How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Let's face it, Winter is an emotional rollercoaster. With the decline in temperature, the effects of those overindulgent Christmas festivities, and the added pressure of New Year resolutions, this season can be a drag.

But, with brighter mornings and longer evenings, spring is finally on the horizon. In this month’s post we are focusing on how updating your home interiors can get you out of that winter rut and welcome the new season.

New House Plants

When we talk about spring, words like fresh, floral and cheery come to mind. Foliage is a great first step to incorporate some fresh spring vibes into your home.

From low-maintenance cactuses* to a stylish Monstera (aka the Swiss cheese plant), there are plants to suit everyone, whether you're green fingered or not. Indoor plants don't just add a pop of colour to a dreary room or fill a bleak corner, they can be a subtle way of adding some life into your home, without going over the top with expensive flowers.

What's also great is that house plants are known to reduce stress levels and create a feeling of wellbeing. Plants such as succulents and cactuses are low maintenance, cheap, and readily available to buy. So head to your nearest garden centre or plant shop, and gather your favourite new plant friends!

Our favourite plant shop… NoGutsNoGlory in Exeter

Invest in New Art

A lot of the time we see wall art as an afterthought when re-designing interiors when, in fact, art can have a huge impact on the overall emotion of a room. Certain art can remind us of certain times, places, or memories. A piece of art can be the statement piece of a room and can actually form the colour scheme for everything else in it.

Art doesn't have to be a picture within a frame, you can create numerous everyday objects into pieces of art like free-standing baskets, hats or even clocks. This is a great way of creating space for those miscellaneous objects that you don't always have a home for.

Our favourite artist… Becky Bettesworth

Spring Scents

Interior design isn't just about what you see and how it makes you feel – our sense of smell has a powerful link to our emotions and feelings. Certain smells can create the perfect atmosphere to reflect day, night, or even seasons.

Although it may sound obvious, the first step to neutralising your home scent is opening the windows. There is just something about the crisp breeze that can change the emotion in your home, eliminating any stuffiness, and leaving the room feeling bright and fresh.

Diffusers are also a great way of introducing scents. We love how delicate and non-intrusive diffusers are. Scents such as clean linen, lavender, vanilla and sweet tea are great, neutral, everyday house smells that remind us of spring.

Our favourite diffuser… Willow & Honey Himalayan Cedar & Jasmine

Pops of Colour

Here at Devonshire Tea, we love colour. No doubt you can tell from our packaging and the photos we share that our eye is always drawn to bright, vibrant colours. We love the turn of spring as the flowers start to bloom and the trees start to replenish their leaves, replacing browns and greys with lively greens and yellows.

Adding pops of colour to your interiors is a great way of mirroring spring inside your home. Colours such as pinks, greens, and yellows are perfect spring colours that will bring life and vibrancy to any room. Bright, colourful and patterned cushions, blankets, and throws are cost-effective ways of adding new features to a neutral canvas.

Our favourite blankets… Atlantic Blankets

Rearrange Furniture

We are all creatures of habit — we hate the idea of changing things and, although it can feel like a daunting exercise, you will be thanking us later.

Rearranging furniture is one of the easiest ways to give your own home a spruce without needing to spend a penny. It can make a room feel bigger and, who knows, you might find those long lost keys you thought you would never see again!

Rearranging your kids' rooms can also be a resourceful exercise — it's the perfect opportunity to get rid of those toys that have seen the light of day lately!

Our favourite kids' furniture… Great Little Trading Co.

We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to bring spring into your home. If you give any of our tips a go, be sure to tag us! @devonshiretea #springiscoming

About our Plastic-Free "Stitched" Teabags

The topic of plastic in teabags has come up in the press again recently and, ever since we launched in 2014, we've talked about how our teabags are "stitched" without plastics, glue, or staples like others.

So, let's explain that in some more detail…

Others are Heat-Sealed

The plastic in question relates to is the way the teabag paper is sealed.

Any standard square or round teabags from a big-box supermarket brand are heat-sealed.

The paper teabag is closed with a heat press, so it contains a layer of heat-sealable glue which is made from a thermoplastic such as PVC or polypropylene.

Of course that's perfectly safe for consumption, but we think it feels a little disconcerting once you know it's there.

And, more importantly, the glue causes problems with disposal as the plastic will prevent the teabag from composting.


Ours are "Stitched"

The machine we use folds the teabag filter paper (an unbleached abacá-based fibre) and uses the string to “stitch” it closed, where others might use a staple or glue to close the teabag and attach the string.

There are no plastics, no glues, and no staples in our teabags

But… we should point out that our individually-wrapped teabag envelopes require a barrier layer to keep the delicate flavour in (and others out), so there is a thin layer of polyethylene film lining the envelopes which can be biodegradable under certain conditions.

Food packaging in the wider market has a long way to go to reduce its reliance on plastics, primarily because food safety and quality is so reliant upon that barrier.

But there is a great deal of work being done in the sector to develop alternatives, and we'll continue to explore those developments to find the best balance of quality with minimal environmental impact.

Any questions? Get in touch!


#teaRichard Heath
Our tips to make 2018 the Best Year Yet

If you’re anything like us, 2017 flashed before our eyes. We’re pretty sure that 2018 is going to be the same, if not even faster! It’s too easy to get caught in the whirlwind of life, without actually taking a moment to stop and look at where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. We have put together a few things we’ll be doing to make 2018 the best year yet.

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Set Achievable Goals

All the discussion around new year goals and resolutions of course is motivational, but the questions is, how many people stick to the promises they make to themselves? We’ll be happy to make it halfway through February sticking to what we thought would be our new way of living. The problem with all these promises, restrictions and changes is that if we don’t stick to them and fail, it can make us feel pretty down in the dumps.

Taking time to sit down with a cup of tea and building a plan of action is not just therapeutic, but it will take some of that lingering new year weight off your shoulders. Write down your big goal for 2018 at the top of your piece of paper. Underneath it, write down five smaller goals that you need to do to achieve it. Then set each of these smaller goals a deadline and you may want to add some bullet points of how exactly you will achieve them.

These smaller goals seem much less daunting and much more achievable, especially when they have a deadline. Each week you can look back at your plan and cross off what you have done to get that real sense of achievement. This will motivate you even more when you see you are actually getting closer to achieving your goal.


Practice Mindfulness

The turn of a new year is not just a time to make improvements and adjustments, but also time to get a little selfish too. Concentrating on your own mind and personal wellbeing will give you the energy needed to get through the last of the winter months.

Here at Devonshire Tea we thrive off the lovely fresh air and nature that Devon offers us. For us, there’s nothing better than tying on the walking boots, making a flask of hot tea and hitting the South West Coast Path. Taking 30 minutes out of your day regularly to get moving is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of family and work life.

Whether it’s a gentle walk with the dog or a quick cycle into town, it will give you the boost of energy you deserve, whilst giving your mind the time and space to relax and wander. The Headspace app is a great way of introducing meditation into your daily routine. Meditation has been proven to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better, and this app guides you gently through the process, working with whatever time you have to spare.


Stay Hydrated

It goes without saying that drinking enough water throughout the day will help keep energy levels on a high. If you’re someone who struggles to drink enough, setting reminders or alarms are a wonderful way to keep on top of hydration. There are some great apps out there which remind you to keep hydrated too.

You could also invest in a water bottle with marked hourly hydration targets like this. Remember that all drinks, including tea and coffee, contribute your recommended 8 glasses a day. So, what are you waiting for? Go and stick the kettle on!


Drying Out?

A stiff drink when you get home after a long day helps you to unwind and relax, but having alcohol in the system does make it harder to sleep and may make you a little slower the next day. Also, have you noticed how much more time you’ve got now you’re not on the booze? For those of you battling your way through what might seem the longest and most boring month in the calendar, we have found some great tasting non-alcoholic tipples to get you through the detoxing month.

We’ve found that switching up our usual “gin o’clock” to “iced tea time” has been a fantastic way of quenching thirst whilst curing that want for something tasty to sip on. Simply brew the teabags in the fridge overnight in cold water and add a slice of lemon – our Earl Grey Tea works particularly well for this. Hot drinks have been proven to help relax and prepare the body for sleep, so pop the kettle on, get in your pajamas and grab that book you’ve been meaning to finish.

We’re also loving Devon-based Luscombe’s tasty and natural range of mixers, juices and tonics, especially their Sparkling Elderflower and Hot Ginger Beer! If you’re feeling nifty, you can enjoy one of their delicious new Elderflower tonics or what we like to call a “T&T”, it’ll really trick you into thinking there’s some gin in there.


Healthy Eating

After a good two weeks of eating every festive treat in sight, it can be hard not to feel the slightest bit of guilt. With the harsh prospect of finding the motivation to get back on track as well having to go back to work, it can all get a bit too much. Solutions like weekly meal plans are great way to help you stick to your new personal diet goals.

Meal plans aren't just solutions to the problem of needing to eat the right food and decrease snacking, but making and planning meals is also an expression of creativity. Kitchen chalk boards can be the perfect addition to a family home and a brilliant way of getting the whole family involved. It’s a fun method for slowly introducing and controlling certain foods that your children are eating, helping them to cut down on saturated fats and instead incorporate new and exciting ingredients which are tasty, healthy and nutritional.


#inspirationAbby Millar