Dahlia:nest – for the love of flowers

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I don’t know about you, but if there aren’t any flowers in our home I don’t feel right. Naturally, there are times when I don’t and I miss seeing that splash of colour on the table when I walk in. I know that to some, flowers are seen as an extravagance or something that’s kept for special occasions – a birthday or Mother’s Day perhaps, but it is possible to have them all year round and not spend a fortune.


Childhood memories 

I was trying to think back to where my love of flowers came from and I’m pretty sure that it’s from my grandparents and mum. My grandparents had a beautiful garden that was perfect for us grandchildren to run around in during spring and summer and I learned to ride my bike on their lawn. They spent hours gardening and whenever we visited during the summer they were always out there – I wish I’d taken more notice really but we don’t when we’re young do we? Mum always had flowers in the house and I guess that’s really where my passion came from, she’s always been great at putting them together and did my wedding flowers 3 years ago.

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Flowers in my work & life

As a stylist, flowers are used in most shoots I do, especially house shoots for magazines. We use them to tell the story of the season of the issue that the house is due to be featured in. For example, we work three months ahead so as I write this March, I would be looking for flowers that will be available in June if I was styling a house this month. It can be tricky as you can imagine!



Back in March 2016 I had a bit of a revelation, I was doing Sara Tasker’s Insta Retreat course and was working on week one which is all about finding your style. Our homework was to create a Pinterest board of everything we loved, you can see the board I created here. Well, for some unknown reason I was totally shocked by mine and had a ‘lightbulb’ moment. Why? Because it was all floral…I’d been in a bit of a rut before this, I was really busy with magazine features but wasn’t feeling creative in the slightest so this totally ignited my enthusiasm. I’m not really sure why it shocked me so much! But it totally transformed my instagram feed and I started on the path that brought me to where my instagram is today.


Learning when to diversify

Since then my love of flowers has increased massively! I started this blog, wrote my signature flower styling course, Style with Blooms, and my spring mini course, In Bloom, which is on sale until the end of May.

However, I feel that I need to learn more – I believe we should always keep learning don’t you? Magazine world isn’t what it used to be so it’s time to build new foundations. After a bit of thinking, I’ve decided to diversify and in July I’m going to train to be a florist! I’m really excited and plan to team it with my nearly two decades of interior styling experience which I believe will work really well so watch this space!

Have you taken a side step in your business and retrained? I’d love to know below if you have!


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  1. Teresa
    March 16, 2019 / 8:32 am

    What a lovely read! At the turn of 2018, when many were asking about ‘New Year’s resolutions, I shared that in that year I would have live flowers in my home everyday…and I’ve continued to this day! I’m not as creative as you but SO inspired by your lovely posts! I follow you on IG and now on Pinterest as well!! Just pure loveliness!!

  2. SWSdahlia
    March 16, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    thank you so much Teresa! I really appreciate your kind words. I love your New Year’s resolution 🙂 My goal is to inspire and show as many people as possible how to bring flowers into their homes be it a tiny posy for the bedside or beautiful spring wall-hanging. Lots more blog posts planned x

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