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

 

A Happy Bunch – Friday Flowers

Bright colours make me feel so happy inside and I think that is just one of the many reasons I love flowers so much. I would imagine this is the same for a lot of flower lovers. This simple arrangement includes only three types of flowers, all picked from my small garden. The deep blue-purple of the delphinium sets of the pinks in the dahlia and the hydrangea beautifully and arranged in the green vintage glass vase, one of my favourite vases, they look spectacular. Now these floral beauties take pride of place in my little girls room. (See more of her room in my next post. Subscribe now, not to miss out.)

Delphiniums, Dahlias & Hydrangea in vintage green glass vase

Delphiniums, Dahlias & Hydrangea in vintage green glass vase

 

Deep Purple Delphinium

Deep Purple Delphinium

 

Pink Lace Hydrangea

Pink Lace Hydrangea

 

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

 

Photography & Styling, Theoda Solms Iles

PS: I don’t use filters or photoshop for these photos, they are all true to their colours and look.

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