Archive :   November   2012
POSTED November 30, 2012 2:43 pm IN:

The first of December is fast approaching and we have been busy making sure that our clients are getting into the Christmas spirit by decorating their private homes and businesses. Our elves (Nikki and the fabulous Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart events team) have been working all over London and outside the city, creating beautiful Christmas trees and winter wonderlands, bespoke to our clients needs.

The Groucho Club received the Nikki Tibbles magic with an old fashioned Christmas theme in gold, green and red running through the private members club. Using nutcrackers and candy canes to add character to the trees and wreaths, Nikki also incorporated red berries, gold leaves, sparkling holly and groupings of dried fruit. Baubles of different sizes were hung from the ceiling and outside we placed mini Christmas on the terraces, while at the entrance we created a arrangement of fresh pine, red ilex berries and gold magnolia leaves along the facade of the building.

Down the road from our Pimlico shop we opted for simplicity at Hilary Batstone’s antique shop with a beautiful white tree filled with lights, white pine cones and calico ribbon which suited her chic shop perfectly.

And staying with the white theme we decorated Manchester United’s offices in white and silver, creating a beautiful twinkling tree in their entrance which was simple yet striking.

We had fun yesterday at the Google Agency fashioning a blue, red, yellow and green traditional Christmas tree in keeping with the Google colours in time for their Christmas Party last night. While at Carval, we went all blue and gold with blue baubles and luscious gold bows and flowers.

Red and gold was the festive theme at Bloomsbury Ballroom with gold phalaenopsis and traditional red baubles, beautiful!

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POSTED November 27, 2012 4:47 pm IN:

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Nikki had spent the afternoon with the team from local glossy magazine, The Hill, being interviewed and photographed for their main feature for the December issue. Well, here are the final results just in time for the run up to Christmas.

Nikki talks to the local Notting Hill and Kensington magazine about how Wild at Heart came to be, the bespoke Christmas design service that Nikki offers for both homes and business and what her plans are this Christmas with her family and of course, her dogs.

Thank you to The Hill for a great shoot and a brilliant article on Nikki and Wild at Heart. To read the full article pick up a copy in any local cafe, estate agents or shop in the Notting Hill or Kensington area.

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POSTED November 23, 2012 2:57 pm IN:

As promised, here is the second instalment of the beautiful and classic country wedding that I worked on in September. Keeping the same natural colour scheme of green, white, cream and grey that we used in the church, we incorporated three types of table arrangements into the marquee that transformed the space into an elegant, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ style reception. With 14 tables to dress I created three concepts that would all stand out on their own but that would complement each other at the same time.

The first table saw a series of small grey garden urns which were filled with white roses, grey eucalyptus, olive and were surrounded by silver stemmed hurricane lamps and grey tea lights, while the second arrangement consisted of white candles placed on tall candelabra with a garland of eucalyptus and white roses in a bed of white hydrangea and again encircled by grey tea lights. The third display was the most striking of them all and consisted of a tall tree made of eucalyptus and adorned with knots of white roses and small hanging lanterns, all placed in a bed of white hydrangea.

On the top table we placed a series of grey garden urns alongside grey frosted vases both filled with white roses, grey eucalyptus, olive and again surrounded by silver stemmed hurricane lamps and grey tea lights, down the centre of the table. The end results were breathtaking and I felt that we had created an unfussy effect that was at the same time chic and worked with the surrounding environment in a beautiful and simplistic way.

To continue the secret garden theme outside of the marquee, the bride supplied us with an area where she wanted guests to be able to chill out while at the same time feeling like they were in a mystical garden scene. So, we placed metal urns filled with hydrangea, ivy, olive, eucalyptus around the family garden swing and wooden benches and then placed objects such as an old bike, garden gates, a pile of logs and used ivy to blend them into the garden and create a secret garden effect.

A second marquee, which was used as the initial champagne reception venue was later turned into a ‘nightclub’ for guests to dance the night away. In this space I kept things simple so that there was space to move around and mingle. I placed a large grey garden urn filled with a mass of white hydrangea on the bar and then small silver bowls of white roses on the occasional tables dotted around the space. I introduced candlelight by using glass hurricane lamps, storm lanterns and groupings of tea lights, to help give the space a romantic atmosphere.We also dotted olive and silver birch trees around the marquee and underplanted them with olive plants to help conjure up the secret garden feel that the bride wanted to create.

It was a truly magical wedding, which mixed elements of elegance with the beauty of nature. It was a fantastic wedding to be able to work on and be allowed to conjure up a exquisite day for such a lovely couple. Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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POSTED November 22, 2012 3:45 pm IN:

There were dried fruit slices, pine cones, bundles of cinnamon and sprigs of lavender galore last night at our very busy wreath making evening at Nicole Farhi on Fulham Road. Nikki joined forces with fashion designer Nicole Farhi for an exclusive shopping event where guests were able to turn their talents to creating their own bespoke mini wreath to take away on the night. Nikki was on hand, along with some Wild at Heart team members to offer expert advice on how to create the perfect wreath.

 

We love being able to get involved in such brilliant events like last night’s one, as not only do we get to work with amazing people such as Nicole Farhi and Michelle Ogundehin, but we get to meet the fabulous public whose enthusiasm for wreath making was overwhelming. We also learnt a lesson from the evening… always have a bigger table! It seemed that the wreath making was such a popular attraction that guests were more than happy to find a little space in the shop and get to work on their festive wreath.

Thanks to Nicole Farhi for choosing us for such a fabulous event!


 

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POSTED November 22, 2012 11:12 am IN:

If the tweets and blog posts this morning are anything to go by, then our evening last night of wreath making at Nicole Farhi went well, with guests sharing their personally designed wreaths. Here is one blog post from Bianca of Luxe Life and Style whose wreath combines a beautiful mix of dried fruit, lavender, pine cones and lichen – well done Bianca!

{ A Festive Evening at Nicole Farhi }

Posted by Bianca on November 22nd, 2012

Yesterday evening a friend and I attended a fabulous Christmas Evening hosted by Nicole Farhi at their Fulham Road store. We were treated to a wonderful evening full of champagne, mince pies, wreath making (courtesy of Wild at Heart) and of course a feast of gorgeous clothes and homeware.

Both my husband and I are big fans of Nicole Farhi. Their designs are chic, classic with a modern twist, and importantly, well made using quality fabrics. And their homeware is very much in line with the statement pieces you will find in their womens and menswear collections.

Here are a few of my fave pieces and a sneak peek at my attempt to create a festive wreath!

Images from left } Border Spot Blouse, Needle Punch Panel Jacket, Checked Square Scarf, Leather Clutch, Clustered Bobbles Necklace, Cashmere Suiting Dress

Images from left } Compact Wool Melton Jacket, Selvedge Tipping Scarf, Cotton Check Shirt, Unspun Knit

Images from left } 1960′s Metal Work Desk, Set of Four Agate Slice Coasters, LYS Lily Printed Leather Cushion, Nicole Farhi Scented Candle, Short Dimple Tumblr

Fine tuning my wreath making skills! Image } Luxe Life & Style

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POSTED November 19, 2012 5:34 pm IN:

Sometimes the key to creating a stunning wedding setting is to keep things simple and chic. Forget trying to cram in as many colours and textures as you can possibly find at the flower market because when it comes to fashioning a wedding in a sophisticated way, less is often more. This was the case for this beautiful wedding I worked on in September, where the bride’s concept was to have a glamorous and contemporary feel with a secret garden element to the reception part of the day which was set in the stunning grounds of her parent’s home.

I loved working on this wedding as the end results met mine and most importantly, the bride and groom’s expectations. It was decided that to achieve the contemporary feel the colour palette would be kept simple, using just greens, whites, creams and greys.

The ceremony took place in the local village church and guests were met by an elegant arch of soft grey eucalyptus and olive which were adorned with grey ribbons. While in the porch of the church two grey urns on grey plinths were filled with fountains of soft cream and white stock.

Inside the church, the charming atmosphere was offset perfectly by simple but striking phew ends made up of eucalyptus, olive and white stock and finished off with grey bows. The arrangements seen in the entrances were mirrored at the front of the altar, while the six windowsills featured glass hurricane lamps and an arrangement of eucalyptus.

What turned this usually simply surroundings into something dramatic were the three large hanging chandeliers which I created from olive, eucalyptus, white peonies, delphiniums and roses. The results were stunning, creating the effect of a floral covering over the aisle, perfect to frame the bride’s entrance.

 

 

Keep checking our blog for the second installment of this fabulous wedding, with the next post revealing the secret garden inspired reception… but until then have a little sneak peak below of what was created.

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POSTED November 16, 2012 4:31 pm IN:

We had to share with you this lovely interview by floral blogger Rona Wheeldon, who chatted with Karen Nicol about her collaboration with Nikki and how thrilled she was to work with her at the Chelsea Flower Show this year. Having worked with Nikki on private projects since 2006, Karen and Nikki have more recently collaborated on soft furnishings, with Karen creating beautiful floral designs inspired by Nikki’s favourite flowers which we sell online and in our shops. The New Year will see Nikki and Karen working on more designs but for now take a look at Karen’s interview for Flowerona.com.

Introducing textile artist, Karen Nicol…

Karen Nicol Wild at Heart Cushions

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Today, I’m delighted to feature a very talented textile artist called Karen Nicol.

I first came across Karen’s work via florist Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart.  And I absolutely love her floral cushions…the colour combinations, textures and 3D nature.

When did you start your business and where are you based?

I started my business many years ago when I left the Royal College of Art and have always been based in and around London.

Karen-Nicol

Where do you get your inspiration for your floral-inspired designs?

I’m just crazy about flowers.  Our house is always full of them.

My husband and I would rather have flowers in the house than food in the fridge, so I’m continually photographing them and drawing them.

My mother was an artist and demonstrated flower arranging.  She also taught Ikebana for many years, so I was constantly surrounded with flowers as a child.

I’ve also been really influenced by Chinese paintings of nature.  I love the way they seem to abstract a flower yet retain its essence by really looking at the true shapes, rather than creating a symbol to represent it.

Karen-Nicol

Could you tell us about your client base?

I worked in fashion for many years, beginning by designing for a German fashion house and eventually started to regularly collaborate with fashion designers in the UK such as Clements Ribeiro, Matthew Williamson, John Rocha, Markus Lupfer, Betty Jackson and Julien Macdonald. 

Karen-Nicol

And I also did projects with houses such as Chanel, Givenchy, Chloe and Marc Jacobs.

I then expanded the business to work in interiors too and did own label ranges of products with companies such as Designers Guild, Wild at Heart and Anthropologie.  And I also designed for many interiors companies.

I then started to have solo gallery shows and work in art fairs all over the world, selling to clients such as BlackRock bank and many more.

Throughout the diversity of my career, flowers are always a mainstay in textile design, changing with the times yet retaining their constant appeal.

Karen-Nicol

Could you tell us more about your recent collaboration with florist Nikki Tibbles?

I’ve actually worked with Nikki since 2006 creating interiors pieces to go in her fabulous shops.

We share the passion for flowers, especially the big blousy ones. We made cushions and bed linen, throws, tablecloths and napkins…all strewn with bright flowers and leaves.

For the Chelsea Flower Show this year, I was thrilled when Nikki invited me to do a range for her Artisan Retreat.

She told me the flowers she was using…delphiniums, roses, peonies, hydrangeas and sweet peas.  And she sent me the throws and cushions. 

She wanted ‘strange’ colour combinations which made the pieces look really contemporary and out of the ordinary.

Karen Nicol Wild at Heart Cushions

What are your plans for the remainder of 2012?

I’m showing at an Imaginary Menagerie exhibition in New York from November 7th-30th.

Karen-Nicol

Many thanks to Karen for all her help in compiling today’s blog post and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing her beautiful work.

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POSTED November 9, 2012 5:29 pm IN:

The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home once again hosted their annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution last night and as a devoted supporter of Battersea, Nikki was more than happy to support the charity by donating flower arrangements for the tables and the VIP area.  Hosted by Amanda Holden and Paul O’ Grady, the event had a ‘Best of British’ theme, with Nikki designing red, white and blue arrangements which included tulips, hydrangeas and roses.

In its 152nd year of caring for lost, unwanted and abandoned animals, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is a fantastic British institution that along with their supporters help over 3 million animals and give them a second chance in life. Paying tribute to the real stars of the night there was a doggy fashion show where top designers including Stella McCartney, Stephen Jones, Matthew Williamson, Jenny Packham, Henry Holland and Julien Macdonald designed outfits for some of Battersea’s cutest models. Congratualtions to everyone involved for a fantastic night well done.

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POSTED November 9, 2012 4:54 pm IN:

We are excited to be able to share with you a few pictures of the elegant event
that Nikki spent last week working on in Azerbaijan with the fabulous Fiona Leahy Design & Quintessentially events. Nikki designed and oversaw the making of all the table arrangements which featured two complementing designs – one low arrangement and one tall arrangement which helped to give variations for when guests walked into the room, while on the top table, a stunning garland of flowers was draped along the front of the table and flowed over the side and onto the floor.

Behind the striking top table, Nikki and her team built a gorgeous floral arch which featured an array of flowers in soft pinks and whites. An abundance of roses, hydrangeas, amaranthus, peonies, lilac lilac and blooms with preserved eucalyptus helped to create the perfect backdrop and made the ideal focal point within the large room.

The piece de resistance was the stunning hanging floral canopy designed by Fiona Leahy’s team that hovered above the tables in the centre of the room. Made in sections by our florists and attached to a metal frame which was then hoisted into the air, the canopy again featured roses, hydrangeas, amaranths, peonies, lilac lilac and blooms and was dressed with crystal chandeliers, creating pure elegance.

The final results were breathtaking and Nikki was so please to be able to work on such a beautiful event, as well as having the chance to work again with Fiona and the team at Quintessentially – thank you to everyone involved.

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POSTED November 9, 2012 1:36 pm IN:

Working with our friends at GSP events this week, we turned One Marylebone into a beautiful ‘vineyard’ complete with Christmas tree. The wine tasting event saw us create 19 trestles which were covered in vines and real grapes to help give the old church venue a rustic feel.

Continuing the vineyard theme through to the evening dinner, we fashioned beautiful flower arrangements in small gold urns which also featured real grapes and beautiful rich coloured flowers.

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