3 May 2013

At Home with Flowers by Jane Packer

This is one of my favourite books on flower arranging. It's called At Home with Flowers and was written by the London florist Jane Packer.

While Jane was writing the book she suffered a stroke and after it was published in 2011 she very sadly passed away in November that same year - she was only fifty-two years old. 

What I love about the book is that all the arrangements are shown in situ - in the rooms or environment where they were planned to go.

You can see how the flowers work with the shape, size and colour of the container and what room it's placed in and how it works with other colours in the room. 

What I also love about the book is the contemporary look and feel of the styling of the rooms and the arrangements - even though there are a lot of vintage and retro containers and furniture featured.  

There are about 90 different arrangements featured in the book and I had a hard time choosing which ones to photograph - there were so many that I liked.

 Another thing I like is the simplicity of the arrangements - some have an abundance of stems, but often of the same flower - and others will have just one or two stems in each vase - but like Jane says herself, "These arrangements are truly simple and straightforward." 

In the book Jane takes you through each room starting with the hallway then living-rooms, kitchen and dining spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms. 

There are also a few short chapters on what to look out for when buying flowers, how to condition them, a little bit on Jane's design philosophy and her favourite flowers.

For me Jane remains one of those talented and creative people that has left a lasting impression in the world of flowers.

Here is a link to a tribute to Jane that I wrote and posted on my blog back in 2011.

I hope you have enjoyed my little book review.

See you soon!

xoxo Ingrid


LandHausLeben said...

Beautiful! Have a nice weekend!
Lots of love, Carmen

Nat L. said...

Encore un très beau livre et une bonne source d'inspiration !

Lisa Gordon said...

What a gorgeous book, Ingrid.
Thank you for sharing it here.
I am off to find it!

Have a wonderful weekend! xo.

Madelief said...

Such a sad story, but beautiful book!

Have a lovely weekend Ingrid!

Madelief x

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