Winter Metallics – Elemental by Voyage Maison

Tall, elegant and with a winter colour palette of whites, greys and metallics, the Khione vase in Frost, lends itself perfectly to the latest Autumn/Winter trends. Note the most unusual combination of a subtle shading of frosted white speckles that thins out before meeting the high gloss, almost liquid, gold finish that’s flaring off the base of the vases. Together with the decadent two-tone sequined cushions and throws from the Voyage Decoration collection, styled against a backdrop of wall art in Synnova, these pieces sit perfectly together and give us a glimpse into the upcoming colours for the next winter season.

 

Khione vase in Frost by Voyage Maison

 

Eucalyptus & Thistle

 

Khione vase in Frost and wall art Synnova Repeat all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost and wall art Synnova Repeat all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison

 

Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison

 

 

 

 

Voyage is a fabric house known for gorgeous fabrics in prints, weaves and luxe textiles like velvets and stylish embroidered sequined designs. Their colour palate, always rich with deep, moody shades and designs, often reflecting nature. The Voyage Maison range is the home accessory part, boasting a desirable collection of rugs, lamps, more cushions you can dream of and now, most recently, statement glass vases worthy of an art gallery.

Credits: Khione Medium and tall vases in Frost. Wall art Synnova Repeat. Stripe velvet cushion in Galatea Midnight. Two toned sequined cushions and two toned sequined throws, all by Voyage Maison.

Styling, Photos & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Pink Vases – Elemental by Voyage Maison

One word sprung to mind when I saw these vases; delicious! The pink and purple swirls, the pale blush marbling and together with the glossy finish, they both remind me of giant lollipops. So just imagine how gorgeous they would look, with or without flowers, in any home. Both these vases are from the Elemental collection by Voyage Maison.

The tall bottles shaped vase with delicate marbling in shades of blush pinks, is called  Alcyone tall vase in colour Oyster. The elegant shape of the slim neck is just wide enough for one stem, if any is needed at all. Where as the easy rounded shape of the Melusina vase in colour Tourmaline, lends itself perfectly to be filled with blooms. On their own they look gorgeous too and because of their size, they make a real show.

 

Voyage Pink vases, Alcyone tall vase in Oyster and Melusina round vase in Tourmaline, wall art, Simba in Watermelon

 

pink peonies

 

Alcyone tall vase in Oyster and Melusina round vase in Tourmaline, all by Voyage

 

Alcyone tall vase in Oyster and Melusina round vase in Tourmaline, fusion Shrabana Lotus all by Voyage

 

Alcyone tall vase in Oyster and Melusina round vase in Tourmaline, by Voyage

 

Alcyone tall vase in Oyster and Melusina round vase in Tourmaline, Shrabana Lotus cushion, by Voyage

 

Alcyone tall vase in Oyster and Melusina round vase in Tourmaline, by Voyage

 

Voyage is a fabric house known for gorgeous fabrics in prints, weaves and luxe textiles like velvets and stylish embroidered sequined designs. Their colour palate, always rich with deep, moody shades and designs, often reflecting nature. The Voyage Maison range is the home accessory part, boasting a desirable collection of rugs, lamps, more cushions you can dream of and now, most recently, statement glass vases worthy of an art gallery.

Credits:  Alcyone tall vase in Oyster colour, £53, Melusina round vase in Tourmaline, £50, Elemental range available from John Lewis. Wallpaper called wall art; pink and orange twig design, Simba Watermelon. Pink and purple feather design, Nada Lotus. Cushion in Shrabana Lotus.

 

Styling, Photos & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

 

Blue Atargatis Vase – Elemental by Voyage Maison

When I saw the new glass vase collection called, Elemental from Voyage Maison, I immediately fell in love with the Atargatis hand cut vase and bowl in lapis blue. I adore the ombre´ shading and the tactile matte outer finish, contrasting with the glossy inside of the bowl. The curves and matte texture reminds me of ‘sea glass’, where old pieces of glass are weathered by the motion of the sea and salt water before being washed up on the beach. Both sea glass and vase having this matte, rounded and opaque appearance. So its also very aptly named, Atargatis, being a mermaid-like Syrian goddess.

I have mentioned before my love for coloured glass and so I was very excited to try these gorgeous vases in my own humble abode, hoping that they would fit in here too. Here is the first of three posts showing the gorgeous new vase collection by Voyage Maison.

Blue hydrangea, white hydrangea, blue delphinium

 

Atargatis hand cut vase & bowl in Lapis, from Voyage. Nebula wall art in Moon, Voyage

 

Atargatis hand cut vase & bowl in Lapis, from Voyage. Nebula wall art in Moon, Voyage

 

Atargatis hand cut vase & bowl in Lapis, from Voyage. Nebula wall art in Moon, Voyage

 

Atargatis hand cut vase & bowl in Lapis, from Voyage. Nebula wall art in Moon, Voyage

 

Atargatis hand cut vase & bowl in Lapis, from Voyage. Nebula wall art in Moon, Voyage

 

Voyage is a fabric house known for gorgeous fabrics in prints, weaves and luxe textiles like velvets and stylish embroidered sequined designs. Their colour palate, always rich with deep, moody shades and designs, often reflecting nature. The Voyage Maison range is the home accessory part, boasting a desirable collection of rugs, lamps, more cushions you can dream of and now, most recently, statement glass vases worthy of an art gallery.

Credits:    Atargatis hand cut vase, £80, and bowl, £56, in Lapis from the Elemental Artistic Glassware collection, available from John Lewis. Alchemy wall art in Nebula Moon. Textiles are from the Alchemy Lustre collection, the trees velvet cushion are Helios Midnight and the stripe velvet cushion is in Galatea Amethyst.

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles.

Chelsea Flower Show 2016 Show Gardens

Show Gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The LG Smart Garden designed by Hay Joung Hwang

The LG Smart garden designed by Hay Joung Hwang

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The M&G Garden designed by Cleve West

The M&G Garden designed by Cleve West

The M&G Garden designed by Cleve West

 

Husqvarna presents Support the Husqvarna Garden designed by Charlie Albone

Husqvarna presents Support the Husqvarna Garden designed by Charlie Albone

Husqvarna presents Support the Husqvarna Garden designed by Charlie Albone

 

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk designed by Rosie Hardy

TThe Brewin Dolphin Garden - Forever Freefolk designed by Rosie Hardy

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - Forever Freefolk designed by Rosie Hardy

 

The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

 

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

 

The Royal Bank of Canada garden designed by Hugo Bugg

The Royal Bank of Canada garden designed by Hugo Bugg

The Royal Bank of Canada garden designed by Hugo Bugg

 

Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living designed by Paul Martin

Vestra Wealth's Garden of Mindful Living designed by Paul Martin

Vestra Wealth's Garden of Mindful Living designed by Paul Martin

 

Cloudy Bay garden designed by Sam Ovens

 

Cloudy Bay garden designed by Sam Ovens

Cloudy Bay garden designed by Sam Ovens

 

The Watahan East & West garden designed by Yano TEA and Chihori Shibayama

The Watahan East & West garden designed by Yano TEA and Chihori Shibayama

The Watahan East & West garden designed by Yano TEA and Chihori Shibayama

 

The Harrods Eccentrics Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin

The Harrods Eccentrics Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin

The Harrods Eccentrics Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin

 

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

 

The St John’s Hospice A Modern Apothecary designed by Jekka McVicar

The St John's Hospice A Modern Apothecary designed by Jekka McVicar

The St John's Hospice A Modern Apothecary designed by Jekka McVicar

 

L’Occitane garden designed by James Basson

L'Occitane garden designed by James Basson

L'Occitane garden designed by James Basson

 

RHS Greening Grey Britain for Health, Happiness and Horticulture designed by Ann-Marie Powell

RHS Greening Grey Britain for Health, Happiness and Horticulture designed by Ann-Marie Powell

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RHS Greening Grey Britain for Health, Happiness and Horticulture designed by Ann-Marie Powell

 

God’s Own Country A Garden for Yorkshire designed by Matthew Wilson

God's Own Country A Garden for Yorkshire designed by Matthew Wilson

God's Own Country A Garden for Yorkshire designed by Matthew Wilson

 

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital designed by Chris Beardshaw

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital designed by Chris Beardshaw

GodThe Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital designed by Chris Beardshaw

 

 

feature & photos (iPhone) by Theoda Solms Iles

My Dining Room Furniture Makeover

My Dining Room Furniture Makeover with Valspar paint

My dining room has been begging for a makeover. As in most houses, rooms evolve and so has this dining room. We bought the table about 9 years ago and I was adamant to get a big table plus additional extending leaves to make the table bigger when needed, well we used the extension leaves twice! Too much hassle if you ask me. I also have a problem with natural wood – I just don’t like brown, interesting if you work in interiors…  Up until now, I’ve always covered the table-top either with a fancy oilcloth on regular days or with linens when we entertain. The chairs started off well, plain Ikea white ones that was perfect at the time, but as time passed, I would see lovely chairs along the way and wish they were mine. So one day the temptation was too big, these two dark wooden tapestry chairs shouted out from my local charity shop to be snapped up for £5 each and obviously I couldn’t resist! For ages they just stood around as they didn’t fit in anywhere and we had no space for them. I even put them on e-bay to sell, but with no buyers, they eventually ended up in the garage to be stored. Then one day Peter came back from the rubbish dump with two more chairs, or rather, chair frames. This was a clear sign that now is the time to start my dining room furniture makeover.

Below: The “before” furniture.

Valspar painted dining table & chairs, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Below: Valspar colour swatches to match up with antique tapestry and vintage Sanderson fabric

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

Above: Choosing paint to match vintage fabrics, Valspar paints;  ‘Sugar leaves’ R144E (sulphur)  and  ‘Mountain Ridge’ R282B (grey)

 

Choosing a paint range was easy, I’ve had my eye on the new Valspar range that B&Q stocks. I love the vast colour collection and cute colour cards, yes, I’m easily swayed by pretty colours! I knew that I wanted the table legs grey with a whitewashed top ( Table top: Valspar Interior Wood varnish, colour ‘Silver Fox’) but choosing the chair frame colours was a bit more tricky. Grey had to be in the mix, the sulphur yellow came naturally and I was desperate to include turquoise too. I narrowed it down to a deeper grey and a punchy sulphur yellow, the turquoise had to wait for now. I had a few old fabric cuttings that I could easily use to make simple seat pads for the two chair frames (foam glued onto mdf-board and stretching the fabric over, securing by stapling the fabric to the back). In the end, I decided to use a very special vintage Sanderson fabric that were the cute little curtains in the kitchen when we moved here 10 years ago. I always kept the curtain fabric in the hope of using it one day, and here they are, the perfect match with the other two embroidered seats. Now I love my new dining room furniture, the table with white washed top never needs to be covered again and the eclectic mix of chairs adds so much more personality to this room and of course the vintage Sanderson has a great story to tell.

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Styling, feature & photos by Theoda Solms Iles

An Effortless Floral Masterpiece – Friday Flowers

The next stop on my flower journey through South Africa brings me to my parents home. In my eyes, my mom is the master and oracle of all things floral! From fresh flowers to floral prints, designs and art – she knows and loves them all. Gerda Solms has the ability to arrange  flowers in such an effortlessly way, she makes it look so easy as if everyone can do it. It might sound like I’m showing off with my mom, and I unashamedly am, because it is my mom, so do forgive me.

Foliage & Fruit flower arrangement

A green and autumnal foliage display gets a lift with fruit and red love-lies-bleeding.

 

Lily, fern, aster, rose hip arrangement

Green foliage, fern, white lily, rose hip, white asters and trailing jasmin looks great in this urn on the side table.

 

Below is another corner that doesn’t get left out, here fragrant rose geranium, lavender, grey dusty miller, red love-lies-bleeding and a selection of exotic red plants from the bromelia family, dress this antique chest by the window.

 

Fern, lavender, grey leave, amaranthus arrangement

Above: Love-lies-bleeding or amaranths.  Selection of foliage, dusty miller, rose geranium, fern, lavender. Two red plants are types of the bromelia-family.

 

Here my mom and my little girl are picking the flowers for the above arrangement.

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My Mom Gerda and Dad Theobald Solms.

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Feature & photos by Theoda Solms Iles

All flower displays by Gerda Solms in her home at Bredasdorp, South Africa.

Flowers at Halfaampieskraal – Friday Flowers

So there’s this small little place in the world that is the curve of my heart. Halfaampieskraal is the farm in South Africa where I grew up, spending very happy and carefree days with my 3 sisters and 1 brother. Before my dad retired, he farmed this little bit of golden land tucked away in the Overberg region, to be precise the Ruens. My very talented brother, Jan-Georg Solms, took over the farming just over 20 years ago and in this time also transformed some of the outbuildings into accommodation and an old barn serves as a venue for events. The manor house has changed just a bit and now acts as the leisure area for guests where they can curl up around the fire drinking local wines in winter or spend endless summer hours on the enormous stoep (veranda), admiring the view to the Riviersonderend mountains. Inside this house the interiors are quite dramatic. During my childhood this was also the case (we often joked that we grew up in a museum) but now my brother, Jan-Georg, has amplified this drama, (giving my parents a go in the ‘dramatic interiors’ stakes) adding lots of eclectic elements, gorgeous items collected from his world wide travels and heirloom pieces that all have a story to tell.

To cut a long and passionate story short, Jan has also inherited my parents’ love for beautiful things and flowers, he knows exactly how to take them to the next level, go big or go home! Here are a few examples of the flower moments that you will find any day of the week at Halfaampieskraal.

Hydrangea and apple branches in urn

Jan-Georg doesn’t do ‘small’, here the dining room table gets a full-on showstopper made up of hydrangea, love-lies-bleeding and small apple branches. The urn standing ontop of a stone plinth, gives this oversize number even more height, filling the room, while still keeping the table surface clear.

 

red amaranthus, love-lies-bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding or Amaranthus grows wildly in the the farm garden and looks fabulous on its own against the beautifully hand painted botanical wall art, done by Nelia Solms du Toit (my other sister).

 

opal coloured hydrangea

Giant hydrangea heads in opal colours adorning an extra large pale blue vase.

 

quince

An abundance of farm grown quince fruit, nothing more needed…  For me this fruit brings back such happy and nostalgic childhood memories with my dad on this farm. Driving in the bakkie (pick-up truck) with him, dad taking giant bites out of the hard fruit and passing it onto me.

 

All flowers by Jan-Georg Solms on location at Halfaampieskraal, holiday guest farm & venue.

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Easter & Spring Wreath

Easter is my favourite holiday and not only because of the chocolate indulgence but also the abundance of flowers that are becoming so readily available. I kind of much prefer it over Christmas. However, the one thing Christmas has that I do like, is Christmas wreaths, so why not borrow the wreath idea and reinvent your own version for spring and Easter.

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

I made this simple wreath yesterday afternoon from three long Holly bush tendrils that I tied together with bits of wire. Luckily the holly leaves are not too obvious holly shaped! These tendrils are long and very flexibly, you need a bendy plant to make it easier. You can also use willow branches, pussy willow or forsythia for colour (alternatively, buy a ready-made wreath form any florist or craft shop).

For my Spring and Easter touch, I added a purple miniature pansy plant, complete with roots and soil that I wrapped with moss. I’m resting the plant on top of more moss tying it all to the wreath with twine. I finished it off with a few dried bendy twigs that I twisted together to give the illusion of a nest. Adding artificial eggs will also look cute. I initially made this wreath for the front door, but now I like it so much inside, I think it can stay right where it is.

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

 

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

Feature, Styling and Photos by Theoda Solms Iles

A Home Filled with Flowers – Friday Flowers

My Flower journey through South Africa continues and my next stop is visiting my eldest sister, Hanli Smuts. Hanli & Anton lives on a gorgeous wine and fruit farm in the fertile Robertson valley, right on the banks of the Breede River. Their garden is absolutely gorgeous and Hanli grows the most beautiful cut flowers. Sometimes, she has so many flowers and foliage, she has to cut bunches and supply to florists, just to spread the wealth and prevent them from going to waste. I stayed with Hanli for 3 days and just about every corner of her home was dressed with beautiful flower moments, just as you’d expect.

Grey foliage and dahlias

A subtle and romantic grey theme for the guest bathroom. Grey foliage of the dusty millar and a hit of pink and purple dahlias adorning glass bud vases.

 

flower arrangements of dahlias, hydrangea, roses, & red amaranths

A few of the flower arrangements through her home; pink dahlias, roses, red and green amaranths, pink and green hydrangea and a prized deep red cockscomb, all being showed off in a selection of vintage vases.

 

flowers paintings by Nelia Du Toit

An eclectic picture gallery with the obligatory floral paining or more! The two Iris paintings (top left and middle) as well as the white tulip painting (top right), are all by my other sister, the artist Nelia Solms du Toit (yes, I have 3 sisters and a brother!)

 

flower arrangements of dahlias, hydrangea, roses, & red amaranths

 

vintage wall scones filled with fresh herbs and dahlias

Even Hanli’s kitchen sink area allows for a beautiful flower display. Antique wall scones are filled with herbs Hanli uses for cooking daily. By just adding the odd dahlia for colour, this practical solutions becomes a beautiful statement.

Feature & Photos by Theoda Solms Iles

Flowers grown and displayed by Hanli Smuts, Robertson, South Africa