Dried and pressed flowers are the in thing at the moment and come in a large selection of flowers to choose from. Here are six of my favourites.
The beautuful dried Ivory Phalaris which you can also get in Pastel Blue, Pastel Green, and Purple, all £10.50 a bunch from Homewood & Rose.
Commonly known as Canary Grass, Phalaris Canariensis is a large coarse grass with hairless stems and oval flower heads.
My other favourite is Lavender, I have it in drops in a bottle of water to spray onto my ironing. I put drops in my diffuser. I love it in the bath with a bath bomb and they look amazing dried and last a long time.
A great place to buy Lavender from is direct from a Lavender Farm. Lavender World have dried Lavender Bunches from £7.95 and you can buy the oil from them at the same time.
Finally Roses, I mean there is nothing to not like about a Rose. They are by far my favourite in drops for my diffuser and this stunning bunch on Etsy would look lovely in any home for £9.91
Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams. Although not a new book (2015) I couldn’t stop looking through this book with Kinfolk’s focus on slowing down and creating a more intentional, beautiful home where they say the attention is shifting.
Through luscious photographs and insightful interviews, the author takes us into 40 homes around the world, from the Americas to Europe, Asia to Africa, ending in Australia. The homes range from an old cabin in the woods to clean-lined modern apartments, from singles living in small spaces to sprawling, multi-generational houses in the country. Each will feel unmistakably Kinfolk.
Nathan Williams is the author of The Eye, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, The Kinfolk Home, and The Kinfolk Table and the editor in chief of Kinfolk, a lifestyle magazine published quarterly by Ouur studio. Founded in 2011, Kinfolk maintains a vibrant contributor base from Copenhagen to Cape Town and hosts hundreds of global events each year that bring the community together.
A book you can delve into at any time and well worth keeping out on your table. Available from Amazon and other good bookshops.
‘When we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress” Ed Bedgley Jr summing up the kind of consumerism which has damaged our precious planet.
It is not my idea of progress.
Here at Emilie O’Connor Homestore we love to create. We love designs and beautifully made products but we don’t want to promote the kind of consumerism Ed Bedgley Jr so strikingly highlights. In the shadow of ‘progress’ we have trodden too many heavy footprints with no foresight into the way we step or what we step on. ‘It’s not always what you do, but instead, how you do it. ‘Of course, no manufacturing is without its footprints but we are committed to sustainable home-ware production making that footprint as small, kind and gentle to the earth as possible.
We are all aware that going greener is the way to go but which eco switches would you like to make. While all being at home during this Pandemic we are sure many people will be having a birthday and in particular, the younger generation who will feel a little left out without all their friends around. Try swapping plastic balloons for paper and get the children making their own.
You can also buy Japanese paper balloons. Petra Boase has a lovely range including penguins and fish.
Or go for felt bunting which again you could make yourself or have it personalised. A great site is House of Hooray who has lots of ideas and simple banner flags like below.
If you love having a go yourself but are not quite sure of the sizes etc then head down to Homemade Gifts who have images and tutorials on how to make your own bunting. There is even a tutorial for a no-sew bunting.