I knew nothing of Strawberry Hill Flower Festival other than maybe I had seen a wonderfully strange white gothic building from a train back from London a few times, which I discovered was Strawberry Hill House. I also have a bit of a fascination for anything gothic and even have a book called Gothic Revival which has sat on my bookshelf for a few years now and guess what Strawberry Hill House is in it! Anyway, I digress. When Bex from Botanical Tales said would I be interested in helping I said of course! Then I asked what was involved 🙂 Well, when I heard more details about the event and the fantastic florists and flower people involved I was blown away to even be considered to help.full post
Category: Inspiring styles
As always at this time of year, Chelsea is the centre of the flower and gardening world. But this is the year when dried flowers arrived. In Chelsea Flower Show there were 2 stands that featured dried flowers in the Great Pavilion. The most notable was The Salutation Garden https://www.the-salutation.com/gardens/ . They received Gold for their stunning display of dried seed heads and grasses. The whole stand apart from one dome-shaped Buxus was decorated with dried stems with all their brittle beauty.full post
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Christmas Wreaths, as trends evolve and creativity is everything. Talk of wreaths generally conjures images of holly entwined into a ring to be hung on the outside door, but as times move forwards so do the possibilities of this must-have decorative Christmas adornment. This year, more natural and free-flowing designs have taken the prime spot for top wreaths, incorporating different textures to add contrast and excitement. Nature finds it’s way into the home as designers and DIYers forage for interesting and unusual greenery or vines to entwine into beautiful wreaths. Additionally, with fresh green wreaths, not only do you bring the look of nature to your doorstep but also their aromas which bring new senses to the home. Popular cuttings to use are ferns, ivy, box hedge stems, pine boughs, magnolia and, of course, holly.full post
We’ve been following dried flower trends for a while. It started with some Instagram posts in late 2016, could it be true, dried flowers were being mentioned again? South Korea and Japan were early adopters, posies and decorations were petite sometimes minute and perfect in every way. Each flower was chosen with extreme care and placed with precision. Other flower trends sprang up including pressing flowers and botanical collections and curios seemed the thing to have, collect and photograph. We were inspired to create some dried flower curtains for our stand at the Spring Fair in Birmingham earlier in the year and were inspired by Rebecca Louise Law.full post
What a great week we had at Spring Fair, even if we all came back exhausted. When you are a small business the preparation for a show of this size really pushes you to the limits – especially as you still have all the normal jobs that still need doing. When we arrived at our stand and started painting and building we looked on in awe as the teams of builders, carpenters and electricians arrived, followed by the decorators and finally on Sunday the salespeople for all the ‘Big’ stands. Atlas Flowers Retail are all of these things and every item on our stand was selected, designed, photographed and hung up or displayed – just by us!full post
Gosh where has the time gone! We are always madly busy in the winter months and now we are in the early days of the New Year I’ve suddenly realised that we haven’t posted here for ages. What have we been up to? Well we’ve managed to supply around 2.2 million pine cones – maybe even more after a certain point you kind of lose count!full post
We were delighted when Fiona Humberstone agreed to work with us on our re-branding, she was such an inspiration to work with. We learnt so much and are still putting all of her wonderful ideas into action. We were then really chuffed to bits to be included in her fantastic book Brand Brilliance.full post
We’ve just about recovered from our first major show – the NEC Spring Fair – and we learnt a LOT.
Things like… next time, we’ll leave the plastic sheeting on the carpet until the last minute; a grubby carpet is not a good look. And we won’t keep adding products to the stand (just because we love them) and then panic because we haven’t worked out the quantities.full post
Our brand spanking new brochure for the Spring Fair 2017 is now available!
Inside you’ll see a selection of our range, including some of our favourite decorative products, garlands galore, and lots of gorgeously stylish hanging decorations.
To view the brochure, please click here
We are located in Hall 2 | Stand 2E40full post
It’s all go at Atlas Flowers Retail HQ (okay, it’s a little frantic), as we prepare for our next big event – Country Homes and Interiors Christmas.full post