108 weeks and 6 days | Rose & Grey’s Styling Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the lovely folk at Rose and Grey to take part in a styling challenge.

Now, you know me, I love a challenge. And, particularly, when the challenge involves something ‘interiors’ — or homes — related, I’m there like a shot!

The task sounded simple on the face of it; three little ‘Wild Flower Jam Jar’ vases, styled in any way you choose.

Rose & Grey loved what their stylist had done with the press shots of the vases but were asking bloggers to come up with alternative ideas.

Rose & Grey’s original ‘Wild Flower Jar Jar’ shot — professionally styled

Sometimes the more you think about things the more complicated they can become, so my plan of attack was not to ponder on it for too long and just go with my gut.

I love the original shot of the jam jars but wanted to create something totally different. And as the press image was styled very simply — with white flowers and fresh green foliage — I decided that I wanted to go totally the opposite way and use lots of colour.

But which colour?

Another challenging aspect of this task was to choose wild-flowers and, as the garden isn’t in bloom quite yet, I was slightly nervous as to whether there would be enough in our garden to create a shot with colour.

But I needn’t have worried.

Our lovely garden supplied me with plenty of options. So many, actually, that I couldn’t decide what colour to go with. So, in the end, I went with all of them.

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The styling challenge answered, by Nature’s finest

A beautiful collection of imperfectly perfect blooms; blossom, berries, foliage and flowers, all generously provided by the garden. Flowering currant and rose-hips, Hyacinths,  vivid violet Lobelia and some purple tinged foliage from a Hebe. Silver green Rosemary and zesty colour provided by Berberis, Tulips, Daffodils and Forsythia.

I think each of the jars look beautiful when sat alone. They’re such a lovely size and perfect for little handpicked posies. But when grouped together, they suddenly take on a totally different dimension.

Nature’s answer to the grey, dull winter. A rainbow of spring colour — from my very own garden.

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A rainbow of colour, in three little vases

I was asked to join in with Rose & Grey’s styling challenge and was kindly sent three Wild Flower Jam Jars, to complete my task. You can buy the vases — plus lots of other lovely products — from their website. Pop along and have a look www.roseandgrey.co.uk

All photos, thoughts and words are my own, with exception of the original shot, as stated.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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25 Comments

  1. 14th April 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I love the first ones but those colour combinations are stunning! I particularly like the second one full of autumnal blossoms…. reminds me of my wedding flowers.
    Stunning xx xx

    • 15th April 2015 / 10:06 am

      Thanks Katie :) It was a really difficult challenge!! As I’m not a stylist or a photographer, I didn’t really have any idea what I was doing but it worked out well in the end!! Really happy with my rainbow of flowers! :)

  2. 14th April 2015 / 9:45 pm

    omg Caro you are so spectacularly creative, your photography is stunning, I love this post and you beautiful photos x

    • 15th April 2015 / 10:19 am

      Thanks so much Sarah — that’s such a lovely thing to say!! I was a bit nervous when the jars arrived, initially, cos I’ve never done any kind of ‘flower arranging’ before!! LOL! So glad it all looked lovely in the end. Thank goodness the garden came up trumps! :)

  3. 15th April 2015 / 9:43 am

    What an absolutely stunning blog post, your photos are just beautiful!!! :-) #sharewithme

    • 15th April 2015 / 10:22 am

      Aaah that’s so lovely of you Sophie :) Thanks for your lovely comment x

  4. Mylifeafterlogan
    15th April 2015 / 9:49 am

    You are so creative, these are beautiful! #sharewithme x

    • 15th April 2015 / 10:23 am

      Thank you so much :) Initially I was a bit worried but the flowers look so lovely together. The little vases are brilliant aren’t they? x

  5. 15th April 2015 / 4:00 pm

    You have done fantastic, they are great shots and I LOVE the use of colour with them. They are such simple little pots but look great now!

    • 16th April 2015 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks Steph! It was a real challenge to be honest!! I’ve never done any flower arranging in my life — apart from a bunch of tulips in a vase at home!! So happy it all looked OK!! ;)

    • 16th April 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks so much Steph!! It was a definite challenge, that’s for sure! I really enjoyed it but you can see why stylists are stylists for a living!! ;) It’s not as easy as it looks!!

  6. 15th April 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Stunning. You have an amazing eye. I would serve cocktails in these! #sundaystars

    • 16th April 2015 / 1:32 pm

      That’s lovely of you Karen — thanks so much!! I was winging it to be honest… although I used to art direct, I had photographers and stylists doing all the hard work!! It’s not easy, thats for sure! They certainly earn their money!! :)

  7. 16th April 2015 / 10:44 am

    Ooh this post is divine, such beautiful blooms. I always leave your blog so happy! x

    • 16th April 2015 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks so much Vixter — that means a lot coming from you :) So happy the garden had enough ‘fodder’! I was starting to despair initially but it was all there, just dotted about all over the garden!! Looks so beautiful when it’s brought all together.

    • 16th April 2015 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you Merlinda, that’s so kind of you to say! It was a really fun challenge!

  8. 16th April 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Wow, the 3 of them look stunning together. You’ve obviously got a great garden to have all of these

    • 17th April 2015 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks so much Emma. Initially I thought the garden looked quite bare! It’s only when you look closely that you see all these little bits of colour that are dotted all over. They look lovely all together, I think xx

  9. 16th April 2015 / 11:15 pm

    oh wow what beautiful pictures caro I love them all so much the colours just pop these must be looking beautiful in you house!

    • 17th April 2015 / 1:31 pm

      They’re just starting to die now Amy — it’s a bit sad. But I’m looking forward to replacing them with something else! :)

  10. 17th April 2015 / 10:38 am

    I absolutely love Rose & Grey home decors. Flowers look amazing. Best of luck darling. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 17th April 2015 / 1:35 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Jenny! Yes — their stuff is to die for isn’t it? I’m in love with most of the product on the website!! I need to win the lottery first so I can give the house a little makeover! :) xx

  11. 20th April 2015 / 12:44 pm

    What beautiful little jars! Love each of the one’s you’ve styled independently but love them more when they’re together as a rainbow of colours – beautiful #homecorner

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:01 am

      They’re so lovely aren’t they? And the best thing about them is, they have a little wire grid in the lid for you to pop the flower stalks through :) So useful! Thanks so much for your lovely comment!

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