Willow Crossley's dos and don'ts of decorating with flowers


Watch florist Willow Crossley share her top tips on decorating with flowers, in her charming house in the Cotswolds...

Do bring nature into your home

I always try and bring nature into the house, mainly with cut flowers, but at certain times of the year - January and February - I love to have bulbs in the house because they last such a long time. And then I've got lots of shells, fur cones, things we've collected along the way that breathe life into the house.

Do go big with flowers in your hallway

It's the first place you walk into in your home and you want to create an impact. It makes the house looked cared for and it's welcoming.

Do experiment with vases

You don't need to use proper vases. You can use jugs, olive oil drums, anything.

Do decorate your dining table with mismatched jugs

I rarely have a matching set of jugs or vases. I love collecting random, eclectic pieces and this is a really good way to show them off while being able to bring in different heights to the table. I love that kind of undulating effect of candles and flowers up and down - it brings much more of a story to the table.

Don't be afraid of floral colour and pattern

Life's too short to be boring. Neutrals and plain colours are not for me so I embrace colour and print and pattern as much as I possibly can. When we first did the house up my builder thought I was insane putting this green jungle-esque wallpaper everywhere but it makes me so happy and I still love it six years down the line. My office has a wallpaper and the bathroom is hand-painted by a wonderful friend of mine, Fifi McAlpine.

I think it's really important not to follow trends. I think your home is really your home so purely use things that you love and fabrics that make you really happy and colours that are life-enhancing, and stick to that with every decision you make.

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