A Stylish White & Green Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has begun, so it’s time to set up your own show-stopping Christmas tree. Here are a few Christmas trees dressed with a selection of white, glass, silver and green decorations and baubles. I had great fun styling and setting up these shots for the Wyevale Garden Centre shoot, way back in May. We shot five different Christmas themes and below are some of my favourite shots from the day.

Wyevale garden centres real Christmas tree


Wyevale garden centres Christmas mini houses tea light holders


Wyevale garden centres Christmas tree, Frosted Mistletoe theme


Wyevale garden centres Christmas tree, Frosted Mistletoe theme, baubles on branch


Stylist: Theoda Solms Iles

Photographer: Nato Welton

Art Director: Mark Forsyth

Stylist Assistant: Charlotte Page

for Wyevale Garden Centres

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

Indigo Blues – Interior Trend Watch

The latest interior trends for winter are beautiful. Over the next few weeks I will show you the leading ones, with a selection of my favourite pieces to incorporate this look into your own home.

TREND WATCH:  This winter, get moody with deep indigo blues. Dark shades of navy, cobalt and inky blue come together to create a contrasting effect with white, giving this look a crisp fresh feel. Some textiles have an inky bleed appearance, where imperfections and colour blending are part of the details. Ombre´effects are still popular even on glass and ceramics, while brushstrokes in patterns give an authentic feel to this style. The contrast of pure blue and white is a great alternative to the monochrome look and a much fresher, contemporary approach.

Indigo Blues Sainsbury's Home

Above: Indigo Ceramics, £10 for set of three bowls, £10 for set of 3 tea plates, jug £15, serving bowl £15, all Sainsburys.co.uk

Above: Indigo bed linen, from £20, knitted cushion, £18, pattern cushion, £16, knitted throw, £30, all Sainsburys.co.uk


Get the Look

Get the Look

BUY INTO THE LOOK. Above, clockwise: Bloomingville cushion, £42, Debenhams.com. Ombre´ glass hurricane, £10, Sainsburys.co.uk. Beaded Chandelier, £580, Outthereinteriors.com. Anders Chair,£399, Westelm.co.uk. Avoca Donegal throw, £111.25, Amara.com

Indigo Blues - How to get the look


Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Images supplied by companies mentioned.


Darling dahlias, part 1 – Friday Flowers

Dahlias has always been one of my favourite flowers for many reasons. As with fashion and interiors, trends often repeat itself and so it is the same with flowers. It seems like the dahlia has made a come-back in the last few years, no doubt, thanks to the vintage look that has been so popular in interiors. Here’s a few of the dahlias that I have been growing in my garden.

Dahlia selection from my garden

Dahlia selection from my garden

Their colours are so vibrant, ranging from pure white shading to yellow, orange, pinks, purple not forgetting the dark red and almost black ones. With varied styles like round pom-pom ones that get fuller and rounder as they open, to the more flat ones with narrow pointy leaves, or the colour shading of the dipped-in-dye-look and then also the elegant flat leaved anemone style ones, I adore them all.

Garden dahlia's in coloured champagne flutes.

Garden dahlia’s in coloured champagne flutes.

A simple display of single stems in coloured champagne flutes make a striking display on my side table.

Garden dahlia's in vintage turquoise milk glass urnGarden dahlia's in vintage turquoise milk glass urn

Garden dahlia’s in vintage turquoise milk glass urn

The same dahlias I then also cut very short and put them in a vintage turquoise milk glass urn, I just had to see what the turquoise and pink combo looks like.

Photos, Styling and Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

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.