THE FLORAL STYLIST

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Kelly Karam, owner of Blush floristry bou­tique in Auck­land, cre­ates beau­ti­ful floral de­signs for wed­dings, events and cor­po­rate dis­plays, and also runs flower work­shops.

+ You se­lected the flow­ers for this shoot, which were then ar­ranged by our stylist. Could you talk us through your choices? It’s all about the con­trast that can be achieved within a sim­i­lar colour pal­ette, which is part of the Blush style. I chose roses, an­thuri­ums and pe­onies in soft pas­tel and deep bur­gundy tones and sup­plied brass ves­sels for fur­ther rich­ness and a luxe feel. The lush green of the fo­liage pro­vides colour con­trast and adds depth to bring any ar­range­ment into a more nat­u­ral form.

+ How do you ap­proach com­po­si­tion and pro­por­tion? We al­ways en­sure that the lush flo­rals and flow­ers are kept low and tight and then add in a floral or fo­liage that has ex­ag­ger­ated height to cre­ate in­ter­est­ing neg­a­tive space around the flow­ers.

Con­trast is also very im­por­tant in terms of shape and tex­ture – for in­stance, the soft­ness of the rose shape ver­sus the strong and pointed struc­ture of the an­thurium.

+ What two el­e­ments are most im­por­tant to your creative process? Con­cept and colour. With­out these the ar­range­ment won’t come to­gether nat­u­rally.

1 Ra­jah hon­ey­comb brass stool, $699, from Re­pub­lic Home. 2 Cot­ton vel­vet cush­ion cover, $39.90, from Citta. 3 Blush lim­ited-edi­tion can­dle, $53, from Ecoya. 4 Gava tray, $119, from Citta.

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