It’s certainly felt like the arrival of a new season has been a long time coming with the recent cold snap we’ve had here in the UK, but hopefully those warmer days are on their way, and we can’t help but dream of open windows, warm breezes and delicate blooms to decorate with. Simple floral displays can be made even more special with the addition of beautiful vessels and of course here at 91 we love to opt for pieces from independent shops and designers where we can. Stylist Sally Meier shares a few of her favourite Spring stems mixed with ceramics and glassware from some of our fave indie brands…
A mix of individual stems like grape hyacinth, wax flowers, daisies and olive sprigs create a delicate look for a table centre-piece. Add subtle colour with tinted vases, while keeping the rest of your settings soft and neutral.
Side plates, from £11.25; Solano vase large clear, £10; Solano vase small clear, £7.50; Babylock napkins, £8.75; Lithuanian linen fringe table cloth, £96 – all Canvas Home / Green bud vase, £6.50; Drinking glass, £7.50; Mini lilac vase, £4.50 – all Elkins (Crystal Palace) / Contrast edged linen napkin, white & green, £15, The Conran Shop / Antique cutlery, stylists own
The vase can be just as much a focal point as the flowers are – or in this case – blossom branches. Group together a selection of interesting vessels in similar shades and fill with the same type of stems or foliage for a cohesive display.
Bud vase (left), £30, Sarah Hall / Lindform vase (middle), £29, Botanique Workshop / Morandi bud vase medium (right), £7.50; Lithuanian linen fringe table cloth, £96 – both Canvas Home / Granite mug, £22, Lazy Glaze / Antique plate & fork, stylists own
Nothing says Spring than a statement display of wildflowers! Forage for daisies, astrantia and wax flowers or buy handfuls from your local florist or farm shop and arrange loosely in a large vase. They will look great in the middle of the kitchen table or will simply bring Spring to any room of the house.
Cut Out platter, £40, Lazy Glaze / all other items, stylists own.
Have a bit of fun styling a floral display on a sideboard or shelf with a mixture of pots and vases in varying sizes and different Spring blooms like anemones, narcissus and grape hyacinths. Again, pick pots that are as interesting as their contents.
Three-legged pot (left), £23; Candle holders, £8 each – both Elkins (Crystal Palace) / Pot (right), design collaboration between Lazy Glaze x Julianna Byrne, £65, Lazy Glaze / All other items, stylists own.
A single stem or sprig can prettify your place settings in an instant, and takes minimum effort when hosting a relaxed Springtime lunch. If using coloured napkins, make sure to opt for a bloom in a coordinating colour. These deep pink astrantia look wonderful against the peachy gingham napkins.
Go for an ultra-feminine, blousy bouquet of Spring flowers with anemones and tulips. A display like this will start off with a more formal look as both flowers contain their blooms neatly before they open and become loose and carefree. Here a simple, plain vase allows the unruly flower heads to take centre-stage.