Thursday, 22 March 2012


" Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding"  -  Gian Carlo Menotti

I am in love with ALL things botanical.  My love of gardens, flowers,  botanical plates, paintings, fabrics , wall-papers has never wained.  How can references to  everything so beautifully created by nature ever go out of fashion?  The colour green so beautifully links all of natures colours - The trees and lawns form the background and base of our gardens and allows a quiet harmony of all colours,  which anywhere else would not work...

I have owned a dinner service of  Portmeirion  "The Botanic Garden"  for over 30 years and I love it still.  It has served me so well... in and out of the dishwasher and still glossy and clear, the strong colours and details intact.

Using a botanical theme can be such fun and is quite easy to achieve.
My friend, Bumble's mum -  lays the most beautiful table.  If you read Bumble's blog, you will find photos of some of her beautiful table settings.

I love this setting.  The faux bois planter filled with cactus, the Oak Leaf Hydrangea on the left, the flatware - Lovely !!
        This more formal setting is superb !  I adore the cloches, the ferns and the moss.

The three photos below are more examples of botanical settings... each quite different but lovely.  It's so easy stepping outside for a couple of sprigs from the garden.  The setting doesn't have to be elaborate... even a bowl of vegetables/fruits with oak leaves or anything green will do the trick.

 The lovely setting above is for St Patrick's day . Have a look at to see more of this lovely setting.


I love this room.  The huge framed botanical dominates and the pots/urns on the table add to the scheme.

How easy to create botanical magic in this little corner!  I love the bronze hurricane lamp as well as the two mini cloches.  The baskets beneath the bench add texture.  Gorgeous !!

Above is a photo of the verandah in my home in Paddington Sydney.  The huge botanical oil is by Diana Watson -  and it looks beautiful above the banquette and cushions designed for this space by Thomas Hamel


The Botanical theme is a favourite with wedding planners.  My daughter got married three years ago and we used this theme.  Below are a couple of photos !

The corner of the marquee... the one end of the buffet table.   Living flowering roses "planted" !

The other end of the buffet table displaying the Wedding Cake and other delights !


To finish off this vast subject.. and I could go on for days !!!   A couple of interiors that I love !

                              Isn't this room just beautiful? !!  I adore the chairs !

Green green green !!  Love the striped fabric,  botanical cushions on the sofa and the wonderful cabinet in the corner.  Also.. don't the three vases on the round table look
lovely?!  Have a look at my new Blog : Hometead Interiors