Showing posts with label succulents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label succulents. Show all posts

Saturday, 5 December 2015


This morning I want to share an amazing new company with you who have just launched in London. A start-up which will brighten up the gloomy winter and beyond. May I introduce Bloomon - London's first (as far as I can tell) subscription flower service.

I love fresh flowers in the house, they are the finishing touch to any scheme and are one of those little luxuries which I don't mind indulging in. But I do tend to be fairly picky and I usually just go for succulents and cacti because the stuffy arrangements M&S and Interflora never quite hit the spot. With Columbia Road flower market down the road, I could swing by there on Sunday afternoons to pull my own arrangements, but the thing is life gets in the way. That's why the idea of having wonderfully wild, seasonal and fresh flowers straight to your door is simply genius.

My first bouquet sitting proud in the kitchen
The subscription is like all of the others which are popping up at the moment - you pick what size you would like (small, medium or large), how often you want them (every two weeks or once a month) and hey presto. You can cancel whenever you like and to celebrate the UK launch they are giving you a delightful vase for free.

The flowers are cut in the Netherlands, where the company originates, and go straight to their stylist who creates the bouquets before the head over to London. The whole process, from field to front door, is only 24 hours (depending on traffic apparently) so they really are about as fresh as you can get which means they genuinely last longer than those from the shops. The deliveries arrive on Wednesday evenings between 6pm-10pm so you don't have to worry about them being delivered when you are out at work.

Finally, you don't get to pick the bouquet, its a surprise each time which is a great way to enjoy flowers and grasses you wouldn't normally chose. But on a practical level, its because seasonality is so important they change week to week depending on what is blooming at that time.

 With Christmas hard upon our heels, I love the idea of giving a subscription to the service as a gift - what would be more wonderful than a fresh bunch of flowers twice a month for a few indulgent months across Winter. Or, rather than giving a whole subscription, you can actually defer one of your personal bouquets to another address which is so simple, and means you can surprise a friend at the click of a button.

The prices are really reasonable considering the ease of the service, and the quality of the flowers. A small bouquet is £20.95, medium £24.95 and large is £31.95.

So what are you waiting for? 

H x

Thursday, 23 July 2015

A quick word on...the wedding

Hello! Firstly a huge apology for my absence over the past few weeks... as you know it has been all go with my house move and wedding being conveniently within a week of each other. Not to mention shooting off on our honeymoon the morning after the wedding and having to organise all the things that going away entails ... to say things have been a little chaotic is an understatement.

But despite the craziness, it has been an amazing few weeks and I am now back up and running. So to kick off today, I thought I would share with you a little about our wedding venue and how we styled it up ... it's also time to reveal the 1000 paper cranes Peter made for the big day. More about that here if you missed it.

Courtesy  of our wonderful photographer Laura McCluskey

The venue we chose was 6 St Chad's Place in King's Cross. I had a very non-wedding vibe which we loved, but was also quite grand and airy with high, beamed ceilings and gorgeous leaded windows. It is where the used to store trains once upon a time and the train mural on the back wall is a nod to that heritage. The bathrooms (which I sadly didn't get a shot of) are actually reclaimed railway carriage toilets with lovely, highly polished wood panelling.

With the beams, we wanted to create something dramatic for a focal point which is where Peter's cranes came in. The looked amazing on the day and were a real talking point. I have to say though, if you are planning on trying this, folding the cranes is only the start and many many hours were taken up stringing them, and finally hanging them on the day.

One of my favourite details on the day, were the mini succulents in little terracotta pots which we used as favours/place holders. They went down so well and were really quite inexpensive. I love how they added to the look of the room when guests arrived too.

I bought all of our flowers from a wholesaler, which ended up saving us about £800 vs the price we were quoted by a local florist. I could not recommend doing this enough! It meant picking exactly the flowers you wanted, and creating the displays was so much fun. They looked lovely on the day and you would never know they weren't done professionally. The wholesaler I used was Dutch Flower Auction and I couldn't recommend them enough.

Finally a shot of me and my new husband for you... this was during the walk from the ceremony to the venue for which we hired a marching band to lead. It was a definite highlight and was so much fun walking through the streets of London with the band blaring out some amazing jazz classics...

My dress was from Sanyukta Shreshtha who specialises in ethically sourced wedding dresses and Peter's suit was from Hardy Amies on Saville Row.

The following day we headed off for 10 days split between Santorini and Mykonos which were two of the most beautiful places I have been bombarded with new interiors inspiration. More to come on that very soon...

H x

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bring the outdoors in

Good Morning! For those Brits reading this, we are in for some rather amazing weather this week so I wanted to post about bringing some gorgeous greenery into your home to celebrate. There is nothing like fresh flowers and gorgeous greenery at home to make you feel fresh and summery and there are some amazing options out there for those of us who don't have a garden.

Here are some of my favourite products to freshen up your home this weekend...

  1. Gold terrarium, £44 from West Elm
  2. Set of 3 hanging planters, £88 from Light and Ladder on Etsy
  3. Hanging planter, £5 from Ikea
  4. Succulents, just £3 from Ikea (they have a great selection at such a great price!)
  5. Set of three wooden plant pots, £9.29 at ElleOneNine on Etsy
  6. Self watering herb pot, £38 at Scandi Living
H x