This year has been a big one at Strawberry Hill House! The fabulous home of Horace Walpole has seen a large part of his Gothic art collection returned to the House for an exhibition. The restored house is truly beautiful and with a large part of his collection back in place from galleries and private collections, it brings the house to life.
I was very lucky to be asked to work on the floral designs for the opening night of the exhibition, particularly as Sir David Attenborough who is a patron, opened the event. Quite honestly, he could have just recited his twelve times tables in his speech and I would have been just as excited and thrilled to have been there!
Working with Robinson Home Design Studio who had chosen Farrow and Ball’s “Eating Room Red” as a backdrop colour with gold pineapple chandeliers, I thought we needed to be quite bold in our flower choices to echo Horace’s flamboyance
Luckily, it was dahlia season and these fabulous blooms were perfect in their varieties of shapes textures and colours. Sarah Whiting is a local flower farmer and I had the joy of being able to select stems myself from her wonderful array of flowers. We added some cosmos, amaranthus, some beautifully scented roses from The Real Flower Company and bracken for texture and that gorgeous earthy warm golden colour.
The exhibition draws to a close in February and with or without the “Lost Treasures” , the house is definitely worth a visit.