RHS Chelsea Flower Show

As I mentioned in my event round-up post, I was lucky enough to be taken to the Chelsea Flower Show a few weeks ago by the lovely people at Oka Direct. It's something I've always wanted to go, and although it was different to what I'd imagined (I'd naively not realised it would be quite so overtly commercial, with a huge amount of space dedicated to product sales), it was certainly not disappointing. If you've never been, I'd thoroughly recommend it next year as a special treat.

I'm keeping it light on the words today (at least by my standards), becasue I think the pictures really speak for themselves for the most part, so here's to a bit of escapism by way of pretty flowers!

I'd recently taken possession of my new camera, and the flower show was absolutely the best place to go and have a play with it.

Upon arrival, we were ushered straight to the beautiful Dorchester pop-up bar for a cocktail on the deck. Plenty of pictures were taken of the incredible flower wall at the entrance by Phillip Hammond, The Dorchesters in-house floral designer. Totally stunning...

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Dorchester Pop-Up Bar Flower Wall









After a drink we were set loose to explore...

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Sculptural Orange Tree and Mosaic Wall
Perfect Sculptural Orange Tree + Mosaic Wall: Instantly Transported To The Mediterranean

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Metal Water Feature in Wild Garden
 

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Traditional planters with Olive and Lavender
Inspiration For My Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Purple Flower Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Copper Poppies
Copper Poppies!

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Close up of pink and red flowers

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - modern rusted sculpture













Do you remember 'that' Grand Designs episode, featuring the incredible steam bent wood home of 
Tom Raffield? It was one of my favourite Grand Designs ever, because it wasn't about obscene amounts of money, it was about hard ridiculously hard work, passion, and huge amounts of talent, so it was great to see that Tom was exhibiting at the show. I was obsessed with this hanging chair when I saw them on the show, and I still am - I'd love to own one of these one day...

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Tom Raffield Hanging Chair

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Tom Raffield Lights In Trees At Dusk
Tom Raffield Lights Adorning The Trees At Dusk

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Silk Road Ombre Pink Garden
Silk Road Garden 

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Giant Marble Head Sculpture
I was pretty impressed with the wild tropical vibes of the Bromeliad garden....

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Bromeliad Garden

Until I turned around and saw an entire garden dedicated to my all time favourite Proteas. Who knew there were so many different varieties?!

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - protea garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - protea garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden


I know, I know, so many photos of Proteas, but I love them so.

A huge thank you to Oka Direct for hosting such a fantastic afternoon, and for thoroughly spoiling us, and The Dorchester for the delicious cocktail! Flowers and cocktails are definitely the way to my heart!

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - White Proteas


Holiday Table Decor

Incase you haven't heard, it's Christmas on Thursday. My mother, who I don't get to see nearly enough, arrived on Friday to spend Christmas and New Year with us. She's come all the way from New Zealand, so I want Christmas day to be extra special, and as Christmas day pretty much revolves around food, that means making the table look extra beautiful. It's the least I can do, considering how far she's come for lunch. I want it to feel über cosy, and a little bit glam, but still relaxed and informal.

Styling & Photography Bianca Hall
Chairish asked if I'd like to take a look at their latest collection of vintage table top pieces and design a table scheme around a couple of items. Um, let me think about that. OKAY!

If you're not familiar with Chairish, sort that out pronto. It's a fabulous site that sells a curated selection of vintage goods on commission, ranging from gifts and jewellery, to furniture, rugs and lighting. Browsing Chairish is a bit like falling down a beautifully furnished rabbit hole. On any given day, I fall in love with 95% of what I see, so it's a good job for my bank account then, that I'm not in the states!

As I don't physically have any of the lovely pieces from Chairish to photograph on my Christmas table, this post is half fact and half fantasy...

Styling & Photography Bianca Hall
My colour palette this year is neon pink (no surprises there!), pale flamingo pink, green and gold. Our dining table is stainless steel and can feel rather cold, so I'll be starting to layer the table up with a soft linen table cloth, which instantly adds warmth whilst keeping it casual. On top of this, a hand dyed Shibori style table runner in a beautiful pale flamingo pink. More on this easy DIY soon. I also made a matching set of napkins, which will sit upon simple white plates, tied with gold ribbon and adorned with a sprig of eucalyptus.

Speaking of greenery, no holly or mistletoe for me this year. I've gone for a mix of Eucalyptus, Protea and ornamental Pineapples. The lovely muted green of the Eucalyptus contrasts so well with the neon pink, and works beautifully with the gold and paler pinks too.

It's no secret that I'm a big pineapple fan, so obviously I had to include these on my Christmas table. After all, not only are they brilliant eye-candy, but they're a symbol of hospitality, so perfect for this time of year when welcoming family and friends into your home.



My trip to Columbia Road Flower Market yesterday with my husband, children and mother, was not exactly relaxing - it was heaving - the busiest I've ever seen it, and it was no fun at all being stuck in the hordes of people, often at a complete standstill. However, I came away with everything I went for which is always satisfying (thanks to my daughter who spotted the ornamental pineapples that I'd missed and showed me where they were).

As I'm a glutton for punishment, I also headed for Ikea, which wasn't actually so bad. I arrived 15 minutes before closing time, with a very specific shopping list (for once), which included some of their bargain priced faux sheepskins for throwing over the backs of our school style dining chairs to cosy them up and add a bit of luxe.

I picked up a couple of great gold geometric candle sticks at Habitat a few weeks ago, that look gorgeous (and much more expensive than they were) with neon pink candles in them. These will be nestled amongst the greenery, along with some battery powered fairy lights on copper wire, which are my new favourite thing.

I adore vintage glasses, so my fantasy addition from Chairish, are these stunning Baccarat Crystal Onde Wine Glasses. Mine though, as anyone that knows me knows, will contain a cocktail rather than wine. And there will be edible gold flakes in it. Of course.

Baccarat Crystal Onde Wine Glasses from Chairish
I couldn't just choose the glasses though, because my table setting really needs these too...

Crystal Hostess (that's me!) Flatware Set from Chairish
Saint Louis 'Bizet' Crystal Water Jug from Chairish
Oh, and those stunning agate coasters up there in the pretty collage? They might just be under the Christmas tree waiting for me to tear open and feign surprise at on Christmas morning.

Styling & Photography Bianca Hall
So that's how I'm rolling this Christmas. My husband is worried there's nowhere for the food to go. Duh! That's what the butler is for.

Happy holidays everyone!

P.S In case you're wondering, this is not a sponsored post, just a bit of fun. I do love playing fantasy interiors...

P.P.S Come back soon to see how I made my table runner and napkins. Another very satisfying DIY.