GUEST BLOG | Eimear brings Christmas to clients’ homes
Christmas is coming, shops are already transformed into a winter wonderland ready for the Holiday rush. Eimear from Dublin-based Unique Flowers brings the magic of Christmas to people’s homes. She creates the most wonderful wintry master pieces at her clients’ houses. Her work method? Read it here.
"I started working on the homes of clients after being recommended to an interior designer. Up until then I worked on weddings, events and general occasion flowers. Working with an interior designer gave me another way to look at using materials, textures and fashion trends when styling a home.
"Before styling a home, you talk through ideas and take in the clients own personal style and the colours of their home. During this meeting I measure up all spaces to be decorated and take photos to help me plan the look. A major consideration when creating the look is the durability of the materials I choose."
"Involves classic colours, red & burgundy. You can however always add a fresh twist to this by using beautiful velvet, silk or linen ribbons and layering textures such as different types of greenery, twigs for a more whimsical feel and dried flowers – dried hydrangeas are my absolute favourite. They give you impact, they last and once they are in your piece they hold their shape and will see you through the holiday season."
"Is driven by fashion trends, Instagram and what's big right now.... 2019 sees dried flowers as a key feature. One home I am really looking forward to working on, will have a large floating installation over the dining table. This will consist of dried ferns in white, champagne and gold. To add some texture to the piece I will be using lunaria and white soft ruscus. I will use chicken wire as a base to construct the shape. This theme will be carried throughout the rest of the home, over the fireplace and on the front door wreath. To complement this modern trend I will be using white amaryllis in clear glass vases."
"In the different homes, I have found the trickiest part is to work out how to attach your piece to the bannisters. This is usually the statement piece so getting it right sets the tone for the rest of the house. In one home, it was a very expensive French polished bannister. So we ended up covering the bannister with a thick felt to protect it from the garland. In another home, it was a glass bannister so we used suction cups. This gave us something to anchor the garland too and hold it in place. Most staircases we use cable ties that can be hidden by ribbon. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box to ensure the overall look is not compromised."
"Finally, something to keep in mind is that this is someone's home and to ensure that when all decorations are removed after the festive season, the house is as if you had never been there."
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