WORDS:: Chyka Keebaugh
PHOTOS:: Lisa Atkinson
I need to have flowers in my home!
I know, it's indulgent and a little obsessive but I love nothing more than walking into my house and smelling flowers. It’s one of those simple things that makes me happy. Flowers are the perfect accent for any room, they can brighten up your entrance, they can add detail and warmth to a boring coffee table and they can make your bathroom scream luxury if placed next to a dull sink. They are the final touch in a great space. My absolute favourite flowers are Peony Roses and David Austin Roses and although they are not in season at the moment I am more than happy to settle with another favourite that is in season which are Parrot Tulips, Hyacinths and Paperwhites!
I have spoken before about how I adore ferns and having them about my home has created a lush ambience. Introducing a little green indoors really can lift your mood and the mood of the room - this is going to sound a little crazy but every time I walk past one of my ferns I have to touch it! Running my hands over their soft fronds is one habit that I like!
Whether it be herbs in your kitchen, flowers on your bedside table or a potted plant beside your basin - it’s little touches that can lift a space. So in these cooler months when you are snuggled up indoors, bring the outdoors in! Surround yourself with flowers, cut a few branches and stems of trees and fill a vase - Surround the vase with candles and bask in the warmth it creates.
Orchids are a great winter plant too and love the heat. I tend to buy plants that have a couple of stems with lots of buds. I take the orchards out of their pots and plant up in a glass vase. I love seeing their roots and I always add a layer of beautiful green moss. This last's so well and only needs a spray of water every couple of days. So easy & gorgeous to look at. With fresh flowers, don't forget to trim the stems every couple of days as this will prolong their lifespan.
Lastly, a tip that I love is with tulips - if they start to droop, put a pin through the base of the flower head and believe it or not - it will bounce back up again!