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has fi­nally ar­rived, af­ter a grim and grey win­ter that, to me, seemed to last an eter­nity. With the com­ing of warmer weather and longer, lighter days, one of the things that re­ally thrills me about the shift in sea­sons is the colour green… Sud­denly it’s ev­ery­where. From the sprout­ing grass on lawns to the new leaves on trees, at this time of year the shade crowds into our sub­con­scious in all its ver­dant, vi­brant glory, packed with pos­i­tiv­ity and the promise of things to come.

As our thoughts turn to growth and re­newal, so too we shift our at­ten­tion away from the in­te­ri­ors we in­habit, look­ing be­yond our own four walls to fo­cus on the world out­side. The blur­ring of these two en­vi­ron­ments and how we tran­si­tion be­tween them has al­ways fas­ci­nated me. Af­ter all, there’s no bet­ter way to freshen up a room than with plants, while out­door spa­ces can of­ten ben­e­fit from el­e­ments usu­ally found in­side the home.

For this rea­son, our lat­est is­sue cel­e­brates this sense of sea­sonal flux, with our first-ever spe­cial sec­tion ded­i­cated to in­door/out­door liv­ing. It en­com­passes ev­ery­thing from the per­fect house­plants and which rooms to use them in to a raft of in­spi­ra­tional ideas that will give your out­door spa­ces real style and char­ac­ter – in­clud­ing the best new fab­rics de­signed to be used out­side.

The beau­ti­ful prop­er­ties that we’ve cho­sen to show­case this month fol­low a sim­i­lar theme, with their own­ers show­ing an ap­ti­tude for break­ing down the bar­ri­ers be­tween in­doors and out, bring­ing in light and em­brac­ing fab­u­lous fo­liage. We also re­veal our edit of the world’s best out­door fur­ni­ture – now is the time to in­vest in pieces that will last you through sum­mer and be­yond.

Even if, like me, your gar­den­ing skills leave a lit­tle to be de­sired, hope­fully this month we can in­spire you to throw open your win­dows, let some air and light in, and get into green. It’ll do you and your home the world of good.

Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor

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