How can we create our comfort zone at home, our little oasis of well-being with green and colorful details? Cutting out green spaces with flowers, on the balcony, in the garden but also inside the house is the desire of many but, often, after the exciting beginnings, if the care of plants or flowers is not constant and adequate, the risk of failure in intent is high. Yet, decorating with flowers is one of those activities that gives beauty to the exterior and interior of a home. Not only that: flower therapy is one of those pieces of the puzzle called well-being, useful for improving our quality of life.
Eva Fridrich, interior and exterior decorator who works with flowers, is well aware of this, creating truly inspirational creations.
Let’s find out more about this activity and how to make our home an oasis of well-being also through flowers, from the experience of Eva.
How did you manage to make your passion for flowers and the art of decorating a job?
It all comes down to my roots. Growing up in Latvia, gardening was a way of life. My time from a young age was spent working and helping my parents and grandparents grow fruit and vegetables, herbs and flowers. Harvesting honey, foraging, making jams and pickles. It was not a hobby, it was just something I learned as I grew.
Twenty seven years ago I made a leap of faith by moving to the US for educational purposes. Many years later, after my studies were completed, I decided to return to what I was being told by many friends and relatives was my calling natural ability to create and enhance our natural surroundings. It’s never just about planting flowers, it’s a bigger lesson about how we can create the atmosphere and enjoy the relationship with nature. I wanted to do every day what I lov,-create and grow.
On the basis of what inspiration do you decide which solution can best suit the customer?
The initial and essential step of my job is to understand the vision that people have. It is crucial to be a good listener and to ask the right questions. We all have different likes and different goals. Our homes and outdoor living spaces are a reflection of us, and just as we are all our own individuals, there is no one shoe fits all when it comes to decor. It is important to understand what help each client needs to accomplish their goals.
More often than not, there is something in common. They want to add that wow factor to their home’s front entrance and create that oasis feeling for their outdoor living space. It consists of choosing the right plants, the right space and proportion, and determining the suitability for inground planting or container plants.
Many think that to create green spaces, with flowers or other green solutions, it requires space or is very expensive. What advice can you give to those who, despite having a small balcony or a small house, would like to decorate with flowers and plants?
Yes, it is quite the contrary! Smaller spaces are much more conducive to creating an intimate and inviting environment. Container gardening is not a trend any more, but is an amazing decorative and functional tool that can transform any space with relative ease. Sixteen years ago my own patio started with just a couple of flower pots. Today it’s a collection of forty plus containers of evergreens, plants, flowers, herbs and even a fig tree, many of which I have grown for over a decade! I would suggest doing some research that is readily available at our fingertips before heading to a garden center.
Online resources always provide useful tips for plant and flower maintenance and growth. For beginners, do pick a low maintenance plant or flower, perhaps a bromeliad or long-blooming orchid. Plant your favorite herb. It is amazing how much joy your home-grown basil for caprese salad will bring you. That lone flower bloom by your bedside or on your dinner napkin is a small detail that will make such a big difference. Living beautifully every day doesn’t need to be expensive, it is doable and life-changing with very little effort.
Do customers already have clear ideas or do they accept your tips? In both cases, according to your experience, which type of decoration is currently most in demand?
More often than not, it is the latter, which allows me to design and plant the most suitable containers and flower beds desired by my clients. The challenges of the past year have brought many to realize that our homes are our sanctuaries. While spending more time at home, people want to feel like their living quarters have a space, that ultimate retreat, an oasis to decompress and have that feeling of being on vacation, without leaving their home or boarding a plane. It is possible with a little imagination and willingness to grow.
For those who live in colder countries, where summer is short, which type of flowers or plants is more suitable and resistant, especially if you don’t have the so-called “green thumb”?
We must adapt wisely to our environment. I strongly discourage living wastefully, even when it comes to plants. Nature dictates the parameters for our specific growth period. Here, we have about six months of favorable weather, then most tropical and house plants have to be moved indoors. I always advise preserving plants for next season whenever possible. It reduces the cost for the following season and it brings the green into our homes for the winter months. There are so many low-maintenance plants available today. Once again, some research will help you find out what plants are most suitable for your home. Man-made green spaces and gardens are a labor of love. It takes time and is rarely about instant gratification, but where there is a will, there is a way. It just takes that first step. To grow is to flourish. We reap what we sow. Our natural surroundings are resilient, but it is up to us to care and nurture them.
Which type of flowers for outdoor and indoor decoration is the trend of this summer?
I would say, just like every summer, here it is tropical plants. After harsh winters, anything that reminds people of a nice getaway, is a hit. I do not follow fads, however, new flower and plant varieties always intrigue me. Each home deserves a unique design approach that complements both, the exterior as well as interior style of the home. Trends come and go but living green will always be in style.