Spring Traditions from Around the World
Saturday, 3 April 2021
We’ve seen the signs that Spring is upon us, with plants and flowers beginning to bud and bloom, and the sun peeking out to see us a little more. For some Spring truly begins with the mad dash to get all the chocolate eggs needed for those all important egg hunts — but we thought we would explore some other Spring traditions from around the world, for inspiration when bringing in the season of new beginnings.
Pictured above: Emerging Crocuses with Dew Drops
Starting off with the USA, and their shared love of eggs at Easter — they use them in their annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Believed to have started around 1814, this tradition takes place every year on Easter Monday and sees children gather on the White House lawn to roll eggs across the lawn with wooden spoons, competing to see who can cross the finish line first. It's a truly decadent and extravagant event featuring an Easter Bunny and colourful decorations.
In Mexico, the tradition of Spring Equinox in Teotihuacán sees thousands of people all dressed in white gather at the enormous Teotihuacán pyramid, which is about 30 miles north of Mexico City. The gathering invites individuals to spend the morning walking up the 360 pyramid steps to get closer to the sun and the pyramid's portals of energy, as it is believed that this act will allow you to absorb and ‘soak up’ the energy you need for the year.
Pictured above: Teotihuacán Pyramid, Mexico
Travelling over to Bosnia now, we have Cimburijada; which translates to ‘Festival of Scrambled Eggs’. This tradition is celebrated on the first day of Spring in the Bosnian town of Zenica where at the crack of dawn, people gather on the banks of the Bosna river to enjoy a communal meal of scrambled eggs together and delight in the day with music and drinks.
For a colourful way of seeing the season in, you'll want to head to Northern India for Holi. This tradition is undoubtedly one of the most colourful festivals in the world, celebrated by Hindus across Northern India, it involves throwing coloured powder at one another, paying tribute to the many hues and tones of the Spring season along with the events of Hindu mythology. Lasting all day and night, this event is a truly unique way of ending the Winter season and embracing Spring.
Pictured above: Songkran Water Festival in Thailand
The Songkran Water Festival in Thailand takes place shortly after the Spring equinox and is a truly unique and fun event. Festivities involve going to a Bhuddist monastery, visiting elders, and of course, throwing water. The northern capital of Chiang Mai is the setting for the event which lasts up to 6 days, and sees locals and tourists alike take to the streets equipped with canon-sized water guns, hoses, and buckets, ready to drench anyone in their path. The event is enjoyed by children and adults, who spend the days dancing and playing in the streets.
Finally, for the daredevils amongst you, and more local to the UK — why not try the Coopers Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake? The event, which is held on the second Bank Holiday weekend of the year, sees individuals from all over the world gather at Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire. The gathering sees individuals throw themselves down a very steep hill, chasing after a rolled wheel of cheese. The first one to cross the finish line wins, but it isn't for the feint-hearted; bruises, broken-bones, bloodied knees are all common side effects of this 200 year old tradition, which is proudly upheld by locals and competitors alike.
Pantone's Colours of the Year
Friday, 19 February 2021
With the world still in the middle of a challenging time, we find ourselves drawn to anything that will brighten up our days — so it’s not surprising that this year Pantone have decided to give us not just one, but two ‘Colours of the Year’ that they believe will help people as they seek ways to "fortify themselves with energy, clarity and hope".
‘Ultimate Gray’ and ‘Illuminating’, a bright and optimistic hue of yellow, have been announced and they are certainly bringing a lot to the table this year. ‘Illuminating’ is a bold and bright yellow tone that is meant to evoke ‘the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day’, whilst ‘Ultimate Gray’ is much quieter and is said to signify ‘composure, steadiness, and resilience’. They are natural tones that Pantone says can be compared to a scene such as time-weathered pebbles on a beach, which is honing back to bringing the outside in, a trend we have seen really grow into its own of late.
For designers everywhere, the two tones contrast and compliment so have a multitude of uses, and that’s especially exciting for interiors as it brings new ways to innovate and inspire. For example, you could use a yellow tone as your core colour on the walls, and accent with grey furniture and fabrics, or for a more contemporary twist, try it the other way around and really make your sophisticated grey space pop with touches of bold and brilliant yellow.
However you decide to introduce these Colours of the Year, we would encourage you to experiment, and enjoy Pantones intentions of allowing them to bring you energy, clarity, and hope.
Friday, 22 January 2021
Nothing adds drama and elegance to a space quite like the structure and luxurious design of a canopy bed, so it’s not surprising that we’ve seen these rise in popularity lately in our continued search for a space that invites us into total relaxation. Nostalgia seems to be the mainstream construct of the moment with everything from music and film, to hairstyles and fashion echoing the past, as more of us cast our minds back to simpler times.
When picturing a canopy bed, many of us keep in mind the image of a large regal structure with a solid thick wood frame — but you can find lighter, updated versions now available. Canopy beds are also great for extending your fabric selections in your space, allowing you to drape curtains or throws over the frame, giving you different levels to play with.
At Lime we love the Ziggy Four Poster Bed by Porada — while it still possesses all the functionality of its original inspiration, the structure has been updated and brought into a more contemporary space. Featuring a rectangular minimalist frame in solid ash wood and a headboard with button detailing, this modernist approach to a traditional design is just the kind of update we’ve come to expect from 21st century interiors.
Why nod add a touch of 'wow' and elevate your sleep space with an updated classic.
Friday, 15 January 2021
Floors are a great medium to utilise, extending your decor and allowing you to elevate an interior — be it through careful placement of statement rugs or even just changing floor materials to separate zones. We've carefully selected some rugs that we think will really provide a great start.
Pictured above: Sky by Calligaris and Bellis by Fabula
Take the Sky Rug by Calligaris, its warm and vibrant tones and long pile make it a comfortable and stylish selection, and spherical or rectangular shapes mean it can be used in a variety of spaces and ways. You could place a round coffee table on the spherical rug (either centred or off centre depending on your preference) and almost create a spotlight effect within the room – or you could enhance and 'extend' your sofa by placing a rectangular shaped rug at the foot of it. The Bellis Rug by Fabula works great at extending designs into the room such as a sofa or console table, and the marled appearance from its two-tone weave of variegated yarns create an almost ‘rippled’ effect.
Pictured above: Rosemary by Fabula and Luso by Calligaris
For a bolder and more contemporary style, the Rosemary Rug by Fabula offers deep contrasting stripes with a bright red border at each end. The rug is reversible which gives it even more versatility within your space. For a design that is still contemporary but offers more muted tones, the Luso Rug by Calligaris features a beige background with raised chenille patterns in contrasting colours. This gives the rug its own areas of focus, meaning you can play with its placement even further.
These are just a few suggestions and ways to give your floor an opportunity to to show off and lift your interior design from the ‘ground up’. Whatever you choose, don’t let your floors go to waste – they can really make a difference to a room