McQueens began life in 1991 as a small florist in Shoreditch, London. Since then the founder, Kally Ellis, has built the company into a multi-faceted flower business for the 21st century, with an international reputation for quality, style and innovation. Redefining the way we think about flowers forever, McQueens has dressed some of the most highly regarded events and hotels across the world from London fashion shows to a post-Oscar party in Los Angeles. With a wealth of experience and passion for everything floral, here McQueens shares their top tips for dressing your home with flowers this season…
The Christmas spirit is well underway here at McQueens and our HQ is busy with florists creating festive decorations for some of London’s landmark destinations. The season of goodwill means different things to different people and we love working with our clients to achieve that perfect look for their holiday décor. As ever, there is a plethora of styles out there this holiday season so we take a look at the top trends sweeping the nation to conduct your festivities in maximum style.
Back to Nature
Back to nature is a big trend for decoration in Christmas 2017. It’s all about respect for the environment, and making the most of what you can find and forage.
Foliage is the key to success for holiday decoration au naturel. Mix foliage with foraged items from parks, woods or garden, and keep the styling relaxed and simple. Try to achieve that ‘unarranged’ look that chimes beautifully with the natural world. Pine cones, dried fruit and cinnamon make perfect Christmas decorative materials, and provide a subtle, natural fragrance to help set the mood.
“Hellebore is the perfect flower to achieve this kind of look – the white variety looks pure, untainted as fresh snow, and beautifully wintry.”
Go for an abundant style for a truly decadent look this holiday season. If you want something more restrained, just pare it back and you can still achieve some very stylish and chic results.
Limiting your choice of flowers is a sure-fire route to success. Use one flower in one color – such as red-berried ilex in a vase – for a winning winter look with real impact. Simplicity is often the key to great design, and a single flower in a single vase when repeated can look sensational with minimal effort and expense.
“Using a mass of foliage and dressing with fruit can add a touch of the exotic to your holiday table.”
Let it Shine
An element of sparkle can bring a touch of glamour to the festivities, but a ‘less-is-more’ approach always works best when dealing with the twinkly stuff.
Mix gold with more muted copper or bronze for a gorgeous but understated festive look. Wintry white is a favorite Christmas statement – add subtle silver components for a hint of snowy landscape to create your own winter wonderland.
“Waxed or glitter fruit might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but during the holidays they add a fun element to the festivities. Silver-grey and lilac is the perfect Christmas option if you are looking for something a little different that’s showy, tasteful and bang on trend.”