The ‘summer holidays’. A joyful time when hot weather is in full swing and many of us take the opportunity to pack our suitcases and leave our homes and houseplants behind for a much-needed holiday. Warmer temperatures also mean that our houseplants require a little more love and attention and since taking them away with us isn’t an option, we leave them behind feeling a little nervous that we’ll return to find them brown and shriveled.
The maypole is a decorated tree or pole that serves as the festive centrepiece for summer celebrations. Erecting a maypole is a fertility rite which has a positive effect on the land, animals, people and nature. All the more reason for placing one in your garden. It also looks cheerful and unusual!
You’ve got your mules ready, the summer dress is swishing but what do you do with your hair? Finish your outfit with a handmade floral hair clip, that’s what. Or better yet, build your outfit around it. Slide the clip into tumbling locks, a relaxed top-knot or funky ponytail. And don’t worry: you don’t need to water the flowers whilst you’re wearing them!
We’re proud to present Exposé, a series of portraits in which we introduce you to remarkable trendsetters who are involved with flowers and/or plants. In edition #24 we are pleased to introduce you to Mathilde Karrèr: an idiosyncratic still-life photographer with a weakness for flowers - and also the director on Exposé.
This time Exposé's director is in the spotlight. We talked to Mathilde about the driving forces behind her work, her entrepreneurial spirit and why she likes working with flowers.
Do you know where the word 'paper' comes from? From the Papyrus plant, which has been used as paper by the Greeks and the Romans since 3000 BC. It was mainly used to record contractual agreements. Some 5000 years later, beautiful ‘papyrus’ collections have appeared about plants. So plant yourself on the sofa and enjoy!
Aloha! We love the food trend that you can find everywhere nowadays. The Poké bowl is the hot dish right now. This bowl of deliciousness not only looks incredibly colourful, but is also super healthy. You don’t need to add to your air miles to enjoy this traditional Hawaiian dish nowadays. You can eat it locally or make it easily at home, but with your own twist. Say Aloha to this Poké bowl with flowers!
Obviously you will be filling your home with trees, baubles and extravagant quantities of festive kitsch this Christmas. But also take a different look at the plants. You may find that some of your botanical friends could easily work as antlers: green antlers with curling leaves - as seen in The Green Gallery #12. An added bonus is that you won’t be stared at reproachfully by brown doe eyes as you pour that extra drink.
When the days get shorter, the weather becomes a bit more grim and you’re caught out by yet another rain shower, you could probably do with a daily pick-me-up. In the form of a warm and cosy welcome. Get stuck in this weekend on this fantastic autumn wreath to dress your front door and welcome yourself, your guests and the season in style!
We can all do with helping hand from time to time. There’s nothing nicer than coming home and finding that supper’s ready and all you have to do is sit down and eat. The same applies to the wildlife in your autumn garden. You can use your flora to give the fauna a natural helping hand. Not only does it create an enjoyable bustle in the garden, it also ensures grateful new friends. The change of season is a good time to start on your wildlife-friendly autumn garden. The birds will then also drop by in the winter, and with a bit of luck they will treat you to a concert in the spring.
The leaves are falling from the trees in large numbers, you’ve walked into a spider’s web already and it's too chilly to sit in the garden without a jacket. It’s time to round off the outdoor season tidily. 10 steps to leave things neat and tidy, get optimum enjoyment from your autumn garden, and take the first steps for the coming spring.
Because it’s so relaxing working with your hands, particularly when it involves plants. Or maybe because your home decor could do with a boost. Add to that the fact that it starts getting dark earlier, and it’s clear that autumn is the ideal DIY crafting season. So we’ve selected our best ‘autumn with plants’ DIY projects for you.
Surround yourself with everything beautiful and lovely that makes you feel at home. At this time of year, when the rain is battering against the windows and draughts sneak under the doors, it’s important to safeguard that sense of homeliness. Photos of family, memorabilia, artistic creations, your latest craft project, pretty chinaware for those special afternoons with friends, and lots of plants and flowers to bring the place to life. Why lots of plants? Not only do they fit perfectly in your (green) oasis, but they also make you feel good by improving the air quality and brightening things up.
Looking for some fresh inspiration for your home? Take a look at our style trends for 2018. There’s a good chance that one of the three styles the we have selected is perfect for you. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. With the Punk Rebooted flowerpots DIY project, for example.
Power is there for the taking. And sometimes the powerful seem untouchable. It makes people rebellious, creates a sense of dissatisfaction that results in a rough and rugged edge to society. Make yourself heard with the Punk rebooted style trend.
Contrasts create connections. They surprise you and give you a fresh perspective. In that way you create space for a creative interplay between old and new elements. A sort of patchwork quilt, but with an edge. Get stuck into the style trend that fits this perfectly: Re-assemble.
At last! After having been told for years that the economy was flat on its back, the general misery finally seems to have lifted. Decadence is allowed again. The style trend that matches this is expressed in super-luxurious materials, opulent shapes and rich colours. Immerse yourself in the magical world of Romance 3.0.
It’s one of the best parts of a classic Easter celebration: painting eggs with children, then hiding and hunting for them. This year we’re replacing the paint with spring flowers and attractive leaves. Let’s decorate some Easter eggs!
Charles Eames summed it up: "The details are not the details. They make the design." The same applies to your Easter table. The table is filled with delicious treats, étagères with fabulous flowers and plants and a home-made Easter cocktail. But creating space for one more fantastic detail makes all the difference between an ordinary meal and a party. How? Create beautiful mossy eggs with a single flowering plant; a fairy tale beside your water glass.
Amaryllis in a group easily allows you to create a new kind of balance in your interior. The glory of the flowers creates a coloured stripe at the top, whilst the stylish stems provide openness below. And these covered tins as the containers create the balanced look that’s so popular right now: a hard material with a soft look, smooth stems with extravagant flowers. Nothing in the starring role, everything is equal, to create a calm, warm atmosphere that fits perfectly with this time of year.