The event was designed to show consumers how inspirational and versatile houseplants can look in the home.
The Happy Life trend is all about taking a lighter approach to life and let go of the old world with all its rules and expectations.
I spent the weekend before the event painting egg cups in the Happy Life palette, to use for the kitchen table that I was due to style.
Shapes are unexpected, childlike in their simplicity, reminiscent of a box of building blocks. Soft pastels are combined with bright accent colours, preventing sharp geometric shapes from appearing cool and impassive.
Sugary pastels are mixed with burnt caramel browns, like cookies and chocolate.
Those mint green linen placemats are from Designer’s Guild.
These were created by my friend Louisa Blackmore of West Egg interiors.
What do you think? Does this table with its wave of colour, patterns and shapes reflect the joy and optimism of the brief?
Why limit kitchen cabinets and surfaces to plates and mugs, decorate with books and accessories. If you have a cabinet that gets the sun, place your potted brights in there too.
Here I have decorated with Narcissus, Gerberas, Sunflowers and Kalanchoe.
The painted egg cups were filled with Asparagus plant shoots and peppered throughout the table that I styled. That orange striped Prism cushion is by Kangan Arora and can be bought from Future and Found.
As part of my mood board, I decided to have Ikea step stools upcycled in the trend’s colour palette. The stools were created for me by my talented friend Klara of So Klara.
You can start by spray painting old terracotta pots in bright hues.
I also demonstrated the technique of gold foiling at the workshop. Making simple geometric shapes on pots that instantly lifted the look. The gold foil shapes look great contrasted with the colour banded pots.
The Gold leaf technique is simple. Use washi tape to make your triangle, apply gilding paste, making sure you overlap paste over part of the tape edges and base of the pot. Leave to set for 15 mins, then apply the gold leaf sheet. Smooth over creases using a soft but broad brush and then tear out the tape. To protect, you can apply a thin layer of the gilding paste on top.
The purple houseplant above is Campanula, also part of the Happy Life trend.
Hope you’ve enjoyed viewing how I have pulled together the Happy Life trend for the kitchen, playing with colours, shapes and happy botanicals.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.