July’s Theme: A Summer Cocktail
FlowerBe’s July flowers are a beautiful blend of summer hues that cannot help but brighten any table or mantelpiece this month.
Mixing flavours, fun and friends is what summer is all about so our interiors stories for July focus on exquisite summer enjoyment made easy. Whether you’re setting up your home or garden for a big summer party or simply enjoying a glass of wine in the last rays of evening sun, here are our top tips on making the most of the long, languid evenings and being bold with colour while the temperature rises.
The fantastically-named ‘Karma Sangria’ Dahlia and ‘Cool Water’ Rose in this month’s Short selection inspired us to find the perfect cocktail to honour both of these beautiful flowers. We think we have found just the ticket with this Rose Petal Sangria recipe: Here’s how to make your own:
Cocktail making is a serious business so here’s our formula for a winning drinks trolley: something living, such as FlowerBe flowers!; something quirky, such as this pineapple ice bucket; interesting bottles or decanters, pretty glassware and a tray for bottles – we like metal ones as they reflect light and add a touch of luxury.
Dahlias are the national flower of Mexico so what better summer party to throw than one with a Mexican theme? Combine your Dahlias into a rainbow of South American fun, flavour and flair with these wonderful accessories.
02. Gone Rural Mexicana Tweed Placemat
£8.00, from John Lewis
03. Ceramic Miracielo Chillies Wall Hanging
£30.00, from Casita Bonita
04. 100% Recycled Glass Bud Vases
£5.50, each from Mia Bella Casa
05. Pack of 4 hand woven cream and multicoloured striped napkins/placemats
£38.00, from Montes & Clark
Note: We love absolutely everything from Montes and Clark, an online store selling inspiring contemporary pieces for the home from handcrafted Mexican textiles. Working directly with women-led cooperatives, this brilliant company ensures the makers are paid a good wage and supports women’s rights issues.
Styling tip: Feeling Fruity? Adding fruit to your table setting or shelf displays is an easy and economical way to include colour and interest. Lay them out as a long table centrepiece with foliage and flower heads, or mix them up among single stems in bud vases or bottles and small potted succulents. Or simply pile some in a glass or bowl. Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates and pineapples work best for summery tropical zest.
The perfect clash of colours in July’s flower selections has inspired us to source effective blends of pinks, tangerines, yellows and blues, whether they be in daring paint choices and pairings, a vivid colour pop against a contrasting background, or mismatched textiles. We think the above fusions work brilliantly. Bring some colour into your home with tableware such as Heals’ hippy ceramics or embrace the geometric trend with soft furnishings such as Habitat’s cushion and Anthropologie’s rug, or even bold paint combinations such as Conran Paint’s Terracotta Pot, October Squash and Dandelion Puff, used here in a retro style. Finally, you can use pattern and colour confidently in a small space such as a downstairs loo with Cole and Son’s Nautilus wallpaper which uses orange and blue to great effect.
One of the best things about the English summer is daylight saving, so make the most of the prolonged balmy evenings with these great garden buys, which will keep you well-lit, warm and cosy well past dusk.