Muscari in Ruan Hoffmann vase – Friday Flowers

This gorgeous Jardin Des Plantes Vase by Ruan Hoffmann was given to me as a gift, already planted up with a hyacinth. So when it finished blooming, I looked for another flowering bulb to plant inside. I found these cute white grape hyacinths, Muscari, as they are also known.

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter

The Jardin Des Plantes Vase by South African ceramic artist, Ruan Hoffmann, is part of a fabulous collection in a new collaboration with Anthropologie. This range reminds me a bit of Dutch Delftware, a wonderful new take on an age old traditional design.

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter & silver creamer

I also planted some of the leftover bulbs in an antique silver creamer. I like the reflections in the gold of the vase and the tainted silver of the creamer jug.

Photos & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles

New Spring Summer ’14 at Toast

I’ve always loved every collection that Toast have produced and this new SS14 is no exception.True to their roots with an earthy colour palate and injections of cobalt blue, ochre yellow and burnt orange, this latest range yet again inspires me. Together with their absolute stunning photography, often shot in exotic locations around the world, it’s enough to give anybody a serious case of ‘life envy’. You just simply want to live inside a Toast brochure and experience the Toast lifestyle to the fullest.

For the table. Hand thrown French dinner plates with glazed and unglazed details, combined with soft linen napkins in earthy tones, complete with enamel dipped cutlery – need I say more?

French Tableware by Toast

French Tableware by Toast

To store: Upon seeing these Tin Trunks at the show, I nearly burst into simultaneous tears and laughter because I was instantly taken back to being in high school in South Africa. My mom used to pack our snacks and treats for the term in these, sending us off 100’s of kilometres away to boarding school. Now I would love to have them back. We had an orange and a yellow one we shared.

Tin Trunks by Toast

Tin Trunks by Toast

For the living room. Soft Baltic Herringbone linen cushions with bone button details in the most beautiful colours. They are so stylish and understated a classic addition you will love for a long time.

Herringbone Linen Cushions by Toast

Herringbone Linen Cushions by Toast

Occasional piece. I love these Smithy stools, for some reason I’m always drawn to a side table or stool type furniture pieces. This mango wood and coloured wrought iron is a handmade piece and comes in fab colours. I would say, choose a contrasting colour to your existing interior theme so that this little star can really shine.

 

Smithy Stools by Toast

Smithy Stools by Toast

The Hira embroidered bedspread and the Chindi floor cushion are both handmade in India. The cushion is made from recycled pieces of material. The Khadi Jude rug is also woven from coloured fabric strips and jute. A wonderful collection of special and unique pieces, each with a history to tell.

Throws & Rugs by Toast

Throws & Rugs by Toast

All photography by Toast

Red Blossoms – Friday Flowers

I came across these bright red blossoms growing in my local park. I usually associate blossoms with soft pastel colours, so these ones stood out to me and made a really powerful impression. The colour is so vibrant, a red with a strong orange tinge to it. They remind me of something out of the Far East, as if they should be painted on a Japanese watercolour or embroidered on a silk Kimono.

Red Blossoms in twin vase

Red Blossoms in twin vase

The twin-vase I got as gift a few years ago. It is a white ceramic conjoined vase, ever so sweet and perfect for single stems. I don’t know what type of blossoms these are, if anybody recognises them, please let me know so I can put a name to the bloom.

Photos & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles

My weekend buy, Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

Just look what I bought on the weekend, eight vintage ‘Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing‘. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them in my local charity shop, I literally grabbed them up and made a dash for the till. I rushed home to show Peter (my husband). He looked at them and said, “very nice, but what are you going to do with them?”. And just like that my bubble was burst. Could he not see how utterly beautiful they are? Well, that got me thinking, I will show him exactly how I will use them. And here are some of my ideas; how to incorporate Mr Cuthbert’s (or any other vintage booklets) into your life.

Dating from 1953 – 1954, Just look at those fabulous illustrations.

Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Mr Cuthbert’s Guide To Growing

Make a display of them. Bundle them all together and tie them up with a pretty string. They will now stand upright so show them off under a glass cloche.

Cloche disply with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Cloche display with Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

Use each one as a little token gift for a spring lunch with friends. They will brighten up your place setting and make a fabulous talking point. Your friends will love their unique vintage gift.

Table setting gift with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Table setting gift with Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing

Use them for what they were intended for, great gardening advice on an array of topics and different plants. They will make great reading during those essential tea breaks!

Gardening with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Gardening with Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing

Enjoy them for their individual charm, appreciate their pretty illustrations and pick up tips along the way.

Gardening tips from Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Gardening tips from Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

All Photography & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles

Decorate With Flowers, book review – Friday Flowers

decorate with flowers book Holly Becker Leslie Shewring

Decorate With Flowers by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring

Decorate With Flowers is the new book out by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring. I have been lucky enough to have met Holly on a few previous occations. She is the blogging guru of the interiors world. This is Holly’s 3rd book, the other two, Decorate and Decorate Workshop, both being interior projects. Leslie is one inpirational lady, she gives new meaning to the word creativity and her eye for colour is second to none. I knew about this book in the making and so I was very excited to finally see the finished version sent through form the publishers, Jacqui Small. And of course I was not dissapointed, a little jealous, but totally inspired. I wish this book had my name on the cover, a girl can but dream…
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1. Posy Arrangements – step by step projects showing you how.
2. Entertaining Idea – simple ideas everyone can try at home.

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3. Collect & Display – clever combinations to to get you thinking.
4. Creative Projects – ideast that will make your hands itch to get dirty.

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5. Brunch with Friends – sweet little touches.
6. Cocktail Hour – how to ‘wow’ your friends.

Decorate With Flowers - back cover

Decorate With Flowers – back cover

Decorate With Flowers is out 21st March, that is today in a week. If you love flowers and pretty interiors, then this book will make you very happy.

Ralph Lauren, new looks just launched.

Ralph Lauren home have just launched their new summer ’14 homeware collections. There were so many fabulous pieces at their show, held in the Bond Street store, but my favourite two trends are:

A Relaxed beach style with understated classics, a look you just want to buy into straight away. Durable white fabrics are used for upholstery that is suited for outdoor patio use too, emphasising the trend of indoor-outdoor living. It’s all about large scale items here, less of the little bits, to allow the large pieces to take centre stage.

Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph Lauren Home

French Chic, a charming take on this favourite style with soft linens in washed out colours. Details like frayed edges and visible upholstery-studs make this look unique. I also fell in love with the reproduction French furniture, I just couldn’t believe they were not real antiques.

Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph Lauren Home

I saw all of this and much more at the Ralph Lauren Bond Street store in London, so worth a visit next time you’re in the area.

Ben De Lisi – New Spring Summer ’14 for Debenhams

Ben de Lisi has created a truly inspirational new range for Spring Summer ’14 at Debenhams. This new range is modern with quirky additions and splashes of bright colourful injections set against a pastel background. Geometrics plays a big part, not just as patterns but they come alive as 3D objects in lighting and ornaments.

Living room:  Here, my star piece has got to be this trendy light pendant. Combining two trends in one, copper and geometric, you gotta love it!

Ben de Lisi Debenhams

Ben de Lisi Dining for Debenhams

Breakfast tabletop: Stick to white china and you can always mix and match with other pieces, especially with these quirky and fun addition,s like the egg-shape egg cup and puzzle-shape dish.

Ben de Lisi Debenhams Breakfast

Ben de Lisi Debenhams Breakfast

Living room: Grey is a smart contemporary choice for furniture and it sets off all other accessories beautifully. My favourite here is the numbers shelving and the stripe rug.

Ben de Lisi Debenhams Living Room

Ben de Lisi Debenhams Living Room

Accessories:  Here the bright colour injections come to life perfectly set against a pastel background. Acid yellow and shocking pink really packs a punch. Have fun with this trend and don’t take it too seriously.

Accessories Ben de Lisi Debenhams

Accessories Ben de Lisi for Debenhams

This new range from Ben de Lisi will be in store and online soon at Debenhams.

 

Anthropologie, New Spring Trends

Ever since Anthropologie have arrived from the States here in the UK, we’ve all been mesmerised by their collection of beauties. Here’s a small taster of their new Spring collection.

Something for the Living Room:

Moresque Chairs

Moresque Chairs

For the Table:

Eden Dinnerware

Eden Dinnerware

Stamen Glasses

Stamen Glasses

For the Kitchen:

Vegetable Tea Towel

Vegetable Tea Towel

Water Lily Apron

Water Lily Apron

For the Bedroom:

Trade Winds Bedding,

Trade Winds Bedding,

Citali Bedding

Citali Bedding

For the Garden:

Mini Succulent Pots

Mini Succulent Pots

Watch this space to see more from when I visit the Anthropologie Regent street flagship store soon.

M&S Outdoor Living Trends, Summer ’14

The good thing about this time of year is, while it is still cold and wet outside and not quite Spring yet, I get to go to the Summer shows seeing what’s new for the season. The designers and buyers at M&S have been really busy, they revealed 5 different looks. Below is the my favourite 2.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Outdoor Love-seat Lounger Summer 2014

Indoor-outdoor living is still a huge trend. Make it contemporary with this cosy love-seat lounger. The colour palate is very stylish, black combined with a neutral taupe. They have used yellow in an acid shade as an accent colour. But any other bright colour would work here too.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Hurricane Lanterns and Planters, Summer 2014

 

Hurricane lanterns are key. I like these modern ones, great for outside candle light in the summer and during the winter months they will work well indoors too. Large planters in organic shapes are great and I love the texture on these ones.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Blue and White, Summer 2014

Blue, blue, blue, is luckily still here for another season. Even more popular than ever, dark blue and white combinations are everywhere. The vivid contrast makes this look a real modern classic. I love the white woven furniture, their slim arms gives this classic style and updated look. Perfect for the conservatory, beach house (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or ideal in a sunny room. Accessorise with oversized items like large vases and bowls. Textiles could go either beach and nautical inspired or more modern with a graphic geometric print.

M&S recycled glass vases

M&S Recycled Glass Oversize Vases, Summer 2014

I just have to have these oversize recycled glass vases. Big enough to display on the floor, or make a bold statement with them all grouped together on a table. Even one will do with a single branch inside. They are a nice take on the original vintage glass trend.