If you’re like us, you keep finding amazing new brands and businesses to follow on Insty. It’s an addictive but wonderful vortex – you glance down at the time and realise an hour has passed and you’re 10 deep in the discovery section, oops 😉 There’s some businesses that really stand out though and @thenesst is one of them. Authentic, passionate and artistic, Ness from the Nesst has built a reputation for her stunning floral arrangements, flower crowns and creative use of natives and greenery. And we were lucky enough to speak with her and get her best advice for styling flowers at home! Enjoy xo
Ness in her element, creating and designing. Image: The Nesst
1. What inspired you to a career in floral design?
From a young age, my grandfather showed me the beauty and love that roses emulate. This pure admiration for roses and all things floral has carried on with me throughout my life. It started with my artificial flower crown business back in 2011 and from there it has grown into what Nesst is today in the fresh flower realm.
2. What tools of the trade would you recommend for those at home wanting to create a floral masterpiece?
A good quality pair of floral scissors and an array of vases.
3. How do we pick the best flowers to match our home decor?
At the end of the day you are going to need to love the flowers, greenery and colours, so go with what you love and you’ll always be happy. However, personally I think whites and greens are the perfect tones to have in the home. Calming, yet sophisticated in their own right. Bright blooms can really liven up the home too though. I really go off my mood on the day that I purchase my flowers.
4. What flowers last the longest when it’s hot?
Natives win this hands down and luckily are my favourite. They are grown in the hot season and can withstand most conditions. I can’t get enough of eucalyptus, proteas and sea holly!
5. How do you keep arrangements looking fresh at home? And how do you make them last longer?
I recommend cutting your flowers daily or every other day and making sure the water is fresh so it gives the blooms and greenery the best chance of a long life.
6. Could you please give a step by step to putting together an arrangement?
- Fill a vase with fresh water.
- Prepare the blooms and greenery by stripping off any foliage from the stems.
- Cut your stems prior to putting in the vase.
- At this point you can bunch the flowers together, tie it off with twine or floral tape and place into the vase (make sure the stems are cut at the same height if you tie it off or it will be lopsided or will struggle to stand up). Alternatively just start putting the blooms in as you feel, take out, put back in, just go with the creative feeling which is imperative. If you go against what you like, guaranteed you won’t be excited by your arrangement.
7. Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
Oh gosh, there are too many to name everyone but I am inspired constantly by Boutierre Girls! Everything that Emily does is perfection in my eyes.
I really enjoy reading Wedding Magazines like White & Hello May as well because it keeps the creative juices flowing. In saying that though, I am a firm believer in finding your vibe and nourishing it which is what I have been working on for the last year and it feels good!
8. What are the top 3 mistakes people make when arranging flowers?
That there are no mistakes in arranging your own flowers. It is a creative outlet for a reason.
Get dirt in your nails, you might get stung by a thorn and a bug may crawl out onto your hand and freak you out but embrace it, get messy and create something you love and are proud to have in your home. Someone else mightn’t like what you have created but at the end of the day it is your home and if you love it that is all that matters.
9. What flowers and greenery do you think will be trending in 2017?
For me personally I will be still loving greenery like eucalyptus and cypress pine and flowers with either super soft pastel tones or deep mulberries will be around for 2017.
10. Most underrated flower?
Carnations. I think they are so heavenly with their fluffy cloud like looks.
11. What is your favourite flower?
It changes all the time. It was roses, to sunflowers, to ranunculus, then it changed to delphiniums and so my list grows. But for now I would have to say King Proteas. I used them in my wedding as a massive focal point so I have a personal attachment to them.
You can find more of Ness’s work on her website and socials:
Ness on her wedding day with flowers designed by her of course! Image: Wilde Visual
Interesting vases and vessels can make simple flowers look incredible. Image: The Nesst
Ness created this amazing display at Bam Bam Bakehouse on the Gold Coast. Image: The Nesst
Our hand crafted market baskets are perfect for gathering your favourite flowers at home or at your local farmer’s market. Image: Our own- Fairtrade Market Baskets
Place a vase inside a basket for a natural, earthy feel. Image: Our own – African Grass Basket
Use large flowers and branches to make a bold statement. Image: Glamour Paris
Experiment with vintage jugs, jars and glasses to compliment your decor. Image: Our own – Wategos Turkish Towel
This Christmas Bush looks great on its own and adds a sweet pop of colour to the room. Image: My Domaine Home