There is nothing like waking up in the morning and rolling out of bed to fresh flowers by your bedside. Since living in London, I can’t actually remember a time when I haven’t had flowers in the house constantly. Recently though, Ben and I have found ourselves away a lot and the usual cut flowers I’ve had next to the bedside have meant that we’ve come back to the rotten stench of stems each time – not so pleasant to wake up to or have to deal with! As my blog namesake, I am astounded that I’ve never thought to have Kalanchoes (Flaming Katy) in our flat. They flower, but they’re actually succulents, which means they barely need watering (just once a week) and stay in bloom for 10 weeks at a time; little wonder, then, that they are the second most popular houseplant after orchids! Literally the perfect plant to fit into our busy lifestyle and tiny flat. When Always Kalanchoe got in touch to see if I wanted to collaborate (aka the most fitting collaboration EVER) I jumped at the opportunity and they very kindly sent me a few plants. Great to have the real thing after so many of you have sent me photos of them when you spot the name in the shops!
While I am a country girl at heart, I’ve now been living in the city and calling London “home” for the past five years or so. While it is difficult to escape the rivers of concrete and steel around me, there are small ways I make home a little better for the mind and soul. As our flat is both home and the office, it’s so important to me to have a space that’s as low maintenance, but as pretty as possible as I find this really helps keep my head clear and the inspiration flowing. My bed side table is one of those spaces that’s top of that list. Currently, I have a couple of candles on there, my coffee table books including IN VOGUE, Audrey Hepburn – The Paramount Years and Slim Aarons Women, as well as my pink Kalanchoe in an Anthropologie gold plant pot. Behind, the print says: ‘People will stare, make it worth their while’ – I read it every morning and remind myself to be confident and never worry about what other people think. Next to it, on the radiator, is a pretty framed mirror that I use to do my hair in the morning. I always like to keep a notebook by my bedside and every morning I’ll jot down five things I’m grateful for. This is such a quick and easy part of my morning routine that never fails to put me in a positive mindset.
My pretty spaces extend to my dressing table. Personally I think you can never have too many flowers in your home and white ones are especially chic, versatile and look good in any space. I’ve potted four Kalanchoes into two pretty blue and white pots for extra bloom and love how they look amongst my fragrances and jewellery boxes. A lot of the time I actually work from here because it’s truly one of my favourite corners in the flat and the light in the bedroom is just beautiful, morning and evening. Of course, tea cups are currently filled with water because it is FAR too hot for tea! While living in London can be polluted and feel claustrophobic and with many of us having no outside space to speak of, I find working next to the window with flowers on my desk instantly improves my mood and draws the outdoor in, making the room feel bigger and brighter.
Will you be adding a pretty little Kalanchoe plant to your desk side? You can get hold of them from most supermarkets including Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and you can also check out @AlwaysKalanchoe for a little more inspiration and tips to keep them lasting longer!