Christmas Styling Tips from Florence & Vera
If you haven’t heard of them already…Florence & Vera Events are the go-to event planning and styling service based in Manchester. The lovely Kate, who is the brains and brawn behind the operation, has an amazing knack for sourcing exquisite venues, romantic story-telling, and fabulous accessories that set the perfect mood in any venue. We’ve been lucky enough to work with Kate on a number of weddings and shoots, so it came as no surprise when she was named North West Regional WINNER of the Venue Stylist award at The Wedding Industry Awards! And, with Christmas looming, I thought my lovely Flower Lounge readers would love some tips on how to create an uber stylish Christmas this year. From home décor to gift wrap, Kate’s pearls of wisdom are a sure-fire way to have yourself an insta-worthy Christmas.
Over to you Kate!
Hello Flower Lounge readers! When it comes to event styling, I LOVE to tell a story, so, with the aim of creating memories through smell, touch and texture, as well as being as environmentally friendly as possible; here are my Christmas styling tips for your home.
I cannot rave about these bad boys (or girls) enough! The smell, the presence and visual aesthetic they bring to your home, whether inside or out, is simply sublime. Even without decorations, they spell out C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S and they should be embraced in every way possible. I like to adorn mine with gold sprayed leaves, twigs and low energy lights, with a generous sprinkle of colour, maybe in the form of a vintage glass bauble, rust colours and metallics – and of course, some biodegradable sparkle- it is the season, after all! Going greener with a live tree, ensuring that they are planted or fully recycled afterwards is also a great shout!
There are so many amazing ways to wrap presents in 2019! Gone are the days of plastic fantastic paper and large gift bags, just another clutter to our environment. Instead try using low-cost parcel paper, not only fully recyclable but it is so gorgeous to adorn with pretty stamps, plant-based paint or hessian string, real foliage leaves or flowers to give the overall more personal effect. “Who has time for this?” I hear you cry! Fear not: many small, local independents will sell items like these so that you can simply purchase from them and use them repeatedly. Win-win! Supporting local businesses and personalising your gift-wrap in a more sustainable way!
Wreaths & Garlands
Ahhh, another one of my total faves! I love not only the fresh, seasonal aroma wreaths and garlands bring to your home but also the texture, height and length they can cover too. It gives an overall look even more depth and style. Why not commission your local florist to create one for you? Or perhaps try a more cost-effective way of buying or cutting some luscious foliage, like eucalyptus- even a few sprigs of that alongside some holly and earth-tone berries oozes warmth, style and Christmas cheer. Add some dried grasses for a rustic and organic look and a teaspoon of sparkle. And there you have it, one beautiful, stylish garland produced in under half an hour, leaving you free to watch the Queen’s Speech ??
Foliage hoops are also a great way of introducing colour and texture to your walls – or try a mini one for the top of your Christmas tree! Nordic and Scandi vibes are still very much on trend this year, so experiment with the more simplistic and functional approach too – this can be in the form of hanging decorations over the dining room table or fireplace or keeping close to the modern and uncluttered lines throughout your decor collection.
Well, where to start with this one? The possibilities are endless, dependent on budget and style. Think height with taupe, tapered candles in abundance, set in brass candlesticks for a statement and a variance in height. Rich brushed tones and hues of rust, blue and muted metallics, are wonderful colour combinations. Another way to introduce colour to your Christmas table is through a patterned or textured charger plate in the centre of the table, and who doesn’t love a knotted silk napkin, to tone all of the colours and items together. Don’t be afraid to experiment with trinkets and vintage knick-knacks, which will introduce a new element and dimension to the table.
The addition of stunningly designed florals and seasonal foliage is paramount to tantalise the nose; the smells, the opulence, the memories made. Simply divine.
Merry Christmas to you all, with love, Florence & Vera Events
Thank you so much to Kate from Florence & Vera Events for these amazing Christmas styling tips – I know I’ll be pinching a few for my Christmas table. And, if we’ve inspired you to create some decorations or gift wrap of your own, or you decide to follow Kate’s advice when styling your table on Christmas day, please tag The Flower Lounge in your photos, we’re on Facebook and Instagram. We’d love to see them!