Lessons Learnt from Abigail Ahern: Flowers, flowers, flowers
This is the first of a new series about design lessons I have learnt and I am going to start it with a few insights from Abigail Ahern’s Masterclass last month.
Fill your house with an abundance of flowers: they had texture and create immediate layering.
Here are some photos of Abigail’s shop in London.
What’s really interesting is that they are all fakes! Yes, that’s right. Decking out your house with this amount of real flowers every day of the year is really only possible by those living in the country with access to bounties of free blooms, or those with a line of credit at the local florist. Alternatively, invest in some high quality fakes. These days they are so well done it’s hard to tell them from real ones especially if you have a few scented candles burning at the same time.
Last week my house was photographed for a magazine and, with Abigial’s inspiration in mind, I combined both real and fake flowers and scattered them throughout the house and below are the results.
A few tips to remember: don’t put fake flowers near natural light as your secret will be revealed; and forget posies and flower arrangements, the latest in floral design is putting clusters of vases or bottles together each with one flower or stem.
The photo below is from the Masterclass, run in the attic of Abigail’s house. It’s painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings which is the most divine colour. Flowers (and pretty much anything) looks incredible against it. I am pretty excited that I managed to get a sample of this colour and it’s being sent to me in Australia. If I love it as much as I think I will, my plan is to have it colour matched and to start painting!
Photo by me (Kate Challis)