Who’d have thought the humble pumpkin could look so good!?
Styling using natural gathered materials and collections, or pre-loved baskets, tins and ceramics seems to have a far greater relevance and meaning than spending $$$ on wares from the local home store. Not to mention their ability to trigger memories of a previous time and place.
For Rachel and me floral and botanical styling comes down to combining harmonious props with materials exhibiting subtle colour combinations and contrasting form and textures. Some ideas for styling to share.
Group baskets filled with shells or stones on outdoor steps, decorate tables with natural vine wreaths and tea lights in tiny glass vases, drape delicate garlands of sycamore pods around door frames, hang birds nests together as an installation on a fence, or hand-tie bunches of aromatic eucalyptus or golden yarrow upside down on kitchen walls. Experiment and have fun!
I’ve been browsing through a beautiful book I borrowed from the library over the past few days. Photographer Martyn Thompson’s collection of ‘Interiors’. He captures varying spaces quite poetically with his use of light and shadows and I notice that often it’s the natural elements within the room that evoke emotion and atmosphere.
Also check out interiors stylist Sibella Court expounding the joys of collecting and gathering in her beautiful book Bowerbird. It is an inspiring and informative read.
My office walls at home are covered with torn-out magazine images, photographs and artists’ postcards pinned alongside drying gingko leaves, hydrangea florets and seedpods. The natural elements in particular, offer an evocative and sentimental contrast to all the technology and screens surrounding me.
One of our favourite bloggers, Australian stylist/photographer Pia Jane Bijkerk created an elegant flower wall that featured in Anthology Magazine seen below. She too adores observing the gradual transformation of plant material as it gracefully ages and decays. Perhaps the inspiration for her ‘wall’ originated from botanical herbaria which catalogue and display preserved plant specimens.
I warn you though. As hard as it might seem, a de-clutter is required every now and then. Even the most exquisite seedpod can start to look a little tired after a while!
Photograph Anthology Magazine ‘Decorating Flowers on The Wall’