How To Create a Vintage Look for Your Home

by Bethany Day on May 14, 2013

Vintage Home StyleVintage styling is becoming increasingly popular as people look to add character to their home by taking inspiration from bygone decades.

Some people go all out and replicate interiors trends from the ‘20s or ‘60s with a real dedication to authenticity, while others are happy to simply add a few vintage-style pieces from their favourite era to complement their modern furnishings. You could even evoke the sense of the past by using flowers which were popular in a particular period.

If you want to add a vintage twist to your abode, why not follow our simple tips for creating a particular decade’s ‘look’ in your own home.



How to Care for Cut Roses

by Charlotte.Barnes on February 5, 2013

Red rosesValentine’s Day is a time for romantic gestures and thoughtful surprises, and there are many people out there who consider a bouquet of fresh red roses to be the ultimate symbol of love and affection. If you are one of the lucky ones this year and have been gifted with a beautiful bouquet of these stunning flowers, you will want to make sure they last as long as possible.

In order to help you keep your flowers looking their best, here is a simple guide to keeping your roses looking beautiful. Follow these helpful hints and tips and you can enjoy your wonderful Valentine’s Day roses for longer. Read more >>


A Gentleman’s Guide to Buying Flowers

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 23, 2013

Choosing the perfect flowers can seem like a nightmare situation for many men (and women) out there – a minefield of styles, colours, scents, sizes and budgets that just seem to dazzle and confuse us. But help is at hand – we’ve put together a simple guide to lead you through the floral maze and bring you out the other side with the perfect bouquet for your special someone.

And remember, the golden rule for all these suggestions is this: find out your loved one’s favourite flower and you can’t go wrong! Read more >>


Making the most of Green Plants

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 11, 2013

Green houseplants make a wonderful addition to any home but sometimes they can be left to languish in a dark corner as they gather dust. With a little care and attention they can make a wonderful focal point in your home.

Presenting your green plants

A non-flowering plant in a brown plastic post is not going to do anything for anybody. Houseplants should be presented as a lifestyle choice rather than something to brighten up the shelf in the kitchen. Containers are everything but before you start sticking your plants in any old pot, have a think about how it will look in your home.

Four Dracaenas have been planted into this simple, square white cube, giving a pleasing symmetrical effect that would suit most homes. Dracaenas do not tolerate over watering and can thrive under sparse light and low air humidity. This is the perfect plant for a home office.

This Sansevierias has dramatic vertical leaves and has been planted in a sexy glass cube. The vivid yellow sticks not only accentuate the colours of the plant but also give it extra height and a designer touch.

The humble Ficus pumila has been given a whole new lease of life by planting it into a shallow container and simply decorating it with short lengths of sawn birch twigs.

For the image conscious, a great way to display Aloe vera is to wash the roots of the plants before attaching them with decorative pins to a soft willow bowl.

Another display piece that would be perfect for the office or reception are these Maranta and Peperomia plants. These ones have been planted into low, black, glossy containers then decorated with white sticks and yellow cotton.

Sticking with the minimal bold look, these Muehlenbeckia plants are given a whole new status when planted together in a sleek ceramic trough. They are ideal for a north-facing windowsill of an apartment or flat, this will suit the city dweller looking for something a little different.

Plants are good for you

According to the Flowers & Plants Association, scientific studies show that houseplants are proven to:

  • Remove harmful chemicals from the air.
  • Absorb noise and lessen dust.
  • Help hospital patients recover faster.
  • Lower blood pressure, help concentration and improve memory.
  • Promote feelings of relaxation, calm and wellbeing.
  • Make rooms look cared for and welcoming.


Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

by Charlotte.Barnes on December 31, 2012

New YearAt the end of every year, people across the UK make their New Year’s resolutions with the determination to see them through until the following year. It doesn’t always work out for the full twelve months, but throughout January you will find people trying their very best to keep to their new habits.

Here, we have taken a look at the most popular resolutions that people make at New Year and taken a guess as to why they often don’t work out… Read more >>


Recycling Unwanted Presents

by Charlotte.Barnes on December 27, 2012

Wrapping a giftChristmas is a time for giving and watching the look of joy spread over your loved one’s face as they open their gifts. However, sometimes the gesture of giving is a little off-target and we are left with a gift that, while thoughtful, we can’t think of a single thing to do with it.

From vegetarians with a gift of steak knives to those on a diet gifted with a deluxe box of chocolates – we all have one of those gifts that would be better off elsewhere, so what do you do? To help you out in the New Year, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you with your unwanted presents this Christmas. Read more >>


How to make a Christmas Table Centrepiece

by Su Whale on November 22, 2012

Christmas is a creative time of year and having flowers in the house at this time is a must, especially scented ones. If you want to do something a little different this year from just plonking some blooms in a vase and hoping for the best – why not create your own design?

Below is a step by step guide which shows you how to make this beautiful, but simple, arrangement that will be guaranteed to impress your friends. (And yourself!) Read more >>


How to Preserve Flowers

by Bethany Day on August 29, 2012

How to preserve flowers The art of preserving flowers has its roots in ancient history but has recently enjoyed something of a revival. With an ever-increasing number of people becoming more sentimental about the flowers they receive, preserving flowers offers a wonderful way to keep a lasting memento of a special occasion or gift.

For many preserving flowers is a rewarding experience because it is relatively easy and inexpensive to do, the flowers usually dry remarkably well and they can last for many years. There are three widely practiced methods of preserving flowers including air drying, pressing or using various drying agents including glycerine.



Patio Planting Ideas

by Bethany Day on July 17, 2012

Patio PlantOutdoor containers planted up with the right type of flowers can instantly transform a small patio, courtyard or balcony, making them inviting places to spend your summer days.

From the choice of flowers and styles of planters you choose, there are a number of ways to really make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how limited, and bring your personal sense of style out of doors.

Here are a few of the most popular patio looks and how to achieve them…



Gerberas: Flower Focus

by Bethany Day on July 12, 2012

Gerberas Daisy FlowersWith its simple daisy shape and bold colour varieties, the gerbera must be one of the trendiest flowers on the market. Loved by photographers and designers alike, the Gerbera image appears on items as diverse as wedding stationery to toilet seats!