I love flowers. Who doesn’t? The beauty of living in Nairobi is the availability of flowers throughout the year, and they are relatively affordable. Flowers will instantaneously revamp a boring room. I rarely buy mine from florists, not that I have anything against them, I just like doing my own unique flower arrangements. It’s not so hard and lots of fun.
There is no rule when buying flowers, just go with what you like at the moment and change it up once in a while. I personally love lilies, all types of lilies. They look amazing on their own or mixed up with other flowers. I get my flowers at the Peponi road junction. Their flowers last up to 2 weeks! Even roses!!! If you buy a few bunches they can give you great discounts too. You can get a bunch of roses for just 80 Kenya shillings. Once you know where you are placing your flowers, they can cut the stems to the proper size you prefer, trust me it reduces so much work for you.
The following are my tips when buying and using flowers in your homes;
Buy flowers from a vendor you trust that has fresh ones, so that they stay longer especially roses.
Know which vases you will place each flower and have the vendor cut up the stems for you. This will save you loads of time.
Inquire for flower food from your vendor, goes for 50-100/- for one packet that can be used in 2 home vases.
If no flower food is available; put in a few drops of jik in the water. I have no idea how this works but I’ve been doing it and my flowers last for 2 weeks. No jokes! A tip I got from an owner of a flower farm!
Change water every 3 days. This is important if you want to keep your flowers fresh for longer.
Be creative in your arrangements, no rules here. Mix up colours, different heights and different sizes of flowers and just have fun with it. Below are some pictures of what I’ve done at home.
So I hope these tips will help and your homes will start enjoying the power of flowers! Feel free to comment and share pictures of your arrangementsJ
Good to be back! First I would like to apologise for the long silence, my laptop dropped and crushed L But I have found one to use for now and I am happy to be writing again. Continuing from our last post, I thought it necessary to write about how you can create your own focal point in a room. For those who do not have beautiful views or inbuilt fireplaces in their houses, below are some easy ways to have a focal point in order to create more balance.
This can easily be a piece of art, wall mural, large furniture piece or bookshelves. One of my favourite things though is shelving. Done appropriately shelves can act like beautiful focal points. Decorated with books and accessories, they act as a great source of conversation depending on what you place. Plus books always add so much character to a room!
Another simple way to make a wall your focal point; wallpaper! We have variety in the market now all you need to do is think through everything clearly to make sure it goes with all your other furniture. I would advise on more natural colours or pastels that can merge easily with most furniture.
I LOVE rugs/carpets. I lean more towards authentic, rich, traditional designs but any rug can greatly transform your space. I find corridors are usually forgotten during decorating and a simple runner can greatly liven up the space without needing anything more!
Ceilings have ceased being the place you hang lights or a fan only! Ceilings are a canvas for that artist in you. You could paint a different colour or add some texture. If you are more traditional, try going for more artistic light fixtures which are available in many shops around these days.
I chose the above picture to show you how painting your ceiling can greatly transform your space!
Textured walls are so in! The good news is these don’t need to be done during construction!! If you don’t have a textured wall, you can have one done using the variety of tiles available, pick out the area of the wall you want textured and get your focal point!
There are many more ways to create a focal point, feel free to share how you created yours. As always, pictures would be great!