How To Make a Spring Floral Centerpiece

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Today we are celebrating the first day of spring by sharing how to make a spring floral centerpiece! It’s easy to make a centerpiece using seasonal flowers to decorate a table for a special event or wedding. The biggest tip is to make the centerpiece low so that people can see each other. Using a shallow vase is the easiest way to do this, but you’ll need a few expert tips for working with a shallow vase. Jennifer, expert cottage gardener and floral designer from Fir and Flora, invites us into her darling cottage today to share a few tricks and the recipe for a classic spring centerpiece! Click through for the full details and the full flower recipe.

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A Visit to Monet’s Giverny

Today, let’s escape to Giverny. On a day last June, Gemma, a world-wanderer and Australian ex-pat, snapped these gorgeous photos of Monet’s garden. I adore the window shots through his painting studio. Gemma remembers, “Deep pinks, violets and pops of vivid colour splatter the garden like a dream in the countryside home of French painter Claude Monet.” Click through for this colorful, visual tour of Monet’s Giverny. And see more of Gemma’s Paris wanderings and tips here.

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Taking Cues from Lisbon’s Cafe Spaces

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For the coffee shop addict, Lisbon cafe spaces offer an acute cultural experience as well as an abundance of visual eye candy, interior design inspiration, and of course delicious treats and coffee. Lisbon cafes fall into three categories for me: new wave, modern Portuguese, and traditional pastelarias. Today, I want to share a few of my favorite modern Portuguese spaces. These spaces blend the traditional pasteleria elements like marble, dark wood, and ornate woodwork, juxtaposed with modern elements and unexpected details. To me, these spaces offer the best of old and new aspects of Portuguese design. After all, there’s something so exciting about blending tradition and history with a bit of innovation. If you are looking for the full experience of good food and good design, in a quiet spot, don’t miss these charming spaces when you visit Lisbon. But for now, I’ll share a visual tour and perhaps you’ll find some ideas for your own space.

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