Vases

I love fresh flowers. One of my favourite things on my wedding ‘to do’ list was meeting with the florist to discuss my bouquet and the rest of the flowers for the day.

We’re planning on doing the table flowers incredibly simply – just lots and lots of frothy gypsophila in groups of mismatched, clear glass jars. Well, you already know I love glass jars, right?

At home though, I am partial to other flower receptacles like jugs and vases. And I’ve spotted some beauties in the shops recently.

These choker vases are beautifully simple and would work just as well with a full bouquet as with these individual blooms:

Choker vases £50 each, Jo Davies London

Choker vases £50 each, Jo Davies London

I do love the nostalgia of milk bottles, but it’s the great colour pairing and vintage font on this one that really drew me:

GreenGate ceramic milk bottle £21, Occa Home

GreenGate ceramic milk bottle £21, Occa Home

I don’t quite understand how anyone could justify spending so much money on an accessory, but I do love Venini’s range of simple, elegant vases:

Venini vases from £897, Yoox

Venini vases from £897, Yoox

These ceramic bottles aren’t strictly meant for flowers, but I think they would look gorgeous with some lush green ferns curling out of the top:

White and blue ceramic bottles from £12.95, Nordic House

White and blue ceramic bottles from £12.95, Nordic House

Pictures on vases can be a distraction from the main event – ie the flowers – but in this case, I think the simple motif would work really well:

Flight of Fancy vase by Fliff £25, Roost Living

Flight of Fancy vase by Fliff £25, Roost Living

I’ve already featured a couple of Rowen & Wren’s vases in this post last year, but they have a new range in that I just adore:

Larkin bubble bottle from £48, Rowen & Wren

Larkin bubble bottle from £48, Rowen & Wren

So, what’s your favourite way to display flowers? I always love reading your comments, so do feel free to leave one!

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Not on the High Street

nothsI’m all for indie shopping, as you’ll know if you read my other blog, but sometimes when it comes to homewares it’s hard to know where to start looking. How are you supposed to discover all these gorgeous little design gems, if their creators don’t have big advertising budgets?

That’s why I like sites like Not on the High Street, where you can access a whole bunch of designer makers and retailers (in this case, around 3,000) all under one roof, like the online equivalent of a craft market.

Here are a few of my favourite buys from the new spring catalogue. First up, a tea towel that’s fresh and funny and just perfect for a laid back domestic goddess:

'An Apple A Day' tea towelby Catherine Colebrook £10, Not on the High Street

‘An Apple A Day’ tea towel by Catherine Colebrook £10,
Not on the High Street

You know I love industrial style, and these frames are such a stunning example – I love how they’re strong yet delicate looking:

Kiko Glass Frame by Nkuku £10, Not on the High Street

Kiko Glass Frame by Nkuku £10, Not on the High Street

A cake that looks like a biscuit. Genius. How could you not like it?

Giant Custard Cream Silicone Cake Mould by The Iconic Cake Company £20, Not on the High Street

Giant Custard Cream Silicone Cake Mould by The Iconic Cake Company £20, Not on the High Street

I’m a big fan of these mini milk bottle style bud vases, and the great thing about this buy is that it comes complete with flowers:

Six vintage style glass bottles with flowers by The Flower Studio £27.50, Not on the High Street

Six vintage style glass bottles with flowers by The Flower Studio £27.50, Not on the High Street

Finally, another mug to add to my wish list, with an upbeat message that would make me smile with my morning coffee:

'Today Is The Day' mug by Bread & Jam £8.50, Not on the High Street

‘Today Is The Day’ mug by Bread & Jam £8.50, Not on the High Street

Where do you go to explore new independent designer makers? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Rowen & Wren

September is a dangerous month for me. I’m always at risk of forcing myself into a baked bean and water diet. You see, it’s at this time that the autumn winter ranges come out and every year I am tempted in a hundred different ways.

This week, I stumbled across Rowen & Wren and boy, have I been tempted! There’s just something so enticing about their three latest ranges, which seem to promise to do so much more than just make your home a little prettier.

‘Distant home’ speaks of far away places, with ethnic accents that don’t scream of tourist tat but instead use traditional techniques and a neutral palette that fit elegantly into the pared back artisanal style that’s been so big in the UK this last couple of years.

Beaker £14 and Jug £28 in Chalk White and Ebony, Rowen & Wren

Stone bowls in Rose, Shingle Grey and Marble £48 each, Rowen & Wren

Natural horm teaspoon £4, Rowen & Wren

Denton box pendant £172, Rowen & Wren

‘Refined rural’ is a country style that has nothing to do with chintzy prints or doilies. Instead it’s a more contemporary take on the look, still homespun and gentle with rustic textures and colours, but with a less self indulgent, more practical edge.

Chopping boards from £38, Rowen & Wren

Shere wool cushion £49, Rowen & Wren

Hana teapot with wooden saucer in Glossy Sand £78, Rowen & Wren

Pippin Greywood flower rack £36, Rowen & Wren

‘Timeless living’ is the vintage range which is all about found treasures that will surely become family heirlooms. There’s a hint of the industrial in the silvery touches and chalky textures, but also a beauty that softens the look and ties it together with the rest of the collections.

Greywood bloom vase £14, Rowen & Wren

Heather linen napkin £8, Rowen & Wren

Hanging bloom tubes from £7, Rowen & Wren

Flori tarnished silver pendant £84, Rowen & Wren

I can’t tell which of the three ranges I like best but I’m leaning towards ‘Timeless Living’ at the moment. What do you think?

PS Family and friends – I am majorly in love with those bloom vases, if you’re stuck for a Christmas present idea. Just saying…