Tag Archives: Flowers

Earth laughs in flowers

3 Sep

I came across the dreamiest blog last week. To me it seems to perfectly capture the beautiful sadness that accompanies these last fading days of summer.

Emerson Merrick is written by New York florist Amy Merrick. However her most inspiring posts come not from the Big Apple but from Elmwood, her tumbledown country escape in New Hampshire.

It came as no surprise to read that Elmwood recently played host to Kinfolk (my latest obsession) who did a photo shoot there this summer for a future issue of the magazine.

There’s such a wonderfully languid feel about all Amy’s photographs. And very lovely flowers, as you’d expect. What I would give to have my own rural retreat like this!

{all Amy Merrick}

Visit Emerson Merrick to get lost in daydreams of Elmwood yourself… be warned, you might never want to come back!

Ps – poetry lovers, the title quote for this post is taken from the poignant Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson – read it here.

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A bunch of flowers

13 Jun

It’s no secret that I love flowers and I love organising. If you’re similarly inclined, you’ll appreciate the beauty in today’s post!

These pretty overhead photos and flower menus were produced by Krista Jon to help brides-to-be choose flowers that fit their wedding colours, but I think they’re useful for anyone picking blooms for their home or a special occasion.

Whenever I feel fedup about work I daydream about re-training as a florist and opening a little flower shop in a picturesque market town somewhere. Perhaps with a teashop and vintage interior shop on the side too. Maybe one day…

{Krista Jon via Wedding Chicks}

Click for the full selection of wedding flower colour charts and some other lovely bouquet ideas.

Columbia Road Flower Market (and around)

2 Apr

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday morning in the capital than wandering through the ever lovely Columbia Road Flower Market? Ok, wandering isn’t quite the right term given the hoards but there were still some wonderful sights, sounds and scents to enjoy.

A group of gorgeous tulips – I love the parrot ones best.

Overpriced, trendy shops, there were many. Even taking the hiked-up prices into account, I still can’t understand how the shop owners here can manage opening just one day a week. That’d be the life!

A man with a fox’s head, sitting in a first floor window, doing embroidery. As you do. After all the hustle and bustle it was time to sit down and refuel so my friend and I headed over to the Frizzante restaurant at Hackney City Farm.

I intended to take a photo of our amazing Farmer’s Breakfasts, but by the time I remembered there was just one sorry little tomato stalk left on my plate… I’d never be any good as a food blogger!

Photos are a bit thin on the ground at this point as basically the farm was a concrete yard filled with disappointment. I mean, I know it’s not the countryside or anything but there was hardly anything to see and no information boards to help out the inquisitive youngsters. They badly need some too, judging by this overheard question:

“Dad, do pigs eat pigeons?”

Since exploring the farm took us all of 10 minutes, we decided to walk over to the Geffrye Museum, which is in a rather photogenic set of old alms houses.

Inside visitors can walk through room sets replicating homes through the ages and learn how people lived and used their houses at various times. It’s free and definitely worth popping into if you’re nearby. Outside are lovely tranquil grounds and really sweet walled herb garden with all sorts of culinary, medicinal and household plants.

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

This giant teacup sculpture was outside too… and reminded us it was time to head to the cafe for a cup of tea ourselves before hopping onto the East London Line to head back down South.

Ps: have you noticed my new header and fonts? What do you think?

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N is for Napkins

23 Mar

“People mentioned in Debrett’s never speak of serviettes”

An oft-quoted nugget of wisdom from my Granny – she went to Swiss finishing school so when it comes to silly rhymes about manners, there’s no better source!

And that’s why these pretty pins come now rather than eight letters down the line…

N is for Napkins

{Tana Photography / Style Me Pretty via Pinterest}

{Dreamy Whites via Pinterest}

{Dana Gallagher / Sweet Paul via Pinterest}

{Nina Holst via Pinterest}

For daily inspiration, ideas and prettiness, don’t forget you can follow Decorator’s Notebook on Pinterest and on Twitter @DecoratorsNotes.

Bon weekend!

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Deepest, darkest grey

2 Nov

I am obsessed by this deepest, darkest grey at the moment and debating where in Le Flat I can paint it. It’s one of those brilliant colours that’s nothing on its own. But mix it with a bright pink, soft heather, bold yellow or burnt orange and it suddenly blazes into life…

{Tara Donne via 79 Ideas}

The gorgeous combination of fresh mint, lavender and flame coloured dahlias has my vote too. Simply beautiful.

I love Billy Balls

19 Jul

That’s craspedia to you Latin types. What did you think I was talking about?

Shame on you.

When a certain shade of grey meets a certain shade of yellow, something magical happens. My living room is painted exactly this grey, which means I need to get to Columbia Road sharpish!

{Via The Marion House Book}

{Via Jurianne Matter}

{Via Elizabeth Anne Designs / Reform School Rules}

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