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f2038ecd14a03ed2537c00dc51808971 I’m spending a lot of time hanging out at home at the moment for one reason (baby) or another. It has made me realise two things about my house. Firstly, that I needed more storage for the children’s toys and “arts and crafts” (my daughter’s current obsession) paraphernalia (I made a beeline for Great Little Trading and bought another cupboard unit from their fab Northcote range, which sits unobtrusively in my kitchen). Secondly, that flowers really do transform a space. (Thanks to the kindness of friends and family who recently showered me with flowers.)

However, you (like us) might not have a surfeit of time to pop to the florist and then painstakingly arrange your blooms – and a vase of decaying flowers is the opposite of cheering. So, I’m all for a cheat…

At the moment, I’m going through a hydrangea phase. So beautiful, so easy to make an impact with a couple of blowsy stems, so easy to style.

Cut the stems short and arrange in a low vase (not that hydrangeas require much arranging) – perfect coffee (bedside, occasional) table fodder.

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I like the way you can divide and conquer several small vases – line them up in a jaunty manner…

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Or use a mass of stems together to make a statement…


Now, with the current upheaval to the usual run of things, keeping my home stocked with fresh flowers is not at the top of my list of priorities. (Sadly. I slightly hanker after being one of those Downton-esque ladies for whom flowers and how one’s household is run (by a battalion of staff, naturally) are a primary concern. Speaking of which: is it just me or is it cosy and comforting that Downton is back on ridiculous form?). So I was delighted to chance upon these excellent faux stems from Oka (feeding the baby means you are always one idle click away from a find). They have a brilliant selection of flowers – but for the moment, it’s the hydrangeas which tempt me…


b9707de5766daa4611977ff4ab0e6f11Faux mop head hydrangea, from £9-£14, Oka

Abigail Ahern are bywords for good taste (she single-handedly popularised Downpipe by Farrow & Ball), so if she says silk flowers are go, who am I to argue? These lilac hydrangeas are particularly beautiful.


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  • Reply
    October 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Oh, these are beautiful, you’ve made me want to go out & buy hydrangeas immediately! I particularly love the photo using jars/bottles/vases of different styles.

    I must be the only person in England not watching “Downton”, am adding it to my list!

    • Reply
      October 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Aren’t they gorgeous? I am ordering some today! And send any styling tips you chance upon our way. (And yes, Downton is definitely back on track. I prefer it when it’s ridiculously OTT and slightly bonkers rather than dark and serious.)

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    October 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hydrangeas are totally the way to go. I use fake white hydrangeas in vases dotted around the house. They add a little something to each room and the green leaves against the white is always stunning. I’m lucky that I have access to a florist’s warehouse type place and I bought armfuls of them when I was first decorating the house otherwise, it would have been so very costly if you are talking from £9 a stem. I went yesterday and bought little fake green succulents in white matt potts and they are lovely on a bathroom shelf dotted amongst the perfume bottles and toiletries.

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