Floral dreams

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Let the Light Out: Dried Flowers Wedding Inspiration

In celebration of autumn's arrival, I'm delighted to share this dried flowers wedding editorial photoshoot I contributed to. The shoot was devised and curated by brilliant Valentina Ring of The Stars Inside, and realised by photographer Carla Blain, alongside a team...

Beyond the Evidence: Self Belief for Creative Entrepreneurs

In celebration of the all-new charlotteargyrou.com, I’ve invited seven brilliant founders to share their expertise in seven areas of creative business. These are subjects I have found especially fun or challenging in my first 18 months since launching Charlotte...

How can I use Design to Communicate my Core Values?

In celebration of the all-new charlotteargyrou.com, I’ve invited seven brilliant founders to share their expertise in seven areas of creative business. These are subjects I have found especially fun or challenging in my first 18 months since launching Charlotte...

Balancing Business and Life for People who Work Alone

In celebration of the all-new charlotteargyrou.com, I’ve invited seven brilliant founders to share their expertise in seven areas of creative business. These are subjects I have found especially fun or challenging in my first 18 months since launching Charlotte...

How can we use Tech and SEO in Creative Business?

In celebration of the all-new charlotteargyrou.com, I’ve invited seven brilliant founders to share their expertise in seven areas of creative business. These are subjects I have found especially fun or challenging in my first 18 months since launching Charlotte...

Why Community is an Essential Part of my Creative Business

In celebration of the all-new charlotteargyrou.com, I’ve invited seven brilliant founders to share their expertise in seven areas of creative business. These are subjects I have found especially fun or challenging in my first 18 months since launching Charlotte...

Personal Branding for Solopreneurs with Maria Ure, Luminate PR

In celebration of the all-new charlotteargyrou.com, I've invited seven brilliant founders to share their expertise in seven areas of creative business. These are subjects I have found especially fun or challenging in my first 18 months since launching Charlotte...

2019 Floral Trends

“Trends” is a tricky word, isn’t it? Stubborn as I am, my instinct is always to turn away from trends like a bad smell, but simultaneously, I also want to be entirely clued up on who and what’s happening. Into my thirties, I’ve grown more confident in my ability as an...

Why is it so Hard to Write About Me?

Working on a new website has been an existential ordeal, and nowhere more so than writing my "About Me" page. I've sat at my laptop unravelling my own personality, juggling my desire for authenticity with what and how much personal information...

How To Start A Supper Club

I didn't start my supper club Creative in Residence by logically thinking "How to Start a Supper Club" and working methodically through the list. Rather, I focused on my goals, which thankfully were a shared a vision with my co-host - wellness...

How Does the Wedding Bouquet Illustration Service work?

"How Does the Wedding Bouquet Illustration Service work?" is a question I am asked regularly. I'm asked if I attend the wedding and draw live in situ. I'm asked if I am sent the bouquet by courier straight after the wedding. I have even been asked if I...

The Personal Development Book That Changed My Life

I don't think I had ever picked up a personal development book before 2018. Formally known as "self-help books", it was a section of Waterstones I had never explored, put off by the strange stigma that surrounded the kind of people who sought...

How Does Creative Living Help Combat Feelings of Overwhelm?

Six years ago, in a small meeting room in Kensington, I said to my line manager, "I don't have a creative bone in my body."  I was working in a fast-paced brand strategy agency, where my role as a Fashion PR Director had me working at London,...

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

For this post, I interviewed three stylish entrepreneurs who are each dreaming of a green Christmas. If you are still searching for gift ideas, but looking for something a little unusual with a big heart, please have a read and let us know if...

3 Tips for Environmentally-Friendly Gift Wrapping

At some point during the 35 degree heat of Summer 2018, I boldly declared that my Christmas 2018 would be Sellotape-free. Christmas is a time of huge wastage in terms of packaging (amongst other things) but as December draws near, I'm very...

The Creative Process: Behind the Scenes of a Styled Shoot

"I love to create," says Victoria Vaught, founder of Ivy Amelia Florals. But in business, our creations are usually subject to a client brief. It's a complex creative process and one that fascinates me with its subtle twists and turns. We are...

Five of the Best Instagram Accounts for Autumn Inspiration

After a few weeks of wardrobe despair, eagerly dressing in cashmere in the early morning and stripped down to a vest by lunchtime, it happened. It got cold. Things can officially get cosy. Here are five of my favourite Instagram accounts that I...

5 Floral Styles Inspiring Me Right Now

I love looking at imagery from exquisite floral designers and events companies to find inspiration. It's fun to see which trends may filter through into my own home, and indeed my client's commissions and wedding bouquet illustrations. Here are...

5 Tips for Creating a Natural Family Photoshoot

My husband and I have several shared To-Do Lists in the brilliant life-hack app Wanderlist. One list is titled "Fun Stuff", and it's full of ideas for when we are not in the mood for the dull list (inheritance planning, buy new parking vouchers...

My Prickly Pear Illustration in The Pink House

Stepping into The Pink House is a curious combination of being on the set of a magazine shoot and visiting any of my mum-friends at home. And it's oddly familiar for somewhere I've never visited before, because for the past year I've been an...

How Do I Create a Unique Botanical Wedding?

Are you hoping to create a unique botanical wedding, but struggling to find new ideas? I speak to three wedding industry experts who aim to innovate, not imitate. USE PLANTS IN SURPRISING WAYS Natalie Drage, founder of Flamboyant Invites,...

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

"It's the most wonderful time of the year," I sang merrily as I assembled the cafetiere for breakfast time this morning. "What's with you?" enquired my husband, but I'm pretty sure he knew. You see, September is my New Year as I love all the...

Why I Started My Creative Business For Me

A creative business may be born for many reasons. Redundancy, frustration, impulse, illness, lifelong ambition, the need for flexibility, or change in circumstances such as the arrival of babies - all reasons I've hear over and over again. In...

Behind-the-Scenes: My Home Studio Tour

Come and join me for a quick look around the home studio. My HQ space is a former guest bedroom, south-facing, blessed with a floor-to-ceiling window. A few months ago, we decided my little empire had grown too large to exist on the dining...

Four Picture Frame Recommendations to fit 30x30cm Art Prints

A bespoke picture frame is always going to give you the highest quality finish for your artwork, offer reassurance about UV protection and give a perfect fit. But to reduce costs, give as a gift, or perhaps as a stopgap while you decide on your...

Energizing Accent Colours: Bright Pink

This is a post about bright pink, one of my favourite mood-enhancing colours for instant energy. A few days ago, I was clearing out some Wedmin (I got married in 2009) and came across the receipt for my wedding day shoes. Gulp. Wow. I can't...

How Do I Choose a Wedding Date?

For many couples, deciding how to choose a wedding date requires military-style strategy. Things to consider include the availability of the following:  the legal/religious officiants  your most important suppliers, including venue key guests,...

Botanical Illustration for high street fashion brand Wallis

In January, I wrote down "2018 objectives" for my my business - including collaboration commissions with botanical, bridal and fashion brands. I fixed this list up on my pinboard, with all the open-hearted optimism the New Year offers. So I was...

Energizing Accent Colours: Canary Yellow

Greetings from Springtime in London. This is the first in a series of three quick galleries to scroll through, featuring my favourite mood-enhancing colours for instant energy. I once owned the perfect canary yellow silk pencil skirt from...

How To to Start Spring Early At Home

In fact, this should be entitled, "How To to Start Spring Early Because You Suspect You Have Seasonally Affected Disorder and You Are OVER This #BeastFromTheEast". So I have this weird thing where I am very much in denial about January-March. I...

Two Weeks of Creative Freedom: The £95 Project

I got in a January slump. I got so bogged down in goal-setting and resolution-making, that I forgot to draw anything for three weeks. And then I started thinking that I hadn't drawn anything and I hadn't sold much of what I already had in...

Things I Wish I’d Known About Wedding Planning

Seeing as it's a reflective time of year and many brides-to-be will be about to kick start their wedding planning as soon as the clock strikes midnight, I thought I would braindump I few things I wish I had know about weddings before my...

Floral Trends in 2018: Two Key Updates

Though I have always haboured a fascination with floristry, and fancy it as one of those dreamy careers (early starts and hours on one's feet aside), I have never been too impacted by floral trends. But since touching on the wedding industry...

IN MY SQUAD: Georgia de Lotz, Product Photographer

It dawned on my the majority of suppliers I have most engaged with over the past three months in business are young, female entrepreneurs. It wasn't a deliberate move, but perhaps subliminally I have found comfort and reassurance from building...

The Blogs I Really Read

Instagram and blogs are such a wonderful source of inspiration, but sometimes I find my resources need a refresh. As autumn turns to winter especially, I love to cosy up and have a nosy into other people's homes and wardrobes. So if Christmas...

How To Choose a Picture Frame on a Budget

How to choose a picture frame is a hot topic and I frequently receive advice-seeking queries from my customers. Framing can have a totally transformative impact on your artwork, but it's often a bit of an after-thought. Finding the right thing...

In Your Home: Part One – The Colourful Vintage Collector

It's been a real thrill to start to receive photos of my artwork in my clients' homes. In the hope that you will also enjoy a snoop around, I'd like to introduce a blog series showcasing how botanical illustrations may find a happy home in many...

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