A pocket full of posies

Okay, so it’s allegedly a nursery rhyme about the bubonic plague.
I needed a title, what can I say? 😉


If the clothes (oh, yes, they have CLOTHES!) and the interior design products are out of your price range at House of Hackney, why not take home a sweet little posy to brighten up your space? Buy two– they make lovely hostess gifts and there is no need for your hostess to have to find a vase if you bring her a posy in a mason jar!


In London, as in France, you will NEVER see flowers displayed in crummy plastic buckets, they are always in some kind of pretty container, styled up to make them look as tempting and irresistible as possible.
It works.



Peonies & Polka-Dots

I realize that it is not strikingly original of me, but peonies are my favourite flowers. I love white ones best and am lucky to have five (!) bushes of white peonies in my back yard.
They smell heavenly and one of my favourite things to do in spring is to sit on my patio and enjoy the sight and scent of my peonies.


This year there are so very many blooms and there has been so very much rain that I had to intervene in order to lighten the load on the stalks of the plants. I made bouquets to share with our neighbours and put them in empty soup jars. I could not get the labels off the jars completely, so I decided to make the best of the stubborn labels by turning them into a “feature” of the makeshift vases.


Of course I turned to my dear friend, washi tape, to help me out.
A black fine-tipped pen to write on the labels and a few strips of washi tape and ta-da!
Cute little vases that don’t need to be returned, all ready to be delivered to our neighbours.



A Sweet Idea

One of the best things about IDS 2013 was seeing all the clever styling ideas. Here is one you could use for a party or to style your kitchen counter or shelves.
(You could use this idea in your kitchen, but I’d just end up snarfing all the treats, leaving sad, empty, reproachful jars as evidence — er, on display…. This is strictly a party decor idea in my world, I’m afraid.)


It’s quick, it’s easy and it would cost pennies– you could get the containers at the dollar store or use mason jars. The little scraps of fabric (to match your party theme/kitchen decor) could be tied on with ribbon or twine if you are not up for crafting up the custom fasteners. I think raw-edged strips of coordinating fabric pinned on with pretty, oversized gold safety pins would look darling. Send ’em home with your guests as a party favour!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Seasonal Switch, Big Finish!

Okay, perhaps I am overselling a bit. In fact, I am willing to bet that the only people who notice much difference from Version 1 of the mantel to Version 3 of the mantel are me and a few equally finicky folk out there. 🙂

For this (final?) version, I added the candlesticks back in– I felt that the vignette needed the height they bring.
I like the way the lights drape across the mantel– looks sort of casual and brings the light down to the larger owl.

So, that’s that. I may or may not change it up at Christmas…

Take a Seat!

When my parents got married– heck, even as recently as when my friends got married–  the way you figured out which table you’d be at for dinner was by finding your name on a board and going to the numbered table to which you’d been assigned. As you know, that system is no longer the norm. I love checking out wedding blogs to see some of the fun and creative ways couples choose to indicate the seating plan to their guests.

My brother and his bride chose to use origami. My brother made all the origami sculptures twice– once in miniature to go on the board with the lists of guests, and once in a larger size to mark the table and be part of the centrepiece. He was up until 3:30 a.m. the night before the wedding, folding paper like a madman, but it was worth it. After all, it was pretty fun to be able to say you were sitting
“at the sign of the prawn”!

(Though I think the X-Wing fighter might have been my very favourite!)

The origami looked so pretty tucked in amongst the lovely mismatched vases full of flowers and the tealights sparkling in beribboned mason jars.
A crack commando team of amateur florists (a.k.a. family and friends!) worked very hard to get the flowers looking just right and to set up the centrepieces.

Once again, photo credits to Lucas Jarvis.