7 January 2013

The Natural Home by Stylist & Author Hans Blomquist

Hans Blomquist is a Swedish stylist & art director who lives in Paris and he is also an author having written his first book, The Natural Home, last year. It's published by Ryland Peters & Small and Debi Treloar has taken the stunning photographs.

It's a beautiful book with Hans very distinct aesthetics. The Natural Home is full of vintage treasures and antiques that has the colours of nature. Texture, patina and lots of natural materials with earthy colours.

The book features homes in France, Holland and Denmark and among those an old button factory, an old stable and a converted church. 

Hans also shows his own collections of worn and faded treasured objects. 

It was his chapter called Plants and Foliage that caught my eye.
Hans' style of creating flower arrangements are as distinct as all his other styling. For containers he uses simple terracotta pots with a lot of patina, old galvanized buckets and watering cans, wooden fruit crates and vintage apothecary glass jars.  

The plants are all very humble, nothing too manicured or too neat and he says the foliage and flowers he uses should be as close to nature as possible.

We're talking dried cow parsley, grasses, wild flowers, bulbs and berried branches. And one of his favourites are Pelargoniums - almost every Swedish home has at least one pot on the window sill!  

A very beautifully produced book with a different take on interior styling and flower arranging.

Hans says: " For me, plants and foliage are an essential element of any home: they bring an interior to life. A few simple stems or a loose bunch create the best effect."

Sometimes the best inspiration comes from the simplest things. 

Have a beautiful day!

Thanks for the visit and I'll see you soon.

xoxo Ingrid


Jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet Ingrid, i hope you had a wonderful New Year celebration and a good start to the new year!!

This book looks so interesting and i really like the style of Hans! Thanks so much for sharing. :) I totally agree with him that "plants and foliage are an essential element of any home"!!

Have a beautiful start of the week and love to you!


StarletStarlet said...

Long time no see Ingrid and Happy New Year!

I am adding this book onto my wishlist. The plant and foliage chapter that you highlighted totally sold me =)

Lisa Gordon said...

This sounds like a wonderful book, Ingrid, and your photographs are just beautiful.

Happy Monday to you, my friend!

Anonymous said...

The book looks amazing, Ingrid. And how I love Debi Treloar's photography!
Happy 2013!

Janneke said...

O Ingrid, another beautiful book.
I have bought already the book "Vintage Flowers" which also was recommended on your blog and on Madelief's. A real gem.
Now another one, I put it on my wishlist, thank you.

Brooke Kroeger said...

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your post today, and more importantly your site. I do not have to time to comment as much as I'd like to on each days share. I read blogs in a reader and not on the site to comment. I appreciate you taking the time to share with us.
I have been blogging for 4 years now and know how much dedication it takes. I wanted to share with you my new site. I think it is
something you might enjoy. I work with my own photography and vintage scans. I also work in jewelry design, home decor and of course.... gardening.

Here is my new site for my Vintage Inspired Artwork...http://brookekroeger.blogspot.com/

And my original site that focuses on my own photography and projects, Creative Country Mom... My home and gardening site, where I share tutorials, crafts, decor and lots of gardening ideas.

Many blessings....Brooke

Annetta Bosakova said...

This book looks exactly what I am into at the moment! Thank you for yet another helpful book review as I'll be adding it to my wishlist!


Mary Palumbo Collings said...

I have just found your blog and I am so happy that I did. It is gorgeous and I will be visiting often... Beautiful!!!

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