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Bedroom style, Decorate, Tips & tricks
über talented florist extraordinaire Katie Marx shares some of her best bloomin’ tips
We invited über talented florist extraordinaire Katie Marx to weave her magic on the set of our Bold and Beautiful Collection Shoot. Eager to find out how we can translate this style into our own homes and bedrooms we asked Katie for some of her best bloomin’ tips!
We went for a loose garden style arrangement, kind of like the way English florists like to arrange flowers: wild and drapey. We used jasmine, poppies, rhododendrens, cymbidium orchids, ranunculus, magnolia leaf and cumquats.
We worked with the arch window, using it like a frame. The magnolia branches gave the illusion of a tree outside and it was as if the garden came through the window: flowers cascaded in and swept down to the floor.
It was important to ensure there was the right visual balance with the shape of the window and the curve of the bed, and other furniture on the set. We also used colours that worked with the floral fabric of the upholstered Venus bedhead: greens and corals to tie in with the print.
Well, there’s always the classics: a sprig of daphne, gardenias, or a bunch of violets. Lilac is always gorgeous. I prefer small and subtle flowers in the bedroom as opposed to a huge bouquet.
Anything with a fragrance is lovely – such as a bunch of herbs like lavender or mint. Jonquils and daffodils are quite strong smelling so not for the faint hearted. If you don’t love the smell of vanilla opt for geranium & lemon or herbal smells. Lavender or mint is a great idea.
At the moment I have a bunch of boronia by my bed – obviously it’s a native, it’s a gorgeous dark brown flower and has a nice herbal smell.
One amazing stand alone bloom always does the trick. I love a single stem of waratah especially with it’s strong deep pink/reddish colour. King protea is another one that looks incredible on its’ own.
My style is generally less frill. One of my personal favourites is a branch of quince. It has a silvery green leaf and blossom that comes through gradually but only a few at any one time…I prefer this to a big bunch of mixed flowers.
Another idea is to leave tulips on their bulb still in growth with roots exposed. You don’t even need a vase – they grow on the energy of the bulb.
Australian natives are also an earthy alternative. Our natives have the most interesting foliage. I find the shape of the banksia leaf just so fascinating - all serrated and jagged. And then there’s the Possum banksia; the craziest, fluffiest flowers you’ve ever seen.
You don’t have to head to the florist to bring flowers and foliage to your bedroom. Just go for a walk down the street (but try not to upset your neighbours!) Even a tiny posy of small flowers from the garden will brighten a room. A few nasturtium leaves in a bottle, or a small herb plant as mentioned earlier. Think outside the square and use what’s available to you.
A punnet of seedlings in a glass beaker, or fruit with ample leaves on a ceramic plate ….the vessel you use is just as important as the flower, leaf or fruit choice. Get creative.
Even in winter there are options: branches covered in lichen can be laid out across a mantle you don’t even need a vase!
Definitely autumn. I love everything about autumn – the red and orange leaves, rosehips, berries, crab apples and the lovely straw colour & texture of dried grasses! Then there’s the pomegranates with their big gnarly branches and rich, colourful fruit; some split open, some still in perfect form. Everything is so rich and beautiful.
Of course I love Spring too because of the excitement it brings. So many new flowers I could talk about for days. But I especially love the blossoms & magnolias. They’re a sign too that winter is over and warm weather is on its way.
You can find Katie at www.butterland.com.au
Catherine Heraghty is a Sydney based Interior Designer and Stylist, owner and founder of The Stables. She has attracted a huge following for her simple, understated and elegant style.
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