been on the hunt for useful and always attractive pieces for the home, from baskets and bedside cabinets to pot stands and linen cushions and fabrics. All eco friendly, of course

By Hari Alexander
Vibrant Jassa range from Ikea
Ikea has launched Jassa, a limited-edition collection inspired by Indonesian and South East Asian design in collaboration with Dutch eco designer Piet Hein EekPictured above, these vibrant, colourful homewares, pictured above, are made from sustainable renewable materials and bring traditional techniques to the mass market.
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A bedside table that has drawers and a shelf is super useful and we're very taken with the new two-drawer Black Lotus solid walnut wood Cube cabinet from the Natural Bed Company. Black Lotus Cube and Shaker is their new range of contemporary bedroom furniture made exclusively for the company by a small family business in Vietnam. Available in solid oak too, the Black Lotus range include chests of drawers, tallboys and end of bed seating/storage units. 

For soft bedroom lighting, and as a foil for wood, check out the Eos soft goose feather lampshade (in white, grey and light brown), from £59, with LED A bulb, £19.95, by Vita Copenhagen. And for the casually elegant bed, dress with a pure British wool herringbone weave throw in Driftwood from The Great British Ottomoman Company, £91.
And for heavenly scent, the English Rose soy wax candle from new brand Bubbles & Light is, well, a delight - and a perfect gift for Mother's Day. Based in Hampstead, north London, Bubbles & Light candles are hand-poured in the store, which also offers artisan soaps and skincare products. Candle scents are created using pure essential oils and the brand promises no nasty chemical ingredients. 
English Rose scented soy wax candle by Bubbles & Light, hand-poured in Hampstead, north London. Pure essential oils are used in the fragrance. £25, www.bubblesandlight.london
Vita Copenhagen's Eos goose feather pendant lights are perfect for bedrooms. vitacopenhagen.com
New from the Natural Bed Company, Black Lotus solid walnut two-drawer bedside table, made in Vietnam, £420, www.naturalbedcompany.co.uk. Also available in oak
Pure British wool throw in Driftwood by The Great British Ottoman Company, £91
Posy glass vase, 20cm high, £20. Choose from a great colour range. LSA-International.com
Frambroise aged look pure Belgian linen by Scottish textiles firm Inchyra, £85 per m, with linen ticking £45 per m. inchyradesigns.co.uk
Linen cushions in mid century modern geometric designs by Zoe Attwell, £50, www.zoeattwell.com
Braided hemp storage basket at Nkuku, £69.95, nkuku.com
Trio of small pastel glass vases, £8.95 each, at Live Laugh Love


....are always appreciated.. but if you feel that's a touch dull for your mum, can we suggest vases large or small, as one can never have enough... LSA International won't need any introduction having been the go-to company for affordable but very stylish glassware for decades..we love their jewel bright glass Posy Vases, £20, which are perfect for small bunches of flowers and come in a host of colours.

Just as charming are Live Laugh Love's  small pastel glass vases, £8.95 each.Staying with flowers, what could be nicer than partaking tea from the Flowerdrop china teapot/cup, a pretty joys of spring design by renowned textile designers Collier Campbell, £24 at colliercampbell.com. Or if you're in and out of coffee shops all day, why not carry your own bit of William Morris in your bag in the form of Pomme, one of Morris' designs transferred to Ecoffee's re-useable and bio-degradable bamboo fibre cups, £11.95.

Eco friendly fabrics  
Linen is one of the most eco friendly textiles, along with organic cotton. For mid-century modern aficionados, you'll love the colourful 50s’-style geometric prints of London-based surface print designer Zoe Attwell. They adorn her 100 per cent linen cushions, which cost £50 each and measure 45x45cm, £50. 
If you like traditional linen floral designs on the other hand, Scottish textiles company Inchyra uses pure Belgian linen which undergoes an 'ageing' process for that antique look. Their latest design is Framboise, taken from a fragment of a linen found in the South of France that dates back to around 1900. £85 per metre and it goes well with a pure linen ticking, £45 per metre.
With holiday season not far off...for lightweight organic cotton towels, see the Kala range from Stitch by Stitch. Handwoven in the Kutch region of northern India, these towels come in in a range of bright modern designs.
Reclaim it
On the other hand if you like the reclaimed vibe you might be interested in vintage Spanish tile brand Maitland & Poate's unique pot stands made from reclaimed timber and ceramic tiles. A cool way to protect your table or countertop from heat damage. £60.


Unique and charming.. protect your surfaces with a reclaimed wood and tile pot stand, £60, at Maitland & Poate
Pomme, a new design from Ecoffee's William Morris range of bamboo fibre travel cups, £11.95. ecoff.ee
Tea for one - Collier Campbell design makes this teapot and cup a delight, £24.95, colliercampbell.com
Quick drying organic cotton Kala towels, handwoven in Kutch region of northern India, from Stitch by Stitch, from £20. stitchbystitch.eu
A new kit from mouldable glue people Sugru..Organise Small Spaces, £10, sugru.com
Firemizer is a special metal mesh that can help increase the burn time of wood in a wood burning stove. £19.99. firemizer.com
Rechargeable LED corks turn empty wine bottles into lamps, £9.99 at Red5.co.uk
Cardboard Radio MP3 Speaker by Suck UK, £25. Perfect for days in the park
Stoneware and cork planter with leather hanging handle, £52, by Denmark's Bloomingville.com
Brabantia's New Icon bin in moss green is made from 40 per cent recycled materials, is 98 per cent recyclable and sales raise money for The Ocean Cleanup. 30L bin £60 at johnlewis.com
Now that's a good idea....
Mouldable glue people Sugru are always coming up with great ideas to help up keep our homes and everything in them in good order. New for spring is the Organise Small Spaces kit, £10, which gives you 14 clever ideas to make the most of your space.
It may be warming up but evenings can still be chilly..which is where wood burning stoves come into their own. There is endless debate as to whether burning wood is better/less good than burning any other sort of material to generate heat, so if you do have a wood burner you may be interested in Firemizer...a patented product its manufacturers claim can increase the burn time of wood, so you use less of it. It's a mesh grid made up of a blend of stainless steel alloys that are welded together and it's designed to sit at the base of your stove or hearth. One grid typically lasts up to 500 burning hours and the manufacturer says it can reduce by 38 per cent the amount of solid fuel bought over a year. Firemizer.com. £19.99
Lastly, why not turn your empty wine bottles into table lamps with re-chargeable LED corks from gadget people Red 5 (red5.co.uk). Corks fit most bottles and come with a USB cable. Charge time 1 hour and you get 2.5 hours of light - enough time to light the dinner party table. £9.99.