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The Art of Living with Nature

May 1, 2017

It’s time to show you another fabulous book!

We are rapidly heading towards summer (it’s unbelievable, but we are in the 5th month) and everyone’s striving to spend as much time as possible outside, yet you must admit that there are occasions when something goes wrong and we get stuck indoors. It can start pouring down unexpectedly (has been happening too often lately) or you might not get a day off for that well planned trip to the beach – I’d say this is when “The Art of Living with Nature” would come in hand.

Its author Willow Crossley offers 50 beautiful projects that will help you to bring the outside in and brighten up these unfortunate days.

Willow has always been fond of Nature. She’s neither a florist nor an interior designer, she’s just “flower mad with a serious passion for decorating”. In her hands any foliage, fruit and vegetables and other natural finds become tiny magical worlds that are bound to draw anyone’s attention.

Yes, I did say fruit and even vegetables! And by other natural finds I mean driftwood and shells, feathers, eggs and antlers. Apparently anything you find has the potential to be turned into something beautiful. Willow experiments with her finds and demonstrates “how natural elements (…) bring an affordable and accessible dimension to an interior” and this book is your chance to join her and have a go at creating lovely arrangements yourself.

“The Art of Living with Nature” is split into five chapters – Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Beach and Edibles; this means that there are quite a few great ideas for any taste and any lifestyle.

The book is full of lovely photographs (Emma Mitchell has done a very good job) and well presented so called recipes – you’ll know what ingredients are needed and what steps should be followed to achieve the best results. One more thing I have to mention is… interesting facts. Be prepared to learn something new while flicking through the pages.

For e.g. did you know that…
The language of flowers was popular in the Victorian era, and tulips were generally seen as a symbol of love. If you were given a red tulip as a declaration of love, you could either accept the romantic gesture by taking the tulip with your right hand or decline it with your left.”
Or that…
“The peony is the traditional floral emblem of China, the state flower of Indiana, and one of the symbols to mark a 12th wedding anniversary.”
You’ll also find great advice on keeping your flowers and foliage looking fresh, a brilliant way to water your orchids and information on what bulbs to choose so that they would flower for Christmas. And of course much more!
So, my question is…  Are you ready to let Nature into your homes?
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The Art of Living with Nature by Willow Crossley, published by CICO Books (£14.99)
Photography by Emma Mitchell © CICO Books


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