15 January 2018

From the Archives - Tulip Day - Styling Tulips


Today is Tulip Day in Sweden or Tulpanens Dag as they would say over there.
This post is from January 2016 - when I did a whole week of tulips. Below are some links from back then.

Here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Well, today it is all about tulips......!!


Today on Tulip Week - Day 6 - I'm doing a little bit of styling with tulips. In fifteen images I'm combining tulips with some unusual containers, fabrics and other ornaments as well as a few mixed arrangements.

In the first image I have used fourteen little clear vintage glass bottles and put one or two flowers in each. But instead of spreading them out around the house I've grouped them together - that way they will have much more impact.



In the image above I've used a bright pink watering can as a vase and filled it with tulips in a few different pink colours. A different and fun way of presenting the flowers.



A handful of tulips in each of the two vintage milk bottles. I've decorated the bottles very simply with some contrasting twine.

In this one I've used a collection of vintage and new red vases and added some of the more unusual tulips such as parrot, fringed, double and multicolored. I have also put some of them on a black metal plate to pick up the black center in the darker tulips but also to anchor the whole arrangement.  


For these tall and very elegant tulips I'm again using a vintage milk bottle. An uneven number of flowers are arranged very simply with just a few leaves left on as a little ruffle around the long stems.


Red parrot tulips are so dramatic that they need nothing else to take the attention away from the flowers. Here they are arranged in a tall but plain and neutral grey metal vase.



I have used a antique blue and white floral patterned cup as a vase for some deep pink single tulips. They are cut very short just long enough to sit above the edge of the cup. The arrangement is finished off with the addition of three little mini dark blue glass bottles.

In the next few arrangements I've combined the tulips with different fabrics. Around the house we often have fabrics such as curtains, cushions, rugs, blankets and table cloths.


Yellow is not an easy colour to combine with other colours. Here I've arranged curvy edged bright yellow tulips in a vintage milk can on a light yellow fabric.   


Some fresh and bright white tulips in a green vintage bulb vase. In the background is an abstract patterned fabric that looks like buildings with rows of windows.


Pink and purple tulips in a vintage jug that has a wide band of pink around the middle. In the background is a striped fabric in pink and white picking up the pink colour in both the flowers and the jug.

In the next few images I've made some very simple mixed arrangements often using just one other flower. 


Multicolored orange tulips mixed with bright orange Ranunculus - becomes a dramatic and vivid arrangement. It needed a stark and crisp black and white chevron fabric to offset all the orange! 


Here is a mixture of pale pink tulips, pink hyacinths and Eucalytus foliage. An interesting mix of quite pale colours so not to overwhelm the flowers I have chosen to use very pale cream ware containers. The one with the flowers is actually an old mustard jar and the tall bottle in the background is an old Japanese sake bottle. 


Strong colours can be teamed with other strong colours like here where deep pink tulips are mixed with matching ornamental cabbage, also called brassica - the Mexican fringed shawl also matches in colour.



Some unusual green parrot tulips is happily mixed with blue hyacinths. Cut very short and arranged in a clear glass cube. The dark blue vintage bottles in the background makes the flowers stand out.

In the final arrangement I have mixed pretty pink tulips with gorgeous pink hyacinths. On the side is a casual metal wire basket with twine and a ball of torn rags for weaving rag rugs.



Have a fabulous Tulip Day!

Ingrid xoxo


11 January 2018

From the Archives - January 2016 - Pink Spring Flowers


This post is part of a new blog series called 'From the Archives'. It will be previously posted blog posts that I feel are still relevant for some reason or another. 

It will always be a post from the same calendar month as we are in or it could be some of my favourite flowers from the same season - that still lifts my spirit. 

Flowers are so ephemeral - but their beauty caught on camera never fades.........!!


It's a very pink bunch for the weekend this week - a bunch of pale pink tulips, some small pink gerbera, a bunch of bright pink ranunculus and some beautiful and very pink hyacinths.


As a vase I used a small vintage pickling jar - this one has a funny little strawberry and some lettering in the glass. It has tall straight sides and I also needed something that had a wide opening but that would hold the flowers in a compact shape.

I was also looking for something that would raise the arrangement off the table and I thought a pail of books would do the trick. On my bookshelves I found six books that all had pink spines to match the pink flowers.  


I also added a piece of chevron pink and white fabric, a small pink vase and a large vintage pink and green floral patterned bowl in the background.
  

 I have chosen flowers within a very tight colour palette - but the flowers are very different in size, shape and texture to still give a varied and interesting arrangement. 

It's such a pleasure and privilege to be able to have access to beautiful flowers at this time of year. A time of year when the weather is still dark, grey, cold and rainy even snow outside our windows - so what a treat to have flowers to arrange, style and photograph!



I hope this might have inspired you to find some flowers in a monochrome colour scheme and make an arrangement for the weekend.

Have a lovely floral weekend! 
xoxo Ingrid

8 January 2018

Florets - Floral Quote - # 166 - by Ngoc Minh Ngo



'Florets - Floral Quote' is a series of blog posts where I feature quotes by authors - mostly well known - but you will also find some obscure ones.

All the authors have written one or several books about flowers, green plants, gardening, interior styling or interior design. Many are experts in their field but what is the most important is that they are all passionate about flowers and plants.

I love books and in my ever growing library I look for quotes that I hope will be both inspiring and be useful while arranging flowers or green plants in your home.

Book cover-In Bloom

"The world is full of beauty, and few things are more beautiful than flowers. For millennia, flowers has been weaving their way into the fabric of our lives, claiming a central place in the human experience."

"Like all civilizations before us - from ancient Chinese and Egyptians to the Persians, Greeks, and Romans - we gather, grow, observe, admire, and record flowers for a myriad reasons.We celebrate them in songs and poems. We love and mourne with flowers in hand. We borrow their loveliness to embellish our home, adorn our dresses, and grace our table." 
~ Ngoc Minh Ngo ~ 

[Ngoc Minh Ngo: New York based photographer, landscape designer and author of two books Bringing Nature Home (2012) and In Bloom (2016).]

[Quote from: In Bloom by Ngoc Minh Ngo.]

[Book cover photography: Ngoc Minh Ngo.]

[Flowers: Holly foliage.]

[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

31 December 2017

Happy New Year!




Happy New Year!

Gott Nytt År!

I would like to wish everybody a creative and inspiring 2018!

I also like to thank all of you who has visited my blog and all of you who has made kind, supportive, fun and encouraging comments - I have loved reading them all - thank you so much.

Many floral hugs for the new year!

See you soon.


xoxo Ingrid

[Styling and photography: © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

29 December 2017

McQueens Festive Table Runner



Here is a short video from McQueens showing a very colourful and festive table runner that could be used for a New Years dinner table. 



Caleb at McQueens creates small posies using red tulips, ranunculus, anemones, Skimmia and ivy berries. Both the little hand tied arrangements and the individual stems are put in a collection of low glass vases surrounded by candles. 
Quick, easy and beautiful!
[Video by McQueens.]



27 December 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 165 - by Selina Lake



'Florets - Floral Quote' is a series of blog posts where I feature quotes by authors - mostly well known - but you will also find some obscure ones.

All the authors have written one or several books about flowers, green plants, gardening, interior styling or interior design. Many are experts in their field but what is the most important is that they are all passionate about flowers and plants.

I love books and in my ever growing library I look for quotes that I hope will be both inspiring and be useful while arranging flowers or green plants in your home.


" Berries are winter's version of spring blossoms. Well, for a short time...before the birds have a feast. If you have berries in your garden and want to create a gorgeous display, perhaps on your kitchen or dining table, invest in a pair of decent garden pruners and a pair of gloves, as most plants and trees that produce berries also have sharp thorns. Gather your collection of cuttings and arrange them in a large glass jar filled with water. I particularly like using long rosehip cuttings and the beautiful autumnal berries of the callicarpa shrub. Place shorter cuttings of rosemary, ivy and holly in a variety of vases and glass bottles."
~ Selina Lake ~  

[Selina Lake: British, freelance interior stylist and author of six books.]
[Quote from: Winter Living by Selina Lake, (2015). Published by Ryland Peters and Small.]
[Cover photography: Debi Treloar.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]


24 December 2017

Happy Christmas!





I would like to wish everybody a wonderful and very

 Happy Holiday!

God Jul!

Happy Christmas!

Season's Greetings!


All the best and lots of love!

xoxo Ingrid


[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]
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