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Month: May 2019

Taste of Design Roadshow

The 2019 Taste of Design roadshow took place between 14th and 22nd May. Choosing some of the UK’s finest locations it travelled from Hylands House in Essex to Leigh Court in Clifton.

Taste of Design VIP invitation

I caught up with it in the glorious gardens of Painshill Park in Surrey.

Located in one of the two walled gardens at Painshill this was the ideal setting to enjoy the hospitality of the organisers and to view the latest collections of more than twenty luxury brands.

Whitehead Designs Ltd – Arundel sofa

This wasn’t my first visit to Taste of Design but it was the first time that I encountered furniture manufacturer Whitehead Designs Ltd.

Struck by a publicity shot of their Arundel chaise sofa In Interior Designer magazine I sought them out at the show. Upholstered in this fabulous blue Roma Miro cotton-linen union fabric the reality very much lived up to the expectation.

An exhibitor who I have met at the show before was Kinkatou of London. Creators of a handmade range of lighting and accessories their stand is always a joy to observe.

My absolute favourite was the Zoe table lamp. Standing 51cm tall with its pleated pink shade and decorated with gold balls it really appealed to me.

Roger Oates brochure

Another stand to which I was drawn was that of carpet manufacturer Roger Oates. Well known for their exquisitely flat-woven stair runners they also manufacture colourful bespoke patchwork rugs.

Titley & Marr fabrics

Amidst the fabric designers the one that caught my attention was Titley and Marr. Attracted by their colour palette and diversity of designs their collections are both classic and contemporary.

My visit may have been brief but it was most satisfactory. With new contacts and some fresh ideas I felt well-equipped for my next project.

Tulips

I promised to update you with my Sarah Raven tulips once a few more had bloomed.

I planted these stunning bulbs at the beginning of the year and have been delighted with their progress.

With several different varieties they have flowered continually since the middle of April and are still going strong.

I’ve been watering them regularly due to the dry weather and I think that this has helped prolong the flowering period.

Flowers by Design

OKA flower arrangement

Have you ever wondered how OKA create their fabulous faux floral displays?

OKA in-house flower shop

I was lucky enough to be invited to an in-store event hosted by Bunched by OKA which revealed some of their trade secrets.

Resident florist, Natalie, demonstrated how she creates these statement arrangements.

Using easy to follow steps she described how to achieve a flower based arrangement.

Tips

Here are some simple tips which she shared with the entranced audience:

  • Choose an odd number of stems; say 1, 3 or 5
  • Choose a foliage with a similar colour leaf to the flowers
  • Shake out foliage to separate leaves
  • Open up flower heads and bend forward
  • Bend stems for correct height; rule of thumb is 1.5 times the height of the vase
  • If the stems are too short then use paper or towels to pack the bottom of the vase
  • Build the height by creating “rings”

In the is example Natalie used Eucalyptus, Peonies, Roses, and Paniculatas, alternating them to create the first ring

  • For the second ring measure height of stems and bend to correct length before adding
  • Form triangles by adding a single stem between two of the same variety in the first ring
  • Spin the vase as you work rather than walk around it

The second and third rings add height to the display

  • Finally create the third ring by repeating the process
  • A single stem in the centre of the arrangement may be used to complete the process

The end result

  • Update faux arrangements with seasonal blooms (fresh of faux) to remain current
  • Add a scented reed stick to further add to the illusion

Inspired by OKA

Inspired by the realistic quality of OKA’s faux flower arrangement I couldn’t resist an investment of my own.

A Bank Holiday trip to Ikea opened my eyes to the variety of faux flowers that they stock.

I tend to have Eucalyptus in the house during the winter season as I love its aroma. Seeing a realistic faux version I realised that I could have it year round.

Another of my favourite plants is the Lupin which I grow in my herbaceous border. Again, seeing a silk version on sale inspired me to make a further purchase.

Once home I retrieved a favourite vase and set to work.

Following the general rule-of-thumb I used 5 eucalyptus stems and 3 lupins. I shook them out and teased the leaves and flowers until they looked more natural.

I then placed the foliage in the vase before alternating the flowers in a triangular shape.

Ikea lupins and eucalyptus

I’m the first to admit that it’s not quite OKA standard but in our cottage, I think, a simple, yet effective, arrangement is more in keeping.

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