Star florist Fleur McHarg shares her tips for creating an inspiring work environment - naturally, flowers are key.
With 22 years experience in the industry, Fleur McHarg recently closed her popular flower shop in Rose Street, Armadale, to focus on the overall conceptual design of larger events that allow her imagination to run wild. The former florist space has been transformed into a studio office and Fleur invited Country Road inside to discuss her top styling tips.
Naturally, flowers and plants are inspiring elements, here she suggests some long-lasting varieties as well as other simple ideas from a design perspective.
Colour is so important, it changes the way you feel. It can be just a splash of colour that makes you feel comfortable, achieved through your desk accessories, like trays, pen holders, as well as vases. For my own office it was the colour of the front of the desk which was picked up by the paper of the pressed flowers on the back wall – a very calming, soothing green.
Greenery is everything, so accessorise your space with plants and flowers. Lighter foliage will make you feel more serene, like olive branches (pictured above in the tall white vase) have a beautiful soft grey-green colour that's soothing and last 2-3 weeks. Another variety with an extended life is the snowberry (pictured in the short dark vase above), the simplicity and shape works so well. Succulents are easy to maintain as are ferns, I've recently discovered the hen fern, it’s a little bit more botanical and has an elegance to it.
Make sure you have things around that inspire you, such as images on a board. In a creative field we all do that, just a small visual on a wall. Perhaps something you aspire to be or a beautiful travel image that helps you relax and lets your mind escape.
Simplicity is important. There needs to be white, clean surfaces and walls. Everything in an interior has to be classic and elegant and reflect your personality. It's also important to have a comfortable area, that's if you have the luxury of extra space in your office.
Balance is key with interiors. You know that a space is right when you walk in and immediately feel at ease, if it’s wrong you’ll be able to pinpoint that as well. So change it up and move things around. With florals it’s also about balance; you need the height of something, such as the long olive branches or the roundness of another, like the snowberries and Queen Anne’s Lace.
The Studio by Fleur McHarg is located at 13A Rose Street Armadale, Victoria, tel: (03) 9804 3522.