Ruth Monaghan, creative director of APPASSIONATA FLOWERS shares the flower styles and WREATH-MAKING TIPS to try this Christmas …
Stylish simplicity is our overriding aesthetic. This year, we’re seeing two different trends come to the fore. There’s the traditional Christmas style that people love, full of cinnamon, cones, reds and greens. But foliage, and layering different textures, is big at the moment too. Appassionata has created a very full foliage wreath which looks beautiful, particularly on a dark coloured door. I find wreath-making a mindful process and something which is great to do with children. I have a very strong sense of smell, so I always make sure my wreaths are filled with scent textures. For instance, we use a lot of eucalyptus, some lavender and rosemary, and we always include Irish pine as well as cypress.
Appassionata Flowers has just opened at Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt, Dublin 18; www.appassionata.ie.
1. The newly-opened gift shop Eirlooms, at the Conrad Hotel, owned by Mary Whelan, has lovely floral arrangements as well as hampers, confectionery and design. www.eirlooms.com.
2. The online and app-based flower-sending company Bloomtown, has signature Merry Berry range of bouquets which are delivered with a scented candle from Rathbornes. If customers prefer to use their own vases for dinner parties and events, founder Helen Mulcahy will oblige. www.bloomtown.ie.
3. Mary O’Reilly, head florist at The Shelbourne Hotel, also creates lovely floral arrangements for sale at the hotel, 01 663 4500.
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