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Spring is, without a doubt, my favourite time of year when it comes to filling the home with flowers.  From paperwhites and ranunculus to tulips and anemones, and then the arrival of Peonies in May, just about all of my favourite flowers are available during the Spring months.

This Spring sees the arrival of several new books written by interiors bloggers. Holly Becker of Decor8 was one of the bloggers who first inspired me when I began my own blogging journey back in 2009, and I know many other bloggers have been inspired by her warmth, openness and passion for her subject too. Holly, who has also just given birth to her first baby, recently released a new book Decorate with Flowers - a collaboration with product designer, photographer, stylist and Decor8 contributor Leslie Shewring.


Above: Scabious, euphorbia and a spiky chrysanthemum sit in simple glass tumblers with glass cloches in the home of sfgirlbybay blogger Victoria Smith.

Taking a relaxed approach to using flowers within the home the book is full of gorgeous moodboards, colour inspiration and DIY projects. As the title suggests, it's about decorating with flowers, rather than learning the more formal elements of floristry. The approach is cheerful, informal and accessible, and as stylists rather than florists, both Holly and Lesley have a finely tuned understanding of how to work with colour, a strong sense of how to combine different forms and textures, and a great eye for choosing the right vases and vessels to suit an interior.


Above: Crisp white bone china from (some of the pieces are vintages and others are from Rosenthal), provides a striking moody contrast against a dark grey bookcase when showcasing flowers in moody shades of purple and magenta.

Each of the chapters focuses on a different style - from natural and neutral to girly glam with lots of different ideas in colour palettes ranging from black and white to pastels and neons, so there's something for everyone. There's also a peak inside the homes of one or two well known bloggers including Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay and Bri Emery of Design Lovefest.


Above: At home with Bri Emery. "Touches of colour in a room can be highlighted with flowers. A bold graphic on the spine of a book and some tassels on a pillow inspired this bright assortment on the coffee table."

Now that the clocks have gone forward and the lighter evenings are promising the chance to spend more time outdoors enjoying the garden and taking flower cuttings, Decorate with Flowers will definitely be finding a happy home on the coffee table next to my own collection of flower filled vases.

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Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring is published by Jacqui Small.

Images © Decorate with Flowers