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Christmas tips with Nikki Tibbles

Global Blue exclusively interviews Nikki Tibbles, founder of luxury florist Wild At Heart, who talks us through her top tips for flower arranging and Christmas decorations and her top colour schemes for Christmas 2015

Emily Scrivener
Emily Scrivener ,

Which are your favourite flowers to work with at Christmas?
I love working with roses and ranunculus, but there are also many other beautiful spring flowers which are available over Christmas – for example tulips, gorgeously scented paperwhites or colourful anemones – so it just depends on what I’m trying to create!

Are there any key themes or colours for Christmas 2015?
Copper and rose gold tones are very popular this year for both Christmas decorations and events. We are also loving a more natural and organic look; for example, layering beautiful seasonal foliage and pine branches around the house, and decorating it with holly, preserved eucalyptus, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and other Christmas foliage to create a festive feeling.

Where is the best place to start when decorating your home for Christmas?
I would say the Christmas tree, as that is likely be the centrepiece for your home, and then you can continue the theme by using similar colours and decorations throughout the rest of your home.

What can we expect to see in your home over the festive period?
I love generosity in everything, and Christmas is no exception. Nothing puts me into the Christmas spirit more than seeing my trees and fireplace embellished with an abundance of beautiful decorations. My London home is always bold, exciting and full of colour, whereas in my country house, I like to keep to a more natural palette, using varying shades of green with plenty of eucalyptus, branches from my garden, dried oranges and bundles of lavender to create a gorgeous festive smell.

Do you have any top tips for arrangements?
A mass of one type of flower in a vase is always a great way to make a statement and give the arrangement a contemporary feel, whereas a variety of seasonal blooms can create a more natural, relaxed country feel. If you’re not too confident with flower arranging, I suggest buying a vase with a narrower neck that you can use for a single stem – it will be much simpler to deal with and still look fantastic.

If you’re looking to have a go at making your own Christmas table centrepiece, garland or wreath, my first piece of advice would be to keep it simple. Using a few components well can really go a long way in creating a gorgeous festive arrangement that fits with your colour scheme. For me, fragrance is very important. I absolutely love the smell of dried lavender, cinnamon sticks and dried oranges and always try to incorporate these into my Christmas arrangements where possible so my home becomes filled with that beautiful festive scent.

Do you have any tips for decorating the Christmas tree?
I’d suggest using simple colour schemes with huge amounts of texture. Sticking to a single colour palette gives you a chance to play around with different textures and materials and create something truly fantastic. Metallic ribbon, dried oranges, delicate glass ornaments and pine cones can add depth and interest to your tree. Using a combination of standard and oversized decorations is also a really simple way to form a stunning and professional look. And last but not least, have fun! It is Christmas, after all!

Which one thing should everyone invest in this Christmas season?
Masses and masses of lights! What else could make Christmas more magical?

What are your favourite flower markets?
My favourite flower market is the colourful Marché Aux Fleurs on the Ile de la Cité. It is the oldest and one of the largest flower markets in Paris. I also adore the flower markets in Holland; the seas of tulips are a spectacle not to be missed!

Which are your favourite Christmas window displays in London?
Each year I make sure to go past the Sonia Rykiel window as they always have a really beautiful Christmas window display.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings. It might be an object I see in a museum, from art and fashion, a beautiful piece of architecture, or a pretty stone I find on the beach. I also use my love of interiors, often taking the interior of someone’s home or the venue as inspiration.



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