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.
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.
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!
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!