Thursday, 4 March 2010

Ranunculus and Anemone bridal bouquet

I've been dying to post images of today's lovely bridal bouquet.

More over at my new website, Lilac & Lily.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

After weeks of tweaking I'm really excited to finally launch my new website Lilac & Lily.

I set up this blog back in 2008 when I took the huge step of leaving my regular day job in marketing and began the journey towards retraining for a new career in floral design

I've worked as a florist since then and had the opportunity to design flowers for weddings and events at some amazing venues. I’ve loved every minute of it but, ultimately, it’s always been my goal to set up on my own.

So now, I’m really excited to announce the launch of my new website and floral design business and invite you to take a peek at what I’ve been up to.

I'll continue to post here at h for hellebores from time to time, mainly using this blog to post design inspirations and favourite finds.

Please stop by my new site and say 'Hi'. I'd love to hear from you

Monday, 22 February 2010

Decorative containers

Just doing some research for a brief to come up with designs that integrate decorative containers with the arrangement and am loving Laura Dowling's work.

Images: Laura Dowling

Friday, 19 February 2010

My big fat gypsy wedding

Why settle for Jenny Packham when you can have a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding?

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Paper Mosaic

I came across this beautiful paper mosaic from a series of botanical images by Mary Delany over at All things considered the other day.

Angie Lewin writes:
It wasn’t until Mary Delany was in her 70s that she first picked up a pair of scissors and began cutting intricate shapes from coloured tissue papers which she mounted strikingly onto dense black backgrounds. The hundreds of collages which she created are the most beautifully coloured and botanically accurate plant portraits.

The exhibition is on rom 19th February until 10th May at Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP.Website:

Edmund de Waal

Poor neglected blog. I've been a bad blogger. Forgive me, I've been busy at work on a new site for my work which I'll be launching soon, but I plan to continue to post design inspirations and favourite finds here on this blog from time to time.

I popped into the Pump Rooms at Leamington Spa the other day to take a look at an exhibition of ceramic works by Edmund de Waal.

De Waal uses a subdued colour palette to create beautiful vessels that are both comfortingly domestic and calmingly sculptural.

The Exhibition, water-shed, features a collection of recent work and includes a newly commissioned installation by the same name. The show is open until 11th April 2010.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Seasonal corporate arrangement with Amaryllis, Protea and Carnation.

The container is wrapped with willow sticks tied together with bullion wire.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Fragrant Christmas wreath

My Christmas door wreath, lovingly constructed on a traditional moss ring at great expense to my poor hands.

No bling, no bows, just fragrant blue spruce and eucalyptus and a few berries.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Rose & Protea bridal bouquet

Hand tied bridal bouquet of 'Sweet Avalanche' Roses, Protea, Hypericum, Pittosporum and Eucalyptus.

Monday, 23 November 2009

The Crown Inn at Amersham

Over the weekend it was my absolute pleasure to attend the wedding of our friends Ali and Chris at The Crown Inn in Amersham. The Crown is a delightful old coaching inn that featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral. You might remember it as the setting for the scene where Hugh Grant cosies up to Andie Mcdowell. It has since been exquisitely restyled by interior designer Ilse Crawford with Farrow and Ball colours, Welsh wool blankets, Ercol chairs and vintage radios combining to delicious effect to create a warm, welcoming and soothingly simple interior.

It was so lovely to relax and enjoy a wedding where I wasn't running around worrying about the flowers and the Crown was not only a perfect venue for an intimate informal wedding, it was also a lovely place for a romantic weekend break.

I could go on and on about the delicious food, the crisp white linen, the sumptuos beds, the chic bathrooms etc... but maybe I'll just show you a few more pictures instead and let you make up your own mind.