Teal Colour Inspiration

Teal Colour Inspiration
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Sensual Teal

 

Hello.

Hope you’ve had lovely weekend. It’s been a gorgeous sunny weekend here in London. It’s also been a rare weekend of little plans which has been great. We’ve been out with friends, caught up on house work (unfortunately) and even got my head back into my Wedding Course.  However, I hate to say it, but Autumn will soon be approaching. Although I love summer, there is something about Autumn that makes me excited, I’ve always found it fascinating and have so many fond memories of conker picking as child. The turn in colour and Autumn walks with crunchy leaves make the season so embracing. The rich colours of Autumn are what has inspired this colour board. The warm amber and copper tones teamed with teal is a perfect colour scheme for an October or November wedding. The Teal is deep and sensual. A thought evoking colour.

It is said that people who are drawn to Teal are confident, sophisticated and have a positive outlook on life. For Egyptians it is the colour of truth and faith. With these connotations, it is a perfect choice for a wedding theme.

The dip dyed concept is shown on the board through the draped fabric and the marble styled cake. It adds an organic element to the scheme which contrasts with the almost geometric shapes in the invites. I love the teal painted wall with vintage frames. Although this wasn’t taken from a wedding, this idea could be used to display the couple’s family photos, maybe wedding photos from parents and grandparents for the extra sentimental touch.

The shoes are simply divine and could be the bride’s something blue to wear with her dress for the ultimate elegant, vintage and classic look.

The bouquet of fiery amber tones and organic greens bounce off the teal bridesmaid dress to add that punch complimenting colour.

So when summer is over, don’t be down, just think of the visual inspiration to come in Autumn. For more colour boards take a look over at my Inspiration Boards page. 

Emily

Floral Design Through Time

Looking back at the history of floral design can influence and inspire design trends for the future. A unit within my Diploma course explained how floral design has varied and developed over period of time. Below I look at 5 key European floral trends from different eras.

Renaissance

(1400-1600 A.D.)

Design Elements:

Floral motifs Fruit and vegetables

Classic style urns

Woven baskets

Dianthus, daisies, lilies, violets, roses

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Renaissance

The renaissance style emigrated from Italy throughout Europe. The creative energy and inspiration came from still life paintings which were popular at the time. Fruits and foliage such as olive and ivy were included within arrangements. Designs developed throughout this period to become more and more ornate.

Baroque

(1600 – 1775 AD)

Design Elements: Large, bold flowers

Large metal or glass containers

Ornamental Gladiolus, roses, iris, peony, marigold, branches

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Baroque

Moving into the Baroque period meant floral arrangements were becoming much more ornamental and dramatic. Interiors at this time were becoming more lavish and this translated into the floral trends. The style was decadent, flamboyant and dramatic.

Rococo

(1715-1744 AD)

Design Elements:

Tighter, denser arrangements

Taller pieces

Roses, Hydrangeas Delicate glass containers

Soft pinks, whites and gold

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Rococo

In contrast to the exuberant Baroque style, Rococo floral design took influence from the romance of France and designs developed into a more feminine, delicate approach. The shape of arrangements changed to tall, elegant figures. Soft pinks and complimenting pastel colours emphasised the feminine and pretty style within this period.

Georgian

(1714-1810 AD)

Design Elements:

Vibrant colour palettes

Wedgewood urns

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There wasn’t much transition from the Rococo period, during the Georgian period floral design remained very similar. Due to the influence in overseas trading, there was an oriental element to some of the designs. The fragrance and herbal symbolism of flowers came into play at the end of this period as well as wearable pieces. Pottery design by Wedgewood introduced more vibrant colour palettes.

Victorian

 (1830-1901 AD)

Design Elements:

Tiny flowers

Posy arrangements

Trinkets, Bell jars Bud vases

Forget me nots, feathers, shells

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Victorian

Flowers in this period became much more fashionable and recognised as a skill and profession. The style adopted a miniature approach with more detailed flowers being the key focus. These were complimented with small trinkets such as feathers, figurines to give a focal point and interest.

Image Credits: Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Georgian, Victorian

 

Emily

 

Concrete tea light holders

Hello. Happy weekend!

I have been wanting to experiment with concrete for a while now after seeing a few ideas on Pinterest. The latest assignment on my wedding course gave me the perfect opportunity and excuse to have a go. As this was my first attempt, I wanted to keep it simple and try make tea light holders.

I bought a bag of cement and sand from B and Q. I wasn’t totally sure on the ratios for concrete, so I took a guess to find out what worked and what didn’t. You can get craft concrete online, which, in hindsight, probably would have been easier. However, we wouldn’t have had the joy of carrying a huge bag of sand out to the car (Heads up…B and Q only sells large bags of sand!)

Just a note: cement is different to concrete. Concrete is a mixture of an aggregate such as sand or gravel and cement.

My first experiment was to just use cement and see what the outcome was. I filled a plastic pint cup 1/3 full and then added water slowly until the consistency of the mixture was similar to cake batter.


 

It is worth noting, this is not a clean process and would be best to be done outside or in a well ventilated room. I put plastic sheets down which also made it easier to clear up and dispose of properly at the end. Be careful, and don’t put an mixture down the sink!


 

Once fully stirred and all the lumps had gone I poured it into another plastic cup, neatly, to ensure none of the mixture splashed on the side.

To make the aperture for the tea light to sit in, I placed a tea light candle centrally within the mixture and pushed it down to make it level with the top. As the cement mixture sets air bubbles will force the candle upwards so it need to be weighted and balanced. This is not easy as I found out when I pushed the candle in too far and it sunk into the cement mix, never to be seen again. After that attempt, I found that weighting the candle with coins seemed to work a lot better.

Once you find this perfect balance, walk away and let it set overnight. If you feel the candle is getting force upwards, give it a gentle push downwards as the concrete is hardening.

Once the outside of the mixture had turned a lighter grey (which is why I found using a clear plastic cup is better than a paper one) I made a cut in the cup and peeled back to remove the concrete from the mould. Leave to dry for another night.

When fully dry, there may be some rough areas to the rim and the top, I used some fine sand paper to gently rub these down. Again, do this in a well ventilated room or outside if you can!

To finish off the tea light holder, I painted the base in copper to add a warm metallic touch adding to the elegant luxe theme.


 

Concrete 3I then tried adding sand to the next experiment but I found the finish wasn’t as smooth as the cement one…so maybe we carried that bag of sand for nothing after all! I will keep experimenting. Now I’ve had a go I feel this could get addictive and I’m keen to make more and more.

These would be great to use on wedding tables, nestled in and amongst floral arrangements and contrasting against soft textured fabrics. They are unique, interesting and modern. Something different for you and your guests.

Alternatively, they could be a unique gift for loved ones or favours for the tables. The possibilities are endless. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.

Emily