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7 Easy Ways To Create Botanical Style At Home

Hello everyone! I'm so glad that you've visited today because plants and flowers are such a big trend in home decor and today we have a special guest with us, British Author and Stylist Selina Lake, who is giving us 7 tips for decorating at home to create a style she's called Botanical Style. In fact, you can see this style in her beautiful new book under the same title published by Ryland Peters & Small. I've photographed some spreads at the end of this post -- each page is one beautiful example after another of how to live with plants and flowers and it's as intoxicating as it is informative and idea-packed. Would you like to see some of my favorite rooms from the book and hear some of Selina's decor advice especially for decor8 readers today? Good!  All 7 tips below are based on the photos directly above them, each tip is from Selina and the styling in the photo is also her own work. Let's see what she has in store to inspire all of us today, shall we?

RPS1833_SELINA_SITROOM_05_lowres 1. Bring the plants to the mantel I’ve styled my marble mantlepiece using some key accessories to create the botanical mood. Vintage botanical prints are a great starting point, here I used a Marcus Ward & Co plant print by F.Edward Hulme, which I bought from a vintage fair to hang in the centre of the chimney breast wall. A great tip for hanging old prints is to use wooden trouser hangers, I buy mine online.

To add some pattern I have placed a large round tray adorning a Michael Angove Fennel & Dill design from Hus & Hem adjacent to the print. I love scented candles so I always have a couple ready to burn on my mantel, my favorites are Diptyque Bais and Moroccan Rose by True Grace.

Finally I add the botany, a Fittonia plant sits happily in its own microclimate under a glass dome. A lofty penstemon with coral pink flowers that I will plant out in my garden after a few days sits alongside lacy delta maidenhair ferns, with a faux tropical leaf stem from Abigail Ahern and fresh cuttings from my garden arranged in jam jars.


2. Don't paint over the shabby and worn There’s something really romantic about the bringing together something old with chipping paint or peeling vintage wallpaper and combining with beautiful botanical blooms. Here an amazing wall in a charming Swedish Farmhouse has been left with layers of old wallpaper visible in patches.

When restoring old buildings its tempting to rip out everything and start again but to save the vintage appeal and character of a space theres a fine balance between modernizing and making a space livable while still maintaining the glorious patina and charm. I’ve used cool blue hydrangeas along with flowering horse mint and displayed the stems in a array go simple glass vases.

RPS1833_FRAN_WORKSHOP_01_lowres 3. Plants work great in an Industrial space  This fabulous plant shop is part of The Fresh Flower Company in East Dulwich, London and doubles as a workshop space were floral and plant demonstrations and botanical crafting take place. The rough brick walls of the former industrial space make the perfect backdrop for all the leafy plants, succulents and cactus that are for sale.

To recreate a full on industrial botanical display at home, your need an old piece of furniture which was once used in a factory, school, shop or a place of work. Think old wooden display cabinets, metal trollies and rough wooden tables with metal legs, then start collecting a variety of plants and use the surface of your industrial piece of furniture to create the display. Use concrete and metal pots to house the plants to keep the industrial theme coherent throughout.


4. Be dramatic The trend for all things dark and floral has migrated from the fashion catwalks into our homes. In the living room of this London townhouse owned by Wild at Heart Florist Nikki Tibbles, ‘Dark Floral’ wallpaper by Ellie Cashman makes a dramatic statement. The large-scale floral is inspired by the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, Its majestic with its rose and peony cascade and showy background. There’s no need for blousy, fresh flower arrangements in this room as the walls do the talking. The modern copper table lamps establishes a modern feel while pops of color ensures the room isn’t gloomy with the botanical green cushions and colorful tapestry pouffe by Frédérique Morrel. RPS1833_CAROLE_SITROOM_03_lowres

5. Create a natural look that is still well-planned This multi functional living space in Carole Poirot’s London apartment has been carefully divided into zones that are united by houseplants, poppy seed heads and foliage. The low white display cabinet on the right separates the dining areas from this end of the room, where a daybed loaded with cushions and throws provides a cosy spot for relaxation. The book cabinet and desk on the left make a compact home office area. Unite your own open plan space with botanicals by choosing a selection of houseplants which suit your furniture pieces. Use trailing plants up high on the top of tall cupboards or bookcases and gather small pot plants together in another area maybe on a coffee or side table.


6. Cover Your Headboard (and footboard) Botanicals make an appearance in this glam London bedroom on the bed! It’s been upholstered in a digital print floral fabric. To try something similar in your own room, recover a padded headboard with a bold floral fabric or choose a full on floral quilt. The cushions have a luxury feel and are made from vintage silk scarves. Placing fresh flowers next to your bed is always a good idea, especially if they are scented like these roses.


7. As a Bold Pattern In a White Room I love this Castanea wallpaper by House of Hackney which I have on one wall of our otherwise white bedroom. My tip here was I positioned our bed against the wall so it sill felt like a calm sleep space, while keeping a fun element. I’m normally not one for the ‘matchy matchy’ look but I’m such a fan of this particular design I needed the matching linen cushions to complete the look. A simple filament bulb with black flex makes a great bedside light and there's always a suitable corner for a potted palm.

Wow, thanks Selina for those tips... So readers, here are some shots of the book from my personal copy so you can get a sense of what it looks like inside...





Thank you so much for visiting us today on decor8 Selina with your great tips for bringing Botanical Style to our homes. It was such a pleasure having you and I've loved looking at your book so far, it's gorgeous and I wish you all the best with it!

(Photography: Rachel Whiting © Ryland Peters & Small - Book spreads photographed by Holly Becker for decor8)

7 Great Ways To Display Photos At Home

Hi friends! I want to quickly share with you a project that I worked on for Canon Europe in 2013 that I can finally share publicly. It was for an advertorial that was seen in hundreds of magazines across Europe, the UK and Russia. I was asked to comment on and show ways to use photos for decorating the home. And of course, I had to take the photos, print them all out, and then style them in my home in a creative way. The ideas are still very current so I thought to share them with you today. Canon_09


1: GRID. I spent a day in the greenhouses at the Berggarten in Herrenhausen located in Hannover taking photos. It was amazing! Their orchid collection alone is one of the best in Europe. After a day shooting, I did some light post-processing in Lightroom and then printed my favorites out on Canon matte photo paper. I cut them all with a paper cutter. Then I pinned them in a grid format onto my mood board in my former work studio (I've moved since). This inspired me for a few months, I had my very own indoor botanical garden and it was so nice to look at each day.


2. CIRCLE. I thought that it could be fun to try using a wooden hoop from the craft store in a fun, new way other than for needlepoint. I took some of my photos and used double-sided tape on the back to fix them to the wooden hoop. I then hung the hoop on my wall and there you have it, a sweet display that you can easily update with new photos, too.


3. IN GLASS VESSELS. I started doing this with photos in 2006 using canning jars. On this fireplace mantle, I printed out photos I'd taken in London onto paper and just inserted them into vessels in various sizes. I don't suggest doing this with precious photos (vintage family stuff) because the photos will curve over time, but if you've printed them out yourself from your digital camera, there is no worry because you have the photos on your computer.


4. ON A DOOR FRAME. If you have a series of photos in a specific color or theme, you could try this by just tacking them up with double-sided tape, but keep them in a straight line and color match them to the nearest piece of furniture or colors in the existing room.


5. INSIDE OF WASHI TAPE FRAMES. This is such an easy way to show photos, and looks especially cute in a kid's room. Here, I printed out photos and used double-sided tape and fixed them to the wall, then used strips of washi tape from MT TAPE to frame them. I tried to coordinate the washi tape with the things on top of the dresser to keep everything color coordinated. I also mixed and matched the patterns on the tape and for some frames, I used wider tape and for some, I used two frames around one photo. It's fun to keep things interesting. I also printed out one photo and hand cut it "Polaroid Style" and used a single strip of tape to stick it on the wall (above the bird in the glass dome).



6. INSIDE OF FRAMES (no glass). I had fun with this project because I got to use some ugly old frames in a new way. I first removed the back and the glass, then lightly sanded and washed them well, then once dry, I painted them in Farrow & Ball "Arsenic". It's the best green ever, seriously, so cool! Once they were dry, I hung them on the wall and just taped photos inside that I printed out.


7. ON CLIPBOARDS. I picked up these nine clipboards from my friend Tinna years ago and put them above a makeshift desk I'd made using a deep LACK shelf from Ikea. I printed out 2 photos from my 2nd book, Decorate Workshop, taken by Debi Treloar along with some photos I'd taken, and just clipped one to each. Pretty, right?

Hope you like my ideas! I cannot believe how many years ago I styled this story, but it still feels fresh and I'm so happy I can finally share it with you.

(Photography: Close Focus Studios)


DIY: Pure + Natural Spring Mobile

Hi readers, this is Kerstin from Hannover, Germany and I'm really excited about being a member of Holly's team on decor8 going forward. Once a month I will visit you here to share some lovely handcrafts that you can make yourself. Here is my first DIY inspiration for you, I worked on recently and it's a nice welcome project to spring. I love to work with a variety of materials and create some simple, nature-inspired items for home decoration or for yourself in the form of simple jewelry. Today we're going to make the elements shown below in my photo that we will then use to create a mobile. But first... Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

Sunday was the first day of spring, does it feel that way where you live yet? It's still not feeling like spring yet so I decided to create a light and poetic mobile for you because it is a nice symbol for the season. As the days warm up and the sun is out longer, why not go out and see what you can find from a nearby park, garden, forest or your backyard to use for this project? Nature thrives on opposites, which are brought into harmony – it is the same with my mobile. I decided to use various materials, like finds from nature which include birch branches, stones and blossoms and I've combined with wooden beads and nature-inspired paper cuts - light and heavy, round and angular, rough and soft.

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For showing you how easy you can create some of these elements, I made some photos to visually share my steps with you.

MATERIALS: Modeling clay for the leaf (no baking required, I used white) Colored paper Various wooden beads Some veil herb, because it is nice when dried Birch branch Stone Clear stringing wire natural-color thread 4 bamboo skewers 1 glue stick X-ACTO knife hand saw wire wire cutter Cutting mat Bone folder All-purpose scissors Sewing needle

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STEP ONE: Trim sharp ends from wooden skewers so they don't pierce you or anyone else! You will use 4 skewers to create a mobile like mine.

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STEP TWO: On the skewer at the top, add a fancy end so it looks like a long swizzle stick. Cut a strip of your favorite color paper 2-3" long and cut into the paper but not to the bottom forming lots of thin strips. You most likely learned this in school as a child, right? So I don't need to explain too much. Anyway, wrap the paper around one end, rolling with your fingers as you go, securing with glue to the stick.  This is the top of your mobile so set it aside to dry.


STEP THREE: Quickly make these three elements for your mobile. The first is simply to cut a circle of paper in a color you love and thread through a bead in the center, then fold the circle over to create a half moon shape. Remove the needle, you will eventually tie this element to the mobile. The next element is to use 6 wooden beads and some thread, and simply thread the beads on and then twist to form a shape, then tie at the top. Make any shape you choose. The final element is to take a large wooden bead and glue something natural to it, like dried flower as I did. This bead will eventually be added to the end of the 2nd skewer on your mobile.

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STEP FOUR: I bet you made these in school too, paper fans! All you need is a bone folder for creating the best folds, thread, needled, scissors and paper. These are fun, you can see easily above how to make them so I don't think I need to go into detail! When you finish making one, just set aside for now.

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STEP FIVE: Using a found branch and a hand saw, saw off a round disc for one element and for the other, a 2-3" stump. Create looped wire piece you can see in image 2, you need to make two of these. Now, make small holes in the top of your disc element and in the stump element, and insert the ends of the loop pieces into the wood. Use glue stick first to add to end of wire for extra support. Tie thread to each to create two ornaments that you will hang onto your mobile later on.


STEP SIX: Create some leaves with your modeling clay using your hands and then lay over a bottle to dry, wrapping them around curve of bottle so they have a natural, curve shape once dry.


STEP SEVEN: Use paper, an X-ACTO knife and a cutting mat to create a leaf pattern like mine. You can use a template if you wish, or free form. It's easiest to first use a template, trace with pencil onto your paper, and then cut shape from there. When finished, place aside.

Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

STEP EIGHT: Use clear stringing wire (or strong thread), and begin securing each skewer to the wire (or thread). I used one long piece of wire and tied to the first skewer, then the second, then the third, then the fourth, leaving some skewers off center. As you tie your elements to each skewer, pay attention to how well everything is balancing out so that the mobile is straight and not lopsided.

By choosing my elements, shapes and colors carefully, creating this mobile was more than just craftwork. It was a relaxing and enjoyable project; I loved to watch it grow by slowly testing out various combinations. During my experimental work, I love to play some good music and drink a good cup of coffee. Do you? I hope I will inspire you to do the same, no matter if your mobile or decorative wall hanger will look like my example or show your personal style, that's up to you.

Let me know if you have any questions, you can ask me in English or German in the comments section below. Thank you for having me for my first column today, readers! I'll be back in April with another pure and nature DIY idea for your home! - Kerstin.

(Photography, Styling, Concept, Text: Kerstin Reilemann/ Editor, DIY Text: Holly Becker)