A delicious reason for a Ramsay-D’Acampo Christmas banquet.

At the mesmerising Merchant Taylor’s Hall, Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’ Acampo and Fred Sirieix are putting on a very entertaining show.

On one hand, we have Gordon Ramsay and his Michelin star quick wit versus Gino D’ Acampo’s proud Italian culinary excellence. All the while we have Fred attempting to run this show whilst keeping these two apart. But on the other hand, behind the razzmatazz, we have a delicious reason as to why this is occurring.

Gordon and Gino are giving us a fiery show, complete with delicious Christmas recipes, all to say thank you to the members of the public who almost lost their lives during the recent terror attacks as well as the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Our part? Well, as always, we had to make the setting beautiful.

This banquet style dinner consisted of a feasting table decorated in red and gold pines, cinnamon sticks, lights, roses and berries. To accentuate the image we added a few floating candles in clear vases.

We then dressed fourteen tables with round oasis displays. A mixture or amaryllis berries, cinnamon, roses and golden tealight adorned foliage surrounded the frosted white glass light spheres in the centre of the table.

Check the ITV website where you can see the entirety of the setting.

From Concept to Realisation: Ritorno Restaurant’s Special Christmas

This year Ritorno Restaurant in Chelsea is giving you a memorable Christmas (and we’re proud to be a part of it).

This elegant Milanese gem situated on King’s Road is the perfect place to enjoy a Christmas meal surrounded by ambiance and luxury.

With a setting like this, the mouth-watering menu is not the only thing that stands out.

We designed a simple and cosy cabin to complement the outdoor area, complete with blankets and cushions. The cabin added a very different vibe, bringing nature and luxury together.

The concept was to bring a Swiss, chalet-like environment to the premises, to create a unique, outdoorsy, dining experience, combining natural elements such as wood and pine, without losing the elegance of the place.

 

This bespoke installation includes a snug area that’s resting underneath five 15-foot glitter trees bent into an arch, with extra white glitter twigs and real pines.

Throughout the outdoor area, you can find white candle lanterns which add to the whole cosiness of the place.

 

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

And even more wonderful at One Great George Street.

When it comes to dressing a unique venue like One Great George Street, one must do justice to its prestigious architecture. To help us come up with the concept for the design, we took into consideration the palatial interior and its awe-inspiring atmosphere.

First impressions matter, therefore we’ve made sure the visitors’ experience is characterised by an atmospheric Christmas feeling, from the moment they set foot in the lobby.

The epicentre of the lobby is a 14ft glitter tree, bathed in green, gold and white colors.

Complementing the pillars surrounding the Christmas tree are four more white glitter painted birch trees.

The library and brasserie were dressed in red and gold colors, with a touch of green and rustic brown, to bring out the majestic ambiance of the rooms.

Of course, the look wouldn’t be complete without an arch at the entrance, consisting of three types of brown willow, gold twisted willow and bespoke handmade lights.

 

Hold on to your sleighs… Here’s some of this year’s Christmas Installations

Tis the season again… and we’ve been busier than Santa’s elves (on a deadline).

Another amazing year full of creativity and inspiration. Another year where TBR Floral Design Studio has been given the chance to share its creativity.

A big thank you to everyone.

We have many things in store for you and lots of pictures to feast your eyes upon, so warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and snuggle up with your tablet on the couch. These are some of the best installations of the year.

Armourer’s Hall

We had the chance to create a bespoke setting for Armourers & Brasiers’ company (a company older than Joan of Arc!) for a corporate meal.

We created two Christmas trees, delicately decorated in red and gold, to match the colours of its surrounding.

For the Livery Hall, where the meal was going to take place, we opted for a more traditional vibe, which we’ve done by adding oranges, cinnamon and fresh pine as well as handmade garlands. The table centres included oasis rings, cymbidium orchids and tea lights for that subtle warm Christmas glow.

In the drawing room, where the drinks reception was going to take place, we had the chance to decorate the two fireplaces in red and gold, also with oranges and cinnamon as well as cones.

Manicomio & Canto Restaurants

This successful installation at Manicomio was followed by a collaboration with their sister restaurant Canto Carvino.

White twigs with silver glitter to frame the entrance, as well as fresh pines were used to bring out the atmosphere of the place.

For Canto (Duke Street) we used 12 foot glitter trees with white twigs to create an arch, decorated with hundreds of warm glowing lights which could be seen upon entering the restaurants.

Fishmongers 

6 years working together, 6 different themes.

With the Fishmongers Company this year (as well as for most clients) the desired colors were red and gold.

This year, Fishmongers group opted for two trees in the lobby instead of the usual one. And nothing complements the gone-with-the-wind staircase more than two trees bathed in shimmering colors.

Gielly Green

Even one of London’s best hair salon needs a special treatment occasionally.

This year, we covered all of Gielly Green’s railings in pine and used warm glowing lights to accentuate the beautiful façade.  A pine garland was hung above the door.

We handmade 2 x 70 inch pine wreaths that were hung above the window; a mixture of copper, champagne gold, deep burgundy, chocolate brown accompanied by champagne glitter garlands and fresh magnolias.

 Lincoln’s Inn

When it comes to dressing Lincoln’s Inn, one must take into consideration the prestige that the interior holds.

This year, we opted for red and gold, and have decorated the old hall walls with 60 foot garlands with just lights. We decorated with real gold glitter fern and red and gold baubles with golden bows.

The Members common room’s (MCR) fireplace was decorated with faux garland, fresh pine and Christmas sticks as well as an 8 foot Christmas real tree draped in shimmering gold and red baubles.

Gratitude Flowers (because you need a change from 2016)

We often take the wonderful gifts of nature for granted. Mother Earth, has provided us with the most beautiful “jewels” that come in various colours and smells. Psychologically, we associate with most flowers for they tend to change the mood we are in; indeed one simple act of presenting a loved one with a flower, can turn their ‘rainy’ day into a ‘sunny’ one. Why do we neglect these glorious beauties?

Some cultures take flowers seriously. They’re more than just some decorations in your room or garden additions. They represent beauty, energy, purity, and symbolize love, affection and happiness.

Considering how much terror, hatred and cruelty this past year has given us, it’s only wise we turn towards things that make us feel happier. We need to act different in order to change our worrisome and negative personalities into pure kind ones. Call it meditation or prayer; it doesn’t matter. One of the things you need to do, is simply pick a flower and give it to somebody you care.

In 1969 in Woodstock, love saw no barriers and the message against wars was evident. It was also obvious that their signs and faces were covered in flowers, literally. But should we remember the purest things on Earth only when we feel the anger and evil around us? TBR urges you in 2017 to make room for more love in your lives and it all starts with gratitude.

This is why, we call January our gratitude month. A month to pick your most favourite flowers and create a bouquet for the person/people you love or even strangers on the street.

Make a change today, will you?

Some Gratitude Flowers and Facts.

 

Azalea

These are also known as the Garden Royals.

They need specific acidic soil to blossom.

With over 10k different types, all looking similar, it’s hard to tell them apart.

They have their own festival in Japan and Korea.

 

Campanula (Harebell)

This word means small bell in greek.

They can survive for more than 2 years in the wild.

it was the primary source for blue dye in the past

 

Hydrangea.

They can grown almost everywhere in the world and there’s about 80 species of them

In Asia, if you give somebody pink hydrangea that means you’re in love with them.

They’re highly toxic

 

DARK PINK ROSE

This is the most common gratitude flower. We suggest a beautiful bouquet with hydrangeas, and dark pink roses for a sign of gratitude. It might not change the world, but it will change somebody’s day.

 

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Post Holiday “Blooms”…

Say goodbye to this festive season. You have exactly 11 months before you start worrying about next year’s Christmas flower arrangements.

For now, it’s time to get motivated and start preparing for the year ahead. Keen gardeners and lovers of petals, how about this:

January

For now, just focus on making 2017 a bright, colourful and spectacular year and your gardens even brighter. This month is also known as the “detox” month.

This might be the same for your garden; It’s the time to clean up your gardens just in time for Spring. This is the coldest month of the year, therefore not much planting can be done. This is why we urge you to focus only on tidying up your garden.

Our somehow-neglected gardens need thorough cleaning. Start by removing dead leaves, branches as well as cleaning pots thoroughly.

This is the time to buy your seeds (but don’t plant just yet).

February

Towards the end of February – when the weather allows the occasional sunshine – start planting your daffodils, fuschias and primroses. At the same time, protect your plants from the snow and the frost to avoid any damage. Roses are the best seeds to plant in February.

February is the love month, so stay tuned because later on this month, we’ll be sharing some amazing tips on unique Valentine’s Day flower arrangements (for you to create at home), to surprise your loved ones.

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We’ve been busy – TBR Xmas Installations

It’s that time of the year again, when our team comes up with the best floral design ideas for each venue with collaborate with.

We’ve been very lucky to have had this amazing clientele over the years, and we are grateful that they allow us to be creative on their behalf.

Our clients mean the world to us, therefore it’s never a hard task to put their Christmas installation together each year.

It’s time for us to reveal what we’ve been up to these last couple of weeks.

Besides getting organised for next year (and the amazing plans we have prepared for you), we’ve been turning some of our clients’ venues, into their own amazing wonderland. Each and every one of them, bespoke. We want each installation to inspire and tell a story, therefore we always create based on location and interior design.

One Great George Street

To dress a place such  as “One Great George Street”, you simply ought to match your design with the impeccable interiors of this striking venue. This year, we’ve chosen a 12-ft Christmas tree and dressed it with primarily white and silver ornaments. Along with crystal chandeliers and disco balls, to create a more festive theme. we’ve also attached 14 foot white glitter painted birch trees on each one of the pillars.img_7140

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We liked the extravagance with the OGG library tree that contained more than 1000 ornaments.img_3197

The lobby and restaurant consisted of black, purple and silver decorations, finished with ice-cool lights.

Gielly Green Hair Salon

Dressing one of London best hair salons means to create an amazing first impression when you walk past this beautiful Marylebone establishment.img_3205 img_3210

Green garlands and lots of festive decorations with gold feathers, baubles, cones and glow lights seem to make a difference.

The hourable Society of Lincolns inn

This stunning venue has been dressed with orange, bronze and brown colours. To create a more dramatic effect, we’ve added some gold elements.

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Fishmongers group

This venue became brighter when we used purple, gold ornaments with some lime green elements.

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Silver Sturgeon

With a amazing theme of northern lights, we really wanted to make this installation stand out, as the experience of seeing the arrangement in person, was breathtaking. We’ve used painted roses, iridescent baubles and snow green foliage.
The vases really captured the vision of this place’s design.

 

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Have you created an outstanding Christmas installation you’d like us to feature on our blog and social platforms? Give us a shout at toby@tbrfloraldesign.co.uk

 

 

Narcissus: The December Beauty

This symbol of anything tranquil and sweet, consists of yellow and white flowers, also known as daffodils.

They are extremely popular in the Mediterranean, because they grow almost everywhere and carry with them a rather interesting mythological history. God Narcissus, obsessed with how attractive he was, was led to a pool by Nemesis where he couldn’t take his eyes off his own reflection and drowned. That is why daffodils are symbols of beauty and loving yourself – although not (anymore) in a conceited way.

These beautiful flowers, once they have finished flowering, daffodil_1_largewill start growing (better in the shade of deciduous trees). Once these trees leaf out, their foliage will have significantly grown. Daffodils will not long survive under evergreen trees and shrubs.

Their flowering season lasts anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on where you live and the cultivars you grow.  After blooming, let the daffodil plant rebuild its bulb for the next year. The leaves stay green while this is happening. When the leaves begin to yellow, then you can cut the leaves off but not before.

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Narcissi are mainly cultivated in Holland and UK and they originate from Western Europe.

 

3 Christmas decorative plants for this season.

 

Plants have always helped celebrate a natural phenomenon; you’ll see this even today in Africa, South America or New Zealand, where locals use plants to welcome winter, longer days or rain. In tradition. plants help decorate towns, “glorify” Gods and even ward off evil spirits.

Holly, ivy and mistletoe, have been associated with Christmas decoration for more than two millennia and today, their main use is for completing the overall Christmas setting.

These plants (besides the aforementioned ones), can be used to mix & match and create your own touch this festive season. Along with decorative support such as tinsel, baubles, ostrich feathers and unusual (unique) ornaments – you may be just a step away from creating a memorable experience for your guests.

Poinsettia

This plant can last throughout the Christmas season and can be replanted for next year. When choosing your poinsettia make sure you pick the one with the darkest green foliage.

Place them somewhere where it doesn’t get too hot or too cold. The ideal temperature should be 12-15 degrees celcius, because it is a tropical flower.

If you want to reflower this, just cut the flower in March and keep the stems up to 6 inches. Repot and keep outside.

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

This is a very easy plant to care for. It’s called Christmas cactus because it thrives from November to January. They die in direct sunlight but they prefer a slightly colder atmosphere. If cared properly, this plant can become a part of your family, for it can live up to 20 or 30 years!

Just like you, it needs its beauty sleep, but slightly longer (14 hours a day).

Cranberry 

Cranberry doesn’t look great as a part of the Christmas installation/setting only, but it also can add more flavour to your Christmas dinner.

You can grow cranberries and enjoy their antioxidant abilities but also create a beautiful atmosphere. In a jar, glue on the bottom some rosemary leaves and spray them on top with glitter (very gently). Let it dry, then fill the jar with water, before you add cranberries and a floating white candle. Place a few of these jars on your fireplace or Christmas table to make a good impression.

Have an amazing Christmas setting? Send us your arrangements at toby@tbrfloraldesign.co.uk for a chance to see your creations featured on our blog and social media.

Close up of red poinsettia flowers

Close up of red poinsettia flowers

 

 

 

2 Christmas flower arrangements for your loved ones.

img_6831Christmas is getting even closer now. Perhaps it’s time to consider the kind of gifts you would like to buy before it’s too late. But don’t sweat much – we believe, a great gift when you’re invited to a Christmas dinner at your parents or grandparents’ house, is a well-put together flower arrangement.

Over the years, we have created many Christmas arrangements. Here is a couple of tips on how to recreate a few of them.

The Christmas Feast

In a vase, place a round foam board and start by pinning pine needles. Then add red roses but make sure the first few petals are removed, because they aren’t the most vibrant in colour. Add pine cones (but don’t over do it) and you may choose a different colour flower for contrast. Take a few cinnamon sticks and wrap them together in red thread before placing them on top of roses.behinbd-1557

The Elegant

This is a very simple one but can give the feeling of ambiance. In another silver or white  vase add foam board, then cover with cotton before pinning down some branches who you have previously sprayed in glittery silver, grey or white paint. On top, add white roses or/and gardenias and finish with a few similarly coloured baubles.

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