Archive :   July   2013
POSTED July 19, 2013 11:31 am IN:

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers…” Walt Whitman

The annual HarperCollins Summer Party has become something which I look forward to each year and this year was no exception! I mean, what can be more beautiful than styling flowers with literature?

This year, I set out to create an enchanted, sun-lit forest in Kensington Palace’s beautiful Orangery. Luckily for us all, it was another balmy Summer’s night, with the sunshine casting a delicious haze over the whole evening…perfect for my sun-lit forest vision!

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My colour palette was ivory, parchment white, soft ambers, rose golds, creamy peaches, smooth apricots and velvety champagne tones, all mixed into one dreamy mix.  Using fragrant, apricot and lemon stocks, peach delphiniums, cream and peach peonies and antique caramel roses, I created large flower meadows around magnificent, paper trees and floor to ceiling flower columns which framed both the entrance to the Orangery and provided stunning focal points inside the terrace marquee. What with the fragrant stocks and peonies, the room smelt divine, while the blend of colours provided a visual feast for all of the literary guests.

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POSTED July 19, 2013 9:15 am IN:

A slightly different post, but one that is very close to my heart. I have recently been exposed to the NoToDogMeat global movement that is trying to convince worldwide governments to put a stop to the torture and consumption of dogs. Some countries are yet to adopt animal welfare and are treating them in unimaginable ways. In March 2014 the World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the meat trade will join with experts to host a conference on the issue, by signing the petition we can put a stop to this. It’s not just cultural differences it is an unregulated, illegal industry.

I am utterly disturbed and disgusted that things like this go on in other countries, if like me you feel passionately about the welfare of dogs and cats, please don’t ignore this. To sign the petition please follow this link.

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For more information on how you can help with events, donations and general support, please also visit the No To Dog Meat website here and like their facebook page here

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POSTED July 16, 2013 11:22 am IN:

And so the sun keeps on shining! Whoever doubted ‘The Great British Summer?’

Summer has to be my favourite season for events. The charm of warm, sun-lit evenings is just dreamy and so perfect for a spectacular dinner or drinks reception… and the past couple of weeks have certainly seen plenty! I am delighted to have been able to work on some fabulous private events at some of my favourite London venues.

The first, a feast of peachy, lemony, creamy tones at the beautiful Wallace Collection and the second, a rich spread of bold, jewel colours to dress Kensington Palace’s stunning Orangery.

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The brief for The Wallace Collection was to be sunny and bright—just like the weather and so we blended fragrant lemon peonies with buttery yellow roses, creamy white hydrangea, apricot avalanche roses, scented sweet peas and zingy alchemilla mollis.  With over a couple of hundred delightful table arrangements, accompanied by masses of fine, cut crystal tea lights and crystal hurricane lanterns, the overall result was simply breath-taking and certainly a night to remember for all the lucky dinner guests.

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The Orangery always looks spectacular but on a sun-drenched evening it simply shines. As ever, it was a great honour to style this wonderful room and this particular event was especially joyful, as I got to inject an eclectic mix of colour into the space. Hot pink and crimson piano roses, petrol blue hydrangeas, delicious mixed sweet peas and canary yellow peonies adorned the 130 foot mirrored table. Intermingled amongst the arrangements were my favourite golden lanterns and tea-lights, which glowed beautifully against the exquisite mirrored table.  Long may the good weather continue…I can’t wait to do more events in the sun!

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Thanks to Lottie Hope for The Kensington Palace photo.

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POSTED July 15, 2013 5:01 pm IN:

I always love a good floral challenge and this month it came in the shape of the Google and Youtube logos. I was asked to create the two household logos out of fresh flowers, to be displayed in The Google Tent at the famous House Festival.

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This one day, premium festival was attended by nearly 10,000 revellers and party goers who enjoyed a scorching afternoon and evening of top music, entertainment, food and drink. Money raised from the event went to English Heritage, who owns the beautiful Marble Hill House property where the festival took place. Valuable renovation work can now be undertaken on the magnificent Palladian Villa, which is set on sixty-six acres of picturesque, riverside parkland.

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As a friend of the festival, Google had their very own summer garden tent, which was filled with all things bright and beautiful!  Amongst the coloured sunglasses, over-sized planted tea cups and neon cocktails hung our large flower panels, which spelled out ‘Google’ and ‘Youtube’ in white hydrangea and coloured carnations. What fun!

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POSTED July 15, 2013 3:04 pm IN:

Everyone who knows me knows that beautiful wallpaper is a great passion of mine. It will, therefore, come as no surprise that I was delighted to be asked to provide the flowers for the wonderful Cole and Son’s private view of their latest, fabulous collection at the ever-stunning Kensington Palace last week. Their new, Historic Royal Palaces Collection, set to launch to the public on September 22nd 2013, is a series of contemporary designs, inspired by the five, grand royal residences: The Tower of London, Kew Palace, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and The Banqueting House.

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The splendour of the Orangery at Kensington Palace provided the perfect backdrop for the beautifully styled quadrants, in which the exquisite new wallpapers and boarders were each displayed. Each design is inspired by various architectural, horticultural and interior details found in and around the five, historic palaces and yet true to the Cole and Son style, they remain suitable and relevant for the modern household.

With a sumptuous colour palette of mint greens, deep pinks, rich purples, metallic bronzes and brushed silvers, designing the flowers for this event was an absolute pleasure. In line with the concept behind the wallpapers, my challenge was to create arrangements that were at once suitable for the modern home and the royal palaces. My brief: to be English, formal and contemporary.

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I decided to use a mix of deep purple and pink hydrangea to complement the opulent colours in the papers and contrast against the more monochrome patterns. Shapely Victorian Palms fanned out from stone urns filled with tall, formal, rich purple delphiniums, two-tone Regina classic hydrangeas circled an ornate, china candle stick, while lush Garden Ferns, velvety bun moss and aromatic, mixed planted herbs spilled out of an antique chest of drawers! Needless to say I had great fun putting all of this together!

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A huge thank you to Cole and Son for asking me to be a part of their new launch and congratulations to them all on, once again, producing the finest of wallpapers! I wish them all the very best with this beautiful, new collection, which, I have no doubt will be a great success!

 

 

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POSTED July 8, 2013 4:08 pm IN:

I am delighted to unveil the fabulous Hen House I have designed, using my favourite flowers of roses, peonies, dahlias and hydrangea in different shades of pink; hot pink for the roof and pale pink for the sides and floor inside.  To be auctioned by the RHS to raise money for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening which encourages and supports school gardens, and the Addington Fund which supports British farming.

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The Hen House is currently on show at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show along side other houses designed by Sophie Conran, David Domoney, Philippa Forrester, Kate Humble and Deborah Meaden, each house is truly individual!

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The auction will be running from 9th July to 28th July, on eBay.

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POSTED July 5, 2013 3:38 pm IN:

Philip Thomas and Christian Quinlan are the founders of a new auction house, The Cabinet Rooms, which has both a physical and virtual presence, with the aim of creating a showroom with a modern and stylish feel. The Cabinet Rooms has no fixed address which will allow sales to be held in quirky and interesting spaces throughout London.

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The first sale is happening by our fabulous Turquoise Island store on Westbourne Grove at the former postal sorting office from 5th to 9th July, as well as running online. We are delighted to be providing the flowers for the sales and with interesting pieces on offer from a 1981 floor lamp by Mr Ettore Sottsass to a high-back chair in mahogany that was designed by Mr Harry Napper in the Arts and Crafts style in 1905 we are sure the sale will be a huge success!

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POSTED July 5, 2013 3:36 pm IN:

Masterpiece London has come to an end, we have had a wonderful week and Nikki was honored to have been asked to supply the flowers for this year’s event. Nikki used a simple mixture of white and green to create the Chic woodland theme. Gorgeous white magnolia was teamed with lime green Boston ferns and garden ferns for the aisle arrangements within the fair while using simple white casablanca lilies and white delphinium to fill the entrance with two fabulous statement displays.

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POSTED July 4, 2013 4:41 pm IN:

Last week Sophie Conran was writing wedding inspired blogs, I was delighted to be asked to help with flower advice for your big day! Here are some of my tips.

The first meeting is so important if you have ideas and visions, as many of us do, make sure you bring them with you. You can use images from other weddings that you have loved, fabrics that you may have seen. Why not create a list of your favourite flowers that could be included, if you jot them down and come prepared we can help create your dream wedding. I believe the flowers at your wedding can really reflect you as a person and I want you to feel perfect on your day.Atelier264

Everyone should be able to have amazing flowers at their wedding and sometimes our budgets can restrict us, if this is the case have a couple of exquisite arrangements that will be seen by everyone and you can still create that luxurious feel.

To read Sophie Conran’s blog in more detail click here.

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POSTED July 4, 2013 4:38 pm IN:

I was thrilled when Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity asked Wild At Heart to supply the flowers for the official Formula 1 Party this year! We were tasked with putting together floral displays that would transform Old Billingsgate into a fabulous location for the party.

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We assembled an array of blue and white Delphiniums on glass chalice vases, with a bed of red rose petals floating within the vase, which gave the main entrance a dramatic yet elegant feel.

At the bars, stage and auction stand were similar arrangements, along with classic white and blue cloudy hydrangea and scented white roses. It’s amazing how flowers can transform a venue!

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We also placed small bouquets of rich red roses on the tables, which created an even more glamorous feel to the evening.

Congratulations to GOSHCC and F1 for producing another fantastic party which took place on Wednesday 26th June 2013, raising money for the wards and facilities at Great Ormond Street including their new Heart and Lung centre which opened in June 2012. It wouldn’t have been successful without everyone that helped and took part, including special musical guest, James Morrison and Creative Director, Tamara Ecclestone.

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