FLORA & FAUNA
If you take one look on my Instagram at the moment you will notice that I'm particularly into layering foliage at the moment... Ok ok, I'll admit slightly obsessed. I have mostly been experimenting with two different takes on this look and the best bit is this is probably the cheapest way of transforming an entire room in a flash. Forget spending big bucks on huge floral arrangements or ornaments, with a selective eye you can buy a small selection of unique foliage and even bulk it out with pieces picked from your own back yard. All you need to start with is a handful of clear bottles or vases which you most likely already have or can be found anywhere from markets, to op shops or department stores.
L O O K # 1 :
A U - N A T U R A L E
This look is for those with more contemporary taste that might shy away from anything overtly frilly. Focused on fresh foliage, this look can be kept minimal or layered for a modern- bohemian vibe.
The best thing about this look is that just about anything goes, the key here is to contrast different textures with your selections- a mixture of finer foliage with thicker palmy- leaves will give depth and balance. And since the main element here are leaves and branches you can find some of these in your own back yard. Australian natives can work well for this look as they commonly feature interesting shaped leaves and buds. Other great options are waxy green leaves such as Magnolia or gardenias, ferns and palms, and you can even layer in potted succulents for variety too. The more contrasting textures the better.
L O O K # 2 :
G I R L Y
The second look I've been swaying between is a softer, more feminine take on Look 1. It is more or less the same concept- by mixing a combination of different foliage types but this time with florals introduced.
I find this works best with some greenery to break up the softness of the flowers but it is still quite important to find florals that are somewhat unique. I find that more "structural" flowers such as roses can look a little bit out of place if you are to layer them in amongst a grouping. Uniquely shaped florals that are a bit more loose in their shape lend to this textured, overgrown look. Again, the more variety in texture the better.
So with green as your base introduce your florals opting for variety in the scale of the blooms, try to avoid get two varieties of the same size. It really helps to track down a flower market that stocks a wider range than the stock standard florist as the more unique and eclectic the mix the better. Obviously I'm not one for too much colour so I started by introducing white florals (can you tell I am slightly obsessed with baby's breath at the moment?!) then a soft blush pink to lift the look. This could have worked with all white or more intense pops of colour too.