Archive :   May   2012
POSTED May 20, 2012 10:53 pm IN:

Nikki and her team have been hard at work all weekend finishing off the final details of her exculsive Artisan Garden Retreat ready for the Chelsea Flower Show which starts this week. And Nikki’s finished retreat we think is fabulous…

…outside and inside.

Nikki’s concept was to create a place that would be ideal to read, work and be inspired by nature. She filled the space with gorgeous and lux soft furnishings, sumptuous flowers inside and out, and her favourite books and art work. Nikki has included pieces from Tom Dixon, Karen Nicol and Nathalie Lete as well as a range of pieces of art that Nikki doesn’t just keep confined to inside…

Nikki will be at the show all this week so keep checking our blog for the latest Chelsea Flower Show goings-on.

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POSTED May 16, 2012 11:15 am IN:

At last we can reveal the fabulous and exclusive Stylist front cover in honour of the Chelsea Flower Show designed by Nikki. The first ‘living’ cover commissioned by Stylist, Nikki was privileged to be asked and excited at the challenge to create a cover completely out of flowers and plants. At almost 4 metres long, Nikki and her team built each individual element of the cover at our design studio and then constructed it at the photographic studio with Stylist Photography Director, Tom Gormer and photographer Tessa Traeger.

Over 3,000 flowers and plants were used in total; with 2,100 of them were luscious roses which were used for each petal and the ‘Stylist’ logo. For the centre of flower Nikki opted for bright yellow carnations, while the background to the flower was a combination of Helxine and moss, with white hydrangea providing the white background and boarder. Reindeer moss was used to fashion the top banner, while the ‘The Return of Flower Power’ was made at out of Chrysanthemums. When it came to making the flower, Nikki chose an array of roses and spray roses so that it created a varying shade of colour, resulting in the tips of the petals becoming lighter and helping to give the bloom a 3D effect.

The petals took two people to carry in and place them in the marked out boarder, while Tessa and her photography team made sure that the spacing and lettering were spot on using a template of the magazine on the computer.

Shot from above, Nikki worked with Tessa and the Stylist team to make sure that every leaf, petal and element of the cover looked perfect before taking the final shot.

The final result was absolutely stunning and Nikki and her team want to thank Stylist for giving us the opportunity to get creative and design something on such a massive scale that allows so many people to see the beauty of what can be fashioned from flowers. And on top of that Nikki gets to re-create the front cover at the Chelsea Flower Show next so that all visitors can get up close and see the detail that has gone into creating such a unique magazine cover.

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