NG YI LIAN,

founder of Yi Lian Ng Flo­ral Ate­lier

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My story...

I’ve been a florist for five years and I choose it be­cause I love cre­at­ing. The in­ter­est sparked when I was the brides­maid in charge of flow­ers for a good friend’s wed­ding. It was after see­ing my flo­ral cre­ations for her wed­ding that many friends en­cour­aged me to go into it full-time.

In the be­gin­ning I was skep­ti­cal and filled with self-doubts. How­ever, life be­came a lit­tle chal­leng­ing at that junc­ture, so I was look­ing for a dis­trac­tion on top of my then full-time job as a fash­ion edi­tor and I turned to flo­ral cre­ations.

The lat­est flo­ral trend...

Trop­i­cal fo­liage ar­range­ments have been quite wellloved lately. Big state­ment vase ar­range­ments of palm and mon­stera leaves are all the rage and for good prac­ti­cal rea­sons — they are af­ford­able and hardy. Flo­ral tips...

Pro­por­tion and colours are al­ways key. As long as th­ese fac­tors are well­bal­anced and thought through, any flo­ral ar­range­ment will look good.

Styling the liv­ing room...

The spot where most eyes are drawn to in the liv­ing room – like the cof­feetable – is the best area to place a beau­ti­ful flo­ral ar­range­ment .

Favourite ar­range­ment...

Those with un­ex­pected el­e­ments. With flo­ral ar­range­ments, you don’t al­ways have to use flow­ers per se. I once made a bou­quet with many food-like el­e­ments, such as the corns, pineap­ples, cab­bage flow­ers and wheat. I just love the sur­pris­ing twist be­cause that’s not what most would ex­pect from a flo­ral ar­range­ment. For this par­tic­u­lar bunch, it was a very tongue-in-cheek ar­range­ment while re­main­ing eye-catch­ing and still look­ing like a flo­ral ar­range­ment.

Favourite flower...

The weirder flow­ers, the bet­ter. I re­ally do not have typ­i­cal favourites such as hy­drangeas or pe­onies. I love what na­ture bring us — vis­it­ing the cold room is al­ways a joy to see what the sea­sons have brought in.

TIP Have a good mix of sizes, from small blooms to big flow­ers. Keep in mind that ev­ery­thing needs to be well-bal­anced

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