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It would be wonderful to have real flowers in every room all the year round but it is quite an undertaking on both the effort and financial front. Fortunately faux flowers are now amazingly realistic and lovely, so mixing real with unreal is a happy alternative. An initial investment in some really good faux, will stand you in good stead for years to come, leaving you to appreciate the odd purchase (or collection) of seasonal flowers when the mood takes you.

Cuthbertson and Wood white hydrangeas

I think faux hyacinths work particularly well either in one colour or as mix. Try to keep the flowers low in the bowl rather than having leggy stems showing. Cuthberson and Woods via Occa Home

Bloom tulips in Portmeirion vase

Obviously seasonal flowers can be a bit of a giveaway, although I would argue the case for faux and proud and leave these glorious tulips out all year round.  www.bloom.uk.com

An Angel at my Table White Hyacinth bunch

I recently bought these white hyacinths for myself recently and I knew I was on to a winner when I caught a friend of mine smelling them! www.anangelatmytable.com

Abigail Ahern flower arrangement

Abigail Ahern has some fantastic faux foliage in her lovely shop on Upper Street in Islington but if you can’t get there, you can buy then online. She also has some great faux inspirations on her blog. http://www.abigailahern.org/news/flower-power-4/

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I bought these flowers many years ago when you had to travel far and wide to avoid ending up with dusty silk flowers horrors. They have lasted amazingly well and still look good now. Image taken from ‘Secrets of a Stylish Home’ photography by Simon Whitmore. www.simonwhitmore.com

Oka garden rose arrangement

Oka has a good range of faux flowers and this arrangement shows that it is quite possible to pull off a large formal arrangement just as well as a smaller bouquet. They have cleverly mixed white roses, foxgloves, peonies and lilies to create an eye catching focal point. www.okadirect.com

The Nordic House faux pears

And while we are on a roll with faking it, why not have a bowl full of these incredibly realistic faux pears from the Nordic House but be careful where you put them as friends are sure to attempt to eat them!

 

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Fed up of drooping Poinsettias and dropped pine needles?  Then consider these fabulous, faux alternatives from Bloom, in traditional and modern designs that will last year after year.

 

Large and small poinsettias £65

Two different sized poinsettias potted in charmingly aged terracotta pots that look as if they have come straight from the back garden.

Bloom narcissus

This is a lovely little narcissus arrangement in a moss filled silver pot, which at only 27cm high makes a perfect centerpiece for the table.  £25

Bloom Christmas Treet

To make things even easier, this 5’ pre-lit Christmas tree comes already decorated with a constellation of little LED lights so all you have to do is plug in and switch on! £159

Bloom twigs

For a more up to date alternative to the traditional fir tree, these twiggy stems would be very useful where space is limited. £19

Bloom topiary

As would this elegant Cedar topiary spiral in its sac-cloth wrapped pot. £49 from Bloom

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Today I am thrilled to introduce  our new column for the brand new Cambridge Evening News Homes and Gardens website. Take a look at the lovely new site here, it’s packed with inspiration for your home and garden, from Craft to DIY to Green living. You can read our new column below and keep your eyes peeled for the next installment.

House of Fraser bedlinen

Flowers, sunshine, Pimms and Alan Titchmarsh. Ah, it can only be The Chelsea Flower Show.  Quintessentially English, this event brings out the best of British and has a fiercely loyal following (tickets to the show are like gold dust). But if you didn’t make it this year, don’t worry, we’ve put together some beautiful floral interiors for you instead. So pour yourself a Pimms and enjoy.

designers guild

This scheme from Designers Guild is so fresh and vibrant, it just oozes summer style. The cheerful pink blooms are perfectly offset by the crisp whites and juicy greens and the bold florals contrast nicely with the simple stripe pattern.

zimmer and rhodes fabric floral chelsea flower show

Inspired by botanical sketches this Zimmer + Rhode design has a delicate, painterly quality but the relatively large scale of the print keeps the design looking modern. This paper would look lovely in a study or library for a feminine twist on traditional style.

Marks and Spencer

The high street is blooming with floral prints this summer so if you’re looking for accessories you’ll be spoilt for choice.  These cushions, above, are all from Marks and Spencer and the Fashion Vintage Floral Rug is a real gem, from only £59.

zimmer and rhodes

If you like your florals bold and dramatic go all out with long and sweeping curtains. I love the way the green silk chair and purple cushion, above, echo the simple colour palette of the fabric without detractracting from it.

deisgners guild

These scheme is a glorious riot of colour and print and I instantly feel happy just looking at it. Using this many patterns can be tricky but if you keep the rest of the room simple it can work without overpowering. Here the white walls and table offer a clean backdrop to the textiles and the block colour of the sofa allows the patterned cushions to shine.

Image credits: House of Fraser, Designers Guild, Zimmer + Rhode, Marks and Spencer

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