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

 

Fragrant Burgundy roses – Friday Flowers

A year ago, I visited my family in South Africa. I managed to be in the country for quite a while and so I could spend precious time with each of my siblings and parents. While I was there I took a few pictures of gorgeous flowers and in the next few weeks here on Friday Flowers, I will show you these.

Feast your eye on these burgundy beauties, they are roses from my sister, Ursula Solms’, garden. The dark ones are called, Burgundy Iceberg and the red ones are the very fragrant Papa Meiland. They just look fabulous on their own, nothing more is needed, no foliage even showing. I love how she styled them in an antique brass urn next to the vintage silver trophy and mimicking the fabulous painting in the background (incidentally,  painted by my other sister, Nelia Solms du Toit).

red garden roses, vintage silver trophy, painting artwork, Papa Meiland and Burgundy Iceberg

 

red garden roses, vintage silver trophy, painting artwork, Papa Meiland and Burgundy IcebergBurgundy Iceberg

red garden roses, vintage silver trophy, painting artwork Papa Meiland and Burgundy IcebergPapa Meiland

 

Feature & Photos by Theoda Solms Iles 

Flowers and display by Ursula Solms, Somerset West, South Africa.

The Herb Garden by Jo Malone London – Friday Flowers

Every time the prestigious fragrance house, Jo Malone London, launches a new fragrance, I think; how can it possibly be more special than the previous one? And every time I’m totally bowled over, and this being no exception (secretly I think this is my ultimate favourite!). As a lover of the colour green and green scents, this collection ticks all the boxes for me. I love that there are 5 different fragrances in 30ml bottles so that you can add to your collection and layer the scents. Just look at the fabulous collection below and as they have just launched in stores, tell me what is your favourite.

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch

The Herb Garden consists of five 30ml colognes; Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch

 

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

Smelling the colognes on tester cards right next to the fresh growing herb plants, was such an exciting and captivating experience.

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

The Jo Malone London townhouse was totally transformed into a herb garden. A stone gravel garden path that’s planted on both sides with fragrant herbs and foliage, led us through to the potted room, that reminded me of an orangery. Here old rustic pots that have been planted up are forming part of an aromatic potted wall structure, showcasing all the herbs involved to create this delectable collection.

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

 

feature by Theoda Solms Iles

photos by Theoda Solms Iles & Jo Malone London

 

Christian Lacroix Spring/Summer’16

Feast your eyes on this hugely creative explosion of colour that is the latest home ware collection by Maison Christian Lacroix, recently launched in Paris. This new interiors range for Spring/Summer’16, includes a vast range of fabrics and wallpapers as well as home accessories edited by Designers Guild. Note the eclectic porcelain by Vista Alegre and the colourful designed luxe stationary by Libretto, all of these elements sitting together to create a playful and vibrant collection, certainly not for the faint hearted.

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers - Folläte

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses – Folläte

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers - Pàche miraculeuse

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses – Pàche miraculeuse

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers - Cocarde RÇglisse

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses – Cocarde RÇglisse

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers - Double jeu Jonquille

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses – Double jeu Jonquille

 

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses by Richard Powers - Barock and Roll

Christian Lacroix SS2016 Incroyables et Merveilleuses  – Barock and Roll

 

To see the whole collection visit Christian Lacroix

For the stationery collection visit Libretto

For the porcelain collection visit Vista Alegre

Photos by Richard Powers

 

Feature compiled by Theoda Solms Iles 

The Simple Things – Friday Flowers

It’s often the simple things in life that makes all the difference. The past few weeks saw the emerging of purple crocuses painting the lawns purple, lively bushes of snowdrops seem to sprung up overnight and the daffodils have surprised us in early December. But none of those made my heart smile as much as this little posy of wild growing park flowers. My little 4-year-old daughter picked them for me on the way home from school. The simple things are often the best; we must just open ourselves up to them more often and make time to stop to smell and roses, in this case, the daffodils!

The Simple Things

The Simple Things – Daffodil, Snowdrop, Crocus & Dandelion.

PS: Incidentally, all the flowers she picked happen to match the colours in my dress I wore that day, just perfectly, a stylists dream!

 

Photo & Words by Theoda Solms Iles

7 Uses for a versatile Glass Carrier

Enjoy the last few summer days and as the long evenings are already getting shorter, make the most of all your gorgeous summer accessories before it’s time to store them away, right at the back of the garden shed. One of these summer accessories that is guaranteed to get all-year-round use, is this lovely glass and metal Glass Carrier form Garden Trading. Link though to their lovely website to see my guest blog on exactly how versatile this lovely item is.

Glass Carrier by Garden Trading

 

 

 

 

Glass Carrier by Garden Trading

To shop for this Glass Carrier in chalk, visit this link to Garden Trading

 

Photos, Styling and Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

 

 

Happy Weekend – Friday Flowers

pink & lilac tulips in vintage green Dee Cee urn vase posse bowl

I love these vintage urn vases and already have 4 of them in green (not mentioning the white ones…) They look great without anything in them but when spring and summer comes, I can’t resist filling them with seasonal blooms. Pink & lilac tulips together with pale pink hyacinths look so cute in this vintage green Dee Cee stoneware posy bowl vase.

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Bring Your Garden To Life

On a rather dull, wet morning in early February, in a photo location studio under railway arches in East London, a team of talented ‘creatives’ got together to create How To Bring Your Garden To Life for Wyevale Garden Centres. I was commissioned to style the looks for the Summer Outdoor shoot for Wyevale. It was also such a privileged to work with the super talented Photographer, Nato Welton, and under the brilliant direction of Creative Director, Mark Forsyth. We had quite a lot to do in just one day but had a brilliant supporting team that wasn’t shy of getting wet, or getting their hands dirty by putting down gravel and replanting plants.

I am thrilled with the outcome of these shots! One would never have guessed that it was done on a rainy day in February under bare brick railway arches. The beauty of hard work, a brilliant team and when a plan comes together.

Outdoor Living Alfresco Style

Outdoor Lounge - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above: Harlestone lounging set, £1,099.  Mexican Azteca chimenea, lrg £69.99.  Mona green cushion, £12.99.  Black bamboo 12ltr, £59.99.  French bulldog, £59.99  Glass bottle garden terrarium, £24.99.   Cheese Dome and serving set, 3-piece,  £44.99.  All Wyevale Garden Centres

Grow Your Own

Botanical Pottering Shed - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above: 4-Tier compact growhouse, £29.99.  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew bug study mug, £4.99.   Garden guide books, from £2.99.   Flowering bulbs, from £3.99.   Jute balls, from £1.99.   Vertical planter, £6.99.   Spear & Jackson County stainless steel hand tools, from £7.99.   RHS glazed pots, from £9.99.   Burgon & Ball traditional trug, from £19.99.   Peat free fibre pots, from £2.49.   Spear & Jackson County stainless steel digging spade / fork, £25.99 each. All, Wyevale Garden Centers

Botanical Pottering Shed

Botanical Pottering Shed - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

End Of Day Retreat

Rocking Chair  - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  Hanoi rocker, £179.00.   Helleborus, £12.99.   Bumblebee cushion, £14.99.   RHS glazed pots, from £9.99.   Muscari, from £2.29.   Floral candle holder, £6.99.   Garden guide books, from £2.99.   Heather, 5ltr, £16.99. All, Wyevale Garden Centers

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  Pink country cottage nest box, £19.99.   Photinia 1⁄2 standards, from £39.99.   Welbeck bistro set, various colours, £149.00.   Burgon & Ball traditional trug, from £19.99.   Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew tea towel, £8.99.   Portmeirion range, from £19.99.   Foxglove cushion, £14.99.   Nandina domestica, from £24.99.   Heather, 5ltr, £16.99.   RHS glazed pots, from £9.99.  Primrose, £3.99.   Cotswold buff chippings 15-20mm, £5.99.   Chiffon scarves, £5.99. All, Wyevale Garden Centres

A Secret Hideaway

Picnic in a Colourful Garden - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  AFK Cottage arbour in heritage sage and cream, £399.00.  Photinia 1⁄2 standards, from £39.99.   Fashion scarves, £9.99.   Alma green cushion, £12.99.   Astelia silver sphere or silver shadow, £16.99.   Wicker picnic basket, £129.99.   Primrose, 10.5cm, £1.29.   Slate, £5.99 per 25kg bag. All Wyevale Garden Centres

The Playful Garden

Playful Garden  - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  Forest Cottage play house, £429.99.   Windmills, from £2.99.   Primrose bowl, £6.99.   Primrose, 10.5cm, £1.29.   Terracotta pots, from 99p.   Kid’s welly boots, £9.99.   Watering can set, £14.99.    Rustic trough primrose, £16.99.   Leucothoe scarletta, from £9.99.  Kid’s gardening broom and spade, from £5.99.   Sand and water table, £49.99.   Toy BBQ set, £24.99.   Deluxe picnic table with sandpit and water tray, £129.99.   Scuttle bug beetle, £29.99.   Tortoise, from £7.99.   Kid’s gardening tools, 3 pack, £4.99.   Briers kid’s carry bag set, £14.99. All Wyevale Garden Centres

Styling & Feature, Theoda Solms Iles

Photos, Nato Welton

Art Direction, Mark Forsyth

Images Supplied by Wyevale Garden Centres 

 

Roots & All – Friday Flowers

The month of May always reminds me of stock flowers (see more here and here). With their tall flowering stems in shades of pink and purple and their sweet heady smell scenting your home. So, as May is nearly over, I just had to include them in Friday Flowers. Today I loved showing off the roots of these beautiful blooms. Having the roost on show with bits of soil still in tact, make them look like part of a botanical experiment, I kind of like the unexpected grittiness of this look. I think they look perfect in this tall jug from The White Company that doubles as juice and milk jug when not used as a vase.

pink stock flowers with roots

pink stock flowers with roots

pink stock - roots and all on show

roots and all on show

pink stock - roots and all on show

pink stock – roots and all on show

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles