Blooming good times

Home-Decor | Ivy Ong-Wood 2 Sep 2021

Cottagecore is huge in home furnishings these days. So when you combine one of the pioneers of the trend, Cath Kidston, with British-inspired florist Solomon Bloemen, you can expect an English country garden.

At the Cath Kidston x Solomon Bloemen We Only Do Beautiful floristry set and class, participants can learn how to make a dried flower arrangement filled with flowers and foliage which can be found on a walk in an English countryside - such as English lavender, siergras, pink phalaris grass, paper daisy, oak leaves and wheat.

After the class, the bouquets will be presented in a Cath Kidston Signature Sidekick Tote Bag (valued at HK$650) featuring one of three prints created exclusively for the class.

Vale Floral is inspired by a vintage fabric found at Portobello market, Painted Bluebell is taken from an antique wallpaper sample owned by vintage textile collectors on London's Golborne Road, while Cherries is done in a grown-up painterly style reminiscent of a summer picnic.

The floral art studio's Hong Kong-based founder, Solomon Leong, said the collaboration just made sense.

"We are both inspired by the English garden design ethos. Our frequencies are in sync and our styles are matched," he said.

He chose a bouquet that would feel like "happiness held in both hands. Correlation between British flowers and seasons has been taken into consideration. Apart from the iconic wheat from English fields, the bouquet also includes the summer blooming English lavender and oak leaves which remind us of the changing of seasons."

Leong certainly knows what he is talking about. Deeply influenced by the English garden style and the European flower arranging ethos, he has won numerous awards at international flower shows and competitions. Indeed, he has won prizes at the world-renowned Royal Horticultural Flower Show at Chelsea for 14 consecutive years.

The bouquet is inspired by Leong's own garden in Sussex.

"Materials in this dried flower bouquet reflect the wonderful magic of the English countryside. It is like a mini meadow in your hands, happiness wrapped in a bunch, all within reach," he said. "Art and pleasure are all around our daily lives. Take time to discover, and you will be pleasantly surprised."

As the class (HK$980) is worth HK$2,450, you can bet it will be very popular. Enrollment is open for the classes, which will be held only until September 19. Each participant will also receive a HK$50 Cath Kidston voucher and HK$100 Solomon Bloemen voucher.

Website: www.solomonbloemenflowerschool.com

ivy.ong@singtaonewscorp.com



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