When you have followed someone on instagram for years you can't help but go a bit ‘embarrassing fangirl' when you meet them in real life. And so it was when Emma came to the studio on a frosty January morning.
For those of you who aren't plugged in to instagram quite as much as the rest of us... let me introduce you to Emma of 'A Quiet Style'. To say that she is a 'lifestyle blogger' isn't quite enough because she is a lady who wears many hats - incredible photographer, stylist, crafter, writer, chef, mum… the list goes on. Really I could go on for quite a while. Basically a general all round gorgeous woman who promotes a simple life and getting back to basics and what really matters. We all need reminders of this from time to time. To explain a bit better, let me say that I am quite likely to have a quick flick over to Emma's instagram whenever I am feeling a little uninspired, bored or down. Her images are so beautifully curated and immediately make you feel refreshed and less anxious - whether it is a gooey cake or some simple flowers on a window sill. Emma's library is peaceful and inspiring in it's simplicity. Her eye for styling means that the background story of slow living and a quiet life shine through without the need for words. Take a look. We all need a bit of Emma to get us through this bleak winter!
Anyway, Emma in real life is just as lovely as I imagined. We joked about how I have built up her real life home in my imagination to basically be a Kinfolk set. She promises me that she is a normal person with a normal house in the background. I pretended to believe her.
As those of you who follow Emma will already know, she is an excellent florist. Yup, add that to her list of hats. It was a true treat to have my studio filled with blooms for us to play around with. I foraged foliage from my garden and got in some of the most beautiful hellebores I have ever seen. We both made vase arrangements and then Emma gave me some photography tips for a bouquet that I had made. I must attend one of Emma's workshops in the near future as my styling and photography need some work, but I am getting there and working hard on it in the background!
Emma's vase arrangement is beautiful with a lot of movement. A morning with her was the perfect antidote to the drizzle and politics of the day. Emma was also very kind and let Matilda attend and sit at the table with us on a chair. I wish I had trained Matilda better for workshops! She thinks she needs to oversee everything that leaves the studio!
Oh and the lovely ribbon featured is by Fleuropean xx