November 17, 2017

You may have noticed, we love styling with patterns at Pollen. People are often hesitant to incorporate patterns into home styling because it can be tricky to achieve a sense of balance. We're here to share some easy tips on how to use pattern effectively, whatever the space!

Tip 1 – Colour Theme

An easy way to make a collection of patterns appear less cluttered is to have a consistent colour theme. This significantly simplifies the busy-ness in the room by avoiding colour clashes. This method unifies the space by having little pockets of similar colours dotted around the room.

Pollen uses navy blue to unite the patterns in its space. Blue books line the bookshelves, blue cushions adorn the armchairs and lounge, and a blue pattern is served up to you on your plates of food!

A simple base colour palette is recommended, you may opt for all neutrals, or greys with a pop of copper. Through the use of a consistent base colour, the patterns are highlighted and your eye is drawn to the difference...

November 6, 2017

The weather is warming up and mosquitos are mustering.

We've put together a list of common plants which can be used to naturally keep the mosquitos at bay, while also enhancing the greenery of your outdoor entertaining area, and in some cases your culinary delights too.

The plants work by releasing chemicals which the bugs detest. You can even go one step further and make your own natural mosquito-repelling essential oils and bug-spray from the plants!


Place a pot of basil on the sill to deter mosquitos, conveniently the basil is close by for cooking – win-win. Varieties such as lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the most successful in keeping mosquitos at bay.


It is said that catnip can be more effective than DEET. While having the plant nearby makes a difference, this plant works best when the leaves are crushed and rubbed onto the skin. There are also plenty of recipes for catnip bug-spray.


Scented geraniums release a lovely citronella aroma, keeping mosquitos and oth...

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