I am a huge fan of flowers in a home. They add colour and interest and are the easiest way to pull a look together – think of them as the mascara of the home styling world – just this one addition will make the world of difference (OK, well that’s mascara for me – it might be lipstick for you). My flower styling is pretty straight forward and requires zero skill as I am generally not keen on flower arrangements. I have some favourite vases that I use over and over again because the shape seems to always work – no matter what kind of flowers I am buying. With the exception of a couple of favourites, most of my everyday vases are either bottles (bought from Art Friend, Ikea or up-cycled) or jars that once upon a time held mustard or jam. A group of bottles or vases with a couple of stems in them always look great and then you can splash out on one or two interesting vases to add to the mix.
So here are my favourite vase shapes. I have styled them all in the same place on the same cabinet to give you an idea of how you can create different looks with a switch of items (and not because I’m lazy!)
White bottles, Art Friend | Bottle carrier, Serax | Artwork, Julian Meagher | Woven baskets from Mallorca | Turkish hand towel, House of Anli
Vase, Ikea | Artwork, Lucas Grogan tea towel, Third Drawer Down | Figurines from Indonesia | Wooden garland, Maissone | Small brass bowl, Lightly
Up-cycled jars | Teatowel artwork, One Big Flower, Rachel Castle | Watercolour artwork, Elizabeth Barnett | Marble round, Maissone
Marble vase with leather strap, Curious Grace | Artwork, Rachel Castle | Crystal and brass lamp, Lee Broom | White marble round and coral, Maissone | Small vase, Country Road
When it comes to flowers, I try and find ones that I know will last at least a week. In Singapore, orchids are great for some staying power and they are generally cheap to buy. I usually get one large bunch (they come in S, M, L and XL at the flower market) and there are enough of them to go in the dining room, a shelf or two and the powder room. Next for me is some eucalyptus. Again, a large bunch can be separated and used in a number of spots to add interest and I love the smell. And then there is usually a third bunch – sometimes baby’s breath…or maybe some Sweet William…sometimes it’s just whatever I think looks fresh.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.