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

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

Happy Home – Friday Flowers

There is something about Sunflowers, they somehow have the ability to inspire a smile and evoke a feeling of happiness. Maybe it is their sunny yellow colour or their heavy nodding heads, or the dark centres that are so out of proportion with the leaves, you can’t help it but take notice of them. I feel like they just draw me in and because of their size and weight, they almost feel like living creatures in my home, a welcome guest that is staying and delighting me every time I lay eyes on them. These vibrant sunflowers was sent to me by my good friends, Ben & Emma, they know that I have recently been feeling a bit sad and I could not have asked for a better pick-me-up than a sunny bunch of these beauties. They just instantly make me smile.

Sunflowers in green glass jug

Sunflowers in green glass jug

 

Sunflowers on my dining table

Sunflowers on my dining table

 

Sunflower head up close

Sunflower head up close

Photos, Styling & feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Pretty Pastels

Pastels are perfect right now and so on trend for spring and summer. Think sorbet ice-cream colours in pretty pinks, soft yellows with a zesty tone, mint greens and powder blues. These sherbet colours make you smile and  bring a feeling of instant happiness, you just can’t help to be sucked into their uplifting beauty and get inspired by an item or two. Whether it’s small little accessories like glasses or coasters, something larger or functional like a sofa or storage, there is something for everyone with this colour-led trend.

Riviera Kitchen Diner by George

Riviera Kitchen Diner by George

Riviera Kitchen: Floral tea towels 3pk, £4. Kitchen hook sign, £7. Coloured canisters, £3 each. Green soda jug, £5. Casserole dish, £8. Glass clip jar, £1.50. Breville toaster, £34.96. All George.com


1. Coasters: Set of 4 Lobster, Set of 4 Seabream, £18 per set, Thornback & Peel
2. Twin Tone pendant lamp, £65, Rume
3. Viola low back chair, from £699, Darlings of Chelsea
4. Spring Pastel Pantone mugs, £10 each, Berry Red

 


5. Primrose Chair £59, Primrose Table £64, Oliver Bonas
6. Coloured glass bottles, £20 each, Not On The High Street
7. Coral cushion, £70, Amy Sia
8. Decorative storage suitcases, from £30 – £70, Oliver Bonas

 


9. Polka wine glasses set, £28.95, Annabel James
10. Geo Pastel cushion, £40, Graduate Collection
11. Tubby 2-seater sofa in turquoise, from £399, Made
12. Wooden furniture knobs, £11 each, Not On The High Street

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Main image supplied by George.com
Other images supplied by individual companies as credited.

Summer elegance Scandi style, Broste Copenhagen

Make the most of the upcoming summer and those long summers evenings, just like the Scandinavians do, and create a fabulous outdoor living space. Dress it with gorgeous items like lanterns, floor fusions, chunky knit pouffes and tableware ready to entertain. I love this new colour palette from Broste Copenhagen, primary colours that have a faded look to them, red turning into raspberry, blue shading into aqua and yellow fading into dark creams.

Broste Copenhagen Summer Reds

Broste Copenhagen Summer Reds

Broste Copenhagen Summer Blues

Broste Copenhagen Summer Blues

Broste Copenhagen Summer Yellows

Broste Copenhagen Summer Yellows

Photography supplied by Broste Copenhagen.