Florals for the workspace with Peony and Pearl

BY Wita | 03/10/2016 | Creative Life
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Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

I might be missing out on Australian spring season this year in exchange for my tropical holiday in Jakarta, but I can’t help to celebrate Spring on the blog and instagram. I have collaborated with Fionna Tamin from Peony and Pearl, an Australia-based floral creative, to bring you tips on florals for the workspace.

Fionna is an award winning florist based in Canberra, Australia. Some of her earlier achievements include winning the Smithers-Oasis Designz Cup at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, second prize winner of the 2013 Floriade festival ‘Passion for Fashion’, and winner of the 2015 RAW Awards for Canberra Accessories Designer of the Year category (as Fenon design, as her brand was previously known).

One sunny afternoon, I invited Fionna over to my home for some floral styling fun in my own creative workspace. I can’t help but to have a chat with Fionna about her career in floristry, and get some expert tips on florals for the workspace!

Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

 

Hi Fionna, please tell me more about yourself and your business, Peony and Pearl!

Hello! I’m Fionna from Peony N’ Pearl. I have always been a creative all my life so in school my favourite subject was music and art, but I didn’t come across floristry until I almost finished my first uni degree. After I finished uni I got a desk job that bored me out of my mind and I decided that I want to do what I’m actually good at which is being creative. I moved to Australia to get married and worked in a flower shop for a few years.  Initially I thought that I wanted to have my own florist one day but then realizes that there is not very much creative room working in a shop as it is very easy to get stuck in the day today business routine. So I eventually started Peony N’ Pearl. It combined the 2 things that I love which is making jewellery and floristry. 

Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

What are the best type of flowers for home offices? 

I personally think that seasonal flowers are the best, so my favourite in spring are tulip and anemone because they open up during the day and sleep at night which is very cute. For a bit of scent, hyacinth, jonquils or freesias are also my favourite. Either flowers bought from shop or ones you picked from a walk or in the garden, or even a piece of greenery with an interesting pattern on it will provide an extra freshness to an office environment.

Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

Any tips on how to make flowers last longer?

Keeping the vase clean by changing the water every now and then is handy and keep it away from direct sunlight or heater. If you buy your flowers from the florist then it should come with a little sachet of flower food which would be handy to add. They don’t just feed the flowers, they also keep the vase clean for longer. Be aware that most Australian native plants don’t do well with flower food, but with that being said some, like kangaroo paws love it.

Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

What are your top tips for DIY floral arrangements?

The old basic tricks- Don’t forget to add water in your vase and make sure you re-cut the stems on an angle before you place them in water. The newly cut stem will still be moist so it can absorb the water better. 
You can also strip any unwanted petals, thorns or leaves that gets in the way of the arrangement. This way, the plant energy will be focused on the the flower instead of being busy repairing leaves or petals. 
I also prefer to use a glass vase rather than ceramic so that you can keep an eye on the condition of the water and can top up the water every now and then if it gets low. 
I struggle with this immensely but it would be good to not get too attached to the flowers when they are starting to look a bit sad.  If you leave them hanging for too long, the stems will slowly rot and the vase will become harder and unpleasant to clean the longer you leave it. 
Take a look at these Florals for the workspace photos and styling that we did together!
Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!
Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

Florals for Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!