My favourite abbreviation just got a new meaning and I think it might stick.
Because For Faux’s Sake (FFS) people…. if you do nothing else interior-wise this Spring, please check out the new breed of artificial flowers that have arrived along with the fake Spring weather.
Faux plants have been rocking my world ever since I was lucky enough to visit Abigail Ahern’s house for one of her design masterclasses.
Abigail’s Fauxs are the dream and if you don’t live near her drop dead gorgeous store in Islington, you can buy them online, (currently 50% with code AA50) or in Heals and via her exclusive Debenhams range also online and in store. (More of these later)
Abigail taught us how to soften a space with an abundance of greenery and it came at a time when we were all far too busy to keep any form of house plant alive and actually, that feeling bothered us. Abigail’s were a new league of faux house plant, as far removed from any we’d seen in a dentist’s waiting room. Succulents reigned supreme and suddenly we were all saving up for that thing we never knew we needed in suburban England - the giant faux cactus.
Life got greener and more exotic and I was amongst a lot of people forced to eat their prickly words when they said fake plants were tacky.
Since then, my house has gradually filled up with fauxs as I’ve both realised and enjoyed the positive effect that surrounding yourself with greenery - real or not real - has on your wellbeing as well as the aesthetic of a room. Plants are in the same league as curtains and books in their ability to calm a space, add depth to it and are pretty much the cutest way I can think of to hide unsightly features such as plug sockets and lamp wires.
Until now however, I’ve been reluctant to buy faux flowers. Leafy greens are one thing, realistic looking blooms are quite another.
Now don’t get me wrong, if I was a millionnaire I would absolutely fill my home with fresh flowers (after feeding the hungry and homeless obvs).
If ever I find a spare fiver to treat myself, supermarket flowers are my go-to. Twenty quid and I might indulge in some from the florist. £40 and I have been known to skip, like the proverbial Spring Chicken, to the early morning flower market for armfuls of flora and forna that I can get creative with and live out all of my flower shop fantasies. (Well I am that strange breed that had a shelf incorporated into the stairwell panelling for the sole purpose of displaying flowers, remember?)
But it’s not always possible to justify splashing the cash on fresh flowers. The new breed of realistic faux flowers are therefore an interior stylist’s dream and a great investment to have in, should you want to inject a bit of Springtime joy into an interior, but would really quite like that feeling to last all year round.
Here are some of my favourite faux flowers currently putting a Spring in my step and all available online (tap the image to scroll more) :
Abigail Ahern Botanicals from £6 per stem
Graham and Green faux flowers from £6.97 per stem
Next artificial arrangements from £7
Designer blooms at Debenhams from £10 per stem
There’s still an art to arranging faux flowers and I had my own fun with some I selected from the extensive range at my local Dunelm store (they don’t sell fauxs online). Some of the silk flowers were not for me, but in and amongst were some truly amazing buys at unbeatable prices. I got about a dozen stems, mixing alliums, orchids and some tall stemmed bluebell type flower (not their official name) and the whole lot cost me less than £50. That works out about £4 per stem and it promises to be still be making a statement this time next year. How’s that for cost effective?
Does that make me a Faux Florist? … I’m pretty sure it does.
So FFS are you getting involved or what? This is one interior trend that is set to blossom.