Last month team R&B went to the book launch of Willow Crossley‘s latest book ‘Inspire -The Art of Living with nature, which illustrates how to bring the great outdoors into your home. The event at King’s Rd Anthropologie was very stylish and great fun so we were looking forward with eager anticipation to reviewing this book.
This is a lovely covetable book written by the so aptly named Willow, is inspirational with most of the projects being simple and easy to achieve. Divided into five sections: Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Beach and Edibles.This is not a book of formal flower decoration, it is a book for the foragers amongst us, for those who like having natural elements in our homes.
“ It’s unthinkable for me not to have flowers at home, but should there be a surface without a vase on it, I’ll put shells, fir cones, crystals, herbs or plants there instead.” Says Willow in her introduction.
There are interesting ideas for tables such as gold leafed acorn cups tied round table napkins. Festive fir cones are painted on their tips and used as card holders. Floral ice cubes made using edible flowers look very pretty.
Being greedy, the edibles section of this book particularly appeals. Willow has created fabulous table decorations by carving out the centres of red cabbage, painting pumpkins in pale colours and gilding pears.
This is a truly lovely book and one to adorn your book shelf, coffee table or to have constantly on hand if you get stuck for ideas.