Every year there are phases and themes of decorating that breeze in and breeze back out again just as quickly. The fad for florals has been with us for a year and I did think it was passing through but no. . . . in a recent up market homes and countrystyle magazine, there were many advertisements for sweet romantic roses round the cottage door style of curtaining and matching blinds. I found one or two a little overpowering but for the designer it was achance to show how to bring the garden inside. The same with one or two tree prints – many of this year’s themes include tall trees in their design, combined with roses, lillies and other flora based beauties, it is a perfect way to bring that calmness and tranquility a garden naturally exudes. For a long time we seem to have a very shabby chic french theme running through these more expensive magazine shoots. Everything seemed to bebased in a french gite or villa, tucked away in very lovely countryside and this reminded many a family of their summer escapades!