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

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 

 

Lisianthus – Friday Flowers

Last weekend we said good-bye to family that has lived in the UK for nearly as long as we have. They’ve decided to move back to South Africa to be close to their family and no doubt, the sunshine was a factor too. They came around for Sunday lunch and brought me these pretty Lisianthus. The pink shading is just gorgeous and with so many buds on each stem, they seem to just keep blooming and blooming. Now I will forever think of the Loubser’s every time I see these beauties bloom.

pink Lisianthus

Photos, Styling and Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

 

Jewell Colours – Friday Flowers

The deep regal purple and emerald-green of this flower got my attention straight away in the flower shop. The vibrant colours reminded me of a jewels and I knew I had the right vase for them. The Japanese Gentian is a very striking looking plant with purple flowers budding between the leaves and then springing from these long green stems.

Purple Japanese Gentian in vintage jewel coloured vase

Purple Japanese Gentian in vintage jewel coloured vase

Just two stems was enough to make a real show in this vintage vase, an old emerald and turquoise handblown glass vase I picked up at the local charity shop for £1, one of my best bargains ever.

Purple Japanese Gentian

Purple Japanese Gentian

The luscious greens shading into turquoise is so mesmerising and because of the age of the vase it reminded me of another heirloom piece, a neckless I got from my mother, one she wore in days gone by. The turquoise crystal necklace with the gold and green stone clasp is just so pretty and special to me.

Vintage emerald & turquoise vase with antique necklace

Vintage emerald & turquoise vase with antique necklace

Fotos, Styling & Feature, Theoda Solms Iles

Cath Kidston, standing the test of time

20 Years on and Cath Kidston is still standing the test of time. After making chintzy florals chic and having all of us fall in love with ditsy flower prints, colourful spots and candy stripes, this lady is again leading the field. Celebrating 20 years in the business is now mean feat and this AW 14 collection is literally looking back in time. Prints and designs are more retro inspired than vintage, definitely more statement pieces then blending in with the rest of your 50’s wardrobe or eclectic home. Everyday items like newspaper print and clocks are incorporated on textiles and fashion items like dresses and bags and cushions and ceramics. There are still plenty of playful elements in this collection, I especially love the ‘Stanley lamp’ and also the ‘Stanley pie funnel’. My favourite print this season is the ‘Townhouses‘ and the navy background of this design makes it so chic. Have a look below, I hope you like it as much as I do.

Spot Velvet cushion with piping TEAL £30 | Spot Velvet cushion with piping Orange £30 | Autumn Bloom Large Velvet cushion with piping £35 | Autumn Bloom Rug £95 | Stanley Lamp £68

Spot Velvet cushion with piping TEAL £30 | Spot Velvet cushion with piping Orange £30 | Autumn Bloom Large Velvet cushion with piping £35 | Autumn Bloom Rug £95 | Stanley Lamp £68

 

Spot Velvet cushion with piping TEAL £30 | Spot Velvet cushion with piping Orange £30 | Autumn Bloom Large Velvet cushion with piping £35 | Clocks cushion £22 | Townhouse cushion with piping £22

Spot Velvet cushion with piping TEAL £30 | Spot Velvet cushion with piping Orange £30 | Autumn Bloom Large Velvet cushion with piping £35 | Clocks cushion £22 | Townhouse cushion with piping £22

 

Kingswood Rose alarm clock £22 | Billie alarm clock £22 | London Kitchen Clock £35 | London Alarm Clock £22 | Scattered Stars watch £65 | Mews Ditsy Watch £65 | Billie Watch £65 | Freston Rose £65

Billie alarm clock £22 | London Kitchen Clock £35 | London Alarm Clock £22 | Scattered Stars watch £65 | Mews Ditsy Watch £65 | Billie Watch £65 | Freston Rose £65

 

Clocks pie dish £24 | Stanley Pie Funnel | Clocks salt & pepper shakers £ | Set of 4 clock plates £28 | Set of 4 clock tea cups and saucers £42 | Clocks cereal bowl £8.50 | Clocks tea cosy £22 |

Clocks pie dish £24 | Stanley Pie Funnel |
Clocks salt & pepper shakers £ | Set of 4 clock plates £28 | Set of 4 clock tea cups and saucers £42 | Clocks cereal bowl £8.50 | Clocks tea cosy £22 |

 

Autumn Bloom hedgehog door stop £30   Clocks Large Sewing Basket £42 | Clocks Knitting needle roll £22

Autumn Bloom hedgehog door stop £30
Clocks Large Sewing Basket £42 | Clocks Knitting needle roll £22

 

Clocks Sleeveless Jacquard Print £65 | Yarn Over Check Cardigan £55 | Newsprint sleeveless printed dress £65   Large Tote Mews Ditsy | Large Tote Big Spot | Large Tote Autumn Bloom | Large Tote Townhouse | Large Tote clocks all £75

Clocks Sleeveless Jacquard Print £65 | Yarn Over Check Cardigan £55 | Newsprint sleeveless printed dress £65
Large Tote Mews Ditsy | Large Tote Big Spot | Large Tote Autumn Bloom | Large Tote Townhouse | Large Tote clocks all £75

 

Large Clock Tote £75 with gorgeous doggie.

Large Clock Tote £75 with gorgeous doggie.

 

Images supplied by Cath Kidston

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Decanters as Vases – Friday Flowers

My collection of cut glass vintage decanters usually gather dust at the top of an old dresser unit. I love my decanters but hardly ever use them, so I was so pleased to show them off using them as vases for these elegant tall blooms. The pink-purple Stock provided the scent while the tall purple Monkshood created height and elegance and then the Japanese Gentian brought an exotic vibrance to the table.

Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock

Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock

 

Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock in vintage decanters on my table

Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock in vintage decanters on my table

I love how the cuts in the vintage glass differ and throw shadows on the base, making such pretty patterns on the table.

Vintage Cut Glass Decanters

Vintage Cut Glass Decanters

 

Purple Stock

Purple Stock

Monkshood

Monkshood

Japanese Gentian

Japanese Gentian

Photos, Styling & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles