The Royal Horticultural Society in bringing in a new judging category to this year’s Chelsea Flower show; ‘Fresh’, that celebrate unique ideas regarding urban design. This more architectural part of RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrates innovative design and more creative gardening. There are strong shapes, ideas and colours to be inspired by at the flower show which have lots of potential for creating elegant homes.
The strong shapes and drama at Chelsea this year leads to trends of spatial drama and brave colour combinations. These can be made both indoors and outdoors, meaning it is possible to renew the feel of a home by planting exciting varieties in your garden and stocking your living areas with sculptural lounge furniture. Abundant colour and architectural style are strong trends for the new seasons. Both summer, winter and all year planting can bring new shape and a fresh dynamic to rooms.
With plenty of exhibitors utilising fresh water and new growth; RHS Chelsea reminds us this year of the most precious of nature’s resources. There are numerous gardens using this theme; The ‘Soft Machine Garden’ designed by Tomaz Bavdez presents a new way for water to be a clever part of garden living. Tony Smith’s ‘Green With… The Easigrass Garden’ strikingly exemplifies the trend for garden and furniture connections with the graphic use of hanging plants.
Dwelling spaces with innovative garden furniture are around every corner at Chelsea. Some have tables created as grass beds with a water oasis beneath, seating made of grasses, and benches surrounded by beds of grasses and flowers. Creating the relationship between this furniture style gardening and the living/dining space has been done in several ways by designers bringing sculptural plants to the balcony; planting vertical gardens such as Jean Nouvel’s on the Musée du quai Branly; and fruiting plants, such as lemon trees, into the lounge.
This might seem to push furniture out of centre focus but with lounge furniture from Fashion For Home the beautiful and powerful role furnishing has in design compliments the freshness of plants. With generous proportions in leather and slim elegant forms in beautifully crafted salvaged ship wood are nice options for creating a strong and delicate space. Numerous designers are exploring the potential of this, just by browsing furniture retailer sites like http://www.fashionforhome.co.uk you can get a clear indication of this shift in style.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is again delivering on strong new ideas for design. Bold graphic shapes in furniture and planting give the traditional show contemporary interest. Walking amongst the charming scent of roses the intelligent creations of the ‘Fresh’ category are an inspired breath of air. Let’s just hope the weather improves so visitors to the show can really make the most of the exhibits.
From Wholesale Flowers to Retail Flowers… and beyond!
Russ Wholesale Flowers, one of the nation’s top direct-to-consumer flower wholesalers has fully redesigned their extensive blogsite – Russ On Flowers. This complete makeover now helps flower enthusiasts and designers better than ever by introducing new features that allow visitors to easily navigate throughout the site’s vast library of floral design videos, articles, tips, and more.
The RussWholesaleFlowers.com/blog redesign project had been in the works for months as a response to the huge following of fan’s for the sites owner, Russ Phillip, Jr. The new blog fully connects visitors with Russ and his vast knowledge of flowers and the floral industry by providing a place for visitors to go from start to finish with planning, designing, ordering flowers & supplies, and finally creating the most beautiful flower arrangements – all from the convenience of their own home.
The RussWholesaleFlowers.com blog is the window into the mind of nationally renowned flower expert, Russ Phillip, Jr. And he is not your everyday flower guy by any means. His enormous muscles, tattoos, and biker style clothing put a fresh spin on the average florist stereotype. His popularity has been increasing dramatically over the last year as he has provided the flower world with a little something outside the box.
Russ began in the floral trade as a young boy and in 1986 and his work with flowers has taken him around the globe providing him with floral training from the best companies in the industry.
“I have worked with flowers my entire life and wanted to share my knowledge, experience, and connections within the industry. I figured what a better way than to allow everyone to bring the flowershop experience to their home. This is why I created RussWholesaleFlowers.”
www.RussWholesaleFlowers.com offers an enormous variety of fresh and silk flowers along with all the floral tools and accessories anyone could need. And don’t forget to check out Russ’ blog if you are looking for tips, advice, help, with anything floral.
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Spring has definitely arrived, with this weekend forecast to be the first warm and sunny weekend this year. The array of flowers that adorn our parks, verges and gardens are spectacular and help us to look forward to the summer and its long hot days.
For many the winter will have been a time of eating winter warming food and perhaps putting a few too many pounds on for extra insulation. This will have left lots of us feeling a little sluggish and not quite ready to don the bikini yet.
It is, however, time to plan for the summer, whether it be the dates for a holiday, the start of a plan to shed those extra pounds or to detoxify our winter bodies of the worst excesses of stodgy winter food.
Raw Freedom have just announced the perfect package to address all three of these concerns. The Bristol based company, run by Saskia Fraser who is one of the UK’s foremost raw food coaches, has been putting the finishing touches to their May raw food detox retreat. The package has left nothing out and when I visited the location earlier this month I have to say I was blown away.
The location is in south Devon, is fifteen minutes from the beach and is in the most idyllic spot. The accommodation is second to none and the program of events is inspiring enough to make me want to book right there and then. Saskia will be offering a fully raw food menu for the 3 days, this will be accompanied by raw food preparation classes to bring you up to speed on how easy it is to integrate raw food into everyday life.
Saskia said yesterday “I am so excited to be able to offer this fantastic package to those that need it. The combination of location, raw food, massage, yoga and life balancing coaching sessions is perfect for everyone to make the break from the winter lifestyle and move into the radiant and rejuvenated lifestyle that is waiting for all of us. Places have had to be limited so that there is time to devote to each and everyone on the retreat. That does of course mean that everyone can truly feel fully pampered and refreshed. I know that those that attend will take back the best of what they have been experiencing and integrate it into their everyday lives.”
The program contains yoga for all levels, unlimited access to the swimming pool, a full body holistic massage, raw food preparation classes, meditation, walks on the beach and in the beautiful Devon countryside and the connection with other like minded souls.
Healthy retreats and detox holidays are becoming ever more popular in the UK. Many people are deciding to stay in the UK for holidays rather than fly, and there are those who are starting to realise that the food we consume and the pace we live at both have a significant effect on our health and ageing processes. The idea that we can take a holiday, come back refreshed and not jet-lagged is gathering acceptance amongst ever widening circles.
After such a rewarding and relaxing 3 day event I would think everyone will return to their summer plans re-invigorated and ready for anything that the summer has to offer, including last year’s bikini and a determination to continue to eat more raw food whilst accomplishing more goals from your to do list.
About Raw Freedom
Raw Freedom is a Bristol based company that specialises in helping people to transition from a predominantly cooked food based diet to a fully raw or high raw diet. The coaching given by Saskia has helped people break old habits around food and discover a new more resplendent self. She has been credited by many as demystifying the, often shrouded, psychology that we all have surrounding food and our food choices. This healthy retreat is the an ideal opportunity to remove oneself from the constraints of everyday life and achieve a real and long lasting shift toward the more vibrant and healthy you.
Contact Saskia through www.RawFreedom.co.uk