In the flower trade they call him “Thierry the Firecracker” or “The Colourist”. Two nicknames that suit Thierry Féret down to the ground and which could apply equally well to his floral creations. Bouquets that are...
Whether they are fresh or dried, flowering or fruity, in a pot or a terrarium, delicately hanging or upright and spiky: it doesn’t matter. For several seasons now, plants have been invading our homes… Much to our delight! Ever-present among our families – from Annick Lestrohan to Emame de Malleray, by way of Alice Roca – who excel in the art of making the most of them, plants have become essential to our well-being. So, to flourish alongside them while taking good care of them, The Socialite Family has sought the advice of an expert. Thierry Féret, owner of the shop Flowered by, who, just for you, exclusively entrusts us with 5 invaluable tips for making our interiors greener. Tip n° 1: choose your future companions with care. Depending on their family and their species, some plants are not very tolerant of living indoors or even alongside other species. Tip n° 2: once selected, arrange them carefully. Avoid direct sunlight; corners close to windows are better, avoiding damage from the sun’s rays. So keep to the Standard temperature range of 9 to 22°. Our green friends don’t like draughts either, so choose a dry place where they won’t catch cold! Tip n° 3 from the owner of n° 37, Rue de Chabrol: take care over their containers. His favourites? Ceramic or terracotta pots, which, being opaque, hide the “unsightly” view of a plastic pot or tortuous roots that our new acquisitions may offer us. Don’t know where to start? Opt for the “Paris – Milano” planters and vases designed by Cristina Celestino for The Socialite Family. Sculptural objects in pastel colours that will gently highlight your arrangement. Tip n° 4 from our friend Thierry: have fun! Forget about the rules and create your own fantastic setting, using the different heights of your arrangements to good visual effect. Use seasonal branches, for example, and combine chubby succulent plants with a slender Monstera! The 5th and last tip: don’t throw away your tired plant. Give it a new lease of life by taking a piece of it to create a cutting. Once they are dried, you can make them into a smudge stick, a small, colourful bouquet to admire, or that you can burn if it is non-toxic. And there you are! All you have to do now is apply the precious advice offered by our green-fingered friend to bring your oasis to life. So don’t delay; start planting right away.
For several seasons now, plants have been invading our homes… Much to our delight!
Sources of direct heat damage your precious new plants and wilts them prematurely, so beware of sun and radiators.
Do not hesitate to save the most beautiful flowers from your flower arrangement
Photography: Constance Gennari – Valerio Geraci – Eve Campestrini – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily