Easter Flowers & Chocolates

Easter is my favourite time of year. The abundance of chocolate and colourful flowers might have something to do with it.

Get creative with spring flowers and bulbs and plant a flower arrangement for the Easter weekend. Below is just such an arrangement I made using a wide mouthed urn. The cut flowers are drinking from water filled jars that’s hidden by moss and planted primulas. I added bulb plants like hyacinths for fragrances and that spring feeling. Blossom branches adds texture and a bit of drama. If you don’t have an urn, a shallow bowl or tray will work too.

Spring urn flowers for Easter

Spring urn flowers for Easter

After playing around with this flower garden, I think it’s ok to over indulge in some Easter chocolate. I could not resist adding the very new Gin & Elderflower tipple into the mix.

Easter chocolate are not just for kids, right? See my selection of the best Easter chocolates with the grown-up’s in mind:

 

Easter Chocolate Aldi, Hotel Chocolat, Betty's, Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin

 

Now for the more colourful and fun-loving choices:

Easter Chocolate, Prestat, Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury's

 

Shopping Credits:

Specially Selected Exquisite Easter Egg, £7.99, Aldi

Extra thick egg with choc  selection, £27, Hotel Chocolat

Medium milk chocolate spring flowers egg, £27.50, Betty’s

Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin, £33, Amazon

Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle in a Real Eggshell, £4.95,  Prestat

Fiona Cairns  cupcakes, from £1.25 each, Waitrose

Beau Bunny, £2.50, M&S
Hen House eggs, £15, M&S

Easter Bunny pack, £2.50, Sainsbury’s

 

Feature and Flower photos: 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

5 Minute Ideas for Christmas

With the crazy season approaching fast, it’s so ironic that when we want to make our home the most beautiful, time is at a premium and all those special ideas never gets realised because there’s just not enough time in the day. That’s way I want to show you these four ideas that won’t take you more that 5 minutes each to recreate in your own home.

SITTING PRETTY

Dress your dining chairs with foliage corsages

Dress your dining chairs with foliage corsages.

Dress your dining chairs with foliage corsages

Don’t stop at dressing your table, jazz up your dining chairs with corsages made form garden foliage, ribbon and one simple Christmas decoration.

How to: Simply tie a small bunch of spruce, rosemary and white showberries together with a piece of florist wire. Add your decoration and lastly tie together with a pretty ribbon to compliment your scheme. Now attach this foliage corsage to the back of your chair with a second piece of the same ribbon.

Top Tip: Using a fragrant foliage like rosemary will also scent your room.

Similar white wooden decorations from Retreat Home. Ribbon from Jane Means.

 

CREATIVE CANDLES

White Owl candle from Limelace

White Owl candle from Limelace

Make the most of a dull, forgotten corner or add interest to a window sill. It’s these little displays that looks like you have made an effort and they won’t go unnoticed by your family and guests alike.

How To: Elaborately shaped candles are big news this season. Look out for cute woodland animals, pine cones or tree shaped ones. This owl is so on trend with the whole woodland theme and it looks great as part of the books and trophy styling display. Add a bit of Ivy to add colour and life and lit that candle for a warm glow.

Top Tip: After lighting a new candle let it burn a bit and then snip the wick quite short so that the flame stays short and does not burn too tall and wildly. Remember, never to leave candles unattended.

White Owl Candle from Limelace.

 

LET THERE BE LIGHT

A lantern is so versatile in winter and summer months, indoors and outside alike, the possibilities are just endless.

How To: Make a wintery moment by lining your lantern with fresh moss and add a few pine cones for a seasonal feel. To be safe, use tea light holders to burn your candles in. These ceramic ones gives off a lovely warm yellow light.

Top Tip: Instead of pine cones, fill the lantern with cinnamon sticks, they will look great too and gives off a lovely sweet scent.

For the best lantern selection try Nordic House.

 

READY, SET, DINE

Table pacesetting with holly, snowberries and rosemary

Table place setting with holly, snowberries and rosemary

Make each guest feel special by making an extra effort with their place setting. These ideas make such an impact, yet takes hardly any time at all.

How To: Just a few sprigs of foliage is required for each setting. In the first picture an opening decoration is used as a mini vase. The second picture is just an informally placed napkin with three sprigs of rosemary and a simple decoration to hold it down.

Top Tip: Great if you are super organised and have the exact amount of decorations for each place setting, but if not don’t fret, alternating them or even a complete mix of different decorations will work just as well. Just be prepared to say good-bye to most of them as your guest will love this idea so much, they will want to take their decoration home as a keepsake.

Opening heart decoration from Notonthehighstreet. For a selection of white wooden words and decorations try Retreat Home.

Photos, Feature & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles

Please Note: NEVER leave candles unattended!

Green Vintage Glass – Friday Flowers

So I have to come clean, it’s always best to be honest and confess. I have a mild obsession with glassware, and as my friends will tell you, also the colour green. And although I absolutely love all colours, each holding something special for me, my absolute favourite has to be green. All shades of green, lime, moss, mint, sage, emerald, bottle-green, chartreuse – I adore them all.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

So it was inevitable that I end up with a selection of vintage green stemmed glasses. Very few of them matching or in pairs, but to me that only adds to their charm.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Picking the last of the Spring blossoms was a joyful task, although also slightly sad, as I realised it will be another whole year before I can enjoy picking them again.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms

All to soon the table centre display was finished. The selection of odd vintage glasses, filled with white blossoms and  presented on a green glass tray, looked lovely on my dining table.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms as a Display

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms as a Display

This whole look took me about 10 minutes to do, including picking flowers, cleaning and filling the glasses and then arranging them. If you want to recreate this, of course any other stemware glasses will look great too, play with different heights to add interest and keep your flower selection simple.

Styling and Photography: Theoda Solms Iles