Archive :   November   2016
POSTED November 29, 2016 9:47 am IN:

To mark the 1st of December and the countdown to Christmas, Wild at Heart are sharing Nikki’s personal home interior tips this festive season…

What is your advice on creating the perfect tree? 

Your tree will be the focal point of the room and the center piece of the home over the festive period, so choose a theme and colour scheme that will compliment your existing décor.

Decorating your tree with a mixture of standard and over sized ornaments is a great way to give it a more professional look. Embellish your tree with the larger decorations first and don’t be afraid to incorporate a variety of textures to create depth and interest.

I love generosity in everything and Christmas is the perfect excuse for this, I always use masses and masses of lights. I can’t think of anything else that would make your tree more magical!

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Where do you find your Christmas inspiration?

My time is split between my home in London and my home in the country, I find massive inspiration in my surroundings from the architecture and gallery’s in the city to the stunning woods and open fields near my home in the south downs. I love to take the dogs out on big walks on a crisp morning and look out for seasonal foliage and branches such as lush holly and lichen to take home and incorporate into my decorations. It’s important to remember that you can add a natural element to your decorations by using foraged pieces which can be so beautiful and free!

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What are your key tips for fresh flowers in your home during the festive period?

Always work with flowers in season, as they will not only look their best but they will last longer. Every December I fall in love with Anemone’s again, they have such delicate petals and come in a beautiful variety of colours, to suit any home. My home in Notting Hill is bold and bright, so a mixed clashing Anemone Bouquet acts as the perfect accessory to my living space.

You should always make sure you re-cut the stems of your flowers at an angle before placing them in cool water. Ensure your vase is extremely clean and you change the water every couple of days to try and get the most out of your arrangements.

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How do you like to dress your own table for a dinner party over the festive period?

I keep my table simple each year using just a few elements to create impact, again incorporating dried fruit and pine to envelope guests with their beautiful fragrance but also to add a texture to the table. I do have a weakness for a candelabra’s they add a drama and height to the evening, however, for a cozy dinner with friends our new table centers create the perfect focal point.

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Your essential Christmas must have…?

Christmas scents are essential… no matter what decor I have each year, I always try and incorporate fresh pine, scented O’Hara roses, cinnamon and dried orange. These scents are such an indulgence at Christmas and evoke so many memories for me.

If you have an aga it’s really easy to make dried oranges yourself.  I slice them into thin segments, lay them on a baking sheet in leave them in the bottom of aga for a couple of days.

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What kind of Christmas wreath do you go for?

I always go OTT with my wreaths, the more indulgent the better, again you should consider existing decor and colour of your door when choosing your own. I will be spending Christmas in the country this year, so have gone with a large, dried orange, lime and pine wreath – it smells delicious!

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POSTED November 23, 2016 10:44 am IN:

We returned to the historical venue of One Marylebone recently to dress the hall for a spectacular 21st birthday like no other. Alongside globally renowned Lilingston Events, Nikki and our talented creative team worked closely to curate a magical evening that will never be forgotten.

With the freedom to explore the brief of  ‘blue’, our team took inspiration from many sources to bring to life the concept of a wonderfully detailed, playful and luxurious ‘Midnight Forest’.

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With a tight turnaround, our talented army of florists worked tirelessly day and night on the run up to the evening’s festivities, creating a staggering 8ft of flowered table runners and 20 stunning statement trees – with no area of the venue left untouched.

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On the evening guests were welcomed into the entrance hall for a drinks reception, which was dressed in beautiful light grey Lilingston bespoke furniture and framed with a wonderful light grey sparkling fern arch.

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Guests were then lead into the great hall, and into the Midnight Forest….

Two tables ran the length of the room, dressed with intricate table runners comprising of a generous mix of red dahlias, pimpernel hydrangea, clematis, lilac tulips, anenome, delicate grape hyacinth and four different types of blue delphinium. The runner took inspiration from the wilderness of a forest floor, with pimpernel hydrangea leading guests attention up to the forest canopy . The table setting was accented with details such as Wild at Heart bespoke, hand-blown glass oil lamps, filled with dyed blue paraffin, and striking agate place cards designed by Lilingston.

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The statement trees were comprised with a mass of glitter and cobalt blue sprayed asparagus fern, which created the sparkling forest top.  After the lavish dinner in the Midnight Forest, guests were invited to walk along the custom blue glitter carpet and retire to the dance floor for an evening of entertainment provided by Jess Gylnne.

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A spectacular event! Many thanks again to the wonderful Lillingston Events.

 

 

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POSTED November 10, 2016 1:39 pm IN:

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We recently dressed both the church and reception for an elegant wedding in Cambridge. Using a simple colour pallet of  white and cream mixed with green, Wild at Heart created a beautifully simple look for the ecstatic bride and groom.

The entrance to the church was transformed with a bespoke arch created using an abundance of fresh flower, such as; lilly of the valley, eucalyptus, majolica, spray and sweet scented O’Hara roses. The striking arch that encircled the doorway acted as the perfect photo setting for both the guests and the newly wedded couple after they completed their nuptials.

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As guests entered the vast hall that played host to the evenings events they we struck by the calming aroma of the lavender and rosemary which was incorporated into each arrangement. Varying sized bud vases decorated the tables with large nordic fern arrangements standing tall above guests as they enjoyed the evening. Mirroring the style of the ceremony the reception was set simply yet beautifully with crisp white table linen accented with simple crystal tea lights and candelabras.

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POSTED November 10, 2016 1:38 pm IN:

img_8555Thank you to Living etc. for the festive feature on Nikki in this months issue. Among other notable creatives, Nikki outlines her essential Christmas interior tips and inspiration in the article shot in her stunning London home.

One of  her favourite time of year, Nikki stands by her mantra of ‘generosity’ at Christmas and the styling of this shoot certainly followed this. Opulence was the key theme as she dressed her bold dining room for an intimate dinner among close friends.

The look which enveloped the room was created using a mass of gold asparagus fern and sweet scented garden roses to form a unique and over the top  garland, striking table center and dress her standout pine tree.  Her antique, marble, dining table was set in clashing green crockery, gold cutlery and accented with beautiful gold napkin rings, with an added final flourish of hand written festive menus.

Read all of Nikki’s festive interior style tips in this months issue of Living etc.

 

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POSTED November 10, 2016 12:46 pm IN:

It’s time to say goodbye to one of our favourite garden flowers until next summer. The dahlia originating from mexico comes in a variation of beautiful forms. From the most detailed little ‘pom poms’ to creamy  Caf‎é-au-lait as large as dinner plates, New Covent Garden flower market has been brimming with the dahlia’s throughout summer and autumn.img_082013671834_1798374533725472_1421610272_n16Throughout summer our florists have been using an abundance of bright dahlias in our luxury bouquets and our creative team have been incorporating a mix of deep burgundy and plum colours into our amazing weddings and events, such as the recent showcase at Kensington Palace.

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POSTED November 7, 2016 11:55 am IN:

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at Wild at Heart HQ…! Over the past few weeks we have been hard at work creating the new Bicester Village festive install. The scent of fresh pine and dried lavender have been enveloping the workshop as our creative events team made a series of over sized wreaths, transformed the Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart feature tree and even created a bespoke sleigh to complete the festive look.

We would love to see your pictures of the Wild at Heart embellished Village, so tag us on Instagram using @nikkitibbleswildatheart  or Twitter using: @wildathearthq

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