To Faux or Not to Faux
Until quite recently the jury’s still been out for me as to whether or not I can confidently pull off faux flowers. They used to be called artificial flowers back in the day, and I can still remember the garish plastic blooms that used to gather dust in many of my auntie’s houses. I couldn’t quite shake that off that vision. And although there are many suppliers online (the shop ones still look artificial to me) with some very realistic specimens on offer, I couldn’t quite bring myself to order them for home.
It all changed of course when we pitched up to Abigail Ahern’s house a while back to shoot her place for Heart Home magazine. She has them everywhere. She says they were a ‘game changer’ and she’s not wrong. Abigail can do no wrong in my eyes so I was finally convinced that it’s perfectly okay to go faux. And then she had her big launch at Heal’s that I sadly missed, and now the whole world is mad for Abigail’s flowers. Never mind Abigail’s party. You’ll have to be quick though, if they’re not already out of stock, they soon will be.
Clockwise from top left: ranunculus, green allium, green sunflower, white peony, meadow horsetail, gelda. All available from Abigail Ahern.
I think I still have that aversion to bright colours, so I think the trick is to stick to green and white. White hydrangeas, and white roses, with lots of green foliage or a few simple heads in a small vase. Remembering of course that the magic numbers are three and five when styling absolutely anything.
Oh, and go big. For a truly memorable AA effect, add a vase, or two or three, on every surface possible.
Main images by Graham Atkins-Hughes