Lilac and hellebores - a pink bouquet

fresh flowers from the garden Hello everyone, I publish less on the blog lately, mainly due to a busy schedule, but I am still making bouquets and enjoying it. I just come back from a very relaxing weekend at my parent's place and I have been playing with flowers and with my camera between two showers all weekend. I will show you some pictures of the garden just after the rain later this week, as I am obsessed with the beauty of rain drops, but first, let me show you my little hellebores and lilac bouquet. lilac and hellebores in the makinglilac and helleboreslilac and hellobores by madame loveHave a relaxing week everyone! Thank god, this is going to be a short one! Elodie

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hellebores_by_madame_love_1 Hello everyone, I don't have as much time as I would like to, to blog since I started my new job in February, but I still keep some time for myself to make bouquets and photography them at the weekend: This is my way to relax and forget about my little worries and anxieties. I made this bouquet at my parent's place in Picardy with all the flowers I could find in the garden:

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monochrome bouquet: purple!

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Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well! The week is already a bit old, but today I would like to show you the flowers I shot at home on Sunday. The weather was cold but very sunny and I enjoyed the nap of the little miss to make a bouquet and do my first open air shooting at home in the garden. It was very enjoyable! I decided to mix different flowers but to stick to one colour: purple.  I really like monochrome bouquets - sticking to one colour and playing with shapes and palettes. I think, that way, you notice better the different colours of the scabiosa and of the heart of the anemone.  For this bouquet, I chose:

  • scabiosa
  • veronica
  • anemones 
  • eucalyptus (for the green touch)

You can see which is which in the picture underneath. 

purple bouquet_ingredientsWhat about you? How do you like your bouquets? Do you like to go colourful or to stick to one main colour? I wish you all a great day! Elodie

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madame love loves: les petites emplettes

les petites emplettesHello everyone!  I hope you had a great week end! Time to relax and enjoy some time with your family. Today I would like to share another online shop crush I had lately. It is a French shop again called "les petites emplettes" - I love the natural style of their furnitures and objects. What do you think? Lovely and very French isn't it?

For more inspiration check out my madame love loves selection.

How to make the perfect mini bouquet with some mimosa

bouquet mimosa hortensia Hello everyone, As I told you yesterday, I would like to show you another way to use mimosa. Not at the opulent flower that can live on its own, but as a perfect flower for miniature bouquets. I love the combination with the blue hortensia.  If you have many little vases, or even shot glasses, this can make a lovely table decoration with one individual mini bouquet in front of each plate. 

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baby_hands_mimosaSo! What do you think? Do you prefer to go big or small with mimosa. 

Have a great day! Elodie 

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mimosa Mimosa is such a happy flower. I love that in blooms in the middle of winter in the south of France. I decided to make this bouquet in a green art deco vase my mum gave me for my birthday in October. I love the contrast and the colour combination.  I will show you later this week, how you can use mimosa in combination with other flowers for mini bouquets.  I wish you all a great and sunny day, and if it's not sunny where you live, you can still buy some mimosa to brighten up your day. Take care and speak to you soon, Elodie mimosa_in_blue_vase

madame love loves Petit Florilège

Collqge_Petit_florilege Hello! Here comes another now of my online shop crush - a French one again! It is called petit florilège and the selection is just lovely. It just makes me want to buy everything and completely renew my decoration with more natural textures and soft colours.  Some of the things I am showing you in the collage above are still on sale for a couple of days! So hurry up! 

I wish you all a great day!

For more inspiration check out my madame love loves selection.

Elodie

LOVEly Flowershop: Roses by Claire in Paris

anemones_rosesbyclaire Hello everyone! Today I would like to show you the lovely flowershop of my friend Claire - roses by claire - in Paris. I presented you her beautiful flower blog here. At the end of last year, she realised her dream of opening her own shop here in Paris. Those pictures look a bit Christmassy because I took them at the end of december. I will go back soon to show you the shop decorated for valentine's day. I wish you all a great day! Talk to you soon, Elodie

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Lovely waxflowers

wax flower_6 Hello everyone! Flowers are expensive in Paris. This is not a secret. So until my garden starts to properly bloom, I decided to make bouquets with some flowers I never arranged before (always exciting!). I found those waxflowers (also called Chamelaucium) on the market for only 6 € the bunch.  I cut them very short and took out the leaves to make some mini bouquets with them and mixed them with some helebores and green from the garden. The waxflower originates from Australia and is very resistant. The name comes from the waxy feel of its petals. I like them and I think they are pretty suitable for mini bouquets and a pretty table decoration.  What do you think?

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lovely Teepee

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Hello you! I am going to the Parisian interior fair Maison et Objet celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. I am very excited about the exhibitors from the children's world's sector and hope to see lots of new inspiration. One big trend I like at the moment in children's decoration are teepees. I like the simple white or grey ones that will still look elegant if you decide to put them in your living room and not in a bedroom. I love the fact that they can be used as a little reading nook and can be the starting point for a lot of beautiful stories. 

Source from left to right and from top to bottom: tipi caduca Am.Pm. La Redoute (95 €) // Lafeeraille on Etsy (179 €) // Tipi Vilac on Le Petit Florilège (93 €) // White teepee from Georges Georges for Bodie & Fou (188,23 €) // bed canopy by Numero 74 on Smallable (90 €)

Check out my Pinterest board for more teepee inspiration and follow me on Instagram (@madame_love) if you want to see my impressions of Maison & Objet.

I wish you all a great day! Elodie

#onebouquetperday by Juliane - flowers and elegance

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Hello people! Do you remember that my blogpost from last year about my friend Juliane from the blog fröken skicklig, a German expat living in Sweden. When she moved to her new house in 2013, she decided to use Instagram and her love for pretty things to discover the flora in her new garden and surroundings. She set herself the challenge to do one bouquet everyday and post a photo of each of them on Instagram with the hashtag #onebouquetperday. She had quite a few followers and people would joined in 2014 and I even joined when I spent a month in France in May. 

I am so looking forward to the 2015 edition and to see what bouquets she will come up with!

It's exactly the kind of bouquets and pictures I like:

simple, small, natural and wild. 

In the collage above, you only see some of them and I love the moody compositions and the fact that you alway see Juliane's hands in the picture and that a great attention is paid to the colour of the background in each picture.

Have a nice day everyone. I am off to the design fair Maison & Objet. I will gather some impressions about the new collections of the interior brands I like and hopefully make some new discoveries. I will be meeting a lot of old friends this weekend anyway and I am really looking forward to it. 

xoxo

Elodie

madame love loves: Le repère des belettes

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Hello everyone!I hope you are doing well! Here the sun is shinning a little bit more this morning and everything already feels easier. On top of that, the furniture trade show Maison & Objets is taking place and I am so excited about it. I will attend it and have the opportunity to meet up with lovely bloggers and stylists I met last spring in Pernes les Fontaines at the Joyeuse Clique styling workshop.  Today I would like to tell you about this wonderfully curated French eshop called "RepèRe des BeleTtes" (the weasels' house) as part of my madame love loves series. This shop is much more than a virtual market place and all the objects are wonderfully styled, so you can easily imagine how they would look like in your home.  The selection of objects (new as well as vintage) is very simple and really fit into the colour palette I like in decoration. A lot of grey and neutral hues.  The lovely ladies running the RepèRe des BeleTtes are based near Paris, but they ship internationally and the site is also available in English.  I wish you a great day! Elodie

first anemones of 2015 - first bouquet of the year

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bouquet of anemones Good morning everyone! Here is my first bouquet for you this year. Thank you for your comments here and on Instagram about my 2014 bouquets. It gives me the energy to continue making them and sharing them with you here. I chose a simple multicolour bouquet of anemones. I also like the simplicity of white anemones but those little colourfull bouquets remind me of my childhood. I am still not really installed and settled in my new life and I have to fight quite a bit with several administrations in France and in Germany. I hope it will all be okay soon and I will find the way back to blog and to flower styling. I wish you all a great day! Elodie  

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my year 2014 with flowers

Collage Wildflowers madamelove 2014 Hello my little flowers, 2014 has been a tough year in many ways. We so much wanted a change in the summer, that when the news came that my husband got a job in Paris, we decided to move countries within two months and organise everything while both working.  We managed but those months before the move and the two months since we arrived have been exhausting and I haven't had much time for blogging. I have been a little hard on myself lateLx. I was not very proud of myself and about what I have been doing with the blog in the past months.  But then, I decided to look back on 2014 and on the bouquets I made this year and I was pretty happy. 

I made some little collages to show you my flowers from 2014 - A reason for me to look back at 2014 with a smile (the other reason is of course my lovely daughter) and to look forward to lots of new flowers in 2015.

Some of the bouquets I will show you made it to the blog, and some only to my kitchen table, but they all helped me to forget my little worries and express my creativity.

The first one on top are my wildflowers bouquets, I made them at my parent's place and at my parent's in laws place in May as well as in Italy in August. Those ones are my roses bouquets - with roses from the market in Hamburg, from the flower shops and roses from my mum's garden.

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Those ones are my pink bouquets - I don't like pink in decoration or in fashion, but I use this colour a lot for my bouquets - with my lovely tulips I picked in a flower farm in Holland, or some hellebores from my parent's garden.

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Those ones are my blue bouquets. Blue is a more unusual colour in nature and looks always very pretty in a vase. I love to combine blue and yellow flowers. The first little bouquet is a simple bouquet of myosotis, I made in May in France. They are so precious and so lovely to photograph. The one on the bottom left, I really love with the white lilies and the blue delphiniums.

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Here are my red bouquets. I love to combine red with pink and I love red roses, red carnation and red anemones that look and feel like silk.

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Those are probably my favorite: Flowers from the garden! My favourite bouquet this year was probably this one.

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And last but not least: My mini bouquets. I love everything miniature. I love mini vases. And I love making a mini version of a bigger bouquet. mini bouquet

I wish you all a very relaxing Christmas time with you family and friends.

What about you? What do you see about 2014 when you look back? How as been you year with family, with friends, with travels, with your favourite designers, with your favourite cookies... If you want to tell me, just create a little collage with your 2014 highlights and tag me on Instagram (@madame_love) and use the hashtag #myyear2014with

Speak to you soon, Elodie

A misty day in the North of France and my first Steller story

rose_with_rain_dropsHello everyone, I spent last week end at my parents' place and it was very misty cold and wet. I stopped raining for a little bit on Sunday morning and I went out with my camera and my niece and took those pictures. I wanted to show you how beautiful a garden can be even a less attractive season, when everything is grey or brown and almost nothing is blooming.

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I also took my iphone with me and made a Steller Story out of it - Steller is an Iphone storytelling App, and I love it. It was my fist story but definitely not the last one. My user name is madame_love - you can follow me here.

 

Have a great day! Elodie

Getting in the Christmas mood - my article in Blossomzine

Xmas_Räder_9 Hello everyone! Today is December 1st. Time to get a little bit in the mood for Christmas! Today I would like to share with you a little Christmas decoration idea I styled for the last issue of the brilliant online flower magazine Blossomzine. You can find my contribution here

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Christmas means magic to me and I love to have a white Christmas. Yes, I know we are not lucky every year, but every now and then, we have snow for Christmas and I just love it! If this winter is not cold enough, you can still recreate a white Christmas at home on your dining table or on a cabinet in your living room. I was very inspired when I discovered the little animals, mushrooms and pine cones from the German decoration company Räder. I wanted to recreate a little enchanted forest in my living room.  I wanted to keep my decor as white as possible and worked with dried white heather and added some golden sparkle to make it more christmassy. You can recreate this decor on a cabinet in your living room or on your Christmas table. 

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I hope I could inspire you a little with this little table decoration and I wish you a very nice December with your loved ones.

The animals can be purchased here. Thank you very much to Räder for supporting this blogpost. 

Speak to you soon, Elodie

first bouquet from my garden

campanula_muralis_2 Hello! Ok, maybe I can't really call it a bouquet. So let's call it a mini-bouquet, or miniature bloom.  Those campanula muralis are the last flowers in my garden and they look really cute in a little vase.  My garden need a lot of work and I will see how much I will manage before the frost. It is so humid at the moment and I am alone with Ella, so it is a bit difficult to work in the garden, but I will still be planting some flowers to be able to make some bouquets with FLOWERS FROM MY GARDEN - Yeah! in the spring. campanula_muralisclochettes violettesI wish you all  a great day!  Speak to you soon with some Christmas inspiration. Elodie