This time last month I was in London in floral heaven with a group of Instagrammers. I had been lucky enough to be have been selected as one of the #StylingSpringatMine finalists; you can read more about everyone's experience over on Katy's (from @aptapothecary) and Charlotte's (from @Lottsandlots) blogs.
Each month these two beautiful ladies ask people to blog about what the month means to you and your home using the #stylingtheseasons hashtag.
Having just seen their reviews of the event, I was reminded what an amazing experience I had. I felt so privileged and happy to be there that I wanted to share a few personal ones from the event as well as talk about my styling choices for May.
Under the guidance of Caroline from @wildrubus we made wreaths and May Day flower posies. I really didn't know that I was capable of producing such floral loveliness.
I was also inspired by Lou, from @littlegreenshed, to make my own May Day posie just for me!
The company that supplied the flowers also supply blooms through the post and I was so impressed by the quality of the flowers from @BloomandWild at the event that I ordered my own this month. It was a tad decadent, but I used one of those nice voucher codes.
As you see, they come amazingly packaged.
May for me, is the promise of summer, with its warmth, but still has the pastels and soft colours associated with spring. So mint and pinks are my key colour combinations. I had been having serious peony envy and when I saw that Bloom and Wild had a special bouquet featuring these, as well as atlantic roses, Eucalyptus and limonium I knew I had to have one.
I do love my ceramics, and chose a mediteranean style vase, which was gifted to m,e to display them in. And to keep them good company I sneaked a few of my new minty green porcelain pieces into the shot too and floated some Hawthorn blossom in the little cups. Here's what I did with my #Eliza bouquet.
And I happen to know (as I had previously entered it) that the @bloomandwild are running a giveaway to win the Eliza bouquet and other flower-related goodies. Hop over to their blog to find out. They haven't sponsored this, I just loved their product!
I think I am going to explore the mint and sorbet colour combinations in my ceramics and have just started a board over on pinterest for inspiration. Come say hi, so that I can follow you back.
That was fun! My house is looking so pretty. Just need to get started on some other corners for next month now!
It's all about the bulbs...
Last month I discovered an on-line family of green enthusiasts known as the #urbanjunglebloggers (UJB). The team behind this are Igor and Judith who are both passionate about having plants in the home, in other interiors and in public spaces: "We want to highlight the beauty and benefits of houseplants and other greeneries in urban spaces.". Each month they suggest a blog topic to celebrate greenery in the home and as a plant lover myself I was keen to get involved.
This month's topic is '(Green) love is in the air'.
If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that I have fallen in love with spring bulbs with their roots on show. There is something so fragile and real about showing the beauty of the whole of a plant. I was inspired to try out this idea after reading a lovely blog over on A Quiet Style by Emma and Caroline of Wild Rubus. It was only after seeing another interpretation over on Apartment Apothecary by Katy that I got my act together to clean up some bulbs.
I chose some Mascari - as I love their delicate blue blooms which perfectly represent spring. But there are lots of other bulbs which equally look nice depending on your preference - hyacinth, tulips, daffodils, bluebells and my other favourite: Snakes Head Fritillary. Using the theme from UJB I think I have elevated the humble bulb to a piece of floral wall art. And it was so easy too!
I had some floral wire (left over from a wreath making project) which I simply wrapped around some washed jam-jars. Before I tied off and tightened the wire, by twisting the ends, I slipped some garden twine underneath and formed two single knots, on each side of the jam jar to create a simple loop or hanging thread.
Then it's just a matter of following Caroline's tutorial and washing the soil off the bulbs (I did this using the outside tap and leaving the bulbs to soak in water overnight so it was easier to remove the soil); popping the bulbs in the jar and adding enough water to cover the roots. I also added a few drops of plant food.
Finally I hung the jars on a couple of nails that my partner kindly hammered into the wall for me. It's best to display in odd numbers (since things look more natural this way). I chose 3 random heights, but I think 3 or 5 in a line might also give a good effect.
The room shot also shows some other blooms - alive and preserved which fit very nicely with the #stylingtheseasons topic organised by Katy (again) from Apartment Apothecary and Lotts from Lotts and Lots. I love the contrast of the dried hydrangeas and the fresh buds of the daffodils. I also sneaked in a couple of the pretty porcelain vases and vessels that I make. If you want to read about the inspiration for them have a look here.
I'm soooo looking forward to seeing other people's interpretations of UJB's theme.
And with mother's day just round the corner these bulbs in hanging jars would be an easy and thoughtful gift for any Mum. I hope you are inspired like I was... And if you are I'd love to see the images, just tag me on Instagram or post a pic on my facebook page.