Style: Styling the seasons February

This month's styling the seasons is a bit different because lovely Laura Ashley have joined in and asked a bunch of regular styling the seasoners to style up some things from their Spring /summer 2015 range.

You'll be able to see what the other bloggers came up with over on the Laura Ashley Blog on the 10th and 11th of February. And if you vote for your favourite you could win £50 worth of Laura Ashley vouchers.

Now in our house we don't go in for Valentine's. But since we first became boyfriend and girlfriend in February fourteen years ago (fourteen years - really fourteen years - that's a loooooong time) I wanted to create a little table for two - in the hopes that we might actually get five minutes or maybe even twenty minutes of peace so we could sit down together and have a casual lunch. Fingers crossed.

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I chose this lovely and fresh Pussy Willow Sea Spray wall paper which I used to make placemats by gluing it onto some ply wood and then varnishing it with lots of thin coats or a clear mat varnish. There's a great tutorial on this on Katy's blog - if you want to make your own - it's really simple.

I also chose this lovely brass effect lantern to add a little candle light to the table without going for a plain old votive.

I scavenged around at the local antiques shop and fell in love with these mother of pearl handled knives and some old silver forks which look lovely tied with some simple ribbon.

And of course seasonal flowers -  it wouldn't be a post from me if there weren't flowers. I used some pussy willow in the vase too to highlight the print on the mats.

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I love how simple and fresh this table is - now we just need to find the time for a quiet lunch.

Don't forget you can join in with styling the seasons by tagging your instagram posts with #stylingtheseasons and @aptapothecary and @lottsandlots .