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Hello! Just popping my head up over a mound of paper-I’ve been so busy making paper flowers for the past couple of weeks that I’ve had very little head space for much else! I’ve been cutting, painting, scrunch pleating, cupping, fringing and glittering like crazy to get them ready in time. Yesterday, all 130 of these little crepe paper beauties which became my evening projects came with me to London’s West Elm where they’re now enjoying a new home as part of a table I styled with some of my favourite West Elm tableware.
To tie in with my paper flower making workshop at the store next week, the West Elm team invited me to create a tablescape using whatever I liked-how exciting?!!! A few week back I got a sneak peek of the store’s summer collection which showed that coral was likely to be a key colour. Riding on the coat tails of the pastel trend, we saw a brief introduction to coral in 2013, but this summer it’s about to take centre-stage. And I love it.
Inspired by the idea of a coral, gold and celadon green wedding reception and going all out with my love of pattern and bold colour, I set to work on pulling the look together for what took me most of the day-I was in heaven- settling in on the shop floor, pulling what I needed from the shelves and exploring in the stock rooms, playing and experimenting with the look. For some reason, I just can’t move away from celadon green and these organic shaped plates are perfection. I absolutely love them, with such a calming tone they work so well within this colour story.
Using a gold and white cotton runner as my starting point, I glued each flower into a centrepiece on a separate piece of fabric with hot glue and overlaid it. The addition of gold glitter on the stamens and petal edges catch the light beautifully -imagine how romantic these would look in soft candlelight. Sigh…
These jewellery trees become multi-functional decorative pieces with a small handful of blossoms wound around their branches and add a little height to the table without being obstructive.
To echo the red and coral print napkins, I found, as if by perfect serendipity, this coral, red and yellow patterned paper from Paperchase. Drawing templates from a side plate, I cut out the paper discs and laid them on top. They break up the green and tie in with the napkins and coral flowers. If you’re a little afraid to work with colour or print but want to experiment then using paper overlays as part of your table decor is an inexpensive way to start.
As sweet little gifts for each guest (names taken from the lovely staff members) I picked out orange and jasmine scented soaps from beefayre, tied with simple cotton ribbon. They smelt beautiful!
And then, as if my day couldn’t get any better, Igor Josif of Happy Interior Blog (one of my must-reads) popped in with Bridgee of Little Star Blog. We’ve been in touch for some time but as he’s based in Munich our paths have never crossed until now. As someone I greatly admire, I’ve come to him for advice on numerous occasions and he’s always been so open to share his own experiences, so it was wonderful to catch up and for Igor to see my table come together at the right moment. Thank you for taking the photo Bridgee, although my iphone made the colours look slightly dodgy, you get the idea!
Thank you to Paria, Rad, Jane, Jess and the rest of the West Elm team for making me feel at home to roam around and be in my creative bubble for the day. If you’d like to join me for my workshop next Saturday on April 12th you can find all the details here or pop into the store on Tottenham Court Rd and check out the table which will be there for the following week.
So what do you think of my styling? Are you feeling the coral? Maybe the green? Perhaps you’ve been turned on to the idea of making your own paper flowers for your next occasion?