9 December 2015

The Monthly List - December 2015

A couple of months ago I started a new monthly series of blog posts called 'The Monthly List'. It's Johanna Bradford of Tant Johanna over in Sweden who started what she calls 'Månadens Lista'. Her and the others taking part create inspirational monthly lists and I'll be doing my version over here in London. Here is my list for December and just like last months the focus is on flowers .......!

Amaryllis is my choice of flower for December - especially the white ones - it's a perfect colour for both Christmas and New Year. The proper botanical name is Hippeastrum and the traditional way is to grow it from bulbs yourself or buy pots with the bulbs already planted and grown on. 

Now you can also buy them as cut flowers and they make stunning and dramatic arrangements with their huge trumpet-shaped blooms.

Small jars in all kinds of of off-white colours are great to use as vases. The vintage jars are often called cream ware - but I also have some new ones that had mustard or honey in them. Some of them have writing on the side - making them just that little bit more interesting and fun.

Watch out for any cracks where water can seep out and destroy your table top! 

This months book is The Wreath Recipe Book - very much on trend and timely for the holiday season.

The book covers not only wreaths but also swags, garlands, place settings, napkin rings and other seasonal decorations to make all year around.

The book is written by Alethea Harampolis and JIll Rizzo founders of Studio Choo - a San Francisco based floral design studio. 

WhiteAtelierCeramics by Gudy Herder
Gudy Herder's blog is called Eclectic Trends and she describe herself as a trend expert, speaker, consultant and mood-board curator. Based in Barcelona she also teaches workshops and online courses. Link to her Instagram here.

The cup for this month is a Swedish coffee cup called Blå Blom. It's a real old-fashioned kind of cup that reminds me of my grandmother. The cup was produced in Sweden for 130 years. Some of these old granny cups are now popular again, being used and collected.

Stay Curious Art Print
To stay curious throughout life means you'll find out about new things, you learn new skills and you don't ever have to be bored.

This lovely floral art print is created by Cat Coquillette, who is a designer and illustrator living in Kansas City, USA.


Sweet juicy oranges, tart red cranberries and roasted sweet chestnuts - a few foods with the taste of Christmas. Little sprigs of dark green holly is just a finishing touch!

Have a Lovely Floral Day!

I'll be back on Friday with another FLOWERS from Titti Malmberg and me - some more floral delights from 
Of Spring and Summer.

[Styling and Photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]
[Image no 4: © Gudy Herder.]
[Image no 6: © Cat Coquillette.] 

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