A bouquet of flowers arranged as though it’s been scooped up from an English country garden (in all it asymmetrical glory) is something that makes our heart sing, so we have found ourselves longterm fans of east London florist, Grace & Thorn’s botanical style. Grace & Thorn are now bringing their fantastic florals to Habitat with a month-long residency at our Tottenham Court Road store during May, alongside a number of workshops. As founder, Nik Southern, explains,“My philosophy has always been to help people in the city to live a greener life. The idea is to create a Grace & Thorn living room, full of plants, so people can be completely immersed and inspired to recreate the environment in their own homes.”
Nik turned to floristry after quitting the IT recruitment job she hated. “After doing a short course in floristry just for fun, I knew that I’d found something I’d love to work with. Finding it impossible to get a job creating floristry how I envisioned it, I decided to start my own company. Grace & Thorn has grown from me in my living room to a team spread across 2 shops, running workshops, events and weddings” explains Nik, in the inspirational way that makes you think we’re all just one (albeit quite scary) step away from a job we love.
The pop-up coincides with the launch of Nik’s first book, How Not To Kill Your Plants, which serves as modern and accessible plant bible for those who want to breathe life into their home by filling it with the right plants for the right places. Whether you’re green fingered or not, you can learn the tricks of Grace & Thorn’s signature DIY plant & flower displays and, in doing so, create a fern-filled rainforests or a sitting room to rival the Amazonian jungle.
The first Grace & Thorn workshop at the pop-up tutors you to make your own terrarium. It takes place on the evening of Wednesday 10th May with tickets priced at £65.00 per person.