Christmas has come early

wreath left web

This week Christmas has come early.  Its August and I have been continuing with my styling but this time on a Christmas theme.  Its often the hottest time of year that I do the Christmas shoots for magazines which always feels a little daft.  Yet again I was in a London house and this was the wreath that I did for the door.

The house was in some beautiful greys and so I wanted to compliment it using eucalyptus as the greenery with some classic roses and the soft pinks and greens of hydrangea.  I really enjoy unusual wreaths and often like the use of vegetables or fruit in them.  Artichoke can often be a good choice as the purple and the spikey leaves can compliment the softness of the flowers.  Also pomegranate is a good idea as they are very much a Christmas fruit with a really lovely red colour and wonderful shape.

whole wreath web

Be bold this Christmas and do something crazy.  Its a fun time of year so its nice to reflect this in your wreath.  Don’t be scared!

Look out for my styling and paintings in January’s issue of Homes and Garden (UK).

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Animal House

rabbits web

I was styling this week for a big UK magazine in London.  It was my first experience of a beautiful interior with just so many animals around.  The family had two dogs, a cat and two rabbits that all got on with each other extremely well.  The house was incredibly well designed with some wonderful touches.  There were angles everywhere to photograph with fabulous textures and colours to add to it.  One of the surprises I found was that the rabbits were let out around the sitting room.  My first reaction was NO – what a mess!  After a bit of time I realised just how much they added to the room.  Cuteness, warmth and something a little different.  I’m not sure I’d ever thought about adding a rabbit to interiors, but I think it works!